One February weekend, I spent amazing 48 hours with one of my oldest friends in her new base – the gorgeous Prague. It was a whirlwind and exploration mostly by night, but looking back, there are a few things that stuck with me as the make or break factors for enjoying the travels.
Start with the unexpected
Imagine re-starting your day at 9pm with nothing on your agenda. What would you do?
I wanted to go out. I wanted to be carefree and happy. I wanted to observe others who felt the same way, and see the reactions they had to each other, the funny dances and how unaware everyone is when they feel free.
Find the right people and never let them go
Do you know a perfect shitty bar, where you can venture to at any point, no matter what day it is, and where, with the right group of people, you can have the best of times? The perfect shitty bar, where if you hated anything unexpected, noisy places, weirdos in suits and drunken tourists it would be a pretty painful experience. Blazinec is one of those places. It’s perfect neighbourhood’s shitty bar, where you can have fun with your regular crowd, and where you can live up the night with your awesome crowd (either crowd is not provided in the bar). I was lucky to have my awesome crowd of 3 with me.
The next day – go explore
You may have visited a place a thousand times. But there are still things you haven’t seen! Few years back, one of the poorer neighbourhoods was flooded. Not much was left in good shape. Fast forward to 2017 and Vrsovice is full of restaurants, cafes, random concerts, markets and hipsters.
We strolled down towards Muj Salek Kavy – a quaint little cafe with good coffee and healthy-ish desserts! You’ll pass St Vaclav Church and can make your way up to the national monument on top of Vitkov.
Don’t worry, be fashionably late and let yourself be your best
Did I mention there was a ‘real’ reason why I went to Prague? My bestie and I got concert tickets to see Thievery Corporation. As super experienced concert goers we were convinced that such a versatile group of party makers would not start earlier than 9pm – i mean pluh-ease! Well, Google knows best, and my calendar alert does too, so at 6:30 pm we were told the concert starts at 7pm. We were 30min drive from the apartment, needed to change and freshen up after the whole active Saturday thing and we are two ladies who do tend to take time looking their best!
We were late. Not much, but a little. It did not matter though – we felt fabulous. The music was great, the crowd was amazing with older couples, parents with kids, and us, the ladies just getting into 30s, with hippie wannabes and hip-hop fans. The best concert in a while.
Go the extra mile and be rewarded
Our night did not stop there. The night Prague was inviting and we needed a cool walk after the hot, sweaty, pumping crowd at Roxy.
Steps led us directly to Absintherie, the best absinth bar I’ve ever seen. Not much to compare it to, but when you know, you just know. The all female crew was super skilled both with drinks and tourist crowds attempting to flood the bar. The bar was full of kind, interesting people curious to learn more about the art of absinth. We all had to pay attention, as one minute you admire the woodwork around the bar and the next you are watching the bartender pour fire – real, burning hot, flaming fire. Sipping on the liquid, you could almost taste it. Flavour wise, we bet on original – it was very dry, bitter and we did drink loads of water with it.
But that was not enough. Tour de bars led us to an amazing cocktail bar – le Valmont – for this place, you better dress up. Amazing staff including a valet/doorman, signature cocktails and cozy, intimate atmosphere. Perfect.
Now, along the lines of a typical CzechoSlovak fashion, people tend to reminisce positively about the musical heydays of 80s and early 90s. We ended up hitting the 80s bar, the most touristy place we’ve been to the whole weekend, but overall it was a good mix of locals and tourists. Some ladies appeared in long gowns, no doubt finishing up the Carnival season. I had more fun filming the changing technicolour lights on my friend’s face. It was an epic moment and made me love that place (and my friend) forever.
The next day, we took it slow, walked around the river and grabbed some local food and drinks at Naplavka. 48 hours completed.