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Prague is one of Europe’s most popular city-break destinations. A hub of history, culture and beautiful architecture, it can keep most tourists busy and happy by day. But what about at night? Do the streets of Prague come alive to the sound of music? Yes, unquestionably. Here are some of Prague’s best bars and nightspots for live music.
Down in the underground ‘vault’ of a building reported to be more than 1000 years old, you can listen to live jazz each and every night at Jazz & Blues Ungelt Club. Less than 100 metres away from the Old Town Square, and serving food too, this bar is a mix of knowledgeable regular locals and lucky tourists who stumble upon this gem of a jazz venue.
For some unknown reason, Prague has an abundance of bars and restaurants offering live piano recitals with your dinner or evening drink. To enjoy a live piano performance and a spectacular panorama with your dinner, head to Zlata Praha as this riverside venue offers romantic views of the Old Town. For piano, an Argentine steak and more find La Casa Argentina, which will swap the gentle piano playing for live bands and flamenco dancing on weekends.
Bordo is young Prague’s favourite for live music ranging from indie nights to hip-hop DJs. Located on Vinohradská, it is open every night until at least 2am, but be sure to check out its listings on Prague.dj to make sure you pick the right night for the music you like. Monday night is a big music night in Prague with two venues promising free live music.
Abaton is a reminder of how gigs used to be – loud, rough and smoky – but it’s worth it if you like your music to rock your socks off. The venue turns into a nightclub on the weekend hosting international DJs.
The other place to find free live music on a Monday is Roxy. One of Prague’s longest running nightclubs, this venue is a little slicker but the music is just as loud, attracting DJs and dance acts to its stage.
Cheap beer and local rock bands are on offer at the appropriately named Rock Café on Narodni in Prague’s New Town. This is a live music venue with multiple rooms, most of which have their own bar so long queues for the aforementioned cheap beer shouldn’t be an issue. A similar scene can be found at Futurum Music Bar where regular 80s and 90s themed nights keep locals happy. Don’t be surprised if they even dress like their 80s idols – complete with eye liner and The Cure-esque messy hair.
Of course if these nightlife options aren’t keeping you submerged in the culture you crave during the day in historic Prague, see if you can find tickets for a classical concert in the stunningly beautiful Municipal House. We can’t promise the beer will be as cheap or the dancing as wild, but it wouldn’t be a bad way to experience Prague’s brilliantly varied nightlife.