Prague and great beer. You can’t think about one without the other really. Prague is such a culture-filled city, but what I really loved about it was the food and drink, and this post will most definitely be dedicated to the city’s crowning glory – yummy alcoholic beverages. Sip your way through the city with my top five locations to pull a pint at.
Czech Beer Check:
Just a little note before we start, the beers we were drinking were predominantly Staropramen (light and fruity, easy to drink and a local fave), Pilsner Urquell (best known internationally, has a hoppy flavour) and my fave Velkopopovický Kozel (dark, strong and smooth), and yes, I liked it ‘cos it was black and had a goat as the logo.
In traditional Maz style, we start the blog post with a place that doesn’t really belong on this list if we’re talking beer, but I had to include it. I’m not even sure you can technically drink beer at Hemingway Bar, but why would you when there are so many freshly-made cocktails on offer? This one is quite a contrast from the £1.90-a-pint beer halls you’ll find elsewhere, but I am quite partial to a boujie cocktail bar once in a while.
As the name suggests, this bar’s magical mixology is based on author Ernest Hemingway’s favourite drinks, and each one is so carefully crafted they’re almost too pretty to drink. There are rules at this establishment, so it’s a sophisticated affair, I will tell you. Dimly lit for a hint of speakeasy nostalgia, your drink will be brought to your table, and there will be an explanation as to what went into your drink and what you’ll be able to taste. I mean, it’s great.
Letna Beer Garden
Cheap beer with a view… does it get any better?
When we headed to Prague back in September, we hit Letna Park for some longboarding before stopping at Letna Beer Garden where we hung out for the afternoon in the sunshine.
The outdoor venue really is picturesque, but I will warn you there’s only a small stand for beer (which was fine really! and the beers are around £2 a pint so you can’t go wrong). There are plenty of wooden benches to sit on though, and you’re welcome to bring your own food. It’s just a great place to sit back and watch the world go by.
U Bileho Lva
In our search to find some local cuisine (and dranks to go with it) we visited U Bileho Lva (Starosmichovska Pivnice), where we sampled some traditional Czech food – ‘Svíčková’, which is sirloin beef with dumplings, whipped cream and cranberry (yes, whipped cream) washed down with a pint of the very best.
This place has beer taps which of course is super exciting, and the menu has some international options if you’re not feeling like Czech food.
A fun and modern bar with spacious seating and a young crowd, Kafe Damu in the Old Town is the perfect place to stop and grab some very reasonable cocktails or of course, a beer. It’s more of a café (as the name suggests, obvi) but as you learn quickly in Prague, most people will be sipping on Staropramen anytime after midday and we headed there in the late afternoon/early evening for some cocktails.
A welcome retreat from the crowds of tourists, watch drama students mull over their lines while sipping on a daiquiri or three (why not, they’re only around the £4 mark!)
Sitting in Praha 7, Vnitroblock is a sleek industrial space that has been transformed into a multifunctional venue for live DJs, exhibitions and DIY workshops. Its old factory hall has a café, which is the perfect place to hang out if you’re in the area.
Browse the nearby record store, or one of the fashion pop-ups before plonking yourself down and sipping your way through their menu. We headed to the space in the morning, so matcha was the only thing on my mind, but they do serve beer and the place is open until 22:00 most days so you’ll have plenty of time to explore.