Jo's bar, Prague
True this tends to be full of tourists, a place where you wont be far away from a North American accent but I like this place all the same. The downstairs only opens once a month these days, but if you can grab a table near overllooking the square then you have the best of both worlds, and opens late
Dress Code: Anything goes
Jo's is a cheerful bar serving foaming beers to crowds of young expats and backpackers. The handiest one in Mala Strana can be a good time for dancing, but just as often there's nothing on at all except desultory beer drinking.
Once a comforting place to tuck away in when the quirks of Prague were getting too much, Jo's Bar now seems content in it's old age to have a snooze in front of the TV then get to bed early. It's still a cosy wooden bar area with some more discreet tables out back, but the place has lost it's edge since the 'Garaz' downstairs has closed. Without that crumbling cellar place, always a great little room to dance to Chilli Peppers in a smokey, rough-edged, fire-exit-free place until the early hours, now the only thing to do is stack up on comfort food and discuss where you're going to head next.
Dress Code: There is no dress code here.
Allegedly a Canadian Bar... there are no Canadian staff! To be honest, despite the expat credentials, this is quite an average bar apart from tursday, friday and saturday nights when the cellar opens up to reveal fussball, chats with expats and the friendliest Barman in the world.
this place serves nice drink one of which is velvet, also stella
there is also a niteclub downstairs which is free
average price is about 60-80 kronas
Dress Code: No indication, none of the clients were over dressed
I love this place. I have met some really interesting people in here - and drank into the early hours
The bar is on several floors - although you might not notice this as the stairs are through a seperate entrance on the street.
the staff are friendly and the bar has every thing from Slivovicz to Absinthe - and all the on tap beers you could need.
Check out the mural on the wall - and see if you can spot the gay gnomes(?) - very odd
the food is good too - should you need some stodge to soak up the booze
Dress Code: wear what you like
I was last here in December '02. The food was good and reasonably priced. The bar is popular with tourists and back packers. All the staff speak English. I think it's owned by a scottish guy?
A good place to go for a beer if you're the castle side of Charles Bridge.
I visited this bar several times in the 1990s because it was one of the first to offer Mexican Food and Cocktails and a nice backpacker atmosphere.
Here's a legendary conversation from Joe's Bar in the mid nineties:
My friend "I'd like to have an orgasm (cocktail)"
Waitress "And why are you still here?"
In 2007 I came back for a drink during the day and it seems like not much has changed. I wish I had had the chance to come back in the evening and feel young again ;) It seems like this place is still a favourite of expatriates living in Prague.
If you need to hear some English spoken, Jo's Bar is the place for homesick Americans, Aussies and Brits...but yet it isn't cheezy. You can see Jo's bar as a location in that Vin Diesel movie, XXX.
(A bit of trivia: other movies filmed in Prague include Amadeus, Mission Impossible, The Bourne Identity, Shanghai Knights, and A Knight's Tale)