The 2010 Czech Bar Awards were announced this week. If you are looking for a good/new/different place to hang out this weekend, these might provide some inspiration. The Awards are organized by Barlife magazine in conjunction with the Czech Bartenders Association, the Association of Hotels and Restaurants and the Czech Coffee Association. We provide our biased tips as well. Cheers!
The Best Coffee Bar/Café
What an interesting winner. This hidden café on the border of Prague 1 and 5 in Mala Strana isn’t often mentioned, but perfect for a quiet cup. Cafes Louvre and Savoy (along with Café Slavia) are some of the most historic cafes in town. Unfortunately, their prices and service often reflect their so-called popularity. Need more places for a caffeine fix? Check out our guide.
The Best Cocktail Bar
We had previously written about our favorite cocktail bars and none of ours made this list! We aren’t all that surprised, believing our discriminating taste and style has different criteria when it comes to the “best.” Or we don’t know anything! Either way, both of these choices are perfectly acceptable –but watch your wallet in Bugsy’s. Drinks get pricey there quickly.
Some more surprising choices. Numbers 1 & 2 are both located in hotels, even though the contest had a separate category focused on hotel bars. Siddharta Café located in the Buddha Bar Hotel is a colorful mishmash, leaning towards an Asian theme. It matches the rest of the hotel and downstairs restaurant. The Perla is a very intriguing choice. It’s located on the second floor of the hotel, which has been opened for nearly five years now. It does have some interesting elements, like the massive “mushroom” in the center and the bottle shelves behind the bar.
The Best Hotel Bar
We put Cloud 9 in our favorite cocktail list, and even wrote about the rotating art exhibits that they host. We like the place in other words. Tom’s Bar, while we’ve never had a drink there, is quite lovely. There’s a beautifully frescoed ceiling and I am in love with their furniture. They also have a great covered terrace out back for warmer months. They’ve recently introduced a new cocktail list. Barego offers a classy upscale vibe.
The Best Club
- Žumberská stodola in Plzeň
- Two Faces in Brno
Well, seems if you want to go clubbing, you need to get out of Prague. The sole Prague entry is a newcomer, located in Prague 5. A minimalist space, there’s a large stage, curved ceilings and an upscale but casual vibe.