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“The Cubans would kill for food this good!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Bodeguita del Medio

La Bodeguita del Medio
Kaprova 5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic (Stare Mesto (Old Town))
+420 224 813 922
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Ranked #722 of 4,196 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: International, Spanish, Cuban
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
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.
San Diego, California
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“The Cubans would kill for food this good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Try their grilled octopus, they are out of this world. The service is always good, too. Always the best quality of food, very consistent.

Visited August 2012
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“lively, wild & fun!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

i loooooooved the music!! the cuban food was tasty and cooked to perfection! the mojitos are out of this world, best ive ever tasted!! once the dancing gets going on the lower floors, its gets really wild and steamy, and everyone is up and dancing, salsa, meringue... it was a crazy night! absolutely loved it!

Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good atmosphere poor food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We went as a group of around 12 for a last night warp party. The ambience was good, the cocktails great, but the food and the service was really quite poor. We did have a couple of vegetarians, not an ideal place for veggies however we had called ahead and spoken to the chef who was more than happy to make something especially for them. However in reality this didn’t work so well. The waitress just kept saying no to veggie suggestions but offered them a green salad, hardly a meal. Eventually we managed to get a good risotto for the veggies, which was actually good. The rest of the food however was a real disappointment. Really you come to this restaurant for the live music and the ambience and not the food

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Great place for evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

On the start you can feel very noisy and there is many people. Just try to stay there more then 15 min and you can understand that it is right place! Good latin music and good mixed cocteils. I have been in La Bodeguita in Havana nad I just want to say that Prague La Bodeguita is best one!!! During the day you can eat here and one evening there is really good atmosphere!

Visited July 2012
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“Chaotic service, toillets without paper and napkins, food great but pricy...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

I have liked this bar/restaurant due to delicious food....but...I visited it after 2 years again and I wasn´t satisfied.
Firstly, the service was really chaotic. We ordered the first drink and although I wantet the same what my friend had, I received another one. Well, ok, tasted fine but I had different wish.
Secondly, the women who are staying at the entrance were rude and unprofessional.
Thirdly, food is delicious but we paid so much money for ordinary water in bottles. Very cheap local production but overpriced.

...moreover...for more than 20 min no toillet paper and napkins on the toillets!!! We had to ask our nice waiter to ask someone to fill them in...

Finally, the bouncers can´t say good bye.

Very pity. But not recommendad.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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