Looking for info on NYE Parties in Prague for 2011/2012?
If you’re looking for a city to visit and see in the New Year, Prague is definitely deserving of a place on the shortlist.
Where to party
Club, bar or restaurant is your choice here. Many restaurants have special New Year’s Eve menus, often with music and entertainment. One of the biggest restaurant parties is at Hergetova Cihelna, right by Charles Bridge, but the whole Kampa Group of restaurants have something going on. Some bars sell tickets for their New Years parties, so if you find a place you like in the days before NYE, buy tickets. If clubbing is more your thing, there’s plenty of choice, in both location and musical style. Larger venues will often have their own fireworks display too. We’ll be keeping this page updated as and when more venues make their events public.
Most restaurant parties are likely to set you back 2,000Kc plus per person, much more than you’d usually pay for a meal at any of these places. But New Years only comes round once a year (thankfully!). Better deals are to be had outside the very centre.
Ambiente Brasileiro, U Radnice – “Samba Rhythms” 2,495kc per person – something of a premium on the usual all-you-can-eat price of under 600Kc, and the site is short on details of what’s included, as of this writing. Handy for the river (a short walk from the Rudolfinum, where you’ll have a decent view of the midnight fireworks). Don’t try the other branch – it’s closed for a private party.
La Casa Argentina, Dlouha – “Spirit of Latin America”, 1,800Kc or 2150Kc depending on choice of menu. Drinks extra. A short walk from Old Town Square. Live music and dancing, fireworks at midnight.
La Bodeguita Del Medio, Kaprova – “Cuban Style”, 800Kc (Tapas menu), 1,650Kc or 1,800Kc. Drinks extra. LaBdelM is the sister restaurant of La Casa Argentina.
Grosseto Marina, Alsovo Nabrezi – “River Party” is making the most of its floating location right by Manesuv Most (Manes Bridge, one bridge north of Charles Bridge) and the Rudolfinum. The food is an all you can eat buffet and there will be live music. Tickets can be purchased directly from the restaurant for 3,500Kc. The partying continues to 4am.
Kampa Group‘s restaurants in Mala Strana (Hergetova Cihelna, Kampa Park and Cowboys) are all putting on a party, with prices starting from 3,500Kc it’s not for the light of wallet but the views from the restaurants’ terraces for the midnight fireworks are exceptional
Mozaika, Nitranska – is bound to be popular with the locals. It’s a little out of the centre (right near Jiriho z Podebrad metro, 4 stops from Staromestska (near the aforementioned Rudolfinum). Their very reasonably priced New Year’s menu at 549Kc for 3 courses plus 2 amuses bouches looks tremendous and would be a good solution if you prefer to keep your eating low key and party elsewhere, or just follow the eating with watching the fireworks.
Hilton Prague‘s (Pobrezni, near Florenc) restaurants and bars have a variety of party options too.
Papa’s, Bethlemske Namesti – “Hair”, More bar than restaurant, you can go for the open bar only at 1,875Kc including beer, wine, cocktails from the extensive menu and branded spirits, or add food for another 1,000kc. 70s.80s/90s music all night long, a fire show, bottle of bubbly at midnight, and a 5,000Kc gift voucher prize for the best dressed guest (in fancy dress in the style of 70s movie Hair).
Bugsy’s, Parizska – Prague’s pre-eminent cocktail bar can be relied on to mix great drinks. A smallish venue, but handy for Old Town Square.
If you’re more interested than dancing than eating, Prague’s clubs are on hand. From the plush to the down-and-dirty.
Lucerna Music Bar, Vodickova “80s & 90s Video Party”. If it ain’t broke… Lucerna’s 80s and 90s music video nights have been keeping Prague dancing for nearly two decades now. Handily located just off Wenceslas Square. Tickets are 495Kc and can be bought directly at the venue or from the TicketPro or TicketStream websites. If you’re peckish, Hospoda v Lucerne is part of the same complex. Futurum, Lucerna’s sister club over on the other side of the river has a similar night planned, for 200Kc less.
Karlovy Lazne, near Charles Bridge – self-described biggest music club in Central Europe, this old tourist favourite can be relied on for a fun night out. Don’t wear your fancy clothes though.
SaSaZu, Holesovice – “3D Disco SaSaZoo Journey to 2111” – a varied evening in Prague’s shiniest club. Out of the center but not so far that you won’t see the fireworks if you’re outside at midnight. Tickets from 1,299Kc, VIP all inclusive tickets are 5,000Kc. There’s a well-rated restaurant onsite too.
Music Club Ocko, Vysehrad – “Party Ride Live”. More popular with locals, Ocko used to be Club Velvet, then Hany Bany. More of the same really, in this subterranean dance club. DJs and Ibiza dancers are amongst the entertainment provided.
Obcanska Plovarna, a sizeable restaurant & club complex right on the river between Malostranska and Cechuv Most is throwing an 80s and 90s party too. Food is a buffet affair and is included in the 2010Kc ticket price, as is a half-bottle of Czech bubbly.
Retro Music Hall, Namesti Miru – no details as yet, just ‘Resident DJs’ playing. Street level is a restaurant, so your food and dancing needs are all taken care of in one building.
In case there’s any we’ve missed, this TicketStream link should list all the events they’re selling tickets for.
If you want to carry on partying till halfway through New Year’s Day, Studio 54, on Hybernska, just re-opened and a short walk from Namesti Republiky, is your destination.
Night on the town
If you don’t fancy paying to party, Prague’s streets are relatively safe, but take care especially in Wenceslas Square or Charles Bridge – people often bring their own fireworks and bangers and they’re not afraid to let them off right in front of you. Not for the faint of heart. Wrap up warm too! There will be a stage in Old Town Square with shows for children during the day then various acts, including a Beatles revival band and a drag show keeping you entertained till midnight. Expect many of the food and drink stands in the square to stay open late to keep you fed and watered, and warm with mulled wine.
You’re going to want to be outside, with a clear view of the skyline for this. If you’re partying somewhere near the river you should be able to see most of the fireworks. One of the best spots is in front of the Rudolfinum concert hall, right by the river, but not too crowded. If you’ve bought tickets for a party remember to get your hand stamped or comply with however it is the venue wants to handle re-entry.
If you celebrate a little too exuberantly you’re probably going to need something solid to eat. Our choice for hangover food is Bohemia Bagel, with three locations in Prague you’re bound to be near one of them.
No fireworks display on the 1st
The City of Prague usually puts on a big Firework display in late afternoon on New Year’s Day, last year it was from a barge floating in the Vltava between Cechuv and Stefanikuv Bridges. this year due to budget constraints (last years cost 1.5 million crowns), sadly there won’t be a display. Here’s a video from 2010’s show.
If you haven’t got accommodation booked yet, there’s still time for us to find you a hotel or apartment in Prague.