There is no need to introduce Czech beer, is it? In country, where there are nowadays almost 200 breweries, some with long and well known history, while some others recently born with passion for new tastes, the possibilities for tourists are nearly unlimited.
To taste some of the best samples in a relaxed pace, we have chosen few traditional Prague restaurants where you can experience several beers with a small snack.
Vodičkova 20, 110 00 Prague 1
Time: 11:30 – 18:00
Group size: max. 100 people
This restaurant brewery, opened in 1993, is situated in the city centre near the Wenceslas Square. It is decorated with themes ranging from Gothic halls to 20s and 30s style rooms. There has been a brewery on the site for hundreds of years. The house specialty brew is the slightly sweet New Town 11° light and dark lager unfiltered beer. Its cloudy appearance is due to the fact that the yeasts are not strained out after brewing, as it would be at a large commercial brewery. It is preservative free and retains its vitamins and minerals. In beer tasting you will try light, dark, and mix, and together with beer sekt (sparkling wine). Tour of the brewery can be arranged for groups. The meals are traditional hearty Czech dishes accompanied by live accordion music in the evenings.
Ječná / Lípová 15, 120 44 Prague 2
Time: 14:00 – 18:00 is preferable
Group size: max. 40 people
Restaurant and beer gallery Pivovarský Dům is located close to the centre. Immediately after its opening in 1998, this microbrewery and restaurant became a real hot spot. The microbrewery is dominating the restaurant interior and offers minimum of 8 kinds of beer, which are served unfiltered and unpasteurized. Try Štěpán, their Czech style classic lager, dark and light, or some special beers you will not find elsewhere, such as coffee beer, wheat beer (Weizen), sour-cherry beer, nettle beer, banana, “Šamp” – a beer champagne, and “Black Hill” – a beer aperitif. The restaurant offers traditional Czech cuisine, and beer is also used in some of their unique recipes – from starters to desserts.
PLZEŇSKÁ RESTAURACE OBECNÍ DŮM
Obecní Dům (Municipal House), Náměstí Republiky 5, 110 00 Prague 1
Time: 11:30 – 22:30
Group size: max. 300 people
The Pilsner Restaurant is situated in the basement of the Municipal House. The unique atmosphere is inducing the typical interior, which was decorated by the best Czech painters and artists at that time. The restaurant serves mostly traditional Czech cuisine carefully prepared from a high quality food. In the assortment is everything from Prague ham served with fresh horseradish and pickled gherkins, to roast duck with red cabbage and dumplings. The restaurant offers selection of classic Czech beers: draft beers Pilsner Urquell 12°, Gambrinus 12°, Velkopopovický Kozel 11° dark are complemented with bottled Budějovický Budvar 12° and non-alcoholic Radegast Birrel.
Na Perštýně 7, 110 00 Prague 1
Time: 15:00 – 17:00
Group size: max. 20 people
The U Medvídků restaurant is located in the historical centre of the town next to the Národní boulevard. The history of the restaurant dates back to 1466. In the last century the original brewery was converted into the first cabaret in Prague and into the one of the biggest beer halls in Prague. Several generations of Czech people as well as a lot of foreigners are visiting this restaurant for its very good Czech cuisine and for famous Czech beer Budějovický Budvar. The Brewery Garden with portable gas heaters is open from spring to autumn and can be used for groups too. Their mini-brewery is biggest attraction for guests. It makes the strongest beer in the world, XBEER-33°, using historical technology. Other beers on offer are light lager „1466“ (yeast beer) and semi-dark lager „Oldgott“.
Jungmannovo nám. 15/16, 110 00 Prague 1
Time: 15:00 – 17:30
Group size: max. 35 people
Just a few steps from Wenceslas Square, you can find a typical Czech restaurant called U Pinkasů, a place where the history of the Czech nation was formed, and where one of the most renowned beer, Pilsner Urquell, was the first beer being drawn in Prague as early as in 1843. Traditionally draft beer is complemented with genuine traditional Czech cuisine, and home and unique atmosphere. Besides Pilsner Urquell you can try draft Kozel dark, and also bottled light and dark beers, and Radegast Birell non-alcoholic. The first class traditionally drawn beer is the so-called hladinka (flat-head beer). This beer has a pleasant taste; it is not over carbonated or flat. The foam is absolutely soft and straight, after drinking, it makes circles on the glass walls, the so-called straight levels (in Czech “hladinka”).