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Do It: New Year’s in the Golden City

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Of all the countries, of all the cities, who knew Prague was the second best place to spend New Year’s? At least according to, a leading nightlife website, which ranked our city just behind New Orleans, largely due to what they call a national tendency towards pyromania. It’s this Czech obsession with fireworks that makes the city literally explode on New Year’s Eve.

Not to mention, the countless beautiful places to witness this explosion. Old Town is deemed an “adventurous” site due to so many amateur fireworks. For a more refined but cheesy location make sure to check out Charles Bridge or anywhere that lets you see the river. Also try Prague Castle, or the “Stalin Statue”. Cliché and touristy, yes, but hey it’s New Year’s, and if you can’t make it to another destination why not act like you’re visiting Prague just for the night.

If that doesn’t sound appealing, check out the endless nightlife choices, offering everything from classical music to Central Europe-style reggae, from posh clubs to Batman parties. We’ve highlighted 10 we felt encompassed the spectrum from the cliché to the obscure.

  • Humanity is not dead? New Year’s Eve Party – private party of FrenchKiss DJs hosted in a loft near Anděl featuring two floors and five DJs of world music. Entrance is only CZK 300, and rumor has it beer is less than CZK 20. Space is limited to the first 250 people to RSVP. To RSVP and more information visit their website:

  • Party on the River – Mánes in the Middle of the River – CZK 1,000 (1,500 VIP)Price includes free entry to three parties (pre-party on 30/12, party on 31/12, and after-party on 1/1), dinner, and a free bottle of champagne, Indoor and outdoor heated tents include a massive dance floor with different DJs playing dance, oldies, house and R & B. Begins at 10pm call or SMS 773 946 94

  • Frank Miller Party – Roxy entrance is CZK 790 in advance, CZK 990 day of In honor of the New Year and the American writer best known for his dark-comic book stories such as Batman, The Dark Night, and Sin City, 14 local DJs will play on two stages. Begins at 9pm.

  • Adult Prom at the Mandarin Oriental
    For a more sophisticated experience enjoy a New Year’s Eve gala. Earlier in the night, choose from three different luxury dining courses ranging from the Grand Ballroom at CZK 6,850 CZK per person to the Restaurant Essensia at 7,600 CZK per person.

  • La Casa Blue – CZK 980 includes food, music, and one free drink – this hub of the city’s Spanish-speakers is right off Old Town Square. It starts at 19:00 and includes dinner, plus it is in a convenient location for fireworks and other clubs such as Roxy, Chapeau Rouge, and M1, so it may be the best choice if you have multiple destinations.

  • New Year’s Eve Carnival Party – Radost FX – entrance is 1,300 CZK.
    The cover is steep but it features Brazilian and Cuban dancers and six DJS on two floors. .

  • Destination New Year’s Eve – Auberge de Provence Restaurant – CZK 2,450 – Price includes a bottle of champagne, live music, fireworks at midnight, and a goulash buffet. Guests of the party also receive a 10% discount at the hotel. Must RSVP by December 20, 2008

  • Reggae New Year’s – Cross Club
    Imperialistic Silvestr Night features 10 MCs of reggae/dancehall ska music. It starts at 10pm and only costs CZK 70 to CZK 120.

  • Classical Music – Prague Philharmonic Orchestra: New Years Concert – The night, really afternoon, begins at 4pm at the Rudolfinum concert hall just 200 meters from the Charles Bridge.

  • Party in the Sky – Cloud 9 Sky Bar and Lounge – 7,500 CZK
    Price includes a buffet and free welcome drink. The location offers panoramic views and entrance is only CZK 600 after midnight

    For a complete list of parties visit here:

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