Friday, August 13, 2010

The oldest bar in Prague

Americký Bar (American Bar) is located in the Municipal House in Prague, and is the oldest bar in Prague and the second oldest bar in Europe...or so they claim.  Its history dates back to the beginning of the 19th century when this was apparently the first public place where thoughts from the "New World" were reflected.  For instance, members of the "American Women Society" could visit Americký Bar without being accompanied by (gasp!) men. 

The decor is very unique and will transport you to an era long gone

The bar is decorated with colorful drawings by M. Ales (drawn in 1910-1911).  In 1921, these were replaced with copies made by A. Neumann, of which six were again replaced in 1997 with new copies made by R. Klouza.  On the pilasters adorned with replicas of the original black ceramic tiles you will find six drawings...these being:  "A cooper", "A countrywoman with a goose", "A (female) gardener", "A butcher", "A cook with a fish", and "A beater with a hare".

The dominant feature in the room is the main ceiling chandelier.  Its stained glass mosaic in the shape of a  wreath with four diamond cartridges frames a drawing of a heron by Mikuláš Aleš.

The bartender is a master at his craft...proven by the delicious cocktails I enjoyed.  

So head on over to the Municipal House and take in its Art Nouveau interior before making your way to the basement and the oldest bar in Prague...Americký Bar.

Open daily 11:30 am - 11 pm
Address:  Náměstí republiky 5, 110 00, Praha 1

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