For the seasoned beer lover, there’s nothing quite like an authentic draught of Pilsner in one of the traditional beer halls in Prague. Hundreds of years of monastic brewing are contained within these hallowed halls, where dark wooden benches and flagstone floors meet a generous selection of beers. And that’s not to mention the dumplings and goulash, among other heartening home cooked fare.
Widely touted as the crème de la crème of beer halls in Prague, this place is an institution. Established more than 550 years ago, U Medvidku is steeped in tradition and serves a legendary bittersweet dark lager that’s commonly regarded as the strongest beer in the Czech Republic at 11.8%. The food, served on long communal tables, is old-school Czech with local specialties including gluttonous roast beef and dumplings in sour cream.
You should expect all the traditional trimmings at one of the most beloved beer halls in Prague. U Fleků has been brewing continuously for more than 500 years, which is reflected in its elaborate interior of medieval arches, stained glass and dark wooden furniture. Lashings of beer accompany a robust menu of Czech staples, including sauerkraut, stews, and hearty dumplings.
Located in an historic quarter of Prague, close to the Old Town Square, U Tří Růží is an expertly restored traditional Czech brewery, dating from 1405. Locals congregate in these hallowed halls to taste more than 600 years of brewing history through a generous selection of beers. Don’t leave before you’ve sampled one of the Monastic variety for which this place is famous.
U Dvou Koček, the no-frills locals’ favourite, is one of the best laidback beer halls in Prague. Established in 1678, this unassuming venue is famed for the high quality and purity of its beer. The menu is filled with authentic Czech dishes, including smoked meat, spicy sausage, and wild boar goulash and dumplings.
Nothing short of a mainstay in the medieval quarter of Prague, U Glaubicu is located near to the Charles Bridge. With a 700-year-old cellar, this historic beer hall owes its success to the winning combination of affordable pints, a convivial atmosphere, and generous portions of goulash.
A little different from the more traditional beer halls in Prague, Klasterni is home to the Strahov Monastic Brewery, which has been brewing beer since the mid-12th century. Located at the top of the hill beside Prague Castle and the Strahov Monastery, the commanding views over the city are worth the exertion of the climb. They’ve also jumped on the craft beer bandwagon and have recently started brewing an IPA.
This famously popular Czech beer hall in Prague Old Town sets itself apart with heaps of hipster appeal. Add in a hefty menu of beer-friendly Czech classics (pork in its many guises), cold Pilsner Urquell on tap, and some very friendly staff, and Lokál Dlouhááá has established itself as a favourite among locals and visitors alike. The resulting crowded tables and noisy bustle only add to the ambience.
Muscle in through the crowds at U Zlatého Tygra for the freshest Pilsner in town. Translated as The Golden Tiger, this buzzing little bar is set beneath traditional vaulted ceilings, with benches and wood panelling faithfully upholding the traditional Czech beer hall vibe. Food is clearly not the point at U Zlatého Tygra, but it is, none-the-less, delicious.
A Prague beer hall that has met the rising demand for variety, Pivovarský Klub’s bar is generously stacked with more than 200 bottled and tap beers. Pioneering IPAs, stouts, pale ales and porters are sourced from across the world to create a formidable selection at this friendly haunt. Line the stomach with a meaty roast pork knuckle with dumplings, and enjoy tasting your way through the collection.
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