Prague Gay Travel
wolfyy’s Prague gay guide to the best hotels, neighborhoods, gay bars, clubs restaurants & things to do.
The Gay Travel Experience: Prague, Czech Republic
Gay friendly Prague will thrill you with adorable architecture and cozy local bars. In one of the most liberal Central European countries, Prague has a vibrant gay culture you cannot miss.
On my first visit to Prague, I visited my good friend Matej. He’s a Prague gay local who I met years ago when He lived in New York.
When I visited him in Prague, he lived with his Slovakian boyfriend. Although they speak two different languages, it’s easy to understand each other because most words are the same. Pretty interesting!
Matej showed me around the city and took me to his and his boyfriend’s favorite local restaurants as well as the noteworthy gay bars.
Is Prague Gay Travel Safe?
Prague is absolutely safe! It’s actually one of the most gay-friendly places in Europe. The city also tops the list of gay friendly places in Eastern Europe.
Citizens of Prague statistically are not socially conservative, so there is no religious bias preventing people being uncomfortable with homosexuality. Prague in general is also a safe city!
By the way, if you’re flying between European cities, I would check ticket prices with Vueling first. Their flights are some of the cheapest and I’d definitely choose them over Ryanair.
Gay Prague: Hotels & Where to Stay
First-time Prague gay travelers should definitely stay in a Prague Old Town hotel within the Prague 1 district. Here, tourists are afforded many conveniences of being able to easily walk to lots of bars, shops and attractions that are clustered in the downtown.
Here’s a boundary map of the city to help get acquainted with Prague’s neighborhoods. Each district is assigned a number.
Just across the river is the Malá Strana neighborhood, another dense area of the Prague 1 district. I adore this part of town since it has those picture-perfect cobblestone streets.
If a bourgeoise style hotel fits your vibe, Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa is one of the best Malá Strana hotels for an old-world, yet luxury experience. Their interior design is quite unique.
Many travelers choose to stay outside the city center as well. Some look for areas the aren’t so busy, and others simply seek more authentic travel experiences.
Orea Hotel Pyramida in Prague 6 is a hotel outside the center that might just make you drool! It’s modern, highly rated and definitely instagram-worthy.
Le Palais Art Hotel Prague is another option with a great location on the outskirts of the historic center. If a modern hotel with some traditional flair suits you, check this one out. I personally love their chic cocktail lounge on the lower level.
During my visit, I stayed in the Dejvice neighborhood in while visiting my Czech friend Matej. This area is primarily residential but has a decent number of restaurants. Renting a VRBO apartment in Prague 6 is a fantastic way to get a truly authentic experience.
Staying in some of these residential areas isn’t inconvenient either. Various tram stations get you to the Old Town pretty quickly. Cabs are also very affordable, so they’re always an option for when traveling later at night.
Overall, I recommend staying anywhere within a 15 to 20-minute walking distance from the Old Town. Above ground trams make traveling to major attractions easy, and getting a local experience just outside the city center is always preferable in my opinion.
Prague Gay Travel Experiences
The best views of the city are at the Prague Metronome. This area has plenty of green space (Letna Park) for hanging out in the summer.
Locals are often filling up on local beer here in the plaza next to the sculpture in the summer months. With plenty of local gay guys spending time here, I’d definitely include these gatherings at the Metronome part of the Prague gay scene.
The famous Dancing House is an architectural staple of Prague. One of the city’s most modern buildings, it’s a must-see.
Prague’s Old Castle is also quite touristic, but nevertheless beautiful. When you visit the Old Castle, be sure to walk through the beautiful nearby parks trails which have great views of the city.
Whenever you find yourself walking toward the Old Town from the west, cross over the Charles Bridge for some romantic views. Here you will mostly find tourists taking selfies, but its worth a stroll through on your way to town.
On the west end of the Charles Bridge you can pass by the Lennon Wall, a graffiti-covered wall that tourists love. It’s just something to pass by, as locals don’t really come here.
Even though it’s a chain establishment, the Starbucks in Hradčany is the most architecturally adorable Starbucks I’ve ever seen.
With views of the entire city from its elevated location, spiral staircases and a roof deck, I don’t think you’ll regret it. Plus, as you walk around the area there are superb spots to take pictures.
With cheap, delicious food and great beer, you can’t go wrong. I had several Pilsner Urguells.
For a local café/lunch spot, head to Café Neu Stadt! I love this place for the quiet atmosphere away from the busy main stretches of the city. The food is much more inexpensive. They have beer, espresso, lunch food and more.
Want a local to guide you through Prague’s food scene as Matej did for me? Consider booking a half-day Prague food tour. You’ll get to hop around to different local spots for tastings.
Prague Gay Bars
They played great music and the people were lively. I also really love the funky design behind the bar.
Q Cafe is a cozy Prague gay bar in the old town. Tourists and locals join in a dimly lit and slightly romantic setting. I had some nice specialty drinks here, taking a break from all the beer! Another great lounge option is Dandy. The cocktails here were the best I had in Prague!
One of the coolest experiences I had while visiting Prague was finding this speakeasy-like cash-only bar that is pretty off-the-beaten-path. It’s called Bar v Krymský and their cocktails are perfect.
The bar is hidden from view on the street, and it may appear empty from the façade. You just have to listen for the music, open the large door and go through the curtain!
Patra is one last gay friendly establishment you have to check out. They’re both an espresso bar as well as a fun cocktail lounge in the evening.
A fun and cozy spot, Patra is perfect for a couple friends or groups. I had a great time here sharing beer with my local gay buddies.
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Czech Republic Gay Rights
Two thirds of Czech citizens support homosexuality, according to a 2019 poll by Median Agency. This is especially fantastic for the Central/Eastern European part of the world. The Czech Republic grants many rights to LGBT citizens, and hence is a popular LGBT destination.
Same-sex sexual activity in the Czech Republic has been decriminalized since 1962. In 2006, registered partnerships were legalized in the country. Today, there are many protections for LGBT people, including anti-discrimination for gender identity.
LGBT people can also serve openly in the military. In 2011, the first Prague Gay Pride was successfully organized.
Many critics say that the stated acceptance of the LGBT community in the Czech Republic is actually a pervasive indifference. Over the past two decades, Catholicism has sharply declined, resulting in a country that is less religious than its neighbors.
The general argument is that the people’s indifference is misconstrued as acceptance, whereas it is truly ignorance. This ignorance roughly translates to a lack of support. Nevertheless, this argument mainly applies to regions outside dense centers like Prague and Brno.
The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is in the midst of a same-sex marriage debate. At the beginning of 2019, many members of the Czech government supported a bill to legalize same sex marriage.
At this point in time, the current Czech president Miloš Zeman opposes the bill and has stated his intention to veto anything that passes parliament.
As recently as April 2021, lower houses of the Czech parliament have passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, again signaling the ongoing struggle to pass a marriage equality law.
Let us remain hopeful that the Czech Republic can become one of the first post-soviet countries to legalize same-sex marriage, and work from there to better the country for the LGBT people. Stay tuned to the local debates as they unfold.