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10 Best Breweries in Prague

Are you passionate about beer? Then the bohemian city is your ideal destination.

Matteo Gramegna

Matteo Gramegna

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10 Best Breweries in Prague

Beer Glass | ©Gerrie van der Walt

In the Czech capital you will find dozens of places where you can enjoy a good pint, without a doubt one of the things to do during a trip to Prague. To help you choose the one that best suits your tastes, we have compiled a list of the best beer bars in Prague. You'll find bars in the Old Town and some interesting options off the beaten tourist track.

1. Pivovar Sv. Norbert Strahov, where tradition comes alive again

Beers in Pivovar Sv. Norbert Strahov| ©Mame
Beers in Pivovar Sv. Norbert Strahov| ©Mame

For more than six centuries, this monastery near Prague Castle has produced liters and liters of beer. After years of neglect, in 2000 a group of friends rescued this place from oblivion and turned it into the Czech capital's main beer destination.

The area dedicated to fermentation does not occupy the entire building and before having a pint you can explore the place. Here you can also find the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady (Bazilika Nanebevzetí Panny Marie na Strahově) and the Strahov Library, a historical archive preserved with a series of medieval manuscripts, maps and globes

In this microbrewery they serve several types of beer, some all year round, others depending on the season. Among the latter, we can highlight the Sv. Norbert Smoked Porter (a beer with a touch of Big Peat whiskey), the Sv. Norbert Mandarina Weizen (brewed with Mandarina hops, perfect for summer) and the Sv. Norbert Coconut Wet-hop Ale that fuses coconut with Huell Melon hops.

  • Address: Strahovske Nadvori 301/10
  • Price: medium-high
  • How to get there: from the old town, it will be enough for you to take the green metro line at Staroměstská and get off at Hradčanská. Once on the surface, from the same stop take the streetcar (line 25) to Malovanka.

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2. U Kunštátů, a little gem in the center of Prague

Beers from U Kunštátů.| ©Jemsop
Beers from U Kunštátů.| ©Jemsop

A bar offering around 100 craft beers from small independent producers. The owners of U Kunštátů are a real pioneer as they were one of the first craft beer bars in the country. The menu varies according to the seasons but the quality is always high. They also offer tastings of Czech beers. Another reason to visit the place is its Romanesque building hidden in an alley in the old town.

  • Address: Retezova 222/3
  • Price: medium-high
  • How to get there: U Kunštátů is located in the heart of Prague. From the astronomical clock, it will be enough for you to walk about 5 minutes. Be careful, the bar is located in a dead end.

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3. Letná Beer Garden, an unmissable stop in spring and summer

In the Letná Beer Garden| ©SC
In the Letná Beer Garden| ©SC

Letná Park stretches along the left bank of the river and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. In the warmer months it is frequented by thousands of people who flock to this green area to play sports, beat the heat and enjoy a good beer. Being located in a higher area, it enjoys incomparable views over the Vltava, its bridges and the old town. IF you are interested in the panoramic points of Prague, I recommend you to read the post about the best views of the Czech capital.

  • Address: Letenské sady 170
  • Price: low
  • How to get there: the nearest metro station is Hradčanská (green line). The stop is a five-minute walk from the park entrance. You can also use the streetcar. Take lines 1, 2, 8, 8, 12, 14, 25 or 26 and get off at the Letenské náměstí stop.

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4. Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden, to have a few pints with the locals

Visiting Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden| ©AndreasJ4
Visiting Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden| ©AndreasJ4

Another highly recommended "beer garden" is located in the Vinohrady district, a corner forgotten by tourists but no less interesting for that. The district is located east of the historic center and its name comes from the vineyards that were planted by Charles IV in the fourteenth century. It is a residential district noted for its elegant residences (especially in Lužická, Hradešínská and Na Šafránce streets), its cafés and the neo-Gothic church of St. Ludmila overlooking Peace Square (Náměstí Míru).

Vinohrady has a lot of charm and is a must for all those who want to get away from the traditional tourist routes. After a walk, you can have a pint in the Riegrovy sady park and sit on the grass or at the tables.

If you like soccer, this can be a good place to watch a game as it has a projector. Alternatively, you can go there to watch the sunset. According to connoisseurs, it is simply magical from this place.

  • Address: Vinohrady, 120
  • Price: low
  • How to get here: to get here from the Old Town, take a streetcar (line 5 or 9) and get off at the Viktoria Žižkov stop.

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5. U Tří růží, a brewery a stone's throw from the Astronomical Clock

Beers at U Tří růží| ©Igor
Beers at U Tří růží| ©Igor

If you are looking for a pub with good food and quality beers, U Tří růží should be your first choice. Housed in a 15th century building, this establishment offers top and bottom fermented beers that are brewed under the supervision of master brewer Robert Maňák. The beer is produced in the cellar using traditional methods and quality ingredients. If you want, you can take a tour that will take you among the fermentation tanks.

As for the restaurant, it proposes the dishes of Czech tradition that have gotten very good reviews from tourists and regular customers. The menu has been designed by Martin Procházka, a chef with a long experience in high-end catering. Among the specialties of the place, I recommend the duck leg confit, goulash and pork schnitzel. U Tří růží is located in the heart of the Old Town and is open every day of the week from 11:00 to 23:00.

  • Address: Husova 232/10
  • Price: medium-high
  • How to get there: U Tří růží is located just a few meters from St. Giles Church (kostel svatého Jiljí). From the Astronomical Clock, you should walk for less than five minutes.

6. Dva kohouti, a design bar on the riverbank

Drinking beers at Dva kohouti| ©MartinBielitz
Drinking beers at Dva kohouti| ©MartinBielitz

A must-visit for all fans of craft beer. In the morning, the brewmasters brew the Lokal Lager; in the afternoon, this same brew ends up in the bar's taps. Customer reviews leave no doubt: Dva kohouti is one of the best breweries in the Czech capital. And if you like their production, you can go home with a six pack of Místní Ale, a 5º beer with Citra and Mosaic hops. They also offer a design pack that includes a few pints of glass. Absolutely recommended.

  • Address: Sokolovská 81/55
  • Price: medium-high
  • How to get there: Dva kohouti is located in Karlín, a neighborhood on the right bank of the river. From the Old Town, you can take a streetcar (lines 3 and 24) from Masarykovo nádraží and get off at the Karlínské náměstí stop.

7. BeerGeek, the brewery for real connoisseurs

Beers at BeerGeek| ©Neil K
Beers at BeerGeek| ©Neil K

In Prague, beers such as Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus can be found in any bar. They are easy to drink and have an affordable price; however, they are not the tastiest. If you are a true fan of the amber-colored beverage, you will find the widest range in the Czech capital at BeerGeek.

In this establishment they brew their own beer under the brand name Sibeeria and select the best national and international beers for the bar. In the "Right now on Tap" section of the official website you can see what is being served at the moment.

Undoubtedly, BeerGeek's strong point is its bartenders. They all speak English, are real beer fanatics and can recommend a style according to your tastes. This establishment is characterized by its modern style and has a particularity: the taps, the menu and the furniture are handmade by some friends of the owners. BeerGeek is located in Vinohrady, an elegant residential neighborhood that has remained off the beaten tourist track. All the more reason to explore it.

  • Address: Vinoradska 988/62
  • Price: medium-high
  • How to get there: it can be easily reached by metro (line A) and streetcar (line 11). The nearest stop is Jiřího z Poděbrad.

8. Pivovarský dům, if you feel like trying something different?

Interior of Pivovarský dům| ©OlgaRus
Interior of Pivovarský dům| ©OlgaRus

A cozy establishment two steps away from Charles Square (Karlovo náměstí). Its specialties are wheat beer and Benedict, a classic Czech lager available in two versions: blonde and dark. However, Pivovarský dům proposes some somewhat unusual beers:

  • Šamp**- Beer Champagne**, bottled together with champagne yeast at the end of the production process. A pleasant discovery.
  • Nettle beer with its unmistakable green color.
  • Sour cherry beer, an experiment that turned out very well.
  • Banana beer, a light variety with a mild banana fragrance.
  • Coffee beer, a dark lager with hints of caramel and coffee.

Their restaurant has a range of tasty meat dishes and also has a few vegetarian options. If you want to dine in, I recommend booking in advance. Pivovarský dům opens at 11:00 and closes its doors at 23:00. Beware, on Sundays and public holidays, the bar is closed.

  • Address: Lipova 15
  • Price: medium-high
  • How to get there: from the old town, it will be enough to walk for about twenty minutes. You can follow the signs to Charles Square (Karlovo náměstí).

9. Staropramen, one of the most important beers in the country

Tasting beers at Staropramen| ©Estela Cruz
Tasting beers at Staropramen| ©Estela Cruz

Staropramen is part of the brewery building complex in Smíchov, a district of the Prague 5 district. In the past, this place concentrated a large number of industries. Over the years, the old factories have given way to office blocks, shopping centers and modern establishments. However, this brewery has remained standing and is still in operation today.

Staropramen is the second largest beer producer in the Czech Republic and the first beers left the brewery in 1869. Tours are organized to visit its interiors and after the tour you can taste a beer served in handcrafted glasses made by Czech glassmakers. It also has a restaurant that offers traditional dishes. If you are interested in this last topic, I advise you to read the post about the best restaurants in Prague.

  • Address: Pivovarská 9
  • Price: medium-high
  • How to get there: the yellow metro line connects this part of the city with the old town. If you are staying in the center, you can get on at Můstek and get off at Anděl.

10. U Kroka, a must in the Vyšehrad district.

Interior of U Kroka| ©Camilla B
Interior of U Kroka| ©Camilla B

If you're sick of the crowds in the center and feel like having a pint in an authentic place, we have the solution for you. Head away from Old Town Square and head towards Vyšehrad. Within walking distance of the fortress is an establishment with more than 100 years of history: U Kroka.

As usual, this bar has a selection of Czech beers (especially Gambrinus, Plzeň and Popovický Kozel) that you can enjoy alongside traditional dishes. U Kroka's menu includes such delicacies as veal goulash, baked duck and pickled Camembert, a Czech specialty.

After a good meal, you can explore the area, which is home to some interesting monuments. The main one is Vyšehrad Castle, the oldest in the city. A few meters further on is also the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul (Bazilika svatého Petra a Pavla), a neo-Gothic church with interiors decorated with Art Nouveau paintings. From here there is a nice view over the river and the rest of Prague.

  • Address: Vratislavova 12/28
  • Price: medium-high
  • How to get there: from the Old Town, you can take the streetcar (lines 2 and 17) from Staroměstská and get off at the Výtoň stop. You will enjoy a pleasant ride as it passes on the bank of the Vltava River. If you feel like plying the waters of the river, I recommend you to check out the page with the best dinner cruises in the Czech capital.

What kind of beers should you drink in Prague?

Serving Beer| ©Gonzalo Remy
Serving Beer| ©Gonzalo Remy

In the Czech Republic, large brewing companies and small local producers share the market. The most traditional and popular beer is pilsner, a variety characterized by its moderate alcohol content (between 3% and 5%), light color and refined fragrance. The most famous brand is Urquell, which holds a record: it is the oldest pilsner in the world.

Lovers of cloudy beers can delight the palate with a pint of Černa Horá Velen. Its yeast, banana and clove notes are highly appreciated among tourists and locals alike. If you prefer lagers, you have plenty of options: Březnický Ležák (full-bodied and 5.2% abv), Czechvar Lager (the original Budweiser), Svijanský Máz (brewed with Saaz hops and hop extracts) and Kozel. The latter is a lager that is usually drunk in a slightly different way: if you ask for it, the bartender puts honey, water and cinnamon powder (Honey Crust) on the rim of the pint. Another option is the Kozel cut: half Kozel Premium Lager and half Kozel Dark.

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