U Pinkasu: Beergarden, Pub and Restaurant
U Pinkasu is an excellent beer garden and pub in Prague to mix with locals while tasting Pilsner Urquell on the tap. This pub is highly recommended because of its authentic Czech food and the fair prices. Be sure to try pickled cheese, nakladany hermelin, and wash it down with Pilsner on the tap. Perfectly located right behind Mustek metro station, U Pinkasu is one of the best places in Prague to spend a pleasant evening.
How it All Began
When Mr Pinkas came back from a visit to Pilsen where he tasted a new type of beer, he wanted his friends in Prague to have a similar experience. Hops from Zatec and bottom fermentation made this beer stand out. This new beer was such a success that in 1843 Mr Pinkas wanted all people in Prague to enjoy Pilsner Urquell and he decided to open a pub; U Pinkasu, At Pinkas. Today this pub is still serving Pilsner.
Beer Garden or Restaurant?
U Pinkasa is both a beer garden and a restaurant. In summer tables spill out on to an outdoor area. This attractive, hidden garden is overlooked by the Gothic Church of Our Lady of the Snow. Downstairs in U Pinkasu is a traditional-style Czech pub with wooden tables. As this is a popular pub, it is often crowded and sharing a table is very common. If you want a meal, you go upstairs to the wooden-paneled restaurant. Try goulash with bread dumplings or even better pork knee with mustard and horseradish sauce. Be sure to leave some space for the dessert – apple fritters with caramel sauce are too good to be ignored.
The Beer Menu
* Master Tmavy brewed by Plzensky Prazroj in Pilsen – a very strong beer with a smooth taste of coffee and a touch of oats
* Pilsner Urquell also from the Pilsen brewery – with a distinct bitter aftertaste that ends with a hint of sweetness like nuts mixed with caramel.
U Pinkasu Honours Vaclav Havel
A small exhibition is devoted to Vaclav Havel, writer, philosopher and the first President of the Czech Republic. Several photos about the man can be seen on the wall behind the table where Havel used to sit in the 1980s. In a corner stands his orange old-fashioned typewriter with a piece of paper in it giving Havel’s dates of birth and death – 5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011.
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