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Maxim, trendy bar & night club in Prague

Maxim (or should I say “M*XIM Bar”) is a club that opened about a year ago in Prague historical centre, and is located close to the old town square. Maxim has a cocktail bar on the ground floor, and a night club on their underground level. You’ll be asked to pay a fee to get in from 10 or 11pm, but only men will be asked to do so – it remains free for women.

The atmopshere is close to what you may get in any nice night club in a European capital – rather classy – and you’ll see girls (always gorgeous) dancing on each side of the bar. The music varies depending on the night – in any case, don’t expect to get cheesy music there at weekends!

Price wise, excepting the fact that you have to pay to get in (unusual in Prague), it is very reasonable. Drinks cost you about 150 CZK (approximately 6 euros), or even 100 CZK (approx. 4 euros) if you only get liquor. A bottle of champagne is about 2000 CZK (approx. 80 euros).

If you’re planning on going, don’t hesitate to book a table. It won’t cost you anything, and you’ll make sure you’re allowed to get in, even though the club is fully packed.

The bar is opened from 5pm to 2am, and the night club from 10pm to 5am (Friday and Saturday night).

Maxim Bar
Melantrichova 5
110 00 Prague 1
Tel (booking) : +(420) 776 151 517 or +(420) 778 401 330

 

Here below gives you a good idea of what it look like:

 

Potrefena Husa restaurants, Staropramen group

Burger Potrefena Husa (© Potrefena Husa)While walking in Prague’s centre, you will probably notice several Potrefena Husa restaurants. If you get in, you’ll see that they only have Staropramen beer or beers from the same group (for instance Stella Artois, which is distributed by Staropramen on the Czech market). This is simply due to the fact that this chain of restaurants was launched by the beer group.

A popular chain of restaurants

This chain of restaurants is very popular amongst the young working population (20-30 years of age), and the brand Potrefena Husa has succesfully developed in secondary cities namely in Plzen, Olomouc, Ostrava or Zlin. Potrefena Husa has now more than 30 restaurants operated in the Czech Republic.

Menus may vary depending on restaurants, but you’ll always find the Czech classic dishes (svickova, Plzen gulas, or pork schnitzel), as well as some very common international dishes such as burgers, chicken wings, grilled salmon and potato purée.

A great option for a cheap lunch

Some of the restaurants are located in the very centre – if you’re planning on going there for dinner, make sure you make a booking as they get very busy even during week days. At lunch time, you will be able to get the typical lunch menu (very common in Czech Republic) where you get a soup and a choice of 4 main dishes (one being light in calories). The soup will cost you approximately one euro, while the main dish costs from 4 to 6 euros – a great deal especially if you’re on a small budget. Still, one thing you may have to do is ask one of the waiters (who are always happy to help) to translate the lunch menu for you, as these are generally only on Czech.

Here below are some of Potrefena Husa restaurants in the centre :
Praha Hybernska – Dlážděná 1003, Prague 1 (Booking: +420 224 243 631)
Praha Národní třída – Národní třída 364/39, Prague 1 (Booking: +420 273 130 555)
Praha Vinhrady – Vinohradská 104, Prague 3 (Booking: +420 267 310 360)
Praha Holešovice – Dukelských hrdinů 696/43, Prague 7 (Booking: +420 233 931 003)

For more information and the menu, you may check Potrefena Husa website (only in Czech).

Parks in Prague : Letna, Riegrovy Sady, Stromovka…

Prague parksPrague has many parks and those located in the centre are without surprise the crowded ones during weekends, but also quite busy when you’re lucky enough with weather. Czech people are real sports lovers and you’ll see a number of cyclists, roller bladers and runners each day of the week when weather’s good enough… and in winter time you’ll only see brave people! 🙂

Stromovka, Prague’s largest park

Stromovka is Prague’s largest park (in the centre). There, you can find a small “kiosk” which is open all year round, and where you can buy drinks and snacks. In summer time, a great number of tables are put outside, and you’ll be able to enjoy your beer, grilled food from the barbecue and music as concerts are held on an occasional basis.
You’ll also find in Stromovka a restaurant called Vozovna Stromovka where you can get proper meals. You’ll often see families gathering around as the restaurant is located right next to the playground.
>> How to get there: Vystaviste Holesovice tram stop (n°12, 17 and 24 tram lines)

Letna park, a great view of the city

Letna is certainly the most famous park in Prague, namely thanks to its beer garden and the fantastic view of the city that you can enjoy from there. When in the beer garden, you’ll find plenty of tables where to sit, but in summer make sure you’re there early enough to have a spot to sit – let’s say by 7-8PM. For those who’d like something a bit more upmarket, you can a meal and drinks in the nearby restaurant called Letensky Zamecek. The outdoor area is slightly more informal than the indoor part.
>> How to get there:  Letenske namesti tram stop (n°1, 8, 25 and 26 tram lines)

Small parks in Prague

Riegrovy Sady and Havlickovy Sady are two smaller parks but still quite busy as they are near Vinohrady district, where a lot of expats and students live. It’s a very lively district with a great number of restaurants, bars and clubs. if your hotel or apartment is located in the centre, you’ll need to catch the metro to get there, even though you’d probably be better off just going to Letna!
>> How to get there: Namesti Miru metro station, Italska tram stop (n°11 et 13 tram lines)

And finally, Petrin is another nice park : it is a hill located behind Prague’s castle. It will be a perfect place to go if you’d like to enjoy a nice walk on Sunday after a busy day of visits, especially if you’re staying in Mala Strana district.
>> How to get there: Ujezd tram stop (n°6, 9, 12, 14, 20, 22 and 24 tram lines)