We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

La Bodeguita del Medio

#133 of 4,559 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Neighbourhood:
Stare Mesto (Old Town)
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Cuban, Central American, International
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
+420 224 813 922
Website
Today
11:00 - 02:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:00 - 02:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 04:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

846 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 375: English reviews
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Called in here without a reservation but managed to get a table in the No smoking area. A lovely part of the restaurant, very romantic with Latino music playing. Great service and friendly staff. Excellent food and drinks. We will return.

Helpful?
1 Thank Consetter
Prague, Czech Republic
Level Contributor
195 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is probably the best food and cocktail drink combination in Prague. Food is good not a giant choice (maybe they should change the menu sometimes also ) and then you can drink all cocktails you like! Service is excellent and they are very kind!

Helpful?
Thank forello
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They have live dancers and music from all regions for their diverse crowd They played hindi music when they saw us n made us dance on it on their stage m danced with us Great great night We went there on both nights in prague Amazing experience!

Helpful?
Thank Ayushiparikh
Rhodes Town, Greece
Level Contributor
54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a good time here , drinks were so original and food also delicious. Music was live and it was great! Loved it !

Helpful?
Thank vio513
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited La B del M during our 3 days stay in Prague . It was a good experience overall : the atmosphere was very nice( music and dance floor) , the food was delicious as well as the drinks and cocktails. Recommended

Helpful?
Thank Angie1990ng
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place and lovely atmosphere. Drink Miami Vice is delicious and with nice service from bartenders Michal and Tomas, just perfect. Very recommended this place!

Helpful?
Thank John8234
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You would have never expected such a fussion: Cuba in Prague. Great cocktails, genuine environment and live music. And it's in the very center! Best stop for a break.

Helpful?
Thank Fuegote
Prague, Czech Republic
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this bar, we go there quite often for drink. The cocktails, food and atmosphere are amazing there. We decided to celebrate New Year's eve, as we thought we can have a nice dinner. We paid 3490 cz-130 euro per person, we were really disappointed, the food was not up to standard. For the starter we had 1 small... More 

Helpful?
Thank lisa-torn
KlauFar, Manažer at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

We constantly strive to improve our services, so we are very sorry that you did not like the evening with us. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that your visit was not the last. Best regards Lukáš Chrpa More 

Level Contributor
42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well, we had good experience with the club, but now it wasnot somuch as a club butmore restaurant. Expensive enough, food was good good but really small portions. The live music was good, but there was no room to dance, normally there is. So to spend the whole evening waiting to something to happen till new year for this kind... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jan Willem H
KlauFar, Manažer at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Unfortunately, because of the high occupancy dancing floor could not be maintained. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that we also retain the favor. Best regards Lukáš Chrpa More 

Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A restaurant with very tasty food. They are offering traditional Cuba food and drinks. It is a little bit expensive, but the personal is very friendly.

Helpful?
Thank Stoyan I
GastroGroup, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for visiting and reviewing us. All team is really glad to hear that! We would be more than happy to welcome you soon again. Regards, LaBdelM More 

Travellers who viewed La Bodeguita del Medio also viewed

 

Been to La Bodeguita del Medio? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
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, Groups, Bar Scene, 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.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from La Bodeguita del Medio staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Stare Mesto (Old Town)

Neighbourhood Profile
Stare Mesto (Old Town)
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.
Explore this neighbourhood