Located in the heart of Karlín, it’s hard to believe Kasárna Karlín hasn’t been around forever. It certainly looks the part. Prague’ newest and quite possibly most ambitious multi-purpose cultural center opened in June of 2017 in the courtyard of an abandoned army barracks. It boasts an outdoor cinema, bar, cafe, gallery (Karlín Studios), sculpture garden, and most recently, the 4+4 festival’s artistic squatting art exhibit. The alternative, contemporary art gallery, Karlín Studios, was grateful to relocate here after it found itself homeless due to developers taking over its former space. Additionally, there’s an indoor bar with some seating, however, most of the seating for lounging around is outdoors. And don’t forget to grab a drink from Prastánek, a drink stand fashioned out of a 300-year-old oak tree and made by the eccentric Czech artist Frantíšek Skála.
This menagerie of contemporary art and culture brings together people of all ages. It‘s is the perfect place to escape the tourists without going too far out of the center. The courtyard provides a great space to grab a beer with friends and sit around a fire pit, or get a coffee and do some work while your kid plays in the giant sand pit.
For the outdoor cinema, show up early. Seats are few and far between. However, one can find movies played from all over the world with Czech subtitles. It’s a great place to catch an old classic or a New Wave French film you’ve been dying to see.
Post by: Sarah Simon
Address: Prvního pluku 2, Prague 8
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