Whether medieval or monastic, there are many ancient and equally legendary beer halls to ‘Czech’ out in Prague, so why not quench your thirst in one of the best
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.
U Tří Růží
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
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, who 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.