If you feel like catching some live music in Prague, you’re in luck. Whatever your style – rock, indie or maybe jazz—the Czech Republic’s capital is home to lots of great venues where music goes on well into the early morning. Culture Trip takes a look at some that are worth a visit next time you are in town.
Reduta Jazz Club
Prague has a few great jazz clubs, but Reduta is perhaps the most famous (and the oldest). Bill Clinton played impromptu saxophone here, and today the club attracts some of the biggest names in music. Aside from live jazz, you can also catch big band performances, swing, modern jazz forms like jazz pop and blues. From 7pm on Saturday you can stop by to catch their popular “Famous Swing Melodies” live performances. No reservations or advance tickets are needed in most cases, just settle into one of their luxurious red-velvet seats and grab a drink at their well stocked bar while you wait for the performance to start.
Forum Karlin is a multifunctional hall and indoor arena. While it sometimes hosts conventions, congresses and social events, it’s also a major venue for concerts and musical performances. Forum Karlin is where you head to if you want to catch alternative performers, especially those who mix classical music with modern sounds, like Lindsey Sterling or Apocalyptica.
One of the things that makes Forum Karlin special is the use of stage technology, which allows performers to use complex visual effects along with perfect acoustics. If you want to catch a show at Forum Karlin, remember to get tickets in advance. The performers here are big enough that your chances to get same day tickets are pretty small.
Located in a 1927 Art Deco building, Palác Akropolis is a theater, bar and club combined into one. If you’re looking for indie rock, up-and-coming bands, or ‘world’ music, this is the place to go. Akropolis’ main venue is its basement stage, where you can catch big names and bands in concert (tickets in advance are a must for these). The bar area sometimes features lots of DJs, or you can head to the smaller stage to catch underground and Czech bands. Due to the fact drinks here are relatively cheap, compared to other clubs in Prague, the club can get very crowded, even on nights where no major acts are playing.
A former warehouse located right behind the train tracks, MeetFactory is industrial and definitely alternative. An art gallery and theater during the day, the space becomes a live music venue at night (and the place to catch alternative cross-genre bands and international up-and-coming performers). Especially happening during the summer months, when many events take place in the building’s outdoor area.
Lucerna Music Bar and Club
During the week, Lucerna hosts some of the best, new Czech bands. At the weekends, you’ll find 80–90s music played by renowned DJs. International alternative bands play here occasionally and chances are you can get tickets at the door. Lucerna is hip, loud and can get crowded, but there is no pretentiousness here. It’s a great place to catch live music when you don’t feel like getting all dolled up for a night out.