May 11, 2018
Located in the elegant knot of streets just north of Prague’s Old Town Square, James Dean has a 1950s American theme. This slick-kitsch modern diner has waitresses in kicky blue and pink retro dresses, a juke box in the corner and a motorcycle hanging from the ceiling (we’re not sure why either). Photos of Dean and other American screen icons of the age adorn the cherry red walls and there’s blue booth seating and chequerboard floors. They serve a range of well-made cocktails, including the signature James Dean, which blends vodka, Bols Peach Liqueur, lime juice, banana juice, blueberry purée, and fresh orange juice, alongside a selection of classic tipples, including Gimlets and Cosmopolitans.The food – American-style burgers, waffles, ribs, and breakfast dishes – can, we gather, be a fairly hit and miss affair, though the desserts are said to be worth sampling. Where the place wins its points is in its kitsch decor and its lively atmosphere; it’s a popular place and attracts a young, fun crowd. There’s a downstairs music club if you fancy continuing your night into the early hours of the morning, though it’s a little rougher around the edges than the bar and restaurant above.