Creative Cocktails at Prague’s Black Angel’s Bar
Leah Walker April 16, 2013

Prague’s Black Angel’s Bar is easy to miss, which is exactly how it was designed.

Czech Republic Bar

Located in Prague’s Old Town Square, just across from the city’s famous Astrological Clock, Black Angel’s Bar‘s entrance is unassuming. If you’re not specifically looking for the simple red neon sign or the plaque embedded in the walkway, you’ll certainly walk right past it. I did. Twice.

Bartender Prague Czech Republic

 Barkeeper, Pavel Kubík

Located in the basement of the former Black Angel Hotel, now the hotel U Prince, The Black Angel’s Bar has the feel of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The bar is dark, has kept the original Gothic and Romanesque masonry in the design, and gives the feeling of stepping back in time. The atmosphere alone explains why it’s been named one of the world’s best bars, as well as 2012’s best bar in the Czech Republic.

Prague Cocktail

 Lemon Drop–Served in Two Glasses

Whiskey Cocktail in Prague

Penicillin–Whiskey-based with a Potato Wedge

The menu selection is large and is divided into categories such as Forgotten Classics, Contemporary Classics, Tiki Drinks, and Molecular Mixology. I skimmed over the extensive menu and couldn’t decide what to order, so I asked barkeeper, Radka Miklasová, to bring a varied selection to the table. One after another, Radka delivered delicious drinks. The Diamond Black Angel was my favorite and by far the most beautiful. This blood-orange cocktail with a diamond ice cube on the side was stunning–almost too pretty to drink.

Czech Cocktail

Snowcone Bramble–Sour Fruit Punch with Grapes

Black Angel's Bar Cocktail

Diamond Black Angel–Blood Orange with a Diamond Ice Cube

Can a bar really be considered one of the world’s best without great cocktails? I think not, but Black Angel’s delivers. All of their cocktails are made with the freshest ingredients, homemade syrups, and they even make their own ice. Much of the Black Angel’s cocktail menu harkens back to the USA in the 1920s and 1930s. This was when the Volstead Act banned the sale of alcohol, which ironically spawned some of the world’s greatest cocktails. Using recipes found in old books, the Black Angel’s Bar strives to be authentic to their cocktails’ origins. Black Angel’s Bar also strives to keep the atmosphere intimate. Don’t think you’re going to take photos, unless you get special permission like I did.

Czech Republic Cocktail

Singapore Sling–Classic and Fruity

Czech Republic absinthe

 Absinthe–Taste of Traditional Prague

The Black Angel’s Bar reminded me of something out of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. I half expected to see Jay Gatsby sitting in the corner with Daisy on his arm and Ewing Klipspringer playing the piano. Descending down the stairs of the hotel U Prince into the bar is a step back in time. The menu reads like a history of cocktails, but also offers unique options from some of Prague’s most innovative barkeepers. In a city known for its beer culture, the Black Angel’s Bar is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and sip on some spirits.

Prague Cocktail

Hurricane–Traditional New Orleans Drink Set on Fire

In Prague, there are several other great places to grab a cocktail. Check out World’s Best Bars to find more, but Black Angel’s can certainly be added to the list of three things I’ll miss about Prague.

Join me, along with @CzechTourism, @REPUBLICA_CHECA @czechtourism_uk, @FSPrague, and @FourSeasons on Monday, April 22 10:00 am (EST) for the Twitter chat, #BestOfCity. We’ll discuss all that’s great about Prague and answer any questions you may have about the City of Spires. Find more information about the #BestOfCity chat here.

Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, The Daily Basics, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don't extend to speaking French. Yet.

18 Comments

  1. These drinks look so beautifully presented! Bars in Prague sure know what it takes to make interesting drinks, I had a banana beer last time I was there..!

  2. Love it Leah – you are right – I didn’t even notice the bar when I was last in Prague. Perhaps the Christmas markets pulled focus, but it certainly looks like a place I wouldn’t mind spending a evening with friends.

    1. I wish I would have gotten a chance to tell you about the Black Angel’s Bar. I think you would have really enjoyed it. I can see how the Christmas markets would have totally masked the entrance.

  3. YES YES YES YES YES. I feel tipsy just from reading this post. A lemon drop in TWO glasses is my jam, but throw in some diamond ice cubes and you’ve got one happy girl. You’re taking us here next time we’re both in Europe.

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