Tretter’s- Renowned as one of the world’s best bar, Tretter’s is a New York style bar standing with its head high since 1928. Gastronomic and Barman tradition oozes as you walk past the buff bouncer on the door and find your seat at one of the mahogany tables. The red décor calls for a trendy crowd and the loud music makes you leave your seats and dance. For millennials like me who don’t mind packed crowds when it comes to dancing and drinking, this bar caps Prague’s nightlife. However, unlike other bars there was one exciting feature which we didn’t expect them to have, that is, food. Once our feet started hurting and our stomachs started grumbling real late in the night we asked the waiter if there was a food truck or a small pizza joint open nearby. The waiter smiled and presented us with a food menu and in that moment this bar superseded all. It became the perfect stop to finish up with Prague and its nightlife.
Kazimierz, an important historical district of Krakow, located south of the Old Town, was once independent and had a mixed population of Christians and Jews. It was founded by Kazimierz III Wielki in 1335 and saw massive development with the passage of time and some of its iconic synagogues, churches and museums can still be seen today. It also unfortunately witnessed its share of destruction in the form of plagues, floods and fires. During the outbreak of the Second World War, it transformed into a predominantly Jewish district with the quintessential atmosphere of one. While most members of the community were gruesomely murdered during the Holocaust, some 6000 survived and presently, the existence of kosher restaurants and klezmer music in the Jewish Quarter helps in bringing out the essence of its population despite the fact that Kazimierz is basically a run-down area. It must be mentioned that Steven Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’s Factory’, although shot mostly in the nearby Podgorze suburb, greatly prevented Kazimierz from turning into a forgotten district. Make sure you see the Galicia Jewish Museum, the Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Old and High Synagogues. Also hop over to Podgorze and visit the (in) famous factory. Kazimierz is a 2 kilometre walk from the Old Town Square. Trust your feet.
Ice pubI met a Chinese guy while walking down the maze and tower, we talked for a while about how they teach English in Chinese and about our plans for the following days. I had some coupons for free drinks in the Ice Pub from my hostel and neither of us felt we shouldn't use it. Which made us trace our way back to the city, and near Charles bridge was the Ice Pub. After paying a minimal entry fee we were provided with gloves and jacket to survive the minus degrees inside. Its freezing cold inside and drinking anything other that warm liquor will leave you motionless. We both took some Red bull+Vodka and danced to the music inside. They have a time limit of 15 minutes to stay inside the Ice pub after which you will be asked to leave. One time experience with a random stranger who turned out to be a nice guy :)
MUST TRY LIQUORS: Absinthe, Cannabis Beer & PilsnerHIGHLY RECOMMENDED BARS: Hemingway Bar and Anonymous BarDAY 3Nuclear Bunker MuseumYou can opt for Nuclear Bunker Tour, which cannot be done without a guided tour. Don’t worry; this guided tour will surely be memorable as you go 5 storeys underground to see the effects of the Cold War and the dreadful historic past that this city has witnessed! The Nuclear Bunker Tour will give you the perfect feel of the past and promises to send a chill down the spine!
Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden
Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden OK so it’s not an actual attraction but it’s definitely a “go visit” place, especially during the summer. The Czech Republic is one of the world’s biggest producers of beer so its only right that while your here you indulge in a “local delicacy”…! On any given day with nice weather, Riegrovy Sady’s Beer Garden is packed with thirsty drinkers of all shapes and sizes; Czech, tourist, and expat alike. With a large projector screen, 3 different kinds of beer on tap, cocktails, wine, grilled food, and enough space for over 1000 visitors, it’s hard to not be happy here. TIP ALERT: Centrally located within the charming neighborhood of Vinohrady, Riegrovy Sady’s Beer Garden can be reached by any transport that connects to Náměstí Míru or Jiřího z Poděbrad, which are both a short walk away. Bus 135 stops at Na Smetance, which is very close to the main entrance of the park, and tram 11 stops at Italská, which is also close. Riegrovy Sady’s Beer Garden is opened from April to October.
Parlour- Similar to Cash Only and Hemingway, Parlour had a seating about 20 people too. But unlike those finding this bar was a little tricky. After Google maps led us to its location we had to find a flight of stairs that actually let us in to the bar. When we came face to face with the bar my mind drifted back home as you step in to see an average cozy living room with simple wooden tables and a rugged doormat. But as you march in your eyes divert to the owners of the living room who have transformed into bartenders for the night. They go around meeting and greeting everyone and serve you drinks that you don’t see embossed on any menu. As for music they chose slow jazz to fill up the silence and create the perfect setting for an intimate evening. Keeping the intimacy in mind I remember that the bar also limits reservations up to only four people, luckily that was us. Nonetheless, Parlour is a must to go for anyone who isn’t entertained by simple drinks like whiskey on the rocks, or a dirty martini and would instead enjoy a serving of vintage cocktail glasses filled with fine alcohol mixed in Japanese style.
Black Angel's Bar
Black Angel- Some might refer to it as one of Prague’s sightseeing points. Located in the U Prince hotel of Old Town Square, the bar is centrally placed and easy to find. This might seem like an advantage but is not as it is usually crowded. We got to know this once we had a personal talk with the bartender. He told us that Black Angel was the only bar that served personal recipes created by Alois Krcha, a man who devoted his life to revolutionize the art of bartending, which led to millions entering through its doors. And in order to give the millions their best and to trademark themselves as Prague’s best cocktail bar, the Black Angel had invested heavily in crafting its own unique glasses to give an overall different experience with each drink. An experience that I believe was elevated by the setting the bar is placed in. As you go down the stairs you enter a cave which is lit by multitude shelves that are filled with fine spirits. Vintage pieces like pocket watches, treasure chests, and fake gold coins are spread out. The waiters are dressed in 1930’s wardrobe and the room is refined with a touch of soft jazz music or a live piano performance. An ideal spot to for ladies to shine their pearls and for men to flash their gold ring at.