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La Bodeguita del Medio

#132 of 4,515 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Neighbourhood:
Stare Mesto (Old Town)
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, International, Pub
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Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
+420 224 813 922
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have come here several times and the service is really rude, yesterday the waiter say that the manager dont allow to split the bill in more than 2 and her behavior was that she didnt want to be our waiter

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Thank Itrevinom
GastroGroup, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for your review. Every review help us to improve our services. Could you please write us the exact day and hour to manage your complaint (bodeguita@bodeguita.cz). Kind regards, LaBdelM More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is great, the service is amazing but if you want a real Cuban experience you need to book a table at the smoking area, close to the entrance door, and you need to do it with at least 2 days in advance.

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Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing us! Hoep to see you soon again. LBdelM More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So happy we found a little piece of Havana in Czech. The cuban food was almost as wonderful as our homemade one. Great atmosphere. As soon as you walk in you are greeted warmly and being Cuban it felt like home. The food was wonderful. We had a platter with a little bit of everything and the congri was outstanding... More 

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Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing us. We weould be happy to welcome you soon again. LBdelM More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to have a good moment with fun and music. Cocktails are really good but not cheap. Meal are also very good.

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Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing us. We would be more than happy to welcome you soon again. LBdelM More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A loooooot of cocktails. Very good food, though I'd prefer focusing on drinks here with a good cigar and nice music. Tried several snacks / appetizers to go a long with the drinks, and those were good. Cool ambience. If you prefer you cocktails on the strong side, the. You'll need an extra shot in it. Pay attention.

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Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing us. We would be more than happy to welcome you soon again. LBdelM More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent place for a business party with colleagues. Food is excellent, so are the drinks. Great service! The music and heaving dance floor are fantastic!! Great friendly crowd as well!! Would want to come back !!

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Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing us. We would be very happy to see you soon again. LA B DEL M More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

A place full with wonderful people, great atmosphere and even more better food! I didn't want to leave the place. One of my favourite places!

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Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing us. Hope to welcome you soon again. LA B DEL M More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Cuban restaurant and bar located at the entrance to the Old City. We were with another couple of friends. Cuban happy atmosphere with Cuban music. There is also a show of dance. Reservation must be made in advance by filling out a form and sending it by e-mail. The place is nice. There are various dinners and cocktail drinks like... More 

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Dear Guest, we are glad for yout review, thank you! LA B DEL M More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Well worth a visit. The food is really good and served by friendly staff. Didn't stay for the music which was only starting as we were leaving, but it sounded good. Would return if I go to Prague again.

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Dear Guest, thank you rof reviewing us. We would be glad to seey ou soon again. LA B DEL M More 

Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Visited this great Cuban bar-club with few friends on Saturday night. Great atmosphere, great staff, great food, great music....just Great!

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Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing us. Place come to visit us soon again. LA B DEL M More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 2
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, International, Pub
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
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 04:00
Thursday
11:00 - 04:00
Friday
11:00 - 04:00
Saturday
11:00 - 04:00
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
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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One of the oldest neighbourhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
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