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“Its like you are in Cuba!!!”

La Bodeguita del Medio
Ranked #172 of 5,365 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $2
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Cuban, Central American, International
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
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“Its like you are in Cuba!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

La bodeguita del Hemingway is a place that you should visit at every stay in Prague.
They make there an incredible beef carpacio, amazing cocktails ( the best mojito i have ever drank in Europe ), some traditional fried bananas with salted migdals and two kinds of olive.
The live cuban music makes you feel like you really are in cuba not in Prague.
Best way to spend your night in Prague in a Che Guevara way.

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“Great cocktails”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Did not eat here but had some amazing cocktails! Just wish we had stayed in Prague longer so that we could have gone through the whole extensive list! Good upbeat background music.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Food good, service good, don't sit in no-smoking”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

Great place with lovely food and the service was very attentive. We sat in no smoking and the atmosphere was a bit dull. The bar area near the main doors was lively, with dancing ang lots of lively chatter but we felt a bit left out at the back. Suffer the smoke snd sit near the main bar - tgere were 8 of us so i think space was the main factor in our seating.

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“Great drinks, even better bartenders”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

This Cocktail bar has an extensive cocktail list and makes some great drinks.
As with most bars in prague it was quite smokey but it is easily one of the best cocktail bars in Prague (better than Coco across the road).
There is only a small area for those not dining in the restaurant so get here early

  • Visited December 2012
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“YUM!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

I am originally from South Florida, so I am quite familiar with authentic Cuban food. I had the cubed pork with congri and it was amazing, reminded me of home. The restaurant itself is lively and I would highly recommend making a reservation, because it does get very busy. The drinks were refreshing and delicious as well. I generally try to stick to local fare when I travel, but after a few days of the food in Prague (which is delicious, albeit dense), this was a welcome treat. I could have never imagined finding such great Cuban food in Prague, but I am certainly glad I came across this gem.

Visited August 2012
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