Beer Boozing in Prague: Sampling Some Czech Brews

Prague is a great city for beer lovers, with lots of lively bars and good restaurants to sample some excellent Czech brews and have some quality food. In this trip report I’ll show some of my favourites.

Prague bars and restaurants

When it comes to beer, the Czech Republic is arguably one of the top countries to visit together with Germany and Belgium.

Unsurprisingly, the Czech capital of Prague has a lot of quality bars, pubs and restaurants where you can drink some tasty Czech beers paired with some hearty local dishes.

Some of these places are firmly on the tourist map, while others are more tailored towards locals.

During my business and leisure trips to Prague in 2021 I visited some great variety of beer places with Czech and foreign friends.

Below you can find an overview of some of my favourites.

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The Charles Bridge is one of the most popular tourist spots in Prague. ©Paliparan

A night out in Prague

On one of my first nights in Prague some friends invited me to join them for dinner and some beers in town at a place called Kantýna.

One thing which I love about Prague nights out is simply walking through the city to the pub or restaurant.

There is just so much beauty in Prague – from Medieval buildings to some lovely Fin de Siècle architecture – that you sometimes rather stay outside to admire the cityscape than go inside for a pint of beer.

On my walk from my accommodation – an Art Nouveau delight called Hotel Central – towards the dinner venue I came across many of such places.

However, the Municipal House (Obecní dům) has a wonderful Art Nouveau café where you can drink beer and admire the fine historic surroundings at the very same time.

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The Powder Tower, one of Prague’s historic city gates. ©Paliparan
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The Municipal House (Obecní dům) with its wonderful Art Nouveau design has a lovely historic café.. ©Paliparan
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The Church of Saint Henry and Saint Kunhuta. ©Paliparan
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Prague buildings. ©Paliparan


If you love beer and meat, then Kantýna is a great restaurant to visit in Prague.

Kantýna is not the cheapest restaurant in town and a seat can be hard to get during peak evening hours (it doesn’t do reservations) but the place is well-worth a visit for its lively vibe and great steaks.

As no seats were available when my friends and I entered the restaurant, we had a couple of beers first in the bar area.

Kantýna serves draught Pilsner Urquell, which still is one of my favourite Czech beers.

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The bar at Kantýna. ©Paliparan
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A couple of pints of Pilsner. ©Paliparan
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The lively bar at Kantýna. ©Paliparan
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Service with a smile at the bar. ©Paliparan
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Enjoying some beers. ©Paliparan

Steak and beer

After a while, a table became available so we quickly grabbed it in order to enjoy a proper sit-down dinner.

At Kantýna, you can order your meat by simply walking over to the butcher counter and selecting the exact piece of meat you want.

This will then be cooked and delivered to your table.

As expected, the steak I ordered tasted great and went well with some Pilsner.

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Ordering some meat at Kantýna. ©Paliparan
Yummy steaks at Kantýna. ©Paliparan

Old town pub

After the excellent dinner, we went to the old town for some more beers.

Although most of the bars and pubs in the old town of Prague are tailored towards tourists (local Czechs are more likely to visit those outside of the old town) there are still a couple of nice places where you can grab a good pint.

On this evening, we ended up in The Dubliner Irish Bar for some live music and beers.

Although it may not be Czech, you can’t beat a proper pint of Guinness during such an occasion.

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Live music at The Dubliner Irish Bar. ©Paliparan
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Enjoying a pint of Guinness in the pub. ©Paliparan

Prague lunch

Another Prague favourite of mine to grab some Czech food and beer is U Fleků.

Located in the New Town, this Prague institute is well-regarded among locals and tourists alike for its dark beer and hearty Czech food.

U Fleků is a large place and the rooms have a Medieval cellar-like décor.

It’s a certainly a lively place too and at lunch hours there is often some live music playing, which was also the case when I visited.

I thoroughly enjoyed my portion of Svíčková – a traditional Czech dish of thinly-cut sirloin steak with bread dumplings in a cream sauce.

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U Fleků. ©Paliparan
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Some Svíčková and a dark beer. ©Paliparan

Riverside beers

One of my favourite parts of Prague to enjoy a beer on a sunny day are the banks of the River Vltava (also known under its German name, the Moldau).

The best places for a beer are on the east bank between the New Town and Vyšehrad.

Here, you will find many outdoor terraces on the river quay and all kinds of barges and pontoons that have been converted into floating bars.

It was a perfect location to enjoy several glasses of Lobkowicz Pšeničné (wheat/weizen beer) while watching the trains pass by over the nearby Vyšehrad Railway Bridge and seeing all kinds of river boats sail on the Moldau.

Lobkowicz generally brews some quality beer as I’m also a fan of their pilsner.

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Barge in the River Vltava converted to a bar. ©Paliparan
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View over the Vyšehrad Railway Bridge from the outdoor terrace. ©Paliparan
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Beer (Lobkowicz Pšeničné) with a view. ©Paliparan
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Sunset over the Vyšehrad Railway Bridge. ©Paliparan
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Sunset colours over the Moldau. ©Paliparan
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Bars and restaurants on the banks of the Moldau. ©Paliparan
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Stunning autumn colours and views from the banks of the Vltava River in Prague. ©Paliparan

Local pubs and restaurants

Most travellers stick to the old town pubs and restaurants, which is a big shame as many of them are run-of-the-mill places tailored towards tourists, serving overpriced beer and food.

While in Prague, you should try to drink at least one beer in a local bar outside the city centre, being surrounded by Czech people only instead of other tourists.

You don’t even have to go far for this, as there are plenty of such places in the areas directly surrounding the Old and New Town.

One of such pubs is located right next to Saints Cyril and Methodius Cathedral.

The pub is called Krčma u Parašutistů, a name which refers to the Czech paratroopers who took refuge in the church after they assassinated infamous Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich during World War II.

However, the Nazis learned of their hiding places and assaulted the church, killing the Czech war heroes and all those who sheltered them.

Nowadays the church hosts a free museum which tells the story about the Heydrich assassination, the Czech war heroes and the Nazi crimes carried out in retaliation.

We certainly enjoyed our beers in the pub – as well as a good portion of yummy spare ribs.

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Beautiful houses in the New Town of Prague. ©Paliparan
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Art Nouveau architecture in the New Town. ©Paliparan
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The Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius. ©Paliparan
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Some spare ribs and beer at Krčma u Parašutistů. ©Paliparan

Station beer

During my stay in Prague I had made a few day trips by train out of the city.

After my return from Olomouc (a fabulous Czech destination in its own right!) I enjoyed a couple of tasty beers at a bar in Prague’s Masaryk railway station (Praha Masarykovo nádraží).

Masaryk railway station is a secondary train station located a block away from Praha hlavní nádraží, Prague’s gorgeous central station built in Art Nouveau style.

As beautiful as hlavní nádraží is, it doesn’t really have a good place to drink beer.

Fortunately Masaryk station is just a 5-minute walk away in the direction of the old town.

This train station has a nice bar and restaurant called Masaryčka, which makes for a good place to drink some Czech beers and eat some good food while absorbing the railway vibes.

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Praha Masarykovo nádraží (Masaryk station). ©Paliparan
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The wonderful entrance of Masaryk station. ©Paliparan
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Masaryk station. ©Paliparan
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Prague Masaryk station. ©Paliparan
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The platforms at Prague Masaryk station, which is used by some suburban and regional trains only. ©Paliparan
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Masaryčka bar and restaurant. ©Paliparan
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Enjoying a pint of pilsner at Prague Masaryk train station. ©Paliparan
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Prague Masaryk station by night. ©Paliparan

Beers and trains

Train lovers may also want to visit Vytopna Railway Restaurant in Prague.

This bar and restaurant is famous for having a miniature railway with trains delivering your order of beer and food to your seat!

Beer spa

After all the beer drinking, it’s important to take some time to relax and come back to your senses.

Obviously, there is no better place to do this than at a beer spa, of which there are quite a few in Prague.

Sure, it might be a super touristy thing to do, but it’s great fun when you are travelling with friends.

We went to a beer spa called Beerland on Revoluční 22 and although it wasn’t cheap the entire experience was superb.

We had our own private room at the spa which contained a sauna, showers, a wheat straw bed and most importantly three beer baths.

The baths contain a mixture of water, beer extracts and herbs and you can throw as much extra yeast or hops into it as you want.

Although you obviously can’t drink the bath water, there are beer taps next to each bath from which you can pour your own pint of light or dark Krušovice beer.

Indeed, unlimited beer is included with your spa visit – even before or after your beer bath session you are welcome to linger as long as you want at the reception area to enjoy the complimentary draught beer!

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Walking along the banks of the Vltava to the Beerland beer spa. ©Paliparan
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Beerland beer spa reception desk. ©Paliparan
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At the beer spa, with three beer baths on the right and a wheat straw bed on the left. ©Paliparan
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You can tap your own beer while you enjoy a bath. ©Paliparan
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That’s me inside one of the baths at the beer spa.. ©Paliparan
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My friends were certainly enjoying the experience too. ©Paliparan
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Yours truly enjoying the beer spa. ©Paliparan

More beers and pubs

After the lovely beer spa experience, we headed to U Rudolfina for some dinner.

Just outside the old town proper, this is another no-nonsense, authentic Czech pub where you can enjoy some good beer and food.

When you are visiting Prague with friends, The Pub is another fun place to visit as it has special tables where you can tap your own draught beer.

At the screen, you can see who at the table drank the most beer while larger screens inside The Pub show which table is leading the score in beers tapped.

Another fun place to drink beer is the bar at the Prague Beer Museum, which has a huge list of Czech brews from hundreds of bigger and smaller breweries around the country.

Although there are many of such museums around Prague, the best one is the one furthest from the old town at Americká 341 right next to Náměstí Míru metro station.

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Massive pork knuckle and a Pilsner at U Rudolfina. ©Paliparan
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At The Pub you can tap your own beers and keep the score between you and your friends at a screen on the table. ©Paliparan

Brewery visit

Of course, it’s possible to visit a beer brewery as well when you are in Prague.

The largest and most famous brewery in the city is Staropramen, but as I’m not a particular fan of the beer I never went there.

Instead, I would recommend visiting some of the lesser known breweries or microbreweries in Prague – of which there are quite a lot.

Alternatively, you can make a day trip to Plzeň to visit the Pilsner Urquell brewery – the original source of pilsner-style beer!

As Plzeň is just over an hour away by train from Prague, making a day trip is perfectly doable.

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The Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plzeň, a city better known under its German name of Pilsen. ©Paliparan


Prague has a wide choice of great bars, pubs and restaurants where you can sample some excellent Czech beer.

When you visit the Czech capital, remember that there is a lot more than just the old town, the area of Prague where most tourists confine themselves to.

Although some of the more touristy bars and restaurants are well-worth a visit (they are famous for a reason!) you should definitely try to have a beer at a couple of places outside the old town to get a real flavour of authentic Czech pub life.

The same counts for the actual beer.

Although some of the main beer brands are great (I really love Pilsner Urquell myself) it’s always a good idea to sample some brews from small Czech breweries or microbreweries as well.

Trip report index

This ‘Trains, Planes, Beer and Tapas: A Trip to Prague and Madrid’ trip report consists of the following chapters:

1. Review: Ryanair Bucharest to Chania (Boeing 737-800)
2. A Rainy Chania Stopover
3. Ryanair Hell: My Bad Chania to Budapest Flight Experience
4. Review: T62 Hotel, Budapest, Hungary
5. Review: EuroCity Train “Hungaria” Budapest to Brno
6. A Walk Through the Historic Old Town Centre of Brno
7. Review: EuroCity Train “Metropolitan” Brno to Prague
8. Review: K+K Hotel Central, A Prague Art Nouveau Delight
9. Beer Boozing in Prague: Sampling Some Czech Brews (current chapter)
10. Praha Hlavní Nádraží – Prague’s Stunning Art Nouveau Station
11. Review: Leo Express Train Prague to Olomouc
12. Olomouc Guide: Baroque and Belle Epoque Beauty
13. Review: RegioJet Train Olomouc to Prague
14. Review: Erste Premier Lounge Prague Airport
15. Review: Air France HOP Business Class Embraer 170
16. Review: Air France Schengen Business Lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2F
17. Review: Air France Business Class Paris CDG to Madrid (Airbus A220)
18. A Madrid Tapas Crawl: Bar Hopping in Spain’s Capital
19. Review: Ibis Madrid Aeropuerto Barajas
20. Review: Puerta de Alcala VIP Lounge Madrid Airport
21. Review: Air Europa Economy Class Madrid to Milan (Boeing 787)
22. How To Transfer Between Milan Malpensa and Bergamo Airport

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Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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