Fortunately, Prague is a city filled with things to do after the work day is over, ranging from underground clubs featuring the best young bands and DJs, to some of the greatest classical entertainment in Europe. Whether your tastes run to art openings, opera, or all-night dancing, Prague has something for everyone.
As one of Europe’s cultural centers for much of the last 600 years, Prague has a well-developed tradition of excellence in classical music and theater. The National Theater (Národnídivaldo) boasts an excellent blend of classical pieces, contemporary productions, and even avant-garde theatrical experiences. The original location of the national theater, (located at tram stop Národnídivadlo, on the 9,17, 18, 22 or a short walk from metro stations Národnítřída or Můstek on the B line) is worth a visit if for nothing more than to see the beautiful Czech Revival murals covering the interior.
Newer productions typically take place at Nováscéna, located in the brutalist glass-and-concrete building next to the stately National Theatre. Nováscéna also doubles as a hangout spot during the day for students from FAMU, Prague’s world famous film school.
Other smaller theaters can be found all over the city, some of which offer international-friendly programs. One especially worth mentioning is Divadlo Na Zábradlí (Anenskénáměstí 5) which was where Czech playwright and former president Václav Havel got his start.
Dance Like It’s Friday Night
Perhaps you prefer to spend your downtime shaking your hips and moving your feet to the newest beats?
Although swarms of clubs line Dlouháulice in Old Town, most serious club-going locals avoid these places, with a handful of exceptions. Nod and Roxy (both at Dlouhá 33) are both part of the same club, which is known for bringing in top-end foreign DJs and hosting experimental art exhibitions. Locals often drink at the cafe upstairs (Nod) during the week.
If you’re looking for something more exotic, Holešovice’s legendary Cross Club (Plynární23, a few meters away from NádražíHolešovice is another mandatory destination. Cross Club’s enormous steam-punk inspired exterior sculpture is famous on its own, but the real attraction are the three floors of music, ranging from drum n’bass to hardcore jungle, or even live music.
Cross Club can get incredibly crowded as the night wears on, so many people prefer to come early and stake a spot out.
Prague also features world-class concerts. Although most big-name concerts take place at the various large theaters and sporting arenas in Prague, smaller concerts can be found daily at various clubs around Prague.
Perhaps the best way to find out about up-coming concerts is through the website http://www.goout.cz (available in English and in Czech), which not only gives concert listings for both Brno and Prague, but also details other events such as poetry readings, movie openings, and gallery exhibitions.
If you’re a fan of just stumbling upon good shows, several bars (which double as concert venues) exist—Rock Cafe (Národní20) has an upper floor, which is a bar, while the basement serves as a venue for a wide variety of hard rock and metal shows.
Over in Smíchov, Meetfactory (Ke sklárně15, near tramstop Lihovar on the 12, 14, and 16) is another well-known venue hosting art shows and live music. Many of the biggest and hippest names in independent music play here, as well as local Czech favorites.
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