|In a speech before the European Parliament, over a quarter of a century ago in May of 1990, Czech
President Vaclav Havel said: "The only idea that inspires our internal and international policies is an idea based on the respect of human rights in general and of the uniqueness of each individual human being..." So it's no coincidence that the Czech people were among the first to suggest a league of nations to form a lasting world peace. Respect for diversity is at the very core of the Czech soul.
Prague become an important trading post in the early part of the last millennium. It was
around then the current sections of the centre started to take shape.
The centrepiece of the city skyline is Prague Castle. Looking at it during a clear night
from the banks of the Vltava river is an experience no one could ever forget.
The stunning Charles Bridge across the Vltava River.
It's foundation was laid as early as the 880's AD but it was not until the 1130's that it became a properly fortified castle. An in-depth tour complete with all the museums and gardens will easily fill a day if not two. The dominant landmark of the castle and truly of the entire city is the breathtaking St. Vitus Cathedral.
The castle is adjacent to the Hradcany (The Czech word for castle is actually Hrad) section of Prague. The most attractive part of Hradcany is the Square, from which a view of the western line of the Terzian palaces of Prague Castle with the towers of St. Vitus Cathedral soaring above them opens up. From the castle, a ten minute walk down a picturesque lane will lead you to Small Town, the location of most foreign embassies and then on to the Charles Bridge, an ancient pedestrian walkway lined with magnificent gothic statues.
St Nicholas' Church.
Among the many historic sights you'll find after crossing the bridge are The Jewish Quarter, Old Town Square - a breathtaking square surrounded by ancient churches and a wonderful Bavarian clocktower with working characters every hour, and New Town, home of the National Museum, Art Gallery and Prague's modern shopping and restaurant district.
The Old Town Square.
Bars and Clubs
There are more than a dozen gay bars and clubs in the city. Friends Bar moved and changed owners several times and is not the large gay hang-out neighbourhood bar
that it used to be a decade or so ago. Nowadays it's known as a Gay-friendly party bar open until 6am with regular themed nights, DJs & weekly karaoke sessions. We recommend checking with a local website like Prague.GayGuide.Net for the
latest information on the ever-changing bar and club scene before a night out.
The infamous Pinocchio bar of years ago has also changed its name and is under new management. It's now Club Temple. It's still a bar for rentboys and their admirers.
In the Czech Republic prostitution and the promotion of prostitution is legal provided the prostitute is at least 18 yrs old. Escape Club moved from Prokopova to Jame 8 in Prague 1,
and is still one of the main strip clubs in Prague, but their prices, service charges and entrance fees are high. Another strip club is Drake's, which also has live shows, video screens and a friendly bar with rent boys often available but locals regard it as a bit of a gay tourist trap.
A great venue for first time gay visitors. The Dance club TerMIX is smaller, but certainly a great place too.
The Saints Bar is a small gay bar in the heart of Vinohrady gay quarter, around the corner from Club TerMIX and
offers excellent drinks, good music and a friendly vibe.|
The newly relocated Alcatraz gay cruise club & bar is popular with Prague's leather crowd. This attitude-free club features a well-equipped with
dark room, maze play areas and a bar. Regular themes with dress codes include naked, underwear, sports and masked nights.
VIP Parking area at Termix.
Klub 21 is a basement brick-walled Czech pub has been a popular hangout for LGBT locals for many years. The walls of Klub 21 are decorated
with local purchasable art. It has relatively cheap beer and friendly staff.
Opened in 2010, the gay-friendly Cafe Bar Flirt in the Old Town is a nice place for coffee in the afternoon or cocktails in the evening. The stylish
interior makes for a pleasant atmosphere.
There's a new gay bar in Vinohrady gay district. Dandy serves great signature cocktails, phenomenal wine, Japanese whisky, strong black coffee as well
as food. Expect funky tunes, sexy dancing and a good mix of crowd. Closed on Mondays.
Also worth mentioning are Club Strelec which is a local gay bar that serves as the premier meeting place for the bear community. Strelec has very cheap beer with mostly bears and older guys. Also,
Jampa Dampa a music bar and nightclub with karaoke, live music and shows. It has a good mix of crowd.
Saunas and Sex Shops
There are lots of options when it comes to gay saunas and sex shops in Prague.
Sauna Babylon in Prague 1 not only have a full sauna, but a bar and fitness area also.
Sauna Bonbonalso has a bar from which you can access the spa area, then take a warm shower, and enjoy the Finnish dry sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, private relaxation cabins with TV, or the open relaxation area with a large plasma TV. They have naked nights Tuesdays and Thursdays, and encourage a younger under 25 crowd on Saturdays with a half price admission.
Sauna Labyrinth has modern, well-equipped facilities including Finnish sauna, Bio sauna,
whirlpool, steam cabin, dark room, private cabins, relaxation room, TV room, bar, massage. It has a naked party on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Sauna David is one of the oldest saunas in Prague. The sex shop Heaven Praha, spol. s r.o. in Prague 2 is an erotic shop, cinema and bar located near Charles square. They play movies every night in the cinema and each night is dedicated to different tastes (bears, group sex, etc.).
There is a wide variety of hotel accommodation of every standard available and you can check out the best deals together with
reviews at our hotel partners Booking.
Jean of Prague GayGuide.net who helped compile this guide also recommends the Prague Center Guest Residences. They
have four apartments located in central Prague (Districts 1 and 2) and one near the center (district 9).
They range in size from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms and are within walking distance of most of Prague's tourist attractions and gay venues.
The English speaking hosts are gay and are extremely helpful and they can answer all your questions about Prague and the current gay scene at check-in.
This guide has been compiled with the assistance of Jean of Prague.GayGuide.net which features a whole host of information about the city.
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Friends (Bartolomejska 11a, 110 00 Praha 1-Stare Mesto; +420 226 211 920)
Club Temple (Seifertova 32/3, 130 00 Praha 3; +420 777 201 952)
Escape Club (V Jame 1371/8, 110 00 Praha 1-Nove Mesto; +420 777 153 876)
Drake's (Zborovska 497/50, 150 00 Praha 5-Smichov; +420 257 326 828)
TerMIX (Trebizskeho 1514/4a, 120 00 Praha 2; +420 222 710 462)
The Saint's Bar (Polska 32, Jiriho z Podebrad; +420 222 250 326)
Alcatraz (Krakovska 593/19, 110 00 Praha 1-Nove Mesto; +420 603 510 510)
Klub 21 (Rimska 21, Namesti Miru; +420 601 267 777)
Cafe Bar Flirt (Martinska 5, Praha 1; +420 224 248 592)
Dandy (Anny Letenske 18, Praha; +420 605 827 981>
Club Strelec (Anglicka 2, I.P.Pavlova; +420 606 947 613)
Jampa Dampa (V tunich 1770/10, I.P.Pavlova; +420 731 376 473)
Sauna Babylon (Martinska 417/6, 110 00 Praha 1-Stare Mesto; +420 224 232 304)
Sauna Bonbon (Cernomorska 645/6, 100 00 Praha 10 - Vrsovice; +420 777 146 068)
Sauna Labyrint (Pernerova 413/4, 186 00 Praha 8 - Karlin; +420 774 622 048)
Sauna David (Sokolovska 107/44, 186 00 Praha 8 - Karlin; +420 222 317 869)
Heaven Praha, spol. s r.o. (Gorazdova 1995/11, 120 00 Praha 2; +420 224 921 282)
Prague Center Guest Residences Website
Prague GayGuide.Net Website
Revised November 2016.