Of the central and eastern European countries, the Czech Republic is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly. Its capital city has a well-established gay-scene with bars, clubs, and cafes, most of which are located in the neighborhood of Vinohrady. Overall, local society is relatively tolerant to the LGBTQ community. Since 2011, Prague has celebrated Pride every summer in mid-August attracting hundreds of thousands to the weeklong festivities. Prague is a popular travel destination and has been for decades. A visit to this beautifully-preserved medieval city, would not be complete without exploring the picturesque Old Town with cobblestone streets and charming architecture, the world’s largest castle complex overlooking the Vltava, and world-renowned museums.
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Table of Contents
1. General Tips
2. Transportation & Airport Transfer
3. Prague Gay Hotels
4. Sightseeing & Activities in Prague
5. Prague Gay Tours
6. Restaurants and Cafes in Prague
7. Prague Gay Bars
8. Prague Gay Clubs and Parties
9. Prague Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars
10. Gay Events in Prague
Although Prague is stunning year round, the best time to visit is in the spring (April and May) and early fall (September and October). This is when you’ll encounter less crowds and milder weather in contrast to the summer peak season when hotel rates increase along with the number of tourists. Average daytime highs from June through August are in the low to mid 70s. Christmastime is another wonderful time to visit when holiday markets and decorations take over the historic squares. However, beware that winters are cold and snowy with highs only in the mid 30s. No matter the season, we recommend accommodations in or near the city center keeping you walking distance to the Old Town, Wenceslass Square, and the popular Vinohrady gay neighborhood.
Transportation & Airport Transfer
All international flights go through Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport which is located 10.5 miles (17km) west of the city center. There are several transportation options when it comes to traveling from the airport to the heart of the city. Taxis are not recommended as they can be expensive and sometimes unreliable.
For about the same price or even less, you can book a private pickup like Welcome Pickups for the best of comfort and convenience. When you arrive, a private driver will be waiting for you and will adjust the pickup time if your flight is delayed. Without traffic, it’s 25 minutes to the center, but during rush hours it can take over an hour.
If you’re a fan of Uber, you’ll be happy to know this reliable service is popular in Prague, even more than regular taxis. From the airport you can order an UberX and cars are usually waiting within five minute of the airport. For a more cost effective yet still convenient option, an airport shuttle transfer will take you from the airport directly to your hotel. This is actually a comfortable 8-passenger van and the ride takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on traffic and the number of stops.
The most economical option is by public transit. From the bus station in front of Terminal 2 (Exit D) take the bus 119 to Nadrazi Veleslavin where you’ll need to transfer to subway line A (green) to continue to a downtown station. For a little more convenience, consider the Airport Express which is a bus that will take you to the Prague Main Station (Praha Hlavni Nadrazi) eliminating the need to transfer to the subway. The entire bus trip is about 50 minutes.
Prague Gay Hotels
There aren't currently any gay hotels in Prague, but there are many gay-friendly options.
The Grand Mark Prague – 5-star accommodation located in the city center and walking distance from Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. This sophisticated and modern hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, and an on-site restaurant and bar. Rooms are air-conditioned and have premium amenities such as luxury toiletries, a flat-screen TV, and a mini bar.
Grandior Hotel Prague – situated amongst Prague's popular shops and boutiques, just a short walk from Florenc Metro Station. This 5-star hotel offers a sauna, meeting rooms, a currency exchange, and an on-site restaurant with an outdoor terrace, and lounge bar. There are 217 ultra-modern rooms featuring all the essentials for a comfortable stay.
The ICON Hotel & Lounge – located in the heart of the city, this chic 4-star hotel is close to Wenceslas Square, restaurants, and shops. This hotel offers massage services, meeting rooms, and free Wi-Fi. Enjoy air-conditioned rooms with an iPod docking station, a mini bar, luxury toiletries, a flat-screen TV, and converters/voltage adaptors.
K+K Hotel Fenix – stylish 4-star accommodation in the city center and close to Wenceslas Square. This modern hotel offers a gym, free Wi-Fi, a sauna, and meeting rooms as well as on-site dining options including a lobby bar and bistro. Rooms are air conditioned and include a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and a mini bar.
Czech Inn Hostel – an easy drive from the Charles Bridge and the Prague Orloj, this modern hostel provides free Wi-Fi to all guests, a coffee bar, a tour desk, and a 24-hour reception with multilingual staff. There are 53 comfortable rooms that are ideal for backpackers on a budget. Guests can enjoy a bite and a drink at the convenient café and lounge bar.
ibis Praha Old Town – modern and cozy accommodation near the city center and within walking distance of Florenc Metro Station. Guests can relax in the hotel's sauna or outdoor pool and enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant and bar. All the unique and colorful rooms provide Wi-Fi access, bathroom with a shower and hair dryer, and all the necessities for an enjoyable stay.
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Sightseeing & Activities in Prague
Prague Castle & St Vitus Cathedral – the largest coherent castle complex in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage site includes the Old Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and Golden Lane. These historical sites feature various architectural styles dating back to the 10th century. Book tour →
The Old Town Square & the Astronomical Clock – one of Prague’s most historic sights, it was founded in the 12th century and is home to the Old Town Hall, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Baroque Church of St. Nicholas, the Rococo Kinsky Palace, and the iconic Astronomical Clock. When this medieval tower clock strikes the hour, a procession of the Twelve Apostles is set into motion. Book tour →
Charles Bridge – this stone Gothic bridge connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and construction began in 1357. Along the way, admire the 30 Baroque statues on either side of the bridge and the towers on each end. Book tour →
National Museum – the largest museum in the Czech Republic, it’s composed of 5 smaller museums: the Natural History Museum, the Historical Museum, the National Museum Library, the Czech Museum of Music, and the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures. Book tour →
Vltava River – the longest river in the Czech Republic flows through Prague with the Old Town and New Town on one side and Lesser Town and Prague Castle on the other. One of the best ways to enjoy this scenic waterway is by river cruise where you’ll see panoramic views or by dining at a riverside restaurant. Book tour →
Prague Gay Tours
Gay Tours Prague – this 4-hour walking tour starts at 6pm and will take your around town to some of the most iconic sights with a focus on LGBT places including: homoerotic art, gay history, places related to gay life as well as a visit to several bars to experience the Czech capital’s gay scene. Book tour →
Gaily Tour in Prague – Gay & Lesbian Tour – private tours with a local LGBT guide offers several tour options: Prague Classic Tour taking you to some of Prague’s main highlights including the Old Town Square, the Municipal House, and Weceslas Square in New Town; Prague Gay Tour and Lesser Quarter’s Secrets including Prague Castle; or Prague by Night Gay Tour to see Prague’s gay & lesbian bars and clubs. Book tour →
Restaurants and Cafes in Prague
Celebrity Cafe – popular gay bar and cafe in the gay-friendly Vinohrady area where guest can enjoy a street-side patio and Euopean dishes with veggie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Patra – located in the Vršovice neighborhood, this gay-owned cafe, bar, and art gallery is the ideal place for a pre-club drink or go to the gallery space upstairs to see a film or the latest exhibition. Created by the organizers of the Czech Republic’s queer film festival, this is a safe LGBT-community space.
Q Café – situated in the Nove Mesto (New Town) area, this quirky little gay cafe features an extensive drink, wine, and cocktail menu perfect for an elixir before going out to the clubs. Sit back and soak in the cozy atmosphere surrounded by a mixed crowd of patrons and erotic pop art on the walls.
The Street Restaurant – known for its savory burgers and craft cocktails, this restaurant and cocktail bar also offers a handful of vegan options like pasta with plant-based parmesan cheese and vegan burgers. Stop in for a bite and enjoy the quaint space and friendly staff.
Café Bar Flirt – popular gay bar and club in the center of Old Town. It’s a great place for coffee in the afternoon or cocktails in the evening. The ground level is a stylish, chill cafe and downstairs you’ll find the club with DJs and a dance floor that’s open Wednesday to Saturday from 9pm to 5am.
Prague Gay Bars
Boudoir U Sta rán – unofficial queer-friendly bar and cafe in the city’s alternative Vršovice district. This is a hole-in-the-wall hangout with a chill, artsy, Bohemian vibe and a small outdoor space. Enjoy very affordable food and drinks as well as the homoerotic art on the walls.
Jampa Dampa – a popular LGBT music bar, club, disco and karaoke spot. This is the place to let your hair down and enjoy one of their many themed events like Tattoo Mega Party and Ladies party. Catering to lesbians, it attracts a mixed crowd singing and dancing the night away.
Klub 21 – cozy, basement gay bar in Prague with brick and stone walls covered in local art that’s for sale. It’s been a popular LGBTQ hangout for years offering up cheap beer, friendly staff, and free WiFi.
Piano Bar – well-known gay bar in the Vinohrady neighborhood with a traditional Czech pub style atmosphere and local LGBT customers. The venue has a small stage for drag shows and performances, outdoor seating, and offers a mix of pop and Czech music as well as happy hour from 5-7pm.
Saints Bar – A great place to begin any night out in Prague – located in the Prague gay quarter of Vinohrady, around the corner from several other gay bars and nightclubs. It’s small in stature, but big in personality with friendly bar staff eager to kick start your night. They host their own parties and events such as 80’s and 90's nights.
Prague Gay Clubs and Parties
Club Termix – this gay club in Prague features a small dance floor, karaoke, darkroom, and an upstairs lounge area. Here you’ll find a local, young (20s-30s) crowd, affordable drinks, and friendly staff. It’s busiest on the weekends after midnight. Be cautious of pickpockets in the backroom.
Club Termax – located in the Vinohrady district, this is one of the largest gay dance clubs in the Czech Republic. Open on Fridays and Saturdays, it has two bars, a wide variety of drinks, good music, and themed nights.
Friends Prague – popular gay-friendly bar and dance club situated in Old Town has regular parties like Tuesday karaoke nights and other events. Enjoy free entry and happy hour every night until 9pm.
Heaven Club – A flashy modern club with a great party atmosphere. It has both a chill out bar and a cocktail bar, a dance floor with laser shows and even an erotic shop upstairs. They run a range of events from drag shows to fetish parties.
Freedom Nights – Prague’s most popular lesbian and friends party takes place once a month featuring great DJs, live acts, and a good time. The party attracts both locals and international visitors. This may be the perfect place to find Miss Right!
OMG Party – takes place in the stylish club Mecca, which offers large open dance floors and more intimate areas covering three floors. This party features local and international DJs playing house music, special shows, sexy gogo dancers, a VIP area, and an after party to dance until dawn.
Prague Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars
Drake's – longest-running gay club in Prague, have a drink at the bar and a good time at the two-floor club complete with video booths, private spaces, and a huge dungeon with maze. Open 24 hours, there are regular themed nights and shows.
Sauna Babylonia – the most popular and biggest gay sauna in Prague located in Old Town. It features two steam baths, Swedish sauna, relaxation cabins, a video room, and a large bar. It’s busiest Friday and Saturday evenings and don’t miss the Friday night foam party and Sunday naked party.
Gay Events in Prague
Prague Gay Pride – the Prague Gay Pride Festival is a week-long celebration of events that takes place in mid-August and attracts hundreds of thousands of people every summer. This includes over 100 cultural and social activities, public discussions and debates, sports events, and spiritual encounters. The main event is the Pride Parade which leaves from Wenceslas Square and goes throughout the city ending up in Letna Park and lasts about three hours. In the park you’ll find DJs, food, and drink as party goers enjoy the festivities.
Prague Bear Summer – international bear week in Prague for bears, bear lovers, and friends. It features social and educational events, club nights, parties, meals, and outdoor activities.
Day Trips from Prague
Kutna Hora – a small town in Central Bohemia just 43 miles (70 km) east of Prague. In the Middle Ages it was famous for its silver mines producing a third of Europe’s silver in the region at the time. A few of the main sights are the Gothic Church of St. Barbara, the stately Jesuit College, the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec, and the Sedlec Ossuary, a church made of more than 40,000 bones. Book tour →
Český Krumlov – about 105 miles (170 km) south of Prague lies this romantic and picturesque town in the South Bohemia region and UNESCO World Heritage Sight. The main attraction is the 13th-century Český Krumlov State Castle perched above the Vltava River and its Baroque gardens. Visitors can stroll through the old town square and enjoy the city’s Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Book tour →
Terezín Concentration Camp – a sleepy town located just an hour outside of Prague, Terezín was an 18th-century Austrian fortress that later became a main site of the Nazi’s Final Solution during the Holocaust. Visitors can See the former SS camp headquarters, the ghetto's guards quarters, the Jewish dormitories and the crematorium, and the rail tracks that took prisoners directly to Auschwitz. Book tour →
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