BY CHARLOTTE SPAETH
Located in the trendy neighborhood of Vinohrady, Radost has been serving good food and good times since 1991. From its origin as a small Czech photography gallery and CD store, Radost has turned into one of the oldest and most popular nightclubs in Prague. By day, the modern décor is home to the first vegetarian restaurant in Prague, while Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights the downstairs hosts a lively club scene of locals and visitors alike. On Thursdays the club features FX Bounce, a series of hip-hop and urban music, but Friday and Saturday are strictly dedicated to electronic music. The site of pop-singer Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop the Music” music video, Radost FX has been widely regarded as one of the best clubs in all of Europe.
Home to one of the best 80’s and 90’s nights in Prague, Lucerna Music Bar has been a weekend hot spot in Prague for over 22 years. The historic location hosts various concerts from local and international bands, including Earth Wind and Fire, Major Lazer, Two Door Cinema Club and more. The space was originally used as a theater since 1909 for cabaret shows but then turned into an underground club during the days of communism. In October 1995, Lucerna turned towards its new era as a club and concert venue. In addition to the concert series, the club is known for their 80’s and 90’s video parties. Each Friday and Saturday night the biggest names and musical hits from the past few decades appear on a large video screen in the club drawing audiences from all walks of life.
Klub 007 Strahov:
Club 007 is one of the original underground clubs in Prague and home to a vast history and variety of music. Originally based out of the basement of Czech Technical University in 1969, 007 was a hot spot for students studying at the university. It was a home for student revolts during the Velvet Revolution and has since revitalized its image in a post-Communist Prague. Since 1989 the club has become the ultimate hub in Prague for new music in an historically friendly, underground environment. Still housed in the basement of a dorm building, 007 is known for providing the hottest music of the decade no matter the genre, including punk, rock, hip-hop, reggae and more.
Dating back to 1919, Chapeau Rouge is one of the most historical clubs in Prague. Following the Art Nouveau style, the club is home to three floors, four different bars and a variety of different performance spaces. The club has managed to stay at the forefront of the Prague night scene by leaving the past behind and welcoming the new cultural era in 1994. Hosting a different DJ every night, Rouge quickly became a well-known name in Prague and with the popularity came massive renovations. The ground floor is home to a classic Irish pub theme while the second floor brings an avant-garde artistic style to the club. The third floor is the most recently renovated, boasting an array of traditional Czech street art. On any given night, one can hear indie rock, pop and all sorts of electronic music.
Since its opening in 1995, Bugsy’s has been the go-to spot for cocktails in Prague. Although the venue debuted with a classic Mojito, Bugsy’s is now home to a variety of specialty and traditional cocktails. Some of these include the French Gipsy, Dutch Daisy and other original drinks. The bar quickly rose to fame after its opening, being named one of the best bars in Prague in 1996, 2008, 2009. In 2010 after a series of renovations, the venue rebooted the classic Bugsy’s menu featuring handwritten stories about each drink rather than listing them gastronomically. This 1940’s bar with a modern twist will forever be known as the godfather of the cocktail industry in Prague.
Reduta Jazz Club:
Known as the headquarters for jazz in the Czech Republic, Reduta was founded in 1957 by a group of musicians and theatricals hoping to establish a new scene in Prague. Reduta quickly gained the reputation as the most liberal art scene in the city, attracting artists from all around the world. However, the real fame came after the Velvet Revolution when the club and its artists were able to gain recognition for their success. In its long life the club has hosted jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong, BB King, Ronnie Scott and more. United States President Bill Clinton has even played at the club twice. Today Reduta carries on the tradition, hosting talented Czech and international talent in a cozy atmosphere.