May 11, 2018
While many visitors to Prague tend to make for the Old Town’s rambunctious party bars or top-tier drinking dens, locals and in-the-know expats are increasingly holing up in the great new neighbourhood bars popping up around the city’s more residential areas. Just a stone’s throw east of the Old Town in up-and-coming Zizkov, Hapu is one of them. Stepping through the graffiti-scrawled entrance to this basement bar is an instantly comforting experience, like you’re hanging out at a friend’s house, or rather their own private party. Furnished in mismatched vintage furniture with random art prints decorating the walls, it’s a cool, cosy, carpeted space made even more comfortable by the fact that, unlike most Prague bars, it’s strictly non-smoking. Having garnered a nod from the likes of The New York Times, Hapu’s cocktails are just divine, and, thanks to the cheaper rents out here, won’t set you back a king’s ransom. Their Long Island Iced Teas are positively deadly, while original tipples like the Coriander greet you with a refreshing, spicy kick and you’ll quickly learn that Mother’s Milk is in no way intended for children. With a cheese-free soundtrack and a snacks menu available, Hapu is both a great place to meet friends for a casual drink before dinner, or casually work your way through the cocktail list into the wee hours. Space can be tight, however, so you’ll have to move quickly to snag a seat.