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- Beer = pivo
- Brewery = pivovar
- Dark beer = tmave or
- Pale beer = svetle
- Wheat beer =
- Draft beer = tocine
- Food = jidlo
- Beer usually comes in
degrees of strength from 10 to 12. 10 is the lighter version; 12
being the strength of imported Pilsner Urquell. Beers over 12
(such as the black 13 degree U Flecku brew are rare treats in the Czech
are very few styles of beer available in the Czech Republic, with the
most famous being Bohemian Pilseners of various strengths offered in
- Dark Czech lagers are usually sweeter
and less hoppy than Pilseners with more of a caramel flavor.
Stare Mesto (Old Town)
The title of this establishment means "Bethlehem Chapel" and is named
for a shrine that is nearby. After you tour the shrine, you
should be in the mood to stop by this pub for some house goulash or
other hearty main dishes that come with delicious vegetables. The menu
comes in an English version with color photos of all the food items.
Kozel beers and Pilsner Urquell are offered.
|U Zlateho Tygra
Czech President Havel once brought Bill Clinton to the Golden Tiger
tavern for a beer, but the average beer tourist may find it hard to get
a seat in this popular locals hangout. Have a beer while standing
at the bar if all the seats are reserved for regulars. This is
one of the world's greatest beer bars, so treat it and its regular
patrons with respect.
You'll see carvings of two small bears above the entrance of this
classic Czech beer hall. Once inside you'll be sure to notice the
beautiful small bar framed in copper pipes. This place was a
brewery in the past, but now it is a friendly pub that serves the range
of Budvar lagers along with Staropramen Amber (a malty, slightly fruity
This cavernous beer hall looks exactly like it came from 200 years
ago. Named for a town mayor from the past, Vejvodu was saved from
demolition in 1908 by a local historical society. The pub
features old brewery equipment and artifacts downstairs along with
strolling musicians and filling meals. Gambrinus and Pilsner
Urquell beers are available.
This is a very pleasant pub and restaurant located near one of Prague's
outdoor markets. The large food menu is in English and very easy
to figure out, and the Kozel Dark and Bernard-Kvasnicovy Lezak Wheat
beers are delicious. Outdoor seating is available out front.
Near Wenceslas Square
Pinkasu is an attractive pub near the famous Wenceslas Square that
features Pilsner Urquell and Kozel beers. There is a pleasant
beer garden in the back that is built on multiple levels, and inside
the pub you can visit the spot where the first Pilsner Urquell was
tapped in Prague after a ban on outside beer was lifted many years ago.
Urquell tap in Prague!
near namesti Republiky
This is a no-frills beer hall that is very long and narrow with many
wooden paneled booths lining the walls. The decor is ordinary and
a bit plain, but the atmosphere is authentic and the service is
speedy. Locals and the occasional tourist frequent this
establishment for its selection of inexpensive food and Radegast and
Gambrinus beers that are served all day.
Across the street from the Spanish Synagogue, Pilsner Urquell has set
up shop with a new branch of their Pilsner Urquell original
restaurants. Kolkovna is a beautiful beer and food hall with a
fantastic menu. Prices are a bit higher here than at older,
privately owned pubs, but the quality of the food and beer is
The name of this pub and street translates to "sisters of mercy."
It is a classic Czech neighborhood pub with a gorgeous dark wood
interior. The pub serves authentic, substantial Czech cuisine;
and the food menu is divided into different meat selections: beef,
chicken or pork. If you are really hungry, try the massive potato
pancake filled with a breast of chicken. Gambrinus, Pilsner
Urquell, and Krusovice dark are enjoyed on tap. Records from the
fourteenth century claim that around the corner used to be thirteen
brewpubs! Those were the days!
This modern bar is not typical of the classic Czech beer taverns, but
is listed here because it offers a wide variety of beers not usually
found in Prague. Kelt is a Czech beer that tries to be a Guinness
clone of sorts - it is nitrogen pushed and has a thick mouthfeel and
flavors of burnt chocolate. Husa's beer menu includes Kelt,
Leffe, Hoegaarden, and the range of Staropramen beers on draft.
There is also a good selection of bottled imports.
Nove Mesto (New Town)
The cheery murals on the outside of this pub invite the beer traveler
in for a welcome half liter of Pilsner Urquell or Kozel Dark. The
place is warm and friendly with many interior rooms and a varied menu
available for lunch and dinner.
No trip to Prague would be complete for the beer lover without a stop
in what is probably the world's oldest brewpub. U Fleku dates
from 1499 and produces a dark, spicy, strong beer that is utterly
superb. The beer and food here are more expensive than most
places in Prague (due to the touristy nature of the place), but
everything is well worth the price. Be sure to sample the smelly
onion and garlic cheese spread over bread with your U Fleku brew.
The courtyards are filled with brewing murals and slogans. The
brewhouse is upstairs and lagering cellars downstairs. The old
wooden fermenters are impressive, and the whole place drips with charm
U Fleku brewer
This delightful pub and beer garden has interesting antique photos all
over the walls of the inside dining rooms and boasts a big menu with
English translations. There are two large chestnut trees in the
popular inner courtyard that make for a serene dining and drinking
experience. Radegast, Pilsner Urquell, and Kozel are on draft
Next door to McDonald's you'll find a very delightful beer hall and
restaurant. The Branicky Sklipek has a pub to the right and
a restaurant and smaller pub to the left of the main entrance.
Branik's pale and dark lagers are featured here - the light Branik is
very pleasant and somewhat Kolsch-like in flavor. The pub is
located very near the New Town Hall and the New Town Brewery discussed
New Town Brewery)
This brewpub opened in the late twentieth century (much later than U
Fleku) and is located down a hallway through a shopping area. The
place is fun and has multiple rooms (some with music) including a glass
roofed upstairs terrace. The brewing equipment is in the center
of the entrance, and the pub produces tasty house pale and dark
lagers. The food is satisfying and includes many welcome
vegetarian entrees (the potato noodles are delicious).
If you are in Prague and can't sleep, why not head over to U Havrana
for a beer at 4 am? This tavern is open 24 hours most days and
features the range of Kozel beers. The place is pleasant, tidy,
This brewpub has a bright, open, cheery personality about it. The
house beers are all light in flavor, but quite unique and
refreshing. The beer list includes brews with wheat, coffee,
banana, and sour cherries. A Bock, Pilsner, and dark lager were
also available when we visited. The tiny brewery and fermentation
rooms are off to the right of the main restaurant, and shallow, open
fermenters are visible through the windows of the restaurant. The
food menu is quite extensive.
Brewer trainee from the Philippines
Czech writer Jaroslav Hasek used to frequent this pub and have long
drinking sessions with Bohemian soldiers. It is said this is how he got
the idea for his fictional character of the good soldier Svejk
(Schweik). Svejk's likeness is featured on the tavern's van, as a
wax figure in the front entrance, and all over the odds and ends in the
gift shop. There is a large, square dining room in Kalicha where
tourists and locals consume hearty Czech menu items and Pilsner Urquell
and Kozel beers.
Kerri and the good soldier Svejk
|U Karlova Mostu
Kampe 15 near the Charles Bridge
Prague Castle Area
This large beer hall with upstairs and downstairs areas is located near
the Kampa park green-space just south of where the Charles Bridge
brings you over from Old Town to the banks of the Mala Strana (Little
Quarter). There is a big, diverse menu here along with malt
beverages that include Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, Kozel, Murphy's, and
|U Svateho Tomase
This pub is named after a strong dark beer that was once brewed in this
location by Augustinian monks. Sadly, this beer is gone, but you
can still enjoy Ferdinand dark 11 here. Ferdinand dark is an
interesting beer with sweet notes of toffee. Tomase is popular
with German tourists and has attractive cavernous cellars. Beer
prices are a bit higher here than the norm in the rest of Prague.
This attractive beer hall has a cellar that is almost 700 years
old. The food menu is loaded with mouth watering grilled meats,
and the beer taps dispense Pilsner Urquell, Kozel Dark, and Erdinger
The name means "Tom Cat" in Czech, and when you walk through the old
wooden front doors you'll find a narrow tavern with three sections end
to end. Kocoura is mostly a locals pub that offers Pilsner
Urquell and light snacks.
|U Cerneho Vola
Despite the fact that the area surrounding this pub has recently become
more polished, remodeled and touristy, "The Black Ox" clings to its old
world personality and atmosphere. It has beautiful windows and
woodwork. Kozel and Pilsner Urquell beers are offered, and the
food selection is limited but very satisfying.
Mala Strana / Prague
This lovely, privately owned brewpub sits on the grounds of the
Strahovsky Klaster (abbey). This location had been a brewery in the
not-to-recent past, but in 2001 the new brewery restaurant opened its
doors. Their Pilsner lager and other beers are flavorful,
unfiltered, and unpasteurized. The amber lager is clear and
slightly dry and hoppy, and the dark is well hopped and has a slightly
roasted, caramely flavor. The small 1,200 hl brewery is visible
in the main bar/dining area, and the food is some of the very best we
enjoyed in the Czech Republic. Be sure to try the old Bohemian
recipes that are cooked with beer. The entire establishment is very
attractive with several indoor dining rooms and outdoor beer garden.
Brewer Martin Matuska
"If you have too much fun visiting all these bars you may end up needing mobility scooters! A taxi might be more practical, but the scooter might be pretty fun."