Beer Cities: Prague
Prague city guide
Saturday 10 April 2021
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Prague is one of the most charming cities you could ever visit. Not only does it bear the nickname ‘the City of a Hundred Spires’ due to its stunning array of architectural marvels - think Gothic, Baroque, Medieval, Art Nouveau, Cubist and Romanesque buildings, all within the same city centre - but it’s also the capital of old Bohemia, which to beer aficionados, means one thing: Lager.
There are several brewery tours you can book to sample delicious beers in bars and breweries across the bustling city. Of course, there’s Staropramen brewery, where you can take an interesting tour and learn about its extensive portfolio of beers. But there’s so many independent microbreweries and bars it’s tough to hit them all up in one visit.
Close to the castle, Strahov Monastery brewery should be on your list - it’s an enchanting little brewery located in a 17th century monastery, serving its own small selection of brews, which also has a traditional restaurant and a lovely courtyard. The cavernous, traditional-yet-modern Andělský Pivovar serves up its own beer brewed in-house across two floors, and has an impressive menu of Czech classics and modern dishes to nibble on. And Sousedský pivovar Bašta (which means Basta neighbourhood brewery) is just as famous locally for the excellent beers brewed on-site as it is for its Czech-style roast duck stuffed with potato and served upon red sauerkraut - this is one spot you do not want to miss out on.
U Zlatého Tygra (The Golden Tiger) is arguably the most famous bar in Prague - Bill Clinton even went there back in the day. It’s a traditional Pilsner beer hall with loads of character, but it’s always popular, so be prepared to stand. Order some bread and pivní sýr (beer cheese) to fill up, and sink some beers here for an authentic Czech experience.
Dating back to the 1300s, Medieval Tavern U krále Brabantského is one of the oldest bars in Prague and is SO cool – there are loads of myths and legends attached to this historic establishment, so it’s worth popping in.
And for the beer hipsters, BeerGeek is a friendly, fun bar with more than 30 taps pouring beer from local, national and international breweries. Alternatively, head to Lya Beer Café for a chill vibe and an expertly-curated selection of bottles and draught beer to sit in or take away.
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