Irish roots are deep in Czech soil (Photo: Milk & Honey Films)

There is a long history of the Irish in Prague, but since the Velvet Revolution, the best part of that relationship has been good times in many of the Irish pubs in Prague...

And while there are more Irish pubs than the ones listed below (many come and go), these pioneers have the deepest roots in bohemian soil and are all well worth the visit!

The James Joyce 
U Obecního dvora 794/4, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia, Phone: +420 224 818 851, Nearest Metro: Staroměstská www.jamesjoyceprague.cz

James Joyce is probably the most well-known and sought out Irish bar in Prague. In addition to the pull of Guinness, Kilkenny, Caffrey's, and are equipped to handle the whiskey appetite of the indigenous inhabitants. You'll also find a good conversational party atmosphere and the high likelihood that you'll meet someone you know there. The burgers are great (in my opinion the best in Prague), but they also have traditional Irish cooking for those who are homesick for mom's cooking. Being the oldest Irish Pub in Prague, dating back to 1991, this place has achieved a very authentic feel, allthough missing the lines from Joyce's works painted on the walls and ceilings of the original Liliova location by Stewart K. Moore. The afternoons are quiet and relaxed, but the nights promise more action and an unruly if harmless crowd. 

The James JoyceThe James Joyce

J.J. Murphy's Irish Pub 
Tržiště 4, 110 00 Malá Strana, Czechia, Phone: +420 257 535 575, Nearest Metro: Malostranská, Trams 9, 12, 22, 23, www.facebook.com/jjmurphysprague

A nice clean and shiny Irish pub down the street from the American Embassy, this place has a different charm. Cool bartender, beautiful waitresses, the occasional jam sessions, and lots of local characters. Something about Malostrana brings about the weird and wild, such as naked girls dancing on the bars and big Finnish guys swinging chairs. Don't worry; if things get out of hand, the bar staff is used to handling these kinda things. The food is quality and if you've got the bank, there's a good selection of top-shelf scotch.

J.J. Murphy's Irish PubJ.J. Murphy's Irish Pub

Caffrey's Irish Pub Prague 
Staroměstské nám. 10, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia, Phone: +420 224 828 031 Nearest Metro: Staroměstská www.caffreys.cz

Wanna catch a few rays of fleeting sunlight while downing a pint of the delish dark stuff? Then Caffrey's is definitely the place to get yours in the sun, right on the square none-the-less! A perfect place to start the day off with a traditional Irish Breakfast, the day will only get better from there on. This sister pub of the James Joyce serves Caffrey's, on tap, hence the pub's name, and if you haven't tasted Caffreys yet, then you haven't been drinking beer, my friend. Velvet golden goodness is the best phrase I can think of, with no aftertaste and it carries a good wallop and it's still worth every drop.

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O'Che's Bar
Liliová 946/14, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia, Phone: +420 222 221 178, Nearest Metro: Národní třída www.oches.com

The story is that Prague has so many Irish pubs, the authorities refused to allow another one onto the scene. Hence the label of 'Cuban pub' for O'Che's, which works well as a thin disguise for this Irish hangout which sports an undeniably Irish name. O' Che's sports a smaller, lighter atmosphere with a younger crowd. It's a nice alternative for those thirsting for more Irish booze in a Cuban gin joint. If mixing Irish and Cuban is weird, try imagining a green burrito on St. Patty's Day. I never got the connection, this time between Cuba and Ireland, but there was enough to distract my puzzled head. The bar is really quite charming with its foreign currencies and pictures of the ecstasies of drink. Friendly staff and hooliganesque crowd, who are safe as long as there are no Premiership matches on the big screen.

O'Che's BarO'Che's Bar

Rocky O'Reilly's 
Štěpánská 32, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia, Phone: +420 222 231 060, Nearest Metro: Muzeum, Trams 3, 9, 14 www.rockyoreillys.cz 

If you find yourself down on Václavské náměstí., turn up Štěpánská and find yourself the now frills, keep to the basics Rocky O'Rielly's and try to find yourself a seat in what is the most central Irish bar in Prague. The spacious seating area has plenty of TV's for sports and news primarily, but for some privacy my favorite spot is in the back in the bar area, where you can smell the delicious food the make in the talented kitchen. Try a spread of delicious pork ribs, chicken wings, steaks, fried Hermelin, crunchy onion rings, steak fries and healthy salads. Wash it all down with a Guinness, or if you're too impatient to wait for the pour, enjoy a refreshing cider. If you're in a really hungry mood, we recommend the All Day Irish Breakfast. If you're missing the Irish Mexican connection, they make a pretty mean burrito (the chili's not bad either!).

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