Your Prague Stag do – Enjoy it Safely
The city is a popular destination for groups looking to enjoy a Prague stag do and more recently Hen party groups as well. It’s also been known for Rugby and Football clubs to organise group tours as well. It is possible for a group of people to enjoy themselves without getting paralytic. This page seeks to give some pointers on what to expect and how to enjoy the week/weekend.
Are you a small group interested in a bit of culture?
If you are interested in a couple of hours of local culture between beers then take a look at the Hidden Secrets Old Town walking tour. Just over two hours of learning about the Old Town and the Jewish quarter. Just long enough to work up a thirst and discover new pubs to try. Book 6 tickets and you’ll get the tour all to yourselves.
An organized stag party with everything you need!
If you don’t want to plan and research everything on your own, planning your stag parties with Pissup Tours will ensure you get the most out of your time in Prague. Pissup is the largest and longest established of stag operators in Prague (and actually all of Eastern Europe). They offer a variety of highly recommended day time activities, ranging from bobsledding right through to flying a military jet! They are also one of the few companies recommended for night time activities in Prague, very much living up to their name, Pissup!
Attitude to a Stag Party or large groups of men
A few years ago after suffering a Summer of clearing up pewk and broken glass (the last straw for one owner was when a stag party group of 20 guys went into Caffreys Irish Bar on the Old Town Square, ordered a beer each and after saying cheers they each tipped the beer over their heads), several places decided to put a ban on Prague stag party members entering their bars. The ban lasted one year and then it was back to normal business with “Stag party” people allowed in again. Such is the power of cash. In fact, my advice for large groups of men coming to Prague is to mark the positions of the Irish bars on the map and stick to them. Add to that list Harleys Bar in Dlouha, the 2 Sport Bars (Tip Games and Paddys) in Ve Smeckach and you’ll have at least 11 or 12 good Prague bars to trog around. Smaller Czech bars will leave you standing at the bar as the staff make it clear there is no beer to be had. Clubs will try and maintain a balance of men/women in the club. In my experience, unless you are blind drunk or abusive then you should get in but, the trick is to arrive early or bring members of the opposite sex in with you.
If you intend spending a lot of time in one place (as a Prague stag party may well do) then consider running a tab. Normal rules apply i.e. if you order food then you can have a tab (credit) where you can order more drinks and pay later. The only issue here are that if waiters/waitresses are changing shift then you have to settle that part of the tab or finish it completely. Secondly, the more the bill goes up the more the chance or unofficial “service” charges being included. Twenty guys on a Prague stag drinking 4 different kinds of beer gets tough to track. The Irish/English bars are all used to running tabs for stag groups and taking a credit card payment from one person. Nobody accepts cheques here.
Specifically for Hen Parties
Large groups of women can go anywhere so that’s that part sorted out. General places to go are mentioned later on this page . There are also many Cocktail bars in Prague where you don’t get Prague Stag parties very often. Bombay, Bugsys and Aloha are only three to mention. Do an internet search for “Cocktail Prague” to get a reasonably full list or take a look at my recommended bars for some suggestions.
Prague Strip Clubs
More and more of the Prague strip clubs are now offering private rooms. Officially the rooms are for private strip shows. What the show is I leave up to you. Ve Smeckach (off Wenceslas Square) has the highest concentration of Strip Clubs (Darling and Atlas are here). There are others on Wenceslas Square itself. Most famous and most expensive is Goldfingers located under the Ambassador Hotel www.goldfingers.cz. Next to the Duplex entry (Corner of Jindrisska) is Hot Peppers www.hotpeppers.cz. Between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square in Melantrichova you’ll find the Arena Club. The Prague stag warning with using any of these “Wenceslas” strip clubs is the drinking. If you offer to buy a working girl a drink then you’d better have plenty of cash on you and under no circumstances hand over a credit card. If you are a Prague stag looking for a more “dress-up and role-play” kind of thing then take a look at the K5 site at www.k5relax.com. For “voyeur” types take a look at another of the K5 options but different location www.bigsister.net (opposite Smichov metro station) which promises live camera action of current customers and girls etc. Cash is safer.
You’ll find good descriptions of the Prague nightclubs and venues I know at the Nightlife page which also contains a “talk-through” on how to use a local website to search for exactly the type of club and music that you like. The two main nightclubs for tourists and Prague stag groups wanting mainstream music are next to the Charles Bridge called Lavka and Karlovy Lazne.
Places to go to get rat-arsed
On the side roads off Wenceslas Square on the right as you go up you’ll find Rocky O’Reillys in Stepanska. In Ve Smeckach you’ll find the strip clubs and three of the sport bars. Around the Old Town Square you’ll have Caffreys Irish Bar and the George and Dragon pub. A short walk away from the Old Town Square you have James Joyce Bar in Kozi and The Dubliner (in the Tyn courtyard). Follow Me and Harleys Bar are in Dlouha. Joes Bar in Malostranska will let a group of up to 10 get in OK as will U Maleho Glena in Karmelitska. Around the corner in Trziste is JJ Murphys Irish Bar which sometimes uses it’s function room for a large Prague stag party. Further along the Mala Strana side of the river, a stag party normally end up at the Shadow Cafe (formerly “8 ball”) in Ujezd. At the end of Na Prikope (50 metres from the Powder Gate you see the CNB (Czech National Bank). Around the corner is the “Tlusta Koala” (Fat Koala) which used to be the John Bull Pub but, now has gone more international. Cheap beer in comparison to the usual ex-pat bar.
Places to go to enjoy a drink
As well as the places above, from the Old Town Square, take a walk down Parizska and try the bars like Pravda or Bugsy’s. On the way out of the square in the direction of James Joyce, try the basement bar called Kozicka (www.kozicka.com) or walk along Dlouha (Bombay Cocktail Bar, Lary Fary and others). Take a look for the Celnice Group (Kolkovna, Olympia and Celnice) bar/restaurants.
Prague Stag Crowd Control
If something gets out of hand at your Prague stag party (does that happen??) then don’t expect the Police to be called in early. The bars and strip clubs on Wenceslas Square and the Irish bars in general are all in contact and you’ll find a number of “local heavies” can be assembled at short notice. The police will be called for insurance reasons and recording of damage etc.
Personal Safety on your Stag
The trick here is to stay as a group. You’ll have no problems inside bars and clubs so long as you keep your wallets/purses and mobiles in your pockets. Outside is a different matter. Czech TV regularly shows video footage of Prague stag “loners” on Wenceslas Square being relieved of their wallets by street women.
A Very Sad Tale
Karl Law came to Prague to celebrate a stag night with his mates in November 2014. Enjoyed some drinks and maybe had some puff like many others. But unlike many others he left his mates and unfortunately was pulled dead from the river almost a month later. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone but if any good can come from it I hope people will read this and take heed. Enjoy your drinks, enjoy your puff, but stay together and you’ll all be fine.