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La Bodeguita del Medio

#153 of 4,655 Restaurants in Prague
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Stare Mesto (Old Town)
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Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
+420 224 813 922
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United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent place for a night out if you like the cuban son!! Good drinks at reasonable prices. Staff are helpful. Very difficult to resist dancing in this place! We had a great time

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Thank Monicadetenerife
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for writing us this nice review. You are right, many guests have a problem to resist dancing here! :-) Please dont wait and visit us soon again. LaBldeM More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic mojitos, live dancing and great Latin music. Upstairs is a bar and downstairs more of a club with a dance floor. Open late. Loved it!

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Thank laurenpU2364PR
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, your review make us very happy. Thank you. LaBdelM More 

Lisbon, Portugal
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283 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It a place difficult to support if you're not a smoker. Even for a smoker is hard - I was 5 years ago, therefore i know. People smoking Cuban Cigars, where no ventilation exists is a difficult place to be - clothes were with a terrific smell in the day after. About the place..., it had nice music, but that's... More 

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Thank JMA1971
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for your assessment. We are Cuban cocktail bar & cigar club. We also sell cigars Our visitors can enjoy their ones therefore you can smell cigar smoke in restaurant. But we also offer places for nonsmokers, which are welll airconditioned, so your comment with a low evaluation seems to be a bit unfair. When you are... More 

Sliema, Malta
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great music, good atmosphere, amazing people! One of the best (if not THE best) Latin dance clubs in town. Highly recommend!

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Thank helenschmuul
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, wow, thank you for your nice feedback adn for the recommendation. Would be great to see you soon again. Regards LaBdelM More 

Kuwait City, Kuwait
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant looks nice but is overpriced. Entrees are over 300 crowns and beers are twice as expensive as other restaurants nearby. I ordered pork dish but got the steak instead. 400 crowns it was tasty but very small portions. No b re was given. Servers are tall and pretty but have an attitude. They would not adjust my bill.... More 

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Thank Dan L
Jan M, Generální ředitel at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your assessment and evaluated in this way, no less your assessment on Tripadvisor doesn't seem fair for other customers.. If the quality of services in order to give one star for me you don't price. Menu including prices is available at the entrance to the restaurant and you get a menu with prices from the waiter.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service is really good and smiley people around you. But drinks are just full of ice and not good as a cocktailbar.

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Thank Selim Y
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Selim, thank you for your review. This is a matter of opinion. Our experienced professional bartender prepare cocktails in a high quality. LaBdelM More 

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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice break from walking, cocktails at the bar for a good price, haven't tried the food yet but the cocktails are nice

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PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for your lovely feedback, you made our day happier :-) Hope to meet you soon in La Bodeguita del Medio! Best regards LaBdelM More 

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went out for the evening with the wife during our trip to Prague and we stumbled across this bar. It has latino music with lots of dressed up people and a good party atmosphere. Was one of the best bars we visited in Prague and glad we spotted it. Drinks were excellent and the bar tenders were friendly and quick... More 

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Thank The_Traveller_RC
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you very much for your nice review. Please be our guests soon again. LaBdelM More 

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94 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place because of its live music and famous mojito! Great place for Dan Ing too, you can try cigars!

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Thank Vladimíra Š
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Vladimír, thank you for your visit & nice feedback. It made us happy! Please be our guest sooon again. LaBdelM More 

Hod Hasharon, Israel
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46 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We had dinner in the evening at La Bodeguita del Medio. Need to made a reservation if you want a place to have. If you want to be in the "happy" area you need to be a very havy smokers. Prices are reasonable.

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Thank davidkalir
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear guest, thank you for your feedback. Yes we argee, the reservations are very recommended. Also we are cigar smokers friendly restaurant, because it is our Cuban life style and it also makes the Cuban atmospehere as well as the live music and Cuban dance shows. We can recommend you our non smokers area fo rthe next time. We would... 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, Cuban, Central American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
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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