Best Beer, Cocktails and Wine in Prague
Drinking beer is what Czech people like best, or so it seems. Pilsner Urquell is the king of the heap, but Radegast, Staropramen or Gambrinus are not to be sneered at either. Prague has a plethora of pubs, bars and beer halls. Wine is gaining popularity and widely available in wine bars. Should you be in Prague in winter, be sure to sample svarák, mulled red wine heated and flavoured with sugar and spices.
Czechs call their beer tekutý chléb, liquid bread, or zivá voda, life-giving water. There is no doubt about it, amber-colored Pilsner Urquell from the city of Plzen is one of the world’s best beers. Czech wine is almost as popular as beer, and available in a vinara or wine bar. Tucked away in a vaulted cellar, Monarch Wine Bar (Na Perštýně 15,) stocks wine from Moravia. If you are craving cheese fondue, Monarch is the only place in Prague for this Swiss specialty.
Burčak, Becherovka and Borovicka
From the end of August to mid-October, bars and pubs serve burčak, young wine, the first wine of the season. Late night party goers will paint the town red in Duende (Karoliny Světlé 30) famous for cocktails. Sample in Kozicka Bar (Kozí 1), a shot of Becherovka, a herbal bitter with an acquired taste. Another favorite is slivovice, plum brandy, and borovicka made from juniper berries.
Beer connoisseurs head straight for U Medvidku (Na Perštýně 7), a tiny micro-brewery right in the centre of Prague. Their X-Beer 33 is a potent drink with an alcohol percentage of 11.8%. If you don’t mind busloads of tourists, join in with hundreds of tourists. Listen to accordion music while savouring Flek beer.