Duende is a hard to define word. You can say, “tener duende,” which means something like having soul. And that’s exactly how the essence of this centrally located bar can be described: as having soul. Lots of it. The decorations of the place are rather ramshackle and eccentric, leaving you with the impression that you just stepped into a very strange antique store. The crowd is rather mixed too: lots of expats (foreigners who have jumped their home country ship), younger Czechs, and an assortment of other intellectual and artistic outsiders. The staff is almost always quick and friendly, especially as they serve up a variety of drinks and your more than standard fare of bar food (soup of the day, nachos, and so on).
Address : Karoliny Světlé 30, Prague 1
Non-smoking section: Yes (back room)
Credit cards: No