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La Bodeguita del Medio

#287 of 4,865 Restaurants in Prague
₹₹ - ₹₹₹Caribbean, Latin,
Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
+420 224 813 922
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  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
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“cubano” (6 reviews)
“chicken wings” (7 reviews)
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Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Cuban, Central American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up eating Cuban food, as a matter of fact I have been in “La Bodeguita del Medio” in Havana, Cuba. The food is not authentic Cuban. The “mojitos” were excellent though.More

Thank Margarita J
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing our restaurant. We constantly work on improving our guest's satisfaction; therefore, your feedback, positive or negative, helps us to see our services through the eyes of our guests and is highly valuable to us. We would be happy to...More

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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on my gf birthday for a romantic dinner. Loved the place. Great atmosphere. Nice live Music. Amazing food and pricing great compared to the quality of food. Drinks were amazing. Staff was kind, funny and helpful.

Thank Renee W
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, thank you for your feedback! We are very happy that everything was fine.We look forward to see you again. LaBdelM

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner at the restaurant . We booked in advance through the internet. It was really easy to book and the table was waiting for us when we arrived. Our waitress was super nice, the food was great, She recommended us what to order...More

Thank hgdfgvnjhbb
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, thank you for your feedback! .We look forward to see you again. La B del M

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had the most amazing cuban experience! Exceptional food amd drinks, the vibe is pure cuban, live cuban music, cogar loubge upstairs, staff very friendly!

Thank RobertNane
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, thank you for your feedback! .We look forward to see you again. La B del M

Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

First tried this restaurant last year (Mar 2017) when a local suggested it as a great place to smoke a cigar. Returned yesterday while back in Prague with friends. Food is extraordinary. My buddy swears the fillet minion he ordered was the best he ever...More

Thank DJKunath
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Dear Guest, thank you very much for your feedback. We are so glad and we would be more than happy to welcome you again. Kind regards, LA B DEL M

Reviewed 12 March 2018

Awesome! Energetic! This is a lively Cuban restaurant in the colonial style of old Havana. They serve South American cuisine here. Beside good drinks and food, you can even buy cigars, enjoy live Latin American music and Cuban dance show. Do not go without trying...More

Thank Gordana P
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Dear Gordana, thank you for reviewing us! We are glad to read that everything was fine andou you have enjoyed your great evening. Hope to see you soon again. LA B DEL M

Reviewed 4 March 2018

On a Friday night in search of a cocktail we stumbled across Le Bodequita Del Medio, The best Mojitos by far! closely followed by the rest of the cocktail menu. Friday was lively, great music and atmosphere, yes we were moved around, but we were...More

Thank klblue1974
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Dear Guest, thank you very much for your feedback. We are so glad and we would be more than happy to welcome you again. Kind regards, LA B DEL M

Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Expect to be moved around abruptly. We were having a good time by the bar, but the two Cuban attendants moved a table to a place where we were sitting (by the bar) and told us to go someplace else, because they needed the stool...More

Thank andreyGig
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing our restaurant. We constantly work on improving our guest's satisfaction; therefore, your feedback, positive or negative, helps us to see our services through the eyes of our guests and is highly valuable to us. We would be happy to...More

Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

I would like to leave feedback about my last visit Le Bodeguita del Medio (Praha), which I constantly visit when I"m in Prague. Before that, everything was fine, but not in 2018. We came in the afternoon on a weekday and we met a hostess...More

Thank Nusya2013
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Dear Guest, thank you for reviewing our restaurant. We constantly work on improving our guest's satisfaction; therefore, your feedback, positive or negative, helps us to see our services through the eyes of our guests and is highly valuable to us. We would be happy to...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    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, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, 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>  > Staré Město (Old Town)
  • Neighbourhood: Staré Město (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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