Although homosexuality is legal, the age of consent is 15, and the Czechs are generally open-minded, they're still not very exposed to gay life. Parliament approved “registered partnerships” in 2006, but you'll rarely see public same-sex affection.
However, the number of LGBT attractions is quietly growing, and there is a Gay and Lesbian Film Festival every November and a Gay Pride parade in August. The city's gay bars and clubs are welcoming, and are fun places to Czech out the local boys.
Gay Bars and Cafés
Part café, part gallery, part cinema, this is a gay-owned spot for the “outside the box” community. It’s the perfect destination for a night of drinks, conversation and a little bit of art in the company of the queer and queer-friendly locals.
Located close to the major gay clubs, Celebrity is the perfect spot to start your evening. Take advantage of the summer garden for a drink or a meal, or choose to sit at the restaurant downstairs instead.
The gay café and bar in the Old Town is where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the afternoon or a cocktail at night, usually to the sound of upbeat tunes.
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Daily happy hours and weekly karaoke nights and drag shows is what you can expect at this straight-friendly gay bar. It plays Czech pop and international dance hits.
Drag shows take place at this brick-walled bar which serves reasonably-priced drinks. The art that often decorates the space is available for purchase.
Open since 1995, this pub attracts a mostly-LGBT crowd. There are drag shows, and nights dedicated to different musical styles, from house to pop.
In a convenient location, within walking distance of other gay bars and clubs, Saints has a welcoming atmosphere and a good list of cocktails.
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Up & Down
Up(stairs) is the bar for drinking and watching sports on a big screen during the daytime hours, and down(stairs) is for nights of cocktails, some dancing, and drag performances.
Noi - The Art of Taste
Very well located in the center of the city, this restaurant used to be called "Downtown Café," where the gay guys went for breakfast after all-night clubbing. It's now a restaurant but continues to attract the LGBT community, serving a Thai menu which you may enjoy sitting in the beautiful patio.
Opening on Fridays and Saturdays, this large gay club has different themes for each night. You may catch an 80s and 90s pop party, drag shows, or the special “army party.”
The most popular gay and lesbian club in town, it attracts a young crowd that quickly fills up the industrial space made up of steel and glass. The dance floor is often too small to hold everyone on the busiest nights, so expect a lot of bumping and rubbing.
Over 400 square meters spread over three floors are divided into private cabins, a dungeon, dark room, bar, showers and glory holes. It’s an industrial-style space for uninhibited fun with a different theme for each day of the week.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this club has been in business since 1993. It has a dungeon with a maze of dark places, video cabins and a bar.
Centrally located, this modern club provides a cool and clean environment for men to get together. Special parties include army uniforms, underwear or bear nights.
This is the most popular gay sauna in Prague, with fitness facilities, steam room, jacuzzi, and a bar. It’s located right in the center, in the Old Town.
In business since 1992, this sauna tends to attract mature men. It has a more intimate atmosphere, with a steam room, relaxation area and a bar.
This modern sauna offers massages, Finnish sauna, whirlpool, steam room, a dark room and relaxation rooms.
This popular lesbian hangout attracts a mixed crowd, but can be two-thirds lesbian on weekends. The dancing takes place downstairs, with some nights devoted to karaoke.
There are no exclusively gay hotels in the city, but there are particularly gay-friendly properties that attract gay travelers and couples:
Hotel Golden Well
For a romantic city break, choose this hotel in a Renaissance-style building by the castle. There are beautiful views, an elegant restaurant, and a fitness center.
Jalta Boutique Hotel
It’s rated 5 stars, but prices are often lower than those of the same category in Prague. It’s a good choice for gay travelers looking for a little luxury, and it has one of the best locations in town, in one of the main squares/boulevards. There are good views from the spacious rooms, and even a museum, in a previously-hidden nuclear shelter from the 1950s. In the lobby is an original screen print of Franz Kafka by Andy Warhol.
Design Metropol Hotel
Gay travelers love this design hotel with a rooftop deck with panoramic views. It’s one of the very few modern buildings in this part of town, featuring minimalist rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.
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Prague Gay Pub Crawl
Join a group through several of the city's gay spots, enjoying drinks and perhaps making new friends along the way: