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Chasing Cocktails in Prague

Forsaking beer in the biggest beer city in the world

The beer in Prague is as life-altering as everyone says it is. In particular, the tankovna beer (unpasteurized suds served from on-site tanks) is so crisp and bracing - like plunging into an unheated pool on a muggy day - you might just swear off bottles forever after.

AnonymouS white russianAnonymouS white russianBut what happens if, after a couple nights of perusing the pubs and sampling a few (or, no judgment here, A LOT) of the local offerings, you find yourself in the mood for a beverage that's a little less bloating, a little more sophisticated? 

Tretters cocktails, PragueTretters cocktails, PragueAs my husband and I discovered on our recent honeymoon through Eastern Europe, there's plenty of alternative drinks to be had in the city that consumes the most beer in the world. In fact, that retro-style speakeasy cocktail scene that's so popular stateside? Yup, Prague's got it, too. Here's where you can find a classy cocktail that's served in something other than a mug:

Tretter's New York Bar: As soon as the locals discovered we were from New York, they'd recommend this legendary spot, which multiple people excitedly said "was just like the bars in Tretters New York BarTretters New York BarManhattan!" Now, we don't typically see so many velvet ropes, muscle shirts and micro-sequin skirts through a fog of cigarette smoke when we go out at home, but it's entirely possible we're going to the wrong places. Yet, between the people-watching and the 1930s décor, this place is a blast. And they make a damn strong classic cocktail: The cigar mojito had the Mister seeing double.

Bar and Books: Unlike the high-drama scene-y mayhem that is Tretter's, this tiny spot (which truly does hail from NYC) is perfect for savoring cocktails, not downing them.  The fireplace and bookshelves lend an air of pretension, but act as if you know your way around the whiskey list and you'll fit right in.

AnonymouS Bar, PragueAnonymouS Bar, PragueAnonymouS Bar: We stumbled into this hidden bar that pays homage to the famous hacker group of the same name while looking for something else. It turned out to be one of the best "mistakes" of the trip. The Guy Fawkes masks and other V for Vendetta paraphernalia made the newly opened place seem almost other-worldly. But the suspender-clad mixologists carefully shaking up artful cocktails behind the bar actually did remind us of home. I think you'll agree that the White Russian was almost too pretty to drink.

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