Like most modern European cities, the Czech capital of Prague has an ancient soul. This history is experienced best in Old Town—the medieval heart of an ever more progressive city. After a long day exploring, there’s no better way to start off the night than with a cold brew or a freshly shaken cocktail at one of this neighborhood’s hidden joints. Here are our favorites.
If you value the journey over the destination, then the Hangar Bar, located in the ‘cocktail quarter’ of Dušní 9, Prague 1, is for you. Inspired by aviation from the 1940s to 60s, this themed bar is divided into two distinct sections. The Hangar Pilot’s Lounge is a quiet space filled with memorabilia from the glory days of Pan Am Airlines, including the body of a Clipper aircraft, around which waitresses are dressed as stewardesses. The Hangar Club is dedicated to Hollywood stunt pilots, airplane mechanics, and WWII pilots of the 1940s and 50s who represented the rougher side of modern aviation. Enjoy the lively atmosphere with one of the bar’s aviation-themed drinks.
Hanger Bar, Dušní 9, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 724 004 305
On the trendy Old Town Dlouha Street, El Mojito Café offers locals and tourists alike an escape at the end of a long day. Natural wood accents warm the space, while Latin-style artwork and bric-a-brac scattered on the walls, ceiling and various shelves create a relaxing environment. The real stars of El Mojito Café are the exotic cocktails though; all artfully assembled with fresh fruit and carefully balanced blends. Take a cue from the bar’s name and start with a mojito. With 19 different kinds on the menu, there’s bound to be one that tickles your fancy.
El Mojito Cafe, Dlouhá, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 776 872 989
Named one of the top four hotel bars in the world at the prestigious annual spirit awards ceremony, Tales of the Cocktail, Black Angel’s Bar is a must visit for any cocktail-lover in Prague. Located in the renovated Gothic-style cellar of the Hotel U Prince in Old Town Square, the bar’s atmosphere pulsates with centuries-old energy, despite its 1930s public-house theme. Enjoy one of history’s forgotten drinks, like the gin-based Corpse Reviver, as you relax on one of the rich, red leather banquettes and revel in the opulence.