- Night Out
May 11, 2018
Tucked down in Prague’s Smáchov district just south of Malá Strana, Futurum Music Bar has certainly had an interesting history. Once a French restaurant boasting Prague’s first electric bowling alley before morphing into a puppet theatre, the venue later became an underground club that played home to the city’s rock ‘n’ roll crowd in the 1960s as Prague suffered under repressive Communist rule, the city’s avant-garde youth converged here to explore the frowned-upon music movement that was steadily taking the world by storm. Amazingly, the venue survived through to the nation’s Velvet Revolution, and a late 90s reconstruction saw the building’s industrial framework remodelled into a futuristic space that could be mistaken for a set from The Jetsons. These days, the 80s and 90s music video parties held on Friday and Saturday nights are the big draw here, but the club still plays host to a roster of local and international rock, punk, ska and electronica acts, amongst an array or emerging new music genres. Conveniently, Futurum’s mosaic-tiled bar is a whopping 30metres long, so it’s not too difficult to get the bartender’s attention on the busiest of nights. Being located in Prague’s brewery district and all, it’s definitely a beer drinking kind of place, though. And thanks to its location just outside of Prague’s tourist centre, the froth is very reasonably priced. For a real taste of Prague’s youth culture untarnished by international tourism, Futurum is well worth a look-in.