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I am off to Prague for a short holiday - Wednesday to Sunday. Any Arrsers got good places to visit for food, bevvy and entertainment (not necessarily in that order)!

Harry W - if you want to get SAM and be at Edinburgh Airport to see me off the flight time is 030705A :wink:
 
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loads of irish bars there unfortunately one of the better places to go unless you can speak chez as they wont talk to you they are a bit stuck up . good trip though really nice place.
 
#3
Stay away from places on the main square-you'll get ripped off.
http://www.desire-cabaret.cz is good. It's about £8 entry and all beer free! And you'll see things that pirates shouldn't be able to do with their swords!!!!!
Rocky O Reillys is a fairly decent oirish bar in Prague-decent food as well.
Beware of the rip off taxi drivers-they're all, to a man, a bunch of cnuts.
And if any Nigerians/Kenyans etc tell you that a certain nightspot is the best, tell them to fcuk off and keep walking...

Of course, if you want to be a complete deviant, I fully recommend http://www.sweetparadise.cz/home.php?lang=en
 

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Cheers Boggy - not sure if I want to spend a stay in Prague in Irish bars! If I wanted to do that I could go to Dublin (or any city in the world almost :cry: ) I understand the czechky thing and don't blame them. I will try out some phrases in the hotel bar on night one. Ones such as

1 beer large beer please
More Beer
More Beer
etc
Until I get to the stage of
1 absinthe pleessshh
 

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Matelot - a man after my own heart. That seems to be the quiet family type areas I am looking for!!!!

Sweetparadise is even quoting a better exchange rate than I got from the travel agents (aka highway robbers)
 
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I went to Prague two years ago and it is a great craic. Like Matelot said avoid Wenceslas square and head for the Charles bridge Area, 10 mins walk away. All food and drink is extremely cheap just remember the essentials....Pivo=Beer and Biftek=steak(always comes with chips, veg etc!). Oh and if you want to shag a midget bird then head to Goldfingers, ask anyone for directions, its VERY famous!!! Have a good one. Cheers Easy!
 
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Been to Prague 5 times in all. Was absolutely fantastic a few years after the wall came down but has changed massively since then - some things are worse and some better. Personally, I always stay in the Hotel Imperial. It's a pretty crappy hotel as they go but is cheap, very close to most places you might want to visit and, best of all, in the restaurant they keep a bucket of yesterday's doughnuts which you can buy for a few hundred crowns. They then lock the doors and you can throw them at whoever you like! If you fancy getting out of the City Centre for a bit and seeing Prague as it really is, I'd suggest heading up to Zizkov - a working class district within walking distance of the main train station. Along the main drag there are plenty of cafes and pubs that don't see a Westerner from one month to the next. There is also a statue celebrating the liberation of Prague by the Red Army in 1945 - a Czech partisan kissing a Russian soldier. Sentimental old bastard that I am, I lay some red flowers on it's base whenever I visit!
 
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Auld-Yin said:
I am off to Prague for a short holiday - Wednesday to Sunday. Any Arrsers got good places to visit for food, bevvy and entertainment (not necessarily in that order)!

Auld Yin

A man after my own heart, a Jock and wanting to see Prague...............

Half Jock and half Czech here, visit the place very very regularly so if you need info give me a shout, PM me as might be easier to answer specifics rather than give the tourist guide approach. Try the Hotel Olympik though, close to the town centre, on the underground, which is dead cheap and my cousin works there so might be able to wangle you a cracking deal.......

R
 

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Thanks Guys, I will use your experience to gain my own! I have already been booked into a hotel with my treavel agent which is a fair bit out of the centre, The Globus in Horni Roztyly but it is on the metro line so no probs getting about. I will try out some of the places you mention. not so sure about the midget though 8O
 
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Depends on who you're going with. I've been 3 times with Mrs B over the last 6 years, so places like Goldfingers have been well off my radar.

If you're travelling alone or with male company then all of the above are good, but you'll probably end up drunk in sports bar or strip club just off Wenceslas full of stag parties and come Monday mornaing you'll wonder why you went coz you won't remember any of it.

If you're traveling with female company... Get a 3-day tcket for the public tpt, this gives you full access to clean and quick buses, trams and underground. Avoid taxis. Get your butt down WHS and buy the Dorling-Kindersly guide to Prague. Plenty of good bars and restaurants in Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. Take in a classical concert, there's loads, they're unfeasably cheap and you will enjoy it. Watch the astronomical clock in the old town square. The changing of the guard outside the Presidential Palace at the front of the castle is top for comedy drill skills.

Stand on Charles Bridge and see where Vin Diesel saved the world in xXx. While on Karlovy Most you will see a statue with a load of prople gathered round touching a brass plaque for luck; the bit you want to touch is the saint being thrown off the bridge, not the woman, the child or the soldier.
 
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Just off Wenceslas Square, you will find groups of multi-lingual tour guides waiting for business.

Pick a Uni student - easy to tell - and pay the dosh, which can be fairly pricey. Go on the river, do the castle, go on the trams - great fun and totally worth it.

Charles Bridge area for bars; Wenceslas Square is a rip-off but stuffed full of totty.

Oh - and the good luck plaque on the bridge that you'll see virtually everyone touch is an in-house Czech joke - the real one is about 30 metres up the bridge rampart - watch closely and you'll locals heading for it.

And watch out for pickpockets fleecing you on public transport, particularly the trams. They work by 'crowding' you in the doorway and then making off with your stuff. They operate in groups of 4 or 5 so you should be able to see them coming. Swarthy types usually.
 
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Also if you get caught travelling without a ticket on the underground the plain clothes Gestapo style 'travel police' are a fu*king nightmare. Me and three mates got on the underground (Hlavni Nadrazi station) heading towards the airport without the tickets and got busted on the way out of the station and had to leg it out of the station with suitcases slung on our backs. When we emerged there above ground there must have been some kind of military establishment nearby because there was loads of Czech soldiers milling about as well as police. During our tab for freedom we managed to pile into a taxi about half a mile down the road which for about 5 mins seemed as if the driver was gonna deliver us back into the hands of the b*stards!! The one way system went back past the station and the gestapo types were there looking under bushes and checking people in the bus shelters for us!! Just one tale out of fifty and we were only there for 5 days!!!!!
 
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Darth_Doctrinus said:
And watch out for pickpockets fleecing you on public transport, particularly the trams. They work by 'crowding' you in the doorway and then making off with your stuff. They operate in groups of 4 or 5 so you should be able to see them coming. Swarthy types usually.
I double agree with that one. Mrs B was pickpocketed by exactly that method getting on a tram. Lost purse and digital camera, didn't notice until we got off a few stops later. Sure, we claimed on the insurance but having to spend 2 hours in the police station and then dealing with the insurance firm back home kinda put a dampener on the holiday.
 

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Thanks guys yet again. I am looking forward to this and will have a fake wallet ready - does anyone have President Bliar currency I can use :lol:

The advice about taxi drivers is well received, why the local cooncil and polis would put up with it is unbelievable as being ripped off by a taxi driver is very often enough to put people off the return and putting the downers on anyone going there. Still, it is their country and I am a visitor aka Belfast taxis 70's/80's 8O ?
 
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My hotel was in Prague 3-a really nice hotel (the 3 crowns). Cost into the main part was £3 in the taxi in the afternoon. Coming back it was £29. The driver looked like he was the CO of Spetnaz and was fooking massive. His arms were bigger than my legs and I wasn't going to mess with him. That was the only downside to Prague to be honest.
 
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Auld-Yin said:
Thanks guys yet again. I am looking forward to this and will have a fake wallet ready - does anyone have President Bliar currency I can use :lol:

The advice about taxi drivers is well received, why the local cooncil and polis would put up with it is unbelievable as being ripped off by a taxi driver is very often enough to put people off the return and putting the downers on anyone going there. Still, it is their country and I am a visitor aka Belfast taxis 70's/80's 8O ?
The Mayor of Prague took it personally. Early last year he took to disguising himself as a tourist and taking Taxi rides from obvious places like the airport or Wenceslas Square; if any taxi drivers tried to rip him off they had their licence revoked on the spot. It certainly put the wind up them for a while but I guess they've drifted back again.
 
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Try "Restaurace U Zpevacku", it's up a little side street between Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge. It's really cheap and the food is great. I was in Prague in February and went there just about every day.
 
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Try the Resturace Hrom Policce - Prague 2. Excellent food, it sells beer from a small brewery out in the sticks. (Highly recommend the 11% brew). - Five minutes walk form Namesti Miro Tube station (green line). It is on Moravska...... was there last week and the food is still excellent.

Why do I know place, I spent a while going out the brewery owner daughter...

Having spent much time in the CR just get out of the centre and just check out the pubs and resturants. A bit and miss but much more enjoyable being surronded by tourists.
 
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if you get the chance, take one of the bus tours out to saint barbora cathedral

its nice as far as churches and cathedrals go

BUT

they will take you to the ossiary house on the way back, which is utterly amazing

its anold old church burial ground, believed to be sacred.
everyone wanted to be buried there and they ran out of space, so the dug up all the remains and used the bones as decorations.
the town crest, chandeliers and all kinds, all made from human bones.
very eerie, very serene, and definately something worth seeing.
its an all day thing though, so be warned.
ossuary house link

another good trip out if you're interested is the trip to terezin, an old concentration camp. very infomative, and something people ought to see, just to remind themselves, or learn more about nazi atrocities.

terezin info

have a great time. i loved the place
 
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Haven't read all the posts on this thread yet, so sorry if I'm repeating things.

If you go into any sh#g bars, DON'T OFFER OR AGREE (IF ASKED) TO BUY THE PERFORMER(S) (STRIPERS / STAFF / erm...... FEMALE MASSURES!) ANY DRINKS! They will order a cocktail of sorts, which proably contains the Czech equivilent of tesco value orange juice & a few other juices, have one sip & then bugger off, leaving you with the bill for between the equivilent of 20-30 quid. basicaly standard clip joint rules apply! 1 of my mates in a drunken moment in Riga found this out to his cost. I have no doubt the strip clubs operate the same scam in Prague to, as proably the world over.
Darlings has some very nice women performers, from memory. The midget stripper with snake routine was a little bit dodgy though!

Forgot the name, but on the 'sticky-out bit' of river bank on wenscless square side of river next to charles bridge is a huge 4 or 5 floor nightclub, open very long hours, beer in there was about 25p a pint 2 years back! & you have a very varied selection of female nationalities. I met the hottest goth bird ever (not normaly into goth birds, but she ws hot) the last time I was there,
she had a pierced tongue & was italian, 'whats that piercing for then love?'
reply (in accented italian like) 'oh, I no know, I no know' (big innocent smile, hand innocently on cheek of face, wicked glint in eye!)
Yeah, right you hot little i-tie minx!
inbetween the river & this is another bar, club zucof or something like that, which was good too.

if you still want to drink @ 0400-0500 or earlier / later (delete as needed!) after you get kicked out of the above, go to the hard rock cafe just off wenscless square. loads of dodgy people & cheap beer!
 

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