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La Bodeguita del Medio

#145 of 4,845 Restaurants in Prague}
₹₹ - ₹₹₹Caribbean, Latin,
Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
+420 224 813 922
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Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were a group of 4 girls who visited Prague for the weekend. We chose La Bodeguita for our first night. We were not disappointed. There is a great energy and excitement running through the restaurant from the moment you walk in the door. Great...More

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Jan M, Manažer at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your rating and your visit. we are very happy that everything was fine.

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Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

This bar is probably the best I was in when I was in Prague. It's difficult to get a seat so would recommend a booking but the music is awesome, the cocktails are amazing, staff beautiful and helpful. The music was the best and the...More

Thank Suzymc15
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Dear Guest, thank you for your lovely feedback. We look forward to your next visit. LaBdelM

Reviewed 6 days ago

Being from Miami saw some reviews and made my family walk some twenty minutes. The food is far from Cuban the chips where from bags and the food tasted like frozen TV dinners . Please if going to eat real Cuban food don’t go here...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We only passed by to kill some time before heading to our real destination, so we just had a drink and left. The bar is small and crowded, but the cocktails are really good and the price is reasonable.

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Jan M, Generální ředitel at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your rating and your visit. we are very happy that everything was fine.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit this place after noting the good reviews on TripAdvisor, and being a lover of Cuban food. When we arrived mid week without a reservation, we were hoping they could accommodate us - and upon seeing that the place was only about...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little bar with some great cocktails, worth the visit within happy hour 99CZK Mojito. Has a revs de feel to it. Worth the visit.

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Jan M, Generální ředitel at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your rating and your visit. we are very happy that everything was fine.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the restaurant on recommendation from the concierge at our hotel. This was a cool place, with the best mojitos ever. The waitress was very helpful giving us suggestions for the best drinks and food. And we were not disappointed... We really had...More

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Jan M, Generální ředitel at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your rating and your visit. we are very happy that everything was fine.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this place!! The best Mojito ever. The food is just delicious and the atmosphere is so cool. Live music and dancing. Very friendly staff!!! Amazing place. Well done La Bodeguita!!!

Thank ThereseSophieWangraf
Jan M, Generální ředitel at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your rating and your visit. we are very happy that everything was fine.

Reviewed 18 October 2017

We came across this Cuban restaurant purely by accident and decided to try it one lunch time. The atmosphere is very welcoming with photos and signatures all over the walls and even the ceilings! We tried the typical Czech potato soup which was delicious and...More

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Jan M, Generální ředitel at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your rating and your visit. we are very happy that everything was fine.

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Did not try the food just had a couple of pleasant drinks in this european cousin of the el classico in Havana. Nice ambiance and friendly staff

Thank Kyblaw
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Dear Kyblaw, thank you for reviewing us. We really appriciate your feedback and would be more than happy to welcome you soon again. LA B DEL M

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  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
  • Location: Europe  >  Czech Republic  >  Bohemia  >  Prague>  > Stare Mesto (Old Town)
  • Neighbourhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
  • Phone Number: +420 224 813 922
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Description
CUBAN COCKTAIL BAR & MUSIC RESTAURANT IN COLONIAL OLD HAVANA STYLE,

or...your piece of Havana in Prague...

Where? Kaprova 5, just a few steps from the Old Town Square!

Basement:

La Bodeguita del Medio - the lower part of the restaurant offers a separate space for your private events and parties, in case of interest you will not be disturbed, but if you like you can visit upper part and dance as you like.

Ground floor:

La Bodeguita del Medio - daily live music, entertainment, great food and the best drinks, including mojito!

1st floor:

Restaurant Cohiba Atmosphere- intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic getaway, selected specialties, premium wines, professional service.

Cigar shop - buy a first-class cigars from around the world, courteous service is here to advise.

Cigar Club - place for your private meetings, where you can forget about the hustle of the city with a cigar, or with glass of premium whiskey in your hand, the possibility of membership in Cigar Club which brings many benefits.


La Bodeguita del Medio

lives since its opening in 2002, very rich social life, and therefore it is possible to meet many a familiar faces. Here conects the smell and taste of Cuban dishes, juicy steaks and fresh fish, Caribbean cocktails, aroma of Cuban cigars, Cuban rhythms, along with a genuine atmosphere of one of Havana's most famous pubs, whose fame already crossed the border of Cuba.



• has an unmistakable character of the interior

• creates an atmosphere of undying fame of its predecessor from Havana

• its interior abounds with many artifacts not only from Cuba, but also from other exotic countries

• Bodeguita walls are dotted with a variety of paintings, photographs and signatures of guests

• all furniture, two separate bars, including several humidors, it all comes from Colombia

• inner part of Bodeguita is divided into several separate spaces

• shielded outdoor garden on the sidewalk Kaprova, equipped with retractable awning provides 32 seats

• restaurant capacity is 260 guests


History & Vision



A QUICK GLANCE AT THE SIXTY-YEAR LONG HISTORY OF A HAVANA BUSINESS


La Bodeguita Del Medio

altEach place in the world has something to pride itself on or at the very least, which sets it apart from everywhere else. The Cuban metropolis Havana is certainly no exception to this rule. That said, you will be hard pushed to find any other venue in the city boasting such a long and rich history and with so many famous guests on its books as La Bodeguita del Medio on central Empedrado Street which truly unites the colonial past with contemporary life.

For some reason unbeknown to us, it is said that the Bodeguita stands at a distance of one hundred paving stones from the largest American Baroque building in Cuba, which if tested, unarguably proves to be Havana cathedral. In 1950, La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant (which in Spanish means pub in the middle of the street) first opened its doors at number 27, Empedrado Street. To most of us, this choice of location might appear quite logical, however in fact the preferred "strategic point" for restaurants and bars is that of a street corner.

altAs you enter the Bodeguita (in Havana) for the first time, your olfactory senses will revel in the delightful aroma of Cuban mint, while sampling the special herbs apparently does wonders to your digestive system. Thus, these inseparable ingredients became the rudiments of the famous drink we now know as MOJITO, whose current form and taste were developed right here in La Bodeguita. At the back of the Havana Bodeguita restaurant, guests have the chance to try excellent Cuban cuisine, while at the same time sit back and take in the sounds of traditional melodies sung by a Cuban trio.tria.



Let us now return to the war-torn years of the twentieth century, looking, in particular at the year 1942, when Angel Martinez Borroto finally gave in to the powers of his entrepreneurial intuition and bought a small shop in the still fortified historical part of the city. Soon after embarking on this business venture, he set about managing and developing his small enterprise, going by the name La Casa Martinez. Shortly afterwards, Felito Ayon, a man of similar character to Martinez, set up his own printing shop nearby. For some time, the establishment had no telephone line and so, customers would occasionally wander over to the Bodeguita to settle business over a glass or two of rum.

altAmong the most prominent regulars to frequent the Bodeguita at the time, were the classic Cuban poet Nikolas Guillen and the notable prose writer Alejo Carpentier. Gradually La Bodeguita established an impressive clientele base proving a popular choice for intellectuals, artists and simple Bohemians alike. Indeed, over time, the Bodeguita became a forum for progressive thinking intellectuals (arriving from Latin America as well as the wider word) to meet and discuss.

During the first stages of its operation, visitors' indulgent behaviour was confined to the bar. Some time later, however, the guests (usually friends of Martinez) could also sit down to eat. Initially meals were only available to family members and the sparse waiting staff, prepared by Martinez's wife, nicknamed "Armenian girl" (presumably for her dark skin tone). At this time, the main ingredients comprised a combination of black beans and white rice, or as it was more often referred to: Maoris and Christians, or simply "CONGRI". To finish off, guests were served pieces of baked pork, called "Masas de puerco fritas" and either fried banana chips or small banana pancakes, referred to by the locals as "Tostans de platano."



Martinez was clearly devoted to satisfying the requests of his most trusted customers and subsequently began serving food, despite the fact that people only paid for the drinks.



altIn 1950, the title of Martinez's enterprise was changed indefinitely from La Casa Martinez to the name that regulars had been using for some time: La Bodeguita.

This same decade also saw the arrival of a new wave of clientele coming from all over the world, including the likes of the American singer, Nat King Cole, Nobel prize winner for literature Ernest Hemingway, the idols of female beauty Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren, the American actor Spencer Tracy, not to mention Errol Flynn, Austin Lara or Mario Moreno. Together with their Cuban intellectual counterparts, these names have attracted a constantly growing number of dedicated visitors.

Today La Bodeguita del Medio serves as an unfading reminder to its Bohemian past where guests, whether intellectuals, politicians or passers-by continue to meet and while away the time.



As to the colonial building of the Bodeguita, dating back to the end of the 19th century, many visitors believe that the collection of invaluable signatures, memories and photographs preserved on the stonewalls deserve to feature in the Guinness book of records.

Let us now move on to the history of the Prague Bodeguita, established on 17th December 2002 - 60 years after the opening of the original Havana restaurant.
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