Tucked away on a street among a multitude of bars, beer gardens, and restaurants, is a little sign with a little mask; you might miss it if you weren’t paying attention. The Anonymous Bar is discreet as the name might imply. As soon as I discovered there was a bar in Prague dedicated to the Anonymous Activist Group and V for Vendetta, I knew I had to pay a visit. I’ve long been a fan of both the hacker activists who voice their disapproval via kicking harmful sites off servers and the V for Vendetta novel adapted to film inspiring revolutionary movement of the people while telling a Beauty and the Beast style love story. (If you haven’t seen it you should)
Once you’ve found the inconspicuous bar, whose address is published on their site, visitors enter through a garden pathway into the bar. Vintage velvet furniture and a lofted drinking room are part of the interior décor whose main features are Guy Fawkes mask themed art on every wall incorporating quotes and graffiti in an artful combination.
The menu is a list of classic favorite cocktails paired with options incorporating an “Anonymous Twist” which could be a different liquor or juice in the mix (obviously go for the drinks with a twist). The signature drinks are the Fifth of November and the Remember which are both the most notorious drinks in the bar and are made and presented with elaborate showmanship.
I chose a drink which came with a vial of grenadine symbolizing blood to be added to my drink whenever I wanted to watch streams of red permeate through my mango margarita. We sported signature Guy Fawkes masks (that had been made famous by the film and adopted by the Anonymous Hackers and the Occupy Wall Street Movement) for a photo. Our host snapped a Polaroid, labeled, and dated our memento of the night once we had all been presented with our artsy drinks. I’ve never experienced a better myriad of bar staff.
We lounged, sipped, and chatted like a quartet of conspirators in the dimly lit vintage-meets-modern lounge for revolutionaries: a contemporary speakeasy of sorts. The wall art, quotes, mixologists at work, and V for Vendetta on mounted plasma screens provided entertainment for hours. The luxurious atmosphere reminded me of a Bond worthy lair and instantly makes you feel like part of an exclusive secret club. The whole night was such a unique and amazing experience from the drinks to the thought provoking ideology-inspires atmosphere. Although of course, it is just a fun themed bar, or is it?
Michalská 432/12, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic