The folks at Prague Shakespeare Company took this decades-old theatre club/bar, aiming to update the place while still keeping the traditional role as a haunt for theater folks. It’s a place for the public to rub shoulders with stars from the National Theatre (who runs the Estates) and PSC, have drinks before and after shows, and attend special events.
PSC renamed it The Swan, bringing in a Shakespeare motif and modernizing the interior. There’s draft beer, wine and a range of liquors to sample, and the food menu is currently being overhauled by a new chef – with an odd mixture of Czech classics and Czech-Mex offerings.
The new decor features vintage and faux-vintage theatre posters, exposed brick, famous theatre props from the National’s history, photos of actors and a stunning Mucha-style painting made specially for them. It’s a wholly unique place – there’s nothing else really like it in town. Have a drink or two, and you might find yourself discussing lighting or acting techniques with working professionals.
The venue will also feature many of PSC’s special events for their year-long celebration of Shakespeare – PSC400. Films, sonnet marathons, trivia nights, Persian storytelling and more will be on hand – with most events free of charge. Come for the event, stay for some nachos and a few pints of beer, while actors from the nearby Estates Theatre pop in mid-performance for a quick smoke and a drink, then head back out on stage.
A one-of-a-kind spot.
The Swan Theatre Club | Art & culture, Bars | Draft beer CZK 36
Kolowrat Palace, Ovocný trh 6/579 | +420778058333
16:00 – 01:00 daily