The Tits at Skabetka Bar

It’s always a treat to discover cool new bars in Prague. Thanks to Jeff, I went to Skabetka Bar (Zborovska 37, Prague 5) for the first time on Saturday. I was up for a night of heavy drinking and good live music, and got just that at Skabetka.

A band called The Tits was playing that night. I’d been intrigued by their ad on prague.tv, which proclaimed that their musical stylings would BLOW [ME] AWAY. And when Jeff suggested we go see them, I reckoned, Hell yeah – I dig a band with bravado.

So, after a couple of beers and a chat with Mike at U Zpevacku, I headed over to Skabetka. Set in a basement, the bar is pretty good looking, with pale yellowish walls that host some cool, dark and bizarre artwork. It’s fairly spacious and has that laid-back assortment of mismatched furniture that is typical of many a good Czech toker’s pub. Skabetka’s main area has a slightly elevated space for a stage, to the right of which is a small back room with a foosball table. The staff is friendly and on Saturday the place was buzzing with excitement and good vibes. My only criticism is that on a night like this, Skabetka could have done with dimmer lighting and candles for a more intimate setting, not to mention hushing the crowd.

I got a beer and sat by the stairs. Suddenly this very attractive black haired woman in silver trousers comes over to me and asks, “Are you here to see the show?”

I tell her I am. She tells me her name is Carron then invites me to join a table with friends of the band, in front of the stage. Turns out this is The Tits’ maiden gig, so nerves are jangling intensely, but it’s all good energy.

The Tits are four women who do acoustic covers of Bowie, AC/DC, CCR, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and a whole lot more. The ladies all take turns singing along with combinations of guitars (at most, three), mandolin and recorder. The covers were all good, my personal faves were Bowie’s Starman, and GnR’s Sweet Child o’ Mine, but it will be nice to hear some original stuff from this band in the future.

After The Tits finished their crowd-pleasing set, a French DJ named Phillipe took over, accompanied by a percussionist and a Czech rapper named Petr. Jeff hit the nail on the head when he said Petr sounded a bit like a Czech MC Solaar. His performance was quite raw, as he delivered rhymes (written on the way to Skabetka) with his back to the crowd. But his talents were certainly impressive to anyone who was paying close enough attention.

After a while, Jeff took control of the keyboard by the DJ and I did a bit of poeticizing over the music. It’s never a good idea to try and recite when loaded, but my mic was so overpowered by the keyboard and the decks that I couldn’t hear myself. Not that I would have wanted to when Phillipe had me trying to recite in a dirty ragga style‚??

Mar 7, 08:30 (Filed under: Prague nightlife, Prague pubs, restaurants and cafes )

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