I'm not a big clubber but this place has to be seen to be believed. It's located in a rundown old tenement in the suburbs of Prague. When you arrive you're confronted with an entrance that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie - all shiny metal and whirling cogs. Inside some mad inventor has been at work, creating the most imaginitive interior I've ever seen using old junk. Moving mechanics, old seats from public transport and strange light shows are the order of the day. It's a visual spectacle and a half. My favourite bit is the lights made out of old lemon squeezers.
Cross Club Plynární 1096/23, Praha 7
Not far from Holesovice metro station
A little way out of town but easily accessed on foot from the centre. This is a great little restaurant that we went to in order to celebrate a friend’s birthday. They accommodated a booking for 12 at short notice even though the place was jam packed. Food is good and the atmosphere is excellent. They even brought free tequilas for the whole table because they knew we were celebrating. Great menu of cocktails, even I took a rest from my favoured tipple (beer) to try out the Ernest Hemingway Special.
80469 München, Germany
Leppin's "Blaugast" and "Severin's Journey into the dark" are the best books to accompany a journey to Prague. Both feature seedy, dubious characters wandering around the old town at the beginning of the 20th century. The books are thoroughly depraved, but very good indeed.
Best places to buy this book are Palac Knih on Vaclavske Nam (the English language section is downstairs) and Shakespeare and Sons on Krymska.
Old fashioned cinema entered through a corridor running through communist-looking tenements and accessed through a courtyard. In summer you can buy beer from a little kiosk in the courtyard and sup it before your film. In winter there's a decent bar and you are allowed to take drinks into the auditorium with you. The cinema's piece de resistance is the fact that the chairs in the auditorium boast drinks holders designed to allow you to line up a beer, a glass of water and a shot side-by-side. Shows arthouse and mainstream films with a decent sprinkling of English language films. Towards the end of 2009 price of entry hovered around the 100kc mark.
13000 Praha, Czech Republic
271 771 349
Trams 9 or 26 to Biskupcova
Public transport in Prague is cheap and Plentiful. What's more is that it goes on throughout the night. Night trams have numbers in the 50s. One thing worth knowing is that all night trams go through Lazarska/Karlovo Namesti (Charles Square). So, if you know that tram 56 goes past your hotel you can jump on any night tram and change here to your required tram.
Lazarska/Karlovo Namesti (Charles Square)
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