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CZECH HOLIDAYS & TRADITIONS

How To Spend Winter In Prague

So we all survived the Holidays. It was quite busy at Sir Toby’s and we had a great time celebrating Christmas and New Year’s with all of you. Thank you for staying, dining and partying with us! We wish you all a happy & healthy 2017 with lots of great trips and experiences! And for those of you who haven’t been here recently – how about starting the year off with a trip to Prague? There are plenty of things to do even in winter. Follow our blog for a few hints and then go book your trip – our winter specials are still on!   Ice skating at Ovocný Trh / Pictures: Richard Hodonicky   You are in the mood for some fun on the ice? There are several ice rinks located in the center and in some of Prague’s nicest neighborhoods, so go get your skate on! But don’t end up like our lovely colleague Klara who was planning to go ice skating at the Žižkov tower but then spent her budget on Bombardinos instead on the entrance fee. She said it was still fun, though!   Ovocný trh: Right in the center between Old Town and Wenceslas Square, perfect for a break in between shopping (New Year’s sales are still on!). Open daily 10-22, free entry, skates rental 50 CZK/hour Na Františku: Close to the center, in between the Convent of Saint Agnes and the Dvořák embankment, this 40 x 20 meter ice rink is considerably bigger than the one at Ovocný trh. Open Mo-Fr 8-17.30, Sat & Sun 10-19, 50 CZK entry fee   Ice Rink at the TV tower in Žižkov: Located in the hip neighborhood of Žižkov with plenty of local bars and cafés around (check out Bukowkski’s for Prague’s best Whiskey Sour and Nad Viktorkou for a classic Czech pub experience!). BBQ snacks, hot chocolate and, jep, Bombardino are all provided in the Tower Park. Open Mo-Fr 12-21, Sat & Sun 9-21, entry fee 80-120 CZK depending on the time (+ 50 CZK extra for skates rental)   Výstaviště: Skating indoors, but in a professional arena and just a 5 minutes tram ride from Sir Toby’s! Open to the public every Saturday & Sunday 16.15-18.30, 50 CZK entry plus another 50 CZK for skates rental If you feel like combining shopping with ice skating, Arkady Pankrac, Galerie Harfa, and the mall in Černý Most each have their own ice rinks – but be aware, they are all a rather long way from the center.

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Christmas Around Prague

We think Christmas is one of the most magical and exciting times to be in Prague – so exciting we forget it’s literally freezing out. Holiday light, mulled wine and delicious things to eat somehow make the cold go away. (Not literally, guys, it will still be cold…) So just how do you make the most of Prague’s delightful Christmas scene, full of markets, tasty food and svařak (pronounced “s-var-zaak”, it’s the Czech word for mulled wine and we can’t mention this stuff enough)? Let us tell you! Christmas Markets Squares all over the city lit up with trees, festive lights and filled with stalls selling all kinds of delicious More of that mulled wine (called svarek in Czech!), Prague ham (not exclusive to Christmas but still tasty), Linecké cookies, Vánočka (Czech Christmas “brioche” style bread with nuts), Gingerbreads and so much more! Find yourself some markets set in some of Prague’s most notable landmarks! Also look for handmade wooden toys, ornaments and other decor as well as Advent wreaths, mistletoe. Where to find these famous markets? The Prague Castle, Old Town Square, or Na Kampa near the Charles Bridge offer some quintessential Christmas in the middle of Prague’s most stunning sites. If you find yourself wandering through New Town, check out Náměstí Republiky or Wenceslas Square. Honestly, it’s hard to go anywhere in Prague’s city center without stumbling across one of these markets. A few local favorites? Try venturing out to Vinohrady to visit Náměsti Míru (they have the most delicious crepes and lavender hot wine), or all the way to Jiřího z Poděbrad – a hybrid of Christmas and farmers market – surely you will find a plethora of local goods to put you in the spirit! Alternative Christmas Markets of Holešovice Our beloved neighborhood of Holešovice has become Prague’s ultra-hip arts district, and you best believe they do Christmas right. With Vnitroblok, Tovarna, and MINT Market all within a stone’s through of Sir Toby’s front door, and offering a different kind of Christmas market come. Vintroblock, a cafe-concept store, Tovarana, a multipurpose artsy space, and MINT market, a hall of independents selling their locally produced products come together to put on this hip, alternative Christmas market that fits right into to Holešovice’s vibe. Get Czech-made and originally designed clothing, jewelry, beauty projects and so much more! You will definitely come away with a sweet gift for someone, or yourself (we won’t judge ;)). MINT: Pop-Up Hall 13 @ Holesovice Trznice Every Friday (11am – 7 pm) & Saturday (9am – 5pm) Christmas Flea Market @ Tovarna Dělnická 63 // December 16th Don’t stop here. Prague has plenty of these markets! MINT: Prague Fashion Market 20 December 8 – 10th @ Náměstí Republiky Dyzajn Market zima December 9 & 10, 16 & 17 @ Narodni Divadlo Lemarket Opravdové Vánoce December 8 – 10th @ Manes Gallery Events around Sir Toby’s Hostel Sir Toby’s is a lovely place to be around the holidays! With what might be Holešovice’s (if not Prague’s) coziest basement, fellow travelers and a warm atmosphere, there plenty of holiday cheer to go around. It can get cold outside during the winter months and therefore we prepared some exciting events in our cozy Sir Toby’s bar for you. We only need you to make our Christmas atmosphere warm and inviting! Harry Potter Night: December 2nd This year, to kick off December, Sir Toby’s decided to host its first (and not last) Harry Potter Theme Night! Join us as we transform Sir Toby’s Basement Bar into a Hogsmeade pub from 6pm! Drink Specials, Trivia Nights and many more surprises planned! Name That Tune: December 9th Sir Toby’s is hosting its first ‘Name That Tune’ Quiz! Test your holiday knowledge on this music quiz with a few pints of beer and some new friends (old ones too, of course). Quiz and Games Nights : Starting December 10th From December 10th, Christmas is in the air! Our favorite Czech girl, Kajà, will host special additions of Christmas Quizes and Games Nights just for you guys! It’s free and every Wednesday and Sunday at 8pm in that same cozy bar we adore. Christmas Tree Lighting: December 14th Our annual ceremonious Christmas tree lighting to settle the holiday mood will take place on… It’s not truly Christmas until you have the tree, right? Come help us make Sir Toby’s feel like the holidays, we will begin decorating at 4pm. Free Christmas Dinner: December 24th  A well-loved tradition at Sir Toby’s! Every year, we celebrate Christmas filled with mulled wine, cookies and traditional Czech dinner.  The best part is it is free for guests! Come enjoy a Czech culinary tradition of fresh carp, potato salad and plenty of sweet treats while meeting fellow travelers. Traveling around the holidays – whether you celebrate the occasion or not is a fantastic way to experience tradition and culture in a new country, and we cannot wait to share it with you. Curious about other exciting things that happen at Sir Toby’s year around? Check out our event page. We have something happening just about every night of the week to engage you fellow travelers and make the most of our beloved basement. It’s atmosphere after all is what makes Sir Toby’s, Sir Toby’s. Happy Holidays! New Year’s Eve Last, but certainly not least – New Year’s Eve! Going to ring in 2018 in Prague?! We have some ideas on how to celebrate. We enjoying exploring the city in the final hours of 2017 – just wandering around is full of excitement, celebration and fireworks in the streets. Check Vitkov Hill and Reigrovy Sady for locals celebrating on the eve.  There are also plenty of exciting events happening throughout the city that don’t have to break the budget. Prague’s official city fireworks to be held on January 1st, a whole 22 hours into 2018. We recommend watching from Letná park, which is just a few tram stops from Sir Toby’s! Convenient 😉 Parties: New Year’s Eve @ Radost FX Bělehradská 120 // 390 kc on site or 290 kc before 30.12 NYE Warehouse Party @ 36 Underground Bubenské nábřeží

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