Smoking weed in Prague
Prague is a weed friendly city. Yesterday morning on my way to work, there was a pretty, hippie looking girl walking down the street smoking a big old joint. She looked busy within her world but oblivious to the people around her. Nobody else cared or noticed she was smoking. This is something you come across often in this city, pretty girls and marijuana. Czech movies portray pot smoking as somehow romantic, a lost, gentle soul living his or her life their own way. Besides Spain and Holland we have the most liberal attitude to cannabis in Europe. You are much more likely to see people smoking on the streets of Prague than you are in Amsterdam or Madrid.
During those golden summer evenings that are all but forgotten now we used to go to the best outdoor pub in the city. Letna park sits up on the north bank of the city. From this height you look down on everything but the castle itself. Drinking a beer and sharing a joint as we all find the night more and more amusing. The city hum is drowned out by our fellow revelers.
Alas the autumn is here. We have only a few warm days left until we are pushed into warm thick coats and heated rooms below the street level. Prague has many basement bars, probably the most famous one is found at the top of Vodickova street. U Sudu is a bar for the people in the know. You will walk past it every time unless someone points it out. A small entrance leads to a cramped looking, long bar. The magic of U Sudu and probably for the Czech people themselves, is you have to go all the way in. At the back there is a door with stairs winding down into another room. From this space you can move deeper and deeper into the Prague night underground. Down there time stops. You are in a rabbit warren. Terrible Czech red wine is served with Pilsner beer. A cloud of pot smoke hangs over the tables and chairs. On more than one occasion I have lost my way in this place. I don’t know if the place was a bomb shelter or a forgotten section of metro. Whether new or old to the city, if you haven’t been, grab some pot and head on down.