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The best beer places in Prague

The beer scene in Prague has always been blooming but in recent years it has taken a new turn. Modern craft beer bars are popping up everywhere and foreign beer styles, as well as non-alcoholic varieties are becoming more popular by the day. No matter what kind of beer you’re after there’s a place in Prague for you.

Few countries have a history with beer that runs as deep and as long as that of the Czech Republic. The country’s spicy Saaz hops and sweet Haná barley have ranked among its most famous exports since the Middle Ages, while great Pilsner beer became the world’s most popular beer style not long after it was invented in the small Czech town of Plzeň (or Pilsen) in 1842. Many of the earliest books about beer were actually written by Czechs, like the classic De Cerevisia, composed by Tadeáš Hájek z Hájku in Prague in 1554.

However, the country’s relationship to beer goes far beyond ancient history. Today, the Czech capital of Prague has almost as many modern craft beer bars as it does historic Pilsner taverns, with a new generation of younger beer lovers welcoming new brewing innovations, as well as foreign beer styles like British and Belgian ales. As they have for decades, Czechs today regularly consume more beer per capita than any other country.

On that note, don’t worry too much about overconsumption. While Czech people might drink beer daily, most don’t drink more than a single beer on most days. And a healthy growth in non-alcoholic beers means that drivers and others who don’t want to consume alcohol still have plenty of great options for a refreshing pint.

Here are 7 great places for a beer in Prague:

Lokál Dlouhá has been around since 2009. Photo:

Lokál Dlouhá

Since opening in 2009, the original “local” pub on Dlouhá street in the old town has become famous for serving the best Pilsner Urquell in town — drafted not from a regular keg, but from large-scale, stainless steel tanks. While most Pilsner Urquell is pasteurized, the tank version served here isn’t, which leaves it far fresher and more full of flavor. Beyond Pilsner Urquell, other options include the dark Kozel lager and the non-alcoholic Birrell, both of which pair perfectly with the pub’s hearty traditional meals, like roast duck, pork and chicken schnitzels, beef tartare and plenty of rustic farmhouse sausages.

Lokál Dlouhá

Dlouhá 33, Praha 1, Prauge

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Open: Mon – Sat: 11am – 1am, Sun: 11am – midnight

The golden tap beer at the bar Pivovarský Klub. Photo: Clément Morin

Pivovarský Klub

Despite the long-running six-tap Brewery Club being upstaged by newer pubs with wider selections, Pivovarský Klub remains the connoisseur’s choice for great beer, including one of the city’s largest selections of non-alcoholic brews, part of its massive list of over 250 bottles. The six draft options change regularly, but the great Benedict – a very hoppy, traditional Pilsner-style lager from Prague’s Břevnov monastery brewery – is usually available. Try out the goulash, roast pork knee and other hearty Central European meals here, many of which include beer as a primary ingredient

Pivovarský Klub

Křižíkova 17, Praha 8, Prague

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Open: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 11:30pm

BeerGeek Bar

This Brooklyn-inspired bar is all about contemporary craft beer, with a devoted international clientele that tends toward the young and well-traveled. Among the rotating 32 taps, you’ll frequently find new-school Czech, Polish and UK craft brands, alongside a few traditional-style beers from Germany and Belgium. Beer snacks here include some of the city’s best chicken wings, with toppings ranging from Japanese teriyaki to “liquid fire” chili sauce. Keep an eye out for beers from the bar owner’s own Sibeeria craft brewery, like the Sibeeria Coco Chanel, an English porter flavored with vanilla and coconut.

BeerGeek Bar

Vinohradská 62, Praha 3m, Prague

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Open: Mon – Sun: 3pm – 2am

Dva Kohouti is located in the neighborhood of Karlín. Photo: Clément Morin

Dva Kohouti

This hot new brewpub stands next to a branch of the Lokál tank bar chain in the trendy neighborhood of Karlín. Partially owned by the folks from Lokál, together with the cult Czech brewery Pivovar Matuška, Dva Kohouti serves its own delicious Pilsner-style lager, made on site, as well as rare seasonal ales from Matuška. The limited food menu offers little more than beer snacks, but a rotating line of food trucks serve up various types of street food in the brewery’s bustling courtyard most evenings.

Dva Kohouti

Sokolovská 55, Praha 8, Prague

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Open: Mon – Fri: 4pm – 2am, Sat: noon – 2am, Sun: noon – 10pm

Kulový Blesk

Just off the main thoroughfare cutting through town, this labyrinthine pub and restaurant has plenty of hidden places to while away the hours, as well as a cozy courtyard. Expect a wide variety – the ground floor tap list includes 11 rotating beers, mostly from small Czech producers, with another 17 brews available at basement level. Within easy walking distance of the tram and metro station I.P. Pavlova.

Kulový Blesk

Sokolská 13, Praha 2, Prague

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Open: Mon – Fri: 11am – 11pm, Sat – Sun: 5 p.m. – 11pm

Head to Gulden Draak Bierhuis if you're looking for international beer styles. Photo: Clément Morin

Gulden Draak Bierhuis

As Prague becomes ever more international, local tastes have expanded to include – gasp! – Belgian ales, the specialty of this cozy “beer café” just outside the touristic city center.While most of the brews here are intimidatingly strong and sweet, keep an eye out for the Monk’s Café Flemish sour ale, a tart and complex “oud bruin” style with a more moderate 5.5% alcohol content. It goes perfectly with a bowl of three-year-old gouda cheese or one of the other delicious cold snack plates.

Gulden Draak Bierhuis

Soukenická 34, Praha 1, Prague

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Open: Mon: 4pm – midnight, Tues – Sat: 4pm – 2 am, Sun: 4pm – midnight

The beer bar Malý/Velký has over 100 bottles available. Photo: Clément Morin

Malý/Velký

Owned by the influential Czech brewer Jakub Veselý, the “Small/Big” beer bar occupies a cozy cellar location next to the beloved restaurant Nota Bene, close to the I.P. Pavlova metro station. Over 100 specialty bottles are available, as well as a rotating selection of eight beers on draft, which generally include one or two from Veselý’s own brewery, Pivovar Falkon. Check the pub’s online schedule, as occasional special events bring in coffee roasters, street food vendors and visiting foreign master brewers.

Malý/Velký

Mikovcova 4, Praha 2, Prague

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Open: Mon – Sun: 5pm – midnight

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