Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

Zlý Časy
A popular beer bar in Praha 4, Zlý Časy serves dozens of brews on tap and in bottles alongside a menu of hearty, meaty food.
Zlata Hvezda
Part of a mini-Czech chain specializing in 'traditional' accommodation, the Golden Star is the most upmarket of their hotels. An imposing position on the Royal Way gives the louder front rooms unbeatable views.
Zapa Bar
Refined is probably the best way of describing Zapa Bar. The customers don't tend to be beered up stag parties or drunken tourists, more sophisticated businessmen trying to impress their clients with expensive cigars and aged single malts.
Veltlin
Veltlin serves natural wines in its stylish monochrome space in Karlín, offering guests a taste of the former Austro-Hungarian empire.
Universal
Enjoy good French food in albeit slightly surreal surroundings. Out of the way but worth the visit.
Ungelt Jazz & Blues Club
Situated in a subterranean vault from the 11th century Ungelt certainly has character. The intimate surroundings of this jazz cellar make the music sound all that much better in our opinion.
Ultramarin
Though more an afternoon than an evening option food-wise, Ultramarin still boasts a good wide selection of dishes and is worth revisiting as a bar and nightclub come the night time.
U Zlateho Kola
Close to its stylish companion the Neruda, U Zlateho Kola or the Golden Wheel is a seamless blend of the old and the new.
U Zeleneho Caje
Charming, one room tea room off the Royal Way - the perfect place to grab a copy of the Prague Post and sit down with a cup of Mongolian Smoked and relax for an hour or two, while plotting where to find supper tonight.
U Zavoje
Upmarket and stylish, the location of U Zajove alone would make it worth a visit. As it is, the food, wine and ambiance are all pretty good too.
U Staré Pani
With a busy schedule of gigs lined up, the committed jazz head should not miss out on visiting 'At the old women's'.
U Maleho Glena
U Maleho Glena has become an institution, known for its booking of promising young Central European talent. The tiny basement club is so intimate and small that the music positively flows through anyone who can fit into the small room by the stage.
Tonino Lamborghini
Owned by the same people as the Caf̩ Savoy, Tonino Lamborghini Pastacaffe is one of the few cafes in Prague where you can feed your caffeine addiction with a truly spectacular blend.
Techtle Mechtle
A favourite among young party animals, 'Hanky Panky' provides a saucy night out for those who like to drink and dance in style.
Stavovske Divadlo
You'll soon begin to realise the greatest event to hit the city was Mozart's premiere of Don Giovanni. Every year they have a Don Giovanni season for a month. If this is too high-brow you can go and see a puppet version around the corner.
Sovov’y Mlyny
Hidden in the basement of Prague's Kampa Museum, the restaurant/cafe benefits from a lovely summer river terrace. Upstairs is an impressive space filled with leading contemporary and modern artists of the area.
Solidni Nejistota
Solidni has lost some of the cred it had in the early noughties, back then it was the hang-out of choice for the Czech B-lister. Today the club is still busy, full of a party crowd intent on getting drunk and shaking their unbelievably pert booty.
Smetana Hall
An ideal night out for classical music and opera fans or anybody else looking for a relaxed and classy evening out. Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Residence Retezova
Why stay at the Retezova? No bleary-eyed breakfasts, no frowning front desk staff pointedly looking at their watches as we crawl home at four in the morning and, best of all, so much space in the apartments you'll think you've rented a suite.
Potrefená Husa
This Vinohrady establishment is the original of the PotrefenÌÁ Husa chain of pubs in Prague.
Perla Hotel Prague
Decorated with enormous pearls, the Perla Hotel Prague is just a little bit kitsch and not far from the sights of the Old Town.
Parlour
A laidback bar on Krakovská, Parlour is a cocktail bar that manages to be popular, but not mainstream – it’s the drinking dream.
ON Club
This is Prague’s most up-to-date and most stylish gay venue. Three-floors have been reinvigorated by new management and in turn has attracted an equally energetic crowd.
Neruda
One of our favourite hotels in Prague the Designhotel Neruda has some beautifully designed rooms and suites just beneath the Castle
Naše Maso
A butcher shop and a restaurant a few nights a week, Naše Maso is your one stop shop for all things meaty in Prague’s Staré Město.
Momoichi Coffetearia
A Czech coffeehouse with Japanese sensibilities, Momoichi Coffetearia is a unique, utterly compelling cafe in Praha 2, serving delicious dishes, artisanal coffees and rare teas.
Modrý zub
Aromatic and spicey dishes abound in this tres chic Thai restaurant. Following the blue theme of so many other restaurants in Prague it sets itself apart with it's striking indoor furniture and friendly efficient service.
Mecca
Mecca is where the cool Czechs go to play. A good 20 minutes in a taxi from the Old Town Square, Mecca is the hipper, more full-on version of Radost. A reasonably eclectic music policy draws in Prague's brighter young things.
Mamaison Riverside Prague
The Mamaison Riverside Prague has rooms with large enveloping beds, a modern take on old-fashioned glamour and a hotel bar worth taking a digestif in.
Maitrea
If you are on the path of personal development, and in search of some positive energy, Maitrea, one of the new vegetarian restaurants in Prague, is the place for you.
M1
M1 is for the seriously hip young Czechs who flounce seductively on the deep red banquettes. Glamorous bar staff and overly-loud DJs control the proceedings and keep the bright young things jumping until dawn.
Lobkowicz Palace
Part of the Prague Castle complex, this cafe offers gorgeous views over the whole of Prague. Despite its prime tourist location the prices are not too high, and even if they were, the view would more than make up for it.
Lemon Café
After a trip around the extraordinary castle (don't miss the preserved DoDo in the Library) head for Lemon and tuck into their spread of delicious homemade cakes.
Le Patio
Le Patio's lifestyle shops are full of interesting little pieces for the garden, the dining room, and the home. Everything is for sale and one is not too disturbed by browsers. A lovely place to rest one's overly walked feet and enjoy a strong coffee
Le Clan
This sizable club has everything you need to keep you partying in to the early hours. For those who don't feel like dancing, the comfy sofas will provide you with ample space to spread out and enjoy a drink.
La Finestra
Italian chef, Riccardo Lucque opened this - his second restaurant  - in 2009 and diners have been lapping up their Italian meat specialties ever since...
La Bodeguita Del Medio
One of the livelier bars in Prague is La Bodeguita Del Medio. Drink, dance and be merry -- with expertly-crafted mojito in-hand, of course.
Kozicka
Kosicka has been around for years, and has maintained a loyal and local clientele who know and love the place. Great place to have a drink or two and introduce yourself to a local, perfect for those wanting to perfect their pidgin-Czech.
Kogo
Kogo has managed to maintain its extraordinary popularity over the last few years with delicious Italian food at affordable prices...
Karlovy Lazne
The self-proclaimed 'largest club in Middle Europe' provides five floors of like-minded early 20 somethings. Occasional name DJs make appearances - otherwise it's a good, old-fashioned night on the tiles.

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