Czech Republic has a long history of beer making and it is still, to this day, making some of the best brands in the world. It is a fact that the people of Czech Republic consume more beer per capita than any other country in the world. Some of the most famous brewing cities were Budweis (where the American Budweiser brand took its name from), Plzen (where Pilsner was first made) and Prague. Beer brewing in Prague, at the beginning of the first millenium, was mostly being done by monasteries. Today there are many small breweries in Prague, but it is also home to a very well-known brand and the second biggest brewery in the country, Staropramen. The story of beer in the Czech Republic is exciting, but trying it is even better, so we will give you some suggestions on where you can enjoy beer when visiting Prague.
In the capital of the Czech Republic you can enjoy a good glass of beer anywhere in the city and also very cheap. A glass of beer in Prague often costs less than a bottle of water! Some of the most popular and traditional versions are Urquell, Kozel, Staropramen, Budweiser Budwar and Gambrinus. How many have you tried?
The best places for a local beer
T-Anker is a bar that serves local beers and the best part about it; the rooftop bar! A perfect spot for tasting new beers and enjoying Prague’s skyline at sunset. Another interesting place for beer lovers is Prague Beer Museum Gastropub. It is not a museum (there is also a beer museum in Prague), but it has around 30 taps with beer from small brewers from all around the country. The staff is very knowledgeable and the atmosphere amazing!
Want to have a drink right next to the river? Then Lod Pivovar is the right place to go. It combines its own brewery, a restaurant with traditional Czech cuisine and a wonderful view, all on a ship on the riverside, which once used to be a disco dancing ship. At U Medvidku, a brewery housed in a historic brewery building of the 15th century, you can try their brewed beer on the ground level. Very cozy place, with a good cold beer; a great way to unwind after a day in Prague.
A modern craft beer experience in Prague Once you've tried some of the local and traditional pilsners then be sure to head over to one of the many incredible newer craft beer bars around Prague. Bad Flash has an amazing corner-bar in Karlin where they also serve some of the best and most recognised newer beer brands from around the world. Get your Danish Mikkeller, Belgian Cantillon, their own BadFlash editions and much much more.
If you want to try something away from the tourist-hotspots then stop by ALE Bar in Prague 5. Small local place with 8 taps - and never afraid to try something different.
One of the most popular newer bars in The Golden City is the BeerGeek Bar. They have an absolutely incredible selection and they change it quite frequently. You will not regret it!
Other Beer experiences
And if that is not enough beer for you, Prague also has beer festivals to offer! Beer festivals in Czech Republic are called pivni slavnosti and take place mostly on weekends. Most of them are rock festivals organized by breweries, which means that only the beers of these particular breweries are available, but there are also some festivals where multiple breweries are invited and show off their wares. One of the biggest festivals in Prague is Český pivní festival, which has a duration of two weeks and a lot of brewed beer to try out. Another beer festival in Prague is Žižkovské Pivobraní. The aim is not high consumption but rather tasting, with 30 different breweries exhibiting each time.
One of the most visited beer attractions in Chezh Republic is the Urquell Plzen brewery and museum - around 1.5 hours from Prague. This museum takes you through all the steps of making beer in beautiful visual installations so that everyone has a chance to taste, see, smell and touch. Great experience for all beer enthusiasts!
Another local-favourite experience during summer are the beer gardens at Riegrovy Sady-park - incredible view of the city, cheap beer and a lot of happy people.
On the same track, here is also a list of the best beer halls in Prague - check it out!
Finally, if you are up for an alternative beer experience. In Prague you can experience beer in other ways, one of which is beer baths. Yes, that’s right! In Czech Republic you can go to specialized spas and bathe in beer. Beer baths started as a concept in the West Bohemia area of the country by the Chodovar brewery, but today there are also some situated in Prague, the most well-known being the Original Beer Spa.
The Czechs love their beer! Visiting Prague it is easy to understand why. You can experience new tastes, enjoy a good glass of beer anywhere in the city, and even sink in a bathtub full of lager and have a relaxing time in the Czech capital.