The best cocktail bar in Prague

Just a short stroll from Old Town Square (Staromestska), half way on the street that leads to the surreal monument to Kafka, Tretter’s is one of the few cocktail bars in Prague and definitely deserves the first spot.

CocktailThe bartenders are all well trained and super friendly and the cocktail menu looks like a moleskine notebook for alcoholics: an inch thick book with a black cover packed with hundreds of drinks that will make your head spin even before you start sipping the fine-made cocktails.

The drinks, all served in a professional manner, are the best of Prague, closely followed only by another venue called Bugsy that is just a minute away from Tretter’s and that deserves a post of its own.

The bar is popular with 30-40 years old and the atmosphere is usually buzzing, you can sit at the bar or at one of the many small tables. The place is quite narrow, hence it’s better for small groups of maximum 4 people. Dress-code is smart casual although I’ve never seen it strictly enforced.

Smoking is allowed, as it is generally in Prague, but the fans on the ceiling do a good job at keeping the air bearable; unless you’re out of luck and find yourself next to some cigar smoker, you shouldn’t end up smelling like a smoked Norwegian salmon.

Besides drinks, Tretter’s also offers some good snacks, toasts as well as some randomly distributed homemade crisps that I just wish they prepared more often as I find them delicious.

The best nights to hang out at Tretter’s are Wednesday through Saturday. For fans of bitter drinks I can suggest a classic Negroni, or if you like spicy drinks a personal favorite is the Moscow Mule with freshly torned ginger root. But before you order anything make sure you check the drink of the day on the chalkboard behind the bar.

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4 comments
Mirka
Mirka

You should put the note about HAPU bar (Žižkov) :-) That is also awesome place with extraordinary atmosphere :-)

czechingin
czechingin

All too often Tretters is full of very sleezy drunk expat men, with far-too-young girls perched on top of them. Whilst I agree with your description of the drinks and the service, I'd never choose Tretters for a girls' night out - its like a meat market. For lovely cocktails centrally, try Bar&Books - great drinks and far less sleeze.

admin
admin

Hi CzechingIn, thanks for stopping by. I agree that Bar & Books is among the finest cocktail bars in Prague but I've never felt uneasy in Tretters or that the patrons were behaving over the top. I should go try my benchmark drink (Negroni with some extra angostura) at both Bugsy and Bar & Books and see if on cocktail ground they are all at the same level ;-)

Tony
Tony

Absolutely, I love it, interesting and well-founded words. Please write more interesting articles in your site.

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