How to spend New Year’s Eve in Prague
ALERT: Hey folks, you're reading an out-dated version of 2014 New Year's Eve article. Check this one for fresh 2015 NYE parties and events!
You are coming to visit us in Prague for NYE? Well, congratulations, you made a good choice! Even the snow arrived in time to let our beautiful city shine in the right light.
Here are some suggestions on what to do and some hints where to enjoy the best view on the fireworks around midnight – and maybe share a bottle of bohemia sekt with some locals.
1. The (almost) All-Inclusive Package
Our friends from the Partypoint Bar Crawl have your whole evening organized for you. They will pick you up at Sir Toby’s at 8.30 pm and take you to our sister hostel Czech Inn and it’s great BasementBar where they will prepare an all-you-can-eat buffet and greet you with a free bottle of Champagne. After meeting your fellow travelers staying at Czech Inn and Miss Sophie’s and warming up with a few chilled “pivo” (you should learn the meaning of this word until you arrive here!) or some glasses of wine, you will hop on a bus back in direction to the artsy district of Holešovice and one of Prague’s biggest and most popular clubs: SaSaZu. If you like house & dance music, stylish clubs and an international crowd, this “Masquarade” party will be the place for you on NYE! And another great thing about it: Sir Toby’s is just around the corner, so you won’t have it far to your hangover-breakfast in our cozy basement.
When: From 9 pm on at Czech Inn, pick up at Sir Toby’s at 8.30
Where: Czech Inn (Francouzska 76), SaSaZu (Bubenské nábřeží 13)
How to sign up: Just ask your receptionist or contact the PartyPoint Bar Crawl
2. Party in our Neighbourhood
If you are more into alternative clubs and culture, you don’t have to move very far from Sir Toby’s to spend your perfect NYE in Prague. After enjoying a drink with us in our bar you can head to Letna park, which is probably my favorite place in this city. During summer the beergarden is always busy and crowded with locals and expats alike. Of course it is quieter in winter; but not on NYE since the view from up there is equally beautiful in the cold season. You can see some of Prague’s most famous sights from up here, the Charles Bridge among them, and most probably you will be happy seeing it from up the hill and not being squeezed among the crowd on it. If you don’t feel like moving far away, you might even find an underground party right in the park, taking place in an abandoned sports ground. Just follow the noise. Don’t expect to meet any other tourists there!
But of course there are several other options around in our beautiful Holešovice district. Close to the metro station Vltavska you can find the hip Chemistry Gallery which is inviting for a “Warhol Experience” including art, dining, dance and music. The functionalist building became a hipster’s haven during the last two years with the openings of the clubs Neone and Podnik. The latter is also hosting a NYE event, check their fb page for more information.
Close to the Holešovice train/metro, and just a 10 minute walk away from your temporary home at Sir Toby’s, is a psychedelic wonderland filled with bass music and always moving and blinking steel constructions called CrossClub. It is an institution of Prague’s alternative cultural scene and always a safe bet. If you want to explore this parallel universe you better come early as it will be really crowded on this last day of the year. My favorite feature: their fast food stand in the backyard (vegan and vegetarian options are available too).
3. A Swinging New Year’s Eve
This recommendation is from our dear colleagues Miša and Leigh from Czech Inn:
If swing’s your thing, you’ll definitely want to check out the Swing Party at Nudný Otec, hosted by Prague Swingmasters, a collective of classic swing and electro-swing DJs. This group is at the epicenter of the Prague swing scene (yes, you read that correctly), and they’re throwing a special year-end party at this cool Letná Café. Expect bobby soxers, zoot suiters, great DJs and of course plenty of dancing, from 9pm. Reserve your ticket by calling 223 017 571.
And don't miss out on the traditional New Year's fireworks show. It will be started on 1st January at 6.00 pm from the Letná Park, so this time it is recommended to find a spot on one of the bridges on the side of the old town.
Happy new year (& safe travels)!