First of all, be warned: If you are going out on New Year’s Eve, and you plan to take a taxi home, be sure to book it well in advance. If you try to call for a taxi on the night itself, be prepared to wait a very long time before a dispatcher even answers you. You’ll be treated to an endless litany of “You are number 45 in the queue… you are number 44 in the queue… you are number 43 in the queue…”
And you really don’t want to take public transportation in Prague. Not on New Year’s Eve. You just don’t. If you do take it, however, the metros will run until 2:30 a.m. Night trams will run at 20-minute intervals from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.
For free entertainment, you can watch the fireworks display above the river. It is always huge, and always impressive. Crowds line the riverbank on the Old Town side, facing Letná, where the fireworks are launched. The river obligingly provides the perfect mirror for the fireworks, and if you love photography, this is a perfect chance to get some truly stunning shots.
If you’re planning a night out, here are a few options.
The bar will throw a Hawaiian/Polynesian party for the New Year. You can choose to partake of the gourmet buffet in the bar/club, or you can sit in the café, where you will have wait staff to serve you. The revelry will continue until 5:00 a.m. Cost: CZK 2,200. The website is in Czech and English.
This impressive building is on the river near Legií most, making it a great place to catch the fireworks. Free roulette, a buffet, and a DJ will be there to enjoy. As a bonus, the price includes unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks. Cost: CZK 3,990. The website is in Czech and English.
This tourist favorite is offering cancan dancers and a live band on the big night. As with the festivities at Žofín, the price includes unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks. Cost: CZK 2,500. The website is in Czech and English.
The place where Mozart’s Don Giovanni premiered in the 18th century is having a huge New Year’s event. The Gala Opera night will feature scenes from Mozart’s operas and a swing band with dancing (on the stage itself!). There will be an open bar and gourmet buffet. The event will last until 3:00 a.m. Cost: CZK 9,900 (stalls and orchestra) or CZK 11,990 (ground floor and first and second floor boxes). The information in the link is in English.
Take a boat cruise and have a three-course dinner as you travel along the Vltava. The price includes a welcome drink and unlimited tea or coffee, mineral water, and beer. Seats are limited, so book soon! Price: CZK 8,775 to CZK 11,025. The information in the link is in English.