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Nightlife in Olomouc, A-K

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An August 2005 trip to Olomouc by captain oddsocks

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Nightlife in Olomouc, A-K

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Overview

9pm Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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The second oldest and third largest university in the Czech Republic is certainly a strong influence on the character of the nightlife of Olomouc. During the university year, the small underground bars are filled with students of art, music, theatre, politics, medicine, and law, among other things. When they leave for the summer, it’s time for the Olomouc Cultural Summer Festival to take over and the outdoor beer gardens to spring to life. While tourism in Olomouc is far less developed than in Prague or Krakow for example, there are some bars that are accustomed to having foreign patrons, and they tend to be located close to the main square. Potrefená Husa is the most polished of these, but the ...Read More

Aeroplane Bar

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Attraction

Aeroplane Bar Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Housed in a disused Russian Tupelov aeroplane, the Aeroplane Bar "Letka TU 104" is certainly the most unusual bar in the centre of Olomouc. The aeroplane was brought to Olomouc in the seventies to be the ‘in’ restaurant for the elite of the communist party and their dining companions. Today it's a reasonably seedy late-night bar with a somewhat dishevelled clientele. The entrance is a steel staircase towards the rear of the plane. There's a security cage that's kept locked and as you wait for the barman to answer your ring on the doorbell you might notice the sticker prohibiting the possession of firearms. Upon entry, you will pass the bar, televisions and gambling ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Aeroplane Bar
Legionarska Ul.
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Topsy-Turvy Bar (Belmondo)

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Attraction | "B - Belmondo, aka Topsy-Turvy bar"

Topsy-Turvy Bar (Belmondo) Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Belmondo is the best place to go dancing in the centre of Olomouc (with the possible exception of the main square during one of the summer concerts). It’s upstairs from the Irish bar, The Crack, in the historic water barracks building. Entry is from the Třída Svobody side, into a small entry hall with a staircase and, if it’s Friday or Saturday, a couple of burly security staff. Upstairs is a large hall with a generous dance floor in its centre. To one side of the dance floor is a long bar, with the shelves behind containing more types of alcohol than I knew existed. On the opposite side of the floor is a well equipped mixing desk and lighting rig, flanked on one side by low-sided seating booths...Read More

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Topsy-Turvy Bar (Belmondo)
Mlynská 4
Olomouc, Czech Republic

The Crack

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Attraction | "C - The Crack"

The Crack Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Most cities have an Irish bar of some description and Olomouc is no exception. The just how "Irish" is this "Irish" bar question might be an interesting topic for some but I’ll leave it to them and just try to tell you if it’s the kind of place you might like to go for a drink. The Crack is made up of several brick arch-roofed rooms connected by more exposed brick archways. It’s nothing if not comfortable; the entry room and first large room are full of armchairs and couches and the only problem is finding a vacant one. Not to worry though, because the next two rooms have plenty of table and chairs seating, and even a row of old cinema seats along the bar in the back room. The walls hol...Read More

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The Crack
Mlýnská 4
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Dobrajovna

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Attraction | "Dobra Cajovna"

Dobrajovna Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Not all nightlife revolves around alcohol, and the Dobra Èajovna/Good Teahouse in Olomouc is proof of that. The newest of the city’s three teahouses is on the ground floor of one of the row of houses on Havelkova Ul. and has three rooms. The front room is filled with comfortable upholstered furniture and has a large raised platform with cushions. Anybody who wishes to smoke flavoured tobacco through a shisha pipe is directed towards this small front room. The shisha pipe will cost you 85Kc and the 21 flavours on offer include coconut, apple, cinnamon, strawberry and cherry. You must be 18 years of age ...Read More

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Dobrajovna
Havelkova 7
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Espresso Bar

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Attraction

Espresso Bar Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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The 24-hour espresso bar at the northern end of the water barracks building is the place for late night snacks in Olomouc. It’s especially convenient if you’ve been to one of the nearby bars; Rasputin, Belmondo, or The Crack, or are waiting to catch your tram home from the Okresní Soud stop.The entrance is from Pavelèakova Street across from Hotel Gemo. The first thing that you will see inside is the cake display and the ice-cream cabinet. The ice-cream is 8Kc per scoop, with an extra 6Kc if you prefer to have a waffle cone. You might find the staff a little grumpy, but it’s better if you don’t take it personally and just chalk it up to the disrupted sleeping patterns of the shift worke...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Espresso Bar
Mlynská 2
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Finlandia bar

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Finlandia bar Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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The Finlandia bar is a small bar in a back-alley basement on between Uhelná Ul. and Pavelèakova Ul. It would be a little bit hard to find if it were closed, but while it’s open, you’ll hear it well before you see it. It’s a good bar to go to if you like the music to be so loud that you can’t think, let alone talk to anybody. The bar seems to mostly be popular with young football players and slim young ladies with long eyelashes and outfits inspired at least partly by that Britney girl. Perhaps the conversation wouldn’t have been especially rivetting anyway.When you’ve followed your ears through the front door, you’ll see the brightly painted entrance to the toilets an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Finlandia bar
Uhelná Ulice
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Garch Blues Bar

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Attraction | "G- Blues Bar Garch"

Garch Blues Bar Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Blues Bar Garch is a rambling underground bar just outside the centre of Olomouc. Everyone knows it just as Garch, but the full name is Galimatiašův Archiv. In Czech to speak Galimatiaš is to speak rubbish, so I guess the name of the bar means something like "The Archive of Junk" The very low-key entry stairs lead you down to a cellar where the first thing you will see is the bar, and the second will probably be the surly boyfriend of whoever is working behind the bar. Ignore him, greet her with "Dobry večer" and head through to the main part of the bar on your left. Keep going through the first room, which has space for around forty people to sit at the long wooden benches, to one of the back r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Garch Blues Bar
Corner of Mozartova and Litovelská
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Potrefená Husa/Wounded Goose

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Attraction | "H-Potrefená Husa/Wounded Goose"

Potrefená Husa/Wounded Goose Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Potrefená Husa is the McDonalds of Olomouc nightlife. It’s a chain pub, owned by Staropramen brewery, and stocks every possible permutation of their beer, as well as a long list of imported beer. There’s an almost identical ‘Husa’ in every one of the Czech Republic’s larger cities and they attract a section of society that places a high value on appearance, and not so much on substance. Coming to the Czech Republic, where there are so many atmospheric and authentic local bars (unless you’re on the old town square in Prague), and going out to Potrefená Husa, is akin to not trying the traditional local food because you can’t get it in the form of a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Potrefená Husa/Wounded Goose
Opletalová 1
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Iguana/Leguán

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Iguana/Leguán Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Leguán is perhaps the best of Olomouc’s suburban beer halls. It’s close to the centre; just around the corner from Blues Bar Garch on the ground floor of one of the buildings on Tøída Svornosti. The reason for the name becomes apparent as soon as you notice the terrarium that is home to a 90cm Iguana named Albert. At first I wasn’t convinced he was real, but he’s quite lively and clambers around almost continuously. Apparently he’s a young adult, as his skin is still bright green and he’s shorter than the average length of 120cm (of which about two-thirds is tail).Otherwise, the interior of the bar is pleasant if nothing ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Iguana/Leguán
Tída Svornosti 15
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Tibet Jazz Club

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Attraction | "Jazz Club Tibet"

Tibet Jazz Club Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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The Jazz Club is a small venue that holds regular concerts of everything from jazz, blues and rock to reggae and funk. It’s not a huge space, but with a clever mezzanine floor added during the recent renovations, it can seat around 200 people. Apart from a short break during the summer, there’s a concert every Thursday night, and on some other nights according to no apparent pattern. The Festival of Independent Music is held here in early June and the club plays music video or internet jazz radio anytime there’s no live performance going on. The cover charge for most concerts seems to be around the 100Kc mark.The club is housed in a long open...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Tibet Jazz Club
Sokolska 48
Olomouc, Czech Republic

K- Kamenný Šenk

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Attraction | "Kamenný Šenk"

K- Kamenný Šenk Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Kamenný Šenk is a one-room bar in a basement at the top of one of Olomouc’s three hills; ‘St Michael’s peak’. Also known as "the smoky bar", it’s probably a bad choice if you’re accustomed to bars with fresh air.Kamenný Šenk looks like a real old-school Czech bar. Dark wooden stained benches, whitewashed walls and arched ceiling, and floorboards worn bare by the heavy footsteps of many late nights. Candles on every table help to support the age-old tradition of absent-mindedly constructing fantastic towers of wax while drinking alone or with companions whose conversational skills are somewhat lacking. Six tables with bench seats on either side provide seating ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

K- Kamenný Šenk
Žerotinovo Nám 283;stí 13
Olomouc, Czech Republic