Prague Gay Travel
Prague gay travel advice to help you experience the city like a local. Where to stay, gay bars, restaurants & things to do, all here in this wolfyy guide.
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, a Czech local, and his Slovakian boyfriend. Although they speak two different languages, it’s easy to understand each other because most words are the same. I found this to be so interesting!
Matej showed me around Prague and took me to his and his boyfriend’s favorite local restaurants as well as the noteworthy gay bars.
My second trip to Prague was to see my friend Hassan before traveling over to Georgia and Azerbaijan. Hassan showed me where many of the gay locals can be found. As a guy who isn’t too fond of gay bars, especially in Prague, he introduced me to a bunch of other local gay friends
Is Prague Safe for Gay Travelers?
Prague is absolutely safe! Prague is 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!
Gay Prague: Hotels & Where to Stay
For the first time Prague gay traveler, the most obvious choice is to 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 many bars, shoppes and attractions that are clustered in the downtown.
If you want to get acquainted with Prague’s neighborhoods, here’s a boundary map. Each district is assigned a number.
Just across the river is the Malá Strana neighborhood, another dense area of the Prague 1 district. I personally adore this part of town since it has all those picture-perfect Prague cobblestone streets you could ever ask for.
If you’re a fan of bourgeoise style, one of the best Malá Strana hotels for an old-world, yet luxury experience is the Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa. Their interior design is quite a unique sight!
Many travelers however opt not to stay in the city center. Some seek areas the aren’t so busy, and others simply seek more authentic travel experiences. One hotel outside the center that might just make you drool is Orea Hotel Pyramida in Prague 6. It’s modern, highly rated and definitely instagram-worthy.
Le Palais Art Hotel Prague is another option that has a great location on the outskirts of the historic center. If a modern hotel with some traditional flair suits you best, then you have to check it out. I personally love their ultra-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. I must say though…renting an Airbnb 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.
If you are visiting Prague, I recommend staying anywhere within a 15 to 20-minute walking distance from the Old Town. Above ground trams make travelling to major attractions easy, and getting a local experience just outside the city center is always preferable in my opinion.
Prague Gay Travel Experiences
Check out the best views of the city at the Prague Metronome. This area has plenty of green space (Letna Park) for hanging out in the summer.
During warmer months, locals can be found filling up on local beer in the plaza next to the sculpture. Plenty of local gay guys can be found here!
An architecture staple is the famous Dancing House. One of Prague’s most modern buildings, it’s a must-see on most traveler’s lists. The 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.
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.
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.
I’m always a fan of local coffee, but 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.
Prague Gay Travel: Top Restaurants
If you want authentic Czech food, head to Lokál in Malá Strana. My local Czech friend Matej who used to live near me in New York City frequents this place. He and his friends go so often, they know all the staff!
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.
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Prague Gay Bars & Clubs
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.
It’s 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!
One last spot you have to check out is Prague’s gay-friendly bar Patra. They are both an espresso bar as well as a fun cocktail lounge in the evening. Patra is a pretty cozy spot and I’d say its perfect for a couple friends or even groups or travelers. I had a great time here sharing beer with my local gay friends.
Gay Rights in The Czech Republic
A wonderful 80% of Czech citizens support homosexuality, according to a 2013 Pew Research study, which is fantastic especially 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.
Since 1962, same-sex sexual activity has been decriminalized. 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 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
In other news, the Czech Republic is currently in the midst of a same-sex marriage debate. As of the beginning of 2019, many members of the Czech government support the current 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.
Let us remain hopeful that the Czech Republic can become one of the first post-communist 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.
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