Prague may make a lot of “best-of” lists as a destination for ringing in the new year, but the truth is many locals leave town and head to the mountains to celebrate. Those who remain enjoy dinner, clubs, and concerts and — for the brave of heart — New Year’s Eve in crowded Old Town Square, which kicks off annually at 5pm on December 31 with live music and DJs and culminates in fanfare around midnight.
While the city of Prague does not have an official New Year’s Eve fireworks show many businesses along the riverbanks set off their own private display at midnight, making riverside and on-board dining popular options.
About those fireworks: this year Prague City Hall has cancelled its traditional fireworks display on January 1, 2020 and will stage a videomapping at Wenceslas Square instead. An alternate fireworks display, sanctioned by Prague 2 but not the city and organized by the group “Fireworks for Prague,” is scheduled to take place on January 1.
For additional NYE inspiration we’ve put together some tips for planning the perfect celebration for welcoming 2020:
A number of Prague’s top restaurants offer prix-fixe menus for NYE, while many hotels plan festive events. Priced from 1,000 CZK per person up to 7,000 CZK and beyond for a full black-tie gala event, reservations are most definitely required:
Silvestr at Food Lab
Five-course menu served family style with live music and DJ set. Read more
Silvestr at La Gare
Gourmet experience accompanied by selected wines from small-scale French growers. Read more
Enjoy dinner followed by a party with a view of riverside fireworks at this art gallery/restaurant. Read more
This newly refurbished Prague boutique hotel recently opened it’s bistro to the public and will be offering a New Year’s Eve menu. Read more
NYE Mozart Gala Dinner
Exceptional Mozart program and a six-course gala dinner followed by Frank Sinatra Gala in the historic setting of Boccaccio Hall. Read more
New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Sarah Bernhardt
Flambéed veal medallions and a lively jazz band are on the menu in the grand setting of this historic hotel restaurant. Read more
Considered one of Prague’s top tables right now, Taro will be offering a 10-course tasting dinner. Read more
Silvestr at Villa Richter
Celebrate the arrival of the New Year in the oldest vineyard in Bohemia with a seven-course dinner and wine pairing. Read more
Whiskey Restaurant, Bar and Museum
This newly opened restaurant in Old Town has a degustation menu and selection of whisky on offer for New Year’s Eve. Read more
See more New Year’s Eve Food & Drink options here.
If you’re more of an end-of-the-year burger or ramen-bowl type, a number of casual Prague venues have got you covered. Settle in for low-key dinner and drinks and music or entertainment at one of these venues serving up everything from Tex-Mex to good old-fashioned Czech cooking:
Agora Greek Bistro and Food Market Dinner & Countdown Party
Sample Greek delicacies and sip Prosecco til the midnight countdown. Menu
Alebrijes Bar Bar: New Year’s 2020 Dinner Party
Popular Mexican restaurant will serve up Latin beats, tequila cocktails, and Tex-Mex classics.
New Year’s Eve Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Exclusive dinner menu and a party with live bands and DJs. Read more
Silvestr at OSSEGG: All You Can Eat and Drink
The Vinohrady gastropub has an unlimited Czech feast and all you can drink spirits and beer. Read more
New Year’s Eve Party at the Pind
Long-running Prague Indian restaurant has prepared a special NYE menu for spice lovers. Read more
Silvestr at Pivo Karlín
Live acrobatic, dance, and variety show, and six-course food and drink menu will be followed by a musical production and fireworks to ring in the New Year. Read more
Silvestr at Taiko Ramen Bar
Low-key drinks and fireworks at this ramen hotspot. Read more
New Year’s Eve at the Tavern & U Kurelů
Burgers, cocktails, and “awesome vibes” promised. Read more
See more New Year’s Eve Food & Drink options here.
Cocktails & wine tastings
Whether you opt for speciality craft cocktails at one of Prague’s coolest cocktail lounges or “authenist” wines at a newly opened wine bar, these venues promise a top-shelf NYE with drinks specials and entertainment:
Complimentary canapes will accompany bubbly and signature cocktails. Read more
Shake up your NYE celebration with a cocktail at this Old Town institution. Read more
New wine and champagne bar in the heart of the Old Town offers natural wines from Bohemia, Moravia, and beyond. Read more
Bar and Books
Whisky tasting and champagne cocktail menu created just for this occasion. Read more
Dance floor, welcome drink, and all-night-long buffet at this cocktail emporium. Read more
The theme of this year’s NYE is “French Famous” served up by some of Prague’s finest mixologists. Read more
Prague’s dance clubs and alt-rock venues really dial it up for New Year’s Eve. Everything from DJs to live music and theme parties are taking place in venues as diverse as a transformed church or former warehouse space:
Techno, House, Grime, Bass across four stages, four bars, plus fireworks at midnight. Read more.
Décadanse 2019 Klubovna 2.Patro
New Year’s Eve party with funky house, disco and techno. Read more
Resident DJs will bang out the tunes through the end of 2019. Read more.
New Year’s Glow
Renovated Distrikt 7 Club with two music floors, five bars and a beer bar hosts a UV party – with face painting, light-sticks and, more. Read more
Roxy New Year’s Eve
Welcome drink, special decorations, great dance music, and drinks all under the theme of a Cosmic NYE. Read more
DJs up at the bar and down in the club! Book a spot at the bar and enjoy dinner and drinks.
Silvestr at Rock Cafe
Shizzle Orchestra will perform accompanied by the band the Curlies and DJ Ká.
Jazz, cabaret, and classical music
Lovers of concert performances will enjoy spending the last evening of the year at one of Prague’s grand concert halls or soaking up the atmosphere and smooth sounds of a small jazz venue:
Silvestr at Agharta Jazz Club
The house band of the AghaRTA jazz center performs with percussionist Imran Musa Zangi. Read more
Czech Philharmonic Silvestr Concert
Dvořák, Smetana, and more, at this afternoon concert for early birds. Read more
New Year’s Eve at Jazz Republic
A special jazz and blues double concert is presented by singer Roman Pokorny. Read more
New Year’s Eve U Malého Glena
Grab some food and drink upstairs then head to the basement club to spend New Year’s Eve with Spyder and Net Wt. Read more
New Year’s Eve with Mozart at Estates Theatre
Gala evening, featuring arias from Mozart’s operas plus selected delicacies, and a midnight toast with soloists followed by dancing to live music on the world-famous stage. Read more
Prague Burlesque Silvestr
Decadence meets glamour in a night of exotic showgirls, crooners and a variety show that is particularly fun on NYE. Read more
Prague Philharmonic Silvestr Concert
An 80-minute performance in the stunning concert hall of the Municipal House focused on Dvořák, Smetana, and other Czech fathers of classical music.Read more
See more New Year’s Eve Concerts here.
A mixed bag of NYE fun
A number of Prague New Year’s Eve events defy classification with the exception that all of them share an element of offbeat fun. Bingo, movies, or a live jukebox — chose your New Year’s Eve adventure with one of these super-fun activities below:
New Year’s Eve Tournament at Minigolf Kovta
Afternoon tournament, the last of the year, is perfect for families and early birds. Read more
Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve Party at Globe Bookstore & Cafe
Prague’s favorite expat bookstore is throwing a Jazz-Age bash. Come in your best flapper costume and party like its 1929. Read more
New Year’s Eve Cosy at A Maze In Tchaiovna
Guaranteed comfort, warmth, fluffy cuddle puddles, and zero fireworks. Acoustic jam session, champagne, and a cosy atmosphere to help see the new year in. Read more
New Year’s Eve Party: Live Jukebox at Manifesto Florence
Day-long program ranges from morning brunch to evening party and concert. Visitors can look forward to great food, original drinks, and much more. Read more
Beatles Revival: Manifesto Smichov
Just like its sister location, Smichov will host a fun entertainment experience and serve up day-long food and drink options. Read more
Screenshot’s Silvestr Party
The newly opened screening room’s first Silvester party hosts two screenings and a music set in their unique space. Sip cocktails to “In Search of a Midnight Kiss” and “What We Do in the Shadows.” Read more
Bingo at Arepas De Lyna
Family-friendly bingo event with prizes, snacks, and more. Read more
New Year’s Eve Boat Party in Prague
Party cruise down the Vltava River. Countdown with stunning views of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. Read more
Silvestr at Kino Aero
Catch a film at Aero, including “The Big Lebowski,” now a New Year’s Eve tradition and three other films which begin screening in the afternoon, followed by an afterparty. Read more
Don’t live in Prague? Check out our events pages for hundreds of NYE activities in Brno, Ostrava, Pilsen, and beyond.
Wishing you a safe and happy 2020!