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Top five bars in Prague


Prague offers everything from baroque cocktail bars to 1950s-style swing bars. Verity Hogan explores a selection of the best

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Barego
With its sleek marble bar, pillar-box-red seating and blue stalactite lights emerging from the ceiling, the interior of Barego is the epitome of contemporary style. Its cocktail list is equally impressive, featuring a rich mixture of new creations and traditional favourites, but it is the original mixes that really set this bar apart; be sure to try the Peach Chocolate Martini with frozen blackcurrant juice, peach purée, lemon juice and white-chocolate-infused vodka or the sharper Mandarin Passion with its blend of mandarin vodka, lime and passion fruit.

Barego, Nebovidská 1, 118 00 Prague, +420 233 088888

Bugsy’s Bar
Bugsy’s Bar takes its inspiration from 1950s America with a retro décor and staff sporting suits and ties. Every barman is also a highly trained mixologist, capable of creating every drink imaginable; name any ingredient and the team will design a drink tailored to your tastes. Its recently renovated interior is equally well-executed; a chrome bar fitted with flashes of neon is set opposite a comfortable leather banquette that runs the length of the room, while a tiled floor adds to the historic ambience. The drink selection is extensive; be brave and try one of the Japanese sake cocktails, guaranteed to deliver a kick.

Bugsy’s Bar, Pařižská 10, 110 00 Prague, +420 840 284797

Cloud 9
Offering panoramic views of the Prague skyline, Cloud 9 is one of the city’s most spectacularly situated bars. Happily, its interior is similarly impressive; designed by Philip Rodgers, it features luxurious red furnishings and ambient lighting. Its cocktails were devised by award-winning mixologist Roman Uhlíř, who took inspiration from the bar’s lofty location to come up with a menu filled with new creations. The Sky Berry cocktail, combining rum and Aperol with strawberry liqueur and lime, is one of the menu’s highlights, while the Stratosphere pucks a punch with its mix of Passoã liqueur, pastis, absinthe and fresh fruit juices.

Cloud 9, Hilton Prague, Pobřežní 1, 186 00 Prague, +420 224 842999

Duplex
Duplex is one of Prague’s most prestigious nightspots; a host of socialites and celebrities are known to frequent the space after dark, attracted by its state-of-the-art sound system, light show and drinks selection. Each weekend different DJs take over the music selection, while those less inclined to dance can recline on the comfortable lounge-style seating. The multi-level space is sure to keep visitors entertained until closing time, while design details such as glass walls and a sprawling terrace give it the edge over its rivals.

Duplex, Václavské náměstí 21, 113 60 Prague, +420 732 221111

Radost FX
With its blush-toned walls, dramatic red upholstery and baroque gilt mirrors, Radost FX is one of Prague’s most visually impressive bars. The beautiful yet cosy design is complemented by a drinks selection boasting more than 390 different possibilities and an international food menu filled with comfort-food favourites. Every weekend the Gallery room plays host to international DJs playing a varied soundtrack, while the kitchen stays open into the early hours. Be sure to try one of the house cocktails; the Bomb, combining absinthe, peach vodka, Bols blue curaçao and orange juice, is delicious but potent.

Radost FX, Bělehradská 120, 120 00 Prague, +420 603 181500

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