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La Bodeguita del Medio

#154 of 4,883 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 3 days ago via mobile

A little pricey but the food was amazing! We went at lunchtime and enjoyed the Latin beats. I had a beef thing and my partner had tuna steak. Divine.

Thank Andrew G
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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 4 days ago

The restaurant is stylish cuban restaurant with relatively good, but expensive food and drinks...I was really shocked with the ladies toliet. Dirty, smelly, simply awful. It was not late night, it was old dirt and pee. I would not like to see the kitchen...fortunatelly, I...More

Thank PragueJana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friends and I visited la bodeguita on monday night. We order some octopus, rib-eye steak, fillet steak and chicken breast. The octopus was cooked at least 3 times, there was no flavour. Rib-eye steak was tasting like they had it in the fridge for...More

Thank Giuseppe N
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Guiseppe N, 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...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled across this bar ... and must say it was the best bar we visited in Prague ... great atmosphere and good drinks a decent pricing .... didn’t eat here so can’t comment .

Thank Muzworker
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Guest, thank you for nice reviewing. We would be more than happy to welcome you again. LaBdelM

Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

The best place in Prague to go out. Dance shows, great cocktails and Latin music! There is not a big dance floor but the atmosphere is great and djs are awesome.

Thank Toni N
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Dear Toni, thank you for nice reviewing. We would be more than happy to welcome you again. LaBdelM

Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Me and my friend celebrated New Year in La Bodeguita. We bought a voucher for 2500 czech crowns - dinner. We have to say that the dishes could have been better since i know the standard of this restaurant. Anyways amazing party but after 12...More

Thank Inna V
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Dear Inna, thank you for choosing our restaurant for celebrationg NYE and for following review. Every feedback helps us to improve our services. We would be more than happy to welcome you again. LA B DEL M

Reviewed 6 January 2018

Heyall! Just want to let you know, that if you are considering going here, YOU DEFINITELY SHOULD! The food was fantastic, the drinks were amazing, and the live dancing was very entertaining. The atmosphere was so cozy and fun, that even being there by myself,...More

Thank Marija Karina K
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Dear Karina, thank you for nice reviewing. We would be more than happy to welcome you again. LaBdelM

Reviewed 31 December 2017

I went there already on 3 occasions. Food has always been great, same as the cocktails! The waitresses are doing a great job, glasses do not stay empty for long ... I highly recommend to make a table reservation. Only negative point: can be too...More

Thank Philipp171
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Dear Guest, 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

Reviewed 18 December 2017

The only latin party club in Prague. All the time crowded, but the atmosphere is great. We just love to come there to celebrate any birthday or just to party when we are free.

Thank Markéta Ř
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Dear Guest, 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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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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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