Karlovy Lazne, Prague
Karlovy Lazne, just off Charles Bridge, is not the experience it once was. Situated in an old bathhouse, it used to be a wonderfully shabby experience - all the peeling paint and smashed tiles made it feel like going to a party in a squat.
Alas, Western standards (and health & safety) has caught up with Karlovy Lazne, and the refurb has diminished it's cheap and cheerful atmosphere of old. It's still possible to dance in a drained swimming pool, except if you didn't know what it was, you'd just think it was a lowered dance floor.
There are still five floors of music, ranging from cheese to chill out, there's an internet cafe and foosball room in the basement. It's still pretty cheap and still draws a surprisingly mixed crowd, giving it's Tourist Central location.
Still a good time to be had - just go before they laminate it any further.
Dress Code: Bouncers don't really care what you wear. As with most places in Prague, the dress code is pleasingly relaxed after the petty, over-regulated clubs in England. Once you're through the metal detector, Karlovy Lazne is your playground. Just don't mess with people too much when you're bladdered - they'll tolerate drunken lariness, so long as it's not directed at other clubbers.
KL is a large danceclub with multiple types of music on several different levels. There is something for almost everyone here. I personally did not like this club. The male to female ratio was about 5:1. I went only one time but it was enough for me. My friends went back every night we were in Prague (unlike me, they loved it). They said the male to female ratio remained consistent on consecutive nights. I didnt meet a single local here- only tourists, primarily Americans! No offense, but when in Europe I really dont want to hang out with Americans- I can do this at home.
The place was packed, no room to breathe, small dancefloors, rough crowd, aggressive men- just not my thing. The music was good, but the crowd turned me off.
Give it a try if you have time to burn in Prague. Everyone's perception is different. If your time in Prague is limited, definitely bypass this club in favor of Radost FX.
Dress Code: Blue jeans, t-shirts, nothing fancy
This night club is advertised as the biggest club in middle Europe. It is fairly large and there are several different rooms that play all kinds of music. From techno to hip hop to 80's music. There is something for everyone. Although the techno rooms seemed to a little less active but I did leave kind of early. The best room was by far the chill out room upstairs with the chill house music.
Dress Code: Casual
You have to like crowds - but four floors of dancing in a converted bathhouse makes Karlovy Lazne - the Charles Baths - an interesting spot in the center of Prague. Not all the floors are open every night, but weekends witness maximum attendance at this very popular destination for Prague's discobunnies. Each floor has its own sound: the ground floor hip-hop, the first floor commercial pop from the eighties to the present, the second floor classic eurodisco, and the fourth floor edgier trance sounds the hippest dj's. Karlovy Lazne attracts all types, ages, and nationalities - I heard ten different languages when I was there. The dance floors are in former swimming pools; tons of re-inforced concrete insure that no sounds "bleed" from one level to the next. It seems that the management consciously keeps the cover charge fairly low so that locals can afford to come, but on a warm summer night, it seemed like a "United Nations" of nightspots. (About the age thing: Fortysomething Yooperprof was comfortable enough on the third floor - Eurotrash disco - but felt out of place among the hip-hoppers on ground level. It is a youth-oriented spot, but those of us who are over thirty shouldn't necessarily let the young exclude us.)
Karlovy Lazne is the biggest disco in Czech Republic ( according to a local travel-guide) :
5 floors for dancing, conveniently located just about 200 meters from Charles Bridge, and only a few meters from Smetana-museum
Dress Code: There seems to be no special dress-code, BUT rather a good security-check at the entrance !
This is the club that all the young tourists check out during their stay in Prague. Understandably so. Karlovy Lane has got three or four floors open each night playing different music (depending on the night and size of the crowd). The crowd is young 20s students. The drinks are relatively cheap compared to most clubs, and there's music for everyone's taste somewhere in the club. The place is huge and crowded. Nobody here looks too well dressed or looks like a local. Although the club is full of tourists, I found it to be somewhat impersonal. Everybody was trying to act too cool or nobody was that friendly outside their immediate group. I am normally feel at home at a nightclub, but didn't really fit well with this crowd. Maybe I'm just too old... I did strike up a great conversation with one of the bartenders, but otherwise, the night was otherwise forgettable. Still if you are looking for a place to go, this isn't a bad choice. Its located right next to the Charles Bridge, and the cover is relatively cheap (maybe 200 Kc?).
Dress Code: None I can tell, but always try to look good for a nightclub...
If you read any travel guide, it will mention Karlovy Lazne - it is by far the most famous club in Prague. You wont find many locals here, however what you will find is most other nations represented in the huge crowd. The place is almost always busy, with it being cheap for a tourist trap, safe, and above all, fun.
Each floor has its own theme - whether you want to get down and dirty to some R n B, throw some shapes on the trance floor, chill on the bean bags on the 5th floor, or boogie on down to 70s nights you can do it all
Its hard to characterise the clientele of this club, as it all depends who is in the city when you go in - but everyone is there for the same reasons - get drunk and have a good time. When you get tired of dancing, there are computers to surf the internet on, table football and punching machines.
On the downside, the bar staff are prone to giving you your change and holding back 10kc and asking for it as a tip, but dont feel obliged too - only tip if you feel they deserve it.
Dress Code: Anything goes - from gorilla suits to smart casual!
Karlovy Lazne is advertised as the largest club in Central Europe which at 5 floors doesn't surprise me. It welcomes large numbers of tourists regularly and is usually very busy, it wasn't really my taste in music though.
There's a free internet cafe inside and games room, entrance 200 CZK
Karlovy Lazne is the biggest music club in Central Europe. There are five levels, on four of them djs play different kind of music. There is a place to sit and rest on the top. Admission fee is 120CZK but during first hour after opening you can get there for 50CZK.
I recommend to take an ID with you as it is sometimes requied to show it.
Five floor nightclub by the Charles Bridge ,cheap to get in ,open every day.
Top floors the best ,nothing but beanbags and open space ,also plays the best music.
Cocktail Bar up there does a mean black russian as well.
Dress Code: NO
Well if you like to dance, have a different kind of music place, this is the place for you. There are fifth floors of different mood, being the last one more of a rest area, (or trow up area). I found many foreigns around since this is suposed to be the bigest disco in central europe its one place that dance lovers must go for sure.
There are five floors each playing different genres, so what ever music you like- there is something to suit from R n b to rock, techno to cheese! This place has lost its charm since the re-firb, however probably meets health and safety standards now. After an evening of dancing you can go and chill out on the top floor on a sofa or huge bean-bags. There are lots of little rooms all over the place with pools tables in, computers, and what ever else you can think of.
Dress Code: Relaxed
We chose to hit up a dance club that was located down by the Vltava River, next to the bridge going across to the Castle. I am afraid to point anyone there, because of the resent floods. It may be gone. But one thing that I am sure still can describe it, INTENSE. It was a multi level, multi room, labyrinth of a club. The lower level played hip-hop, the middle was hard trance, and the upper was disco. Of course, that is where the ladies were, and I hate disco.
Dress Code: casual
Four stories of big time fun. Karlovy Lazne, the biggest, hippest club in Prague is perhaps 50 m from the Charles Bridge. Entrance fee of 200 CZK ( 5GBP) includes free internet lounge . One floor up in the Kaleidoskop Room happy house fans bounce around to non-threatening ( monotonous) electronica. On the next level, its a mixture of top 20, mainstream dance hits and retro that pushes the envelope all the way back to the 1950s. And at the top, a serious house of trance and techno and contagious groove.
Passers by get to see clubbers go at it under the sidewalks as some of the pavements are replaced by glass paving. Great way to attract the punters ( not that they need to try very hard). Coupled with Prague's cheap beer, the night is bound to be FUN, FUN, FUN!
Dress Code: Casual clubbing dress wear.
Karlovy Lazne claims to be the biggest nightclub in middle Europe. It has 4 levels each with something different to offer and some good DJs. There is a cover charge which will get you into all 4 levels (get there before 10 PM and pay less). The crowd is mostly a younger crowd. The club closes at 5 AM.
If you are in Prague on a weekend, this is a good club to go to. During the week, its not as good.