Prague, Czech Republic – LGBT
For a city where it seems like every third person is making out in public, Prague is notable for the lack of gay affection displayed on its streets. While there are no laws against homosexuality in the Czech Republic – the age of consent is 15, the same as for straights – public opinion seems to be lagging behind legislation.
Amigo magazine’s website has English-language listings. Tourist services, accommodation, listings and a bulletin board can be found at www.praguegaycity.com. Gay Iniciativa (website in Czech) is a gay and lesbian support service. Probably the most comprehensive information source is Gay Guide Prague, with online forums, events, accommodation, tours, newsletters and support groups.
Gay-owned accommodation includes Pension Arco and Studio Henri (Tel: 71773 837; www.studiohenri.cz; Jeseniova 52, Žižkov; double from 3000Kč), a four-person apartment with a whirlpool.
Bars & Clubs
The gay scene in Prague changes fast – check out one of the listings services mentioned earlier before you head out.
Club Bar Arco (Tel: +420/271 740 734; Voroněžská 24/172, Vinohrady; 8am-midnight)
A quiet little spot in genteel Vinohrady, popular with older men. There’s also accommodation and an internet café.
Friends (Tel: +420/224 211 920; Bartolomějská 11; 8pm-6am)
This welcoming music and video bar has excellent coffee and wine, and DJs after 10pm on Friday and Saturday.
Piano Bar (Tel: +420/222 727 496; Milešovská 10, Žižkov; 5pm-midnight)
A stalwart of the Prague gay scene, frequented mainly by locals, this is a homely little cellar bar cluttered with junk and bric-a-brac.
Stella (Tel: +420/224 257 869; Lužická 10, Vinohrady; 8pm-5am)
Probably the most popular gay bar in town, Stella is intimate and candlelit. You have to ring the doorbell to get in.
Termix (Tel: +420/222 710 462; www.club-termix.cz; Třebízckého 4a, Vinohrady; admission free; 8pm-5am Wed- Sun)
One of Prague’s most popular gay and lesbian dance clubs, with a young crowd that contains as many tourists as locals. The smallish dance floor fills up fast during Thursday’s techno party, when you’ll probably have to queue to get in.