When I published my list of best Prague restaurants and cafes in the 1990s a couple weeks ago, I immediately got pushback from readers who rightly wondered “What about clubs and bars?” Just as with new restaurants, the ‘90s were an incredibly fertile period for new dance clubs, music venues, pubs, cocktail bars and whatever else. Czechs had a rich tradition of underground music venues, holes in the wall, and happenings going back decades. The thousands of foreigners who came to the city after the Velvet Revolution brought with them fresh ideas and an openness to reconfiguring existing venues – including some of Prague’s most-famous buildings – to suit new, more-salacious purposes. It proved a potent mix.
Here below is a long list (alphabetized and organized by neighborhood) of what I remember as the most popular or important bars and clubs that operated in Prague in 1990s. The list will certainly be too long for general readers, but my hope is that by publishing the names and short descriptions of these places, I’ll give them a home on the web to pop up in future internet searches. The list is a work in progress and inevitably slanted toward my own experiences. I encourage readers in the comments section below to correct any errors and to add places that I overlooked or never knew about. I’m indebted to the members of the Expats in Prague in the 90s Facebook group as well as two helpful articles written by Marek Gregor for Reflex magazine (I’ve included links to the articles at the end). Adam Trachtman* supplied the beautiful image of Roxy at the top. Nela Rimmerova sent several photos of old posters and flyers. Thank you!