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wolfyy’s Prague gay guide to hotels, neighborhoods, gay bars, clubs, restaurants, & things to do. 

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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.

Prague gay travel friends

On my first visit to Prague, I visited my good friend Matej. He’s a Prague gay local who I met years ago when we were neighbors in New York.

Prague gay travel friends
Prague gay friendly festival
Prague gay friendly festival

Matej showed me around the city and took me to his favorite local restaurants and the classic gay bars in Prague. I’ll tell you all about them below, along with hotel recommendations and things to do in Prague!

historic street in Prague

My second trip to Prague was to meet my friend Hassan, who showed me where many of the gay locals can be found. As a guy who isn’t too fond of Prague’s gay nightlife, he introduced me to some places he and his local gay friends love. After both trips to this wonderful city, I have to say Prague is a fantastic destination for single gay travelers!

Is Prague Gay Travel Safe?

Prague is absolutely safe for all travelers. 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.

nightlife at Metronom
Prague gay travel
Prague gay travel

Citizens of Prague statistically are not socially conservative, so there is no religious bias preventing people from 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.

nightlife at Metronom

Gay Prague: Hotels & Where to Stay

First-time Prague gay travelers should definitely stay in a Prague Old Town hotel within the gorgeous Prague 1 district

Prague 1 is most convenient for travelers since it’s close to lots of bars, shops, restaurants, attractions, and the main train station.

prettiest area Prague
prettiest area Prague
Wenceslas Square Prague

Here’s a boundary map of Prague neighborhoods to help get acquainted with the city. Each district is assigned a number.

Wenceslas Square Prague

I stayed at Pytloun Boutique Hotel, which is fantastic for gay travelers in Prague. Rooms in this modern hotel have fun design elements, like all-glass bathrooms with auto-closing shades, LED lights with color selection, and bidet attachments on the toilets.

Pytloun Boutique Hotel
Pytloun Boutique Hotel
Prague gay hotel

Their breakfast is also fantastic and available through the late morning, which is perfect if you’re a late-sleeper or were up late the night before.

Prague gay hotel

The Malá Strana neighborhood is just across the river, another dense area of the Prague 1 district. I adore this part of town since it has those picture-perfect cobblestone streets.

Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa is one of the best Malá Strana hotels for an old-world, yet luxury experience. It’s perfect if a bourgeoise-style hotel fits your vibe. Their interior design is quite unique.

chic Prague hotel
chic Prague hotel
modern hotel in Prague

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.

modern hotel in Prague

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.

Prague art hotel
Prague art hotel

I stayed in the Dejvice neighborhood during my first visit to Prague to see my local 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. 

Prague local neighborhood

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.

Prefer hostels? I recommend checking out Hostelworld’s picks for the 11 best hostels in Prague.

Prague Gay Travel Experiences

The Prague Metronome

The Prague Metronome has the absolute best views of the city. Adjacent to the metronome is Letna Park, which has plenty of green space and walking paths. During summer, lots of events are held here.

visiting Prague metronome
visiting Prague metronome
gay traveler in Prague

Anytime the weather is warm enough, locals hang out on the terrace just in front of the metronome, filling up on local beer. Beer stands set up outside, making it super convenient to stop by and grab a drink. 

gay traveler in Prague

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 Dancing House (Tančící Dům)

The famous Dancing House is an architectural staple of Prague. It was designed by architect Frank Gehry. One of the city’s most famous buildings, you have to see it at least from the outside.

Prague dancing house
Prague dancing house
Prague gay travel experience

Inside the Dancing House is a popular art gallery that houses changing exhibitions. There’s also a rooftop restaurant where you can see picturesque views of the city.

Get your Dancing House entry ticket ahead of time to make your experience as seamless as possible. It’s super cheap, too!

Emmaus Monastery

The Emmaus Monastery dates back to the Medieval era, yet shows off a modern new roof. The building was severely damaged during an air raid bombing during World War II and has since been beautifully reconstructed.

Emmaus monastery
Emmaus monastery
Prague tourist attractions

Historical facts and photos are placed around the monastery’s interior halls. You can spend a little under an hour here learning more about the monks who were part of the monastery and walking around the church.

Prague tourist attractions

The echoes along the monastery’s hallways are incredibly long! If it’s quiet enough inside, whistle a little tune and hear the magical reverberation.

Žižkov Television Tower Observatory

The Žižkov TV Tower Observatory is one of the best places to see the city. From the indoor viewing rooms, you can get a 360-degree view of Prague’s colorful city blocks and other landmarks in the distance. Tickets cost 500 Kr, cash only.

Prague TV tower observatory
Prague observation deck
Prague TV tower observatory
Tower Park Praha has a number of other attractions as well, including several restaurants. Bistro 66 is on the third level of the tower, which also has grand views 66 meters above the city.
Prague observation deck

Prague Old Castle

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.

castle in Prague
Prague castle
Prague castle

Charles Bridge & Lennon Wall

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 it’s worth a stroll through on your way to town.

Lennon wall Prague
historic street in Prague
Lennon wall Prague

Pass by the Lennon Wall on the west end of the Charles Bridge. Even though tourists know and love this graffiti-covered wall, it’s still worth a quick stop.

Prague Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens at Charles University has something to see any time of year. From spring through early autumn, you’ll get a glimpse of beautiful flowers and fauna along the winding paths.

If you’re visiting during the cooler months, you’ll at least be able to see the awesome cactus greenhouses!

Prague botanical gardens
Prague botanical gardens
Prague winter activities

The gardens at Charles University are great for a quicker nature activity that’s close to the center of Prague.

If you want to see something bigger and even more beautiful, visit the City of Prague Botanical Gardens. It takes about 15 minutes to get here by car from the city center.

Prague winter activities

A Uniquely Beautiful Starbucks

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.

Prague head statue
Prague castle at night
Prague head statue

Prague Restaurants

Head to Lokál in Malá Strana for some truly authentic Czech food. My local friend Matej who used to live near me in New York City frequents this restaurant.

Prague gay travelers

With cheap, delicious food and great beer, you can’t go wrong. I had several Pilsner Urguells.

patra Prague
Prague gay travelers
patra Prague

Café Neu Stadt is the perfect local café/lunch spot. 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.

Restaurace U Pinkasu

Restaurace U Pinkasů has delicious, filling, and authentic Czech food. The restaurant has a tavern-like local feel. I loved the meat-filled puff pastry and sausages in dark beer broth.

authentic Czech food
Restaurace U Pinkasu
authentic Czech food

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

Termix and Termax are sister bars, the two classic gay bars in Prague. Neon interiors attract a crowd that loves to dance. I personally had a better time at Termix earlier on in the night as it was fuller.

They played great music and the people were lively. I also really love the funky design behind the bar.

Termax bar
Termax bar
Termix gay 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!

Termix gay bar

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.

prague gay bar

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!

Prague nightlife
prague gay bar
Prague nightlife

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 of friends or groups. I had a great time here sharing beer with my local gay buddies.

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Prague Travel Tips

Local Currency

Even though the Czech Republic is part of the European Union, they don’t use the Euro. The Czech Koruna is the local currency, also known as the Czech Crown.

It’s likely that you’ll need to pay with this local currency in cash from time to time, so it’s best to take make a small ATM withdrawal before you start exploring. Some places though will accept Euros and give you change in Czech Crowns.

Buses at Prague's Central Station

Navigating to and from the bus stop at the Prague Central Station is a little confusing, though. Firstly, Uber and other taxi applications cannot pick you up here. You must use the elevators along the curb at the bus stop to cross the highway and enter the train station.

Flixbus stop location Prague

From here, you head to the pickup point by taking an escalator up to the platform level, which is where the roadway connects.

Flixbus stop location Prague
Prague central station
Prague central station

I’ve always traveled to Prague via FlixBus, which is much more convenient than trains if you’re traveling from any of Prague’s neighboring countries.

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.

Prague castle at night

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.

streets of Prague
Prague gay life
streets of Prague

Many critics say that 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 actually 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.

Prague gay life

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.

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