Prague: the Rave Age

On theory, Prague is no temple of techno. During the day, the city is invaded by tourists and by night, it’s a lawless zone where it’s hard not to stumble upon some drunk Enlish dude. However, there is a real underground techno scene, far away from the tourist clubs. Don’t try and find a truly good techno club: there isn’t one! The crew Polygon, created in 2012, decided to take action and started organizing dozens of events in forsaken places from the Communist era, such as a nuclear bunker, a villa on an island, or slaughterhouses. Berlin is only a four our drive and Czech kids follow both its dressing codes and labels. Ogust Ton, Dystopian or Avian are played more than often. Prague finds its strength in the youth and vigorousness of its scene. In Berlin, former squats have become real clubs with annoying bouncers. However, Prague tends to go back to the essentials of rave, disclosing the places of the events a few hours before, just like it was in the good old Berlin of the 90’s. Local authorities have had an eye on it and are starting to figure this out: they recently managed to stop a Polygon party, stating that an exit issue was missing. The scene is still very DIY: Boiler Room has never been keen on Prague. Choosing to ignore it, a crew created a « Hollar Room », a small club located in an University. However, those places are hard to find for random tourists and it shows in the parties where there are very few of them.

Local authorities have had an eye on it and are starting to figure this out: they recently managed to stop a Polygon party, stating that an exit issue was missing. The scene is still very DIY: Boiler Room has never been keen on Prague. Choosing to ignore it, a crew created a « Hollar Room », a small club located in an University. However, those places are hard to find for random tourists and it shows in the parties where there are very few of them.

Drugs and alcohol

The reason why so many bachelor parties are held in Prague is very simple: alcohol is cheap, drinking on the streets is allowed and bars are open 24/7. Marijuana is legal and there’s nothing easier than getting ecstasy in clubs. Some dirty stuff are available too, such as crystal-meth that they call « pervitine ».

3 clubs, 3 atmospheres

  • Cross-club: What was then the coolest club in Prague, with its impressive steampunk scrap iron design, is now a gigantic tourist trap with weird tracks playing and where one had better keep an eye on their wallet.
    Plynární 1096/23, Praha 7
  • Neone: An underground mini club that mixes electronic music with visual arts. The collective in charge launched the highly recommended Lunchmeat festival. Many Czech and cool people go there.
    Bubenská 1, Praha 7
  • U bukanýra: A houseboat on the Vltava. A must see for the view it provides and the free entrance, not so much for the quality of the house music they play there… Closes at 6am on weekends, perfect to admire the sunrise.
    Nábřeží Ludvíka Svobody 1, Praha


U bukanýra

What a night will cost you: 32 €
Dinner: 12 €
2 beers in a bar: 2 €
2 gin & tonics in a club: 6 €
Club entrance fees: from 1,50 € to 10 €
Taxi back to the hotel: 7 €

Berlin cred': 8/10

The best time to go: Spring or Summer, to attend one of Polygon’s parties (approximately once a month)

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