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The Czech Republic is many things – history, architecture, art…and beer. Really good, tasty, delicious beer. That said, not all beer is created equally. The absolute best beer in Prague is local craft beer and we are highlighting the top craft beer bars in the city where travelers can get a taste of the local product.
Best Beer Prague
Czechia is the birthplace of the pilsner and Prague has long had a reputation as the beer capital of the world. Beer, which often costs less than a bottle of water, is for sale in every nook and cranny of historic Prague.
From cavernous Prague beer halls to street kiosks – and at every cafe, bar and restaurant in between – it takes little effort to find beer in Prague. However, we weren’t just looking for any beer in the city – we were in search of Craft Beer in Prague.
Best Craft Beer Prague
We are not snubbing the classic, popular and mass-produced beers that centuries ago earned Prague beer-bragging rights. Pilsner Urquell, Staropraman and Budweiser Budvar are all fine beers, if you
like uninspiring suds prefer pilsners and lagers.
And, quite frankly, it wouldn’t be proper to visit Prague without hoisting at least one of these in a classic Prague beer hall.
However, it would be equally shameful to visit Czechia (a country that boasts hundreds of breweries) and miss out on what’s brewing locally in Prague Craft Breweries.
On a mission to find the best Prague craft beer bars, during our trip we spent just about as much time sightseeing as we did sampling the local beer from Prague.
16 Bars For Craft Beer in Prague, Czech Republic
We found several places serving up genuinely good craft beer in Prague. Our list includes a range of small brewers – some more inventive than others – and tasting rooms, located in the heart of Old Town Prague, a short walk outside the city center or just a short tram ride away.
To help you route your way to each Prague craft beer bar, we have provided the address and a link to find it on Google Maps. Additionally, we include a Prague Craft Beer Map of all the locations at the end of the blog post.
#1 Bad Flash Bar, Prague
Located on the trendy, bar-laden Krymska Street, Bad Flash Bar brews their own beer, as well as sells beer from craft breweries around the world. Inside the shabby chic space there are 12 beers on tap and 300 bottled beers to choose from – as well as a casual atmosphere and friendly bar staff. The Bad Flash Bar Brewery in Prague also has a second location in Karlin.
#2 Brevnov Monastery Brewery
Regarded as the oldest brewery in Bohemia and the very first craft beer in Prague, monks started brewing beer at Brevnov Monastery in the year 993. They still produce traditional Czech beers today, operating the brewery next to the church in the former farm stables. During our visit to Prague, the brewery was closed, but we were able to order the monks’ fresh brew from the adjoining restaurant.
#3 Brewery U Tri Ruzi
Tucked into the Prague Old Town not far from the Charles Bridge is Brewery U Tri Ruzi, a cozy and historic house that dates to the 15th century. Their beer is brewed on the ground floor – where they produce traditional lagers, as well as craft beers. The warm atmosphere was inviting, so we stayed for a bite to eat (which we can also highly recommend!).
#4 Craft House Prague
Craft House Prague is a modern taproom, pouring beer from 27 rotating taps, as well as selling select beers by the bottle. The actual bar is rather small – and at first we thought perhaps it was a take-away only spot – but the bartender was both patient and knowledgeable in helping us choose some great Prague Craft Beer!
#5 Fat Cat Brewery and Pub, Prague
Although located in the heart of Old Town Prague, Fat Cat is a spacious and contemporary bar serving gourmet burgers alongside a selection of locally brewed craft beers. The bright atmosphere was anything but traditional and seemed to attract a younger crowd, however both the craft beers and burgers satisfied our cravings!
#6 Illegal Beer, Prague – CLOSED
Illegal Beer is an unpretentious yet hip hangout featuring six beers on tap, as well as a few by bottle. Located near Wenceslas Square (and just around the corner from Craft House Prague), the patrons inside the small bar were a mix of locals and tourists – and the bartender was helpful with suggestions.
#7 Lod Pivovar, Prague
Lod Pivovar, a brewery on a boat, scores major points just for being unique in a city that is flush with beer bars. We were slightly skeptical of what the beer and ambiance would bring, but both were absolutely fantastic!
#8 Mrtva Ryba, Prague
A bit of a hidden gem, Mrtva Ryba is a small, inconspicuous place located near the Charles University Botanical Gardens, south of the Prague city center. On our mid-day visit, the place was packed with a fun student crowd and, even on a chilly day, guests spilled out onto the patio. Catering to students, the Prague craft beer on tap was inexpensive, as was the daily food menu offerings.
#9 Beer Story, Prague
Located just off the main square in the Old Town, Beer Story has the vibe of an upscale pub. The basement taproom features eight Prague craft beers on tap and a carefully selected menu of food and cheese pairings.
#10 Pivovar Hostomice, Prague
With just three beers on tap, five tables and nothing translated in English, we definitely stepped into a local spot when we walked into Pivovar Hostomice. They only tap their own beer, which is produced in a brewery in the town of Hostomice, southwest of Prague. Visitors seeking a truly Local Beer in Prague experience shouldn’t miss it!
#11 Pivovarsky Klub Benedict, Prague
The beer selection at Pivovarsky Klub Benedict is a bit overwhelming with some 250 bottled beers from all over the world on their menu and on display. We focused our decision on the six taps of locally brewed Prague draft beer at the bar to quickly narrow our choices. The staff were helpful – and although we didn’t eat, the food looked phenomenal.
#12 Prague Beer Museum Gastropub
The concept of Prague Beer Museum (which is not a museum, although there is a real Museum of Beer in Prague!) is to offer a tasting room for small brewers from around the Czech Republic in one place. They offer 30 beers on tap, knowledgeable staff and a lively environment. It’s one of the best beer bars in Prague Old Town for visitors who want a comprehensive taste of what’s brewing in Czechia.
#13 T-Anker Prague
What’s better than a rooftop bar? A rooftop bar in Prague that pours local craft beers…which is exactly what T-Anker is. With a rotating tap of Czech craft beers and an elevated view, it’s a perfect spot for sunset. (Don’t mind the sketchy elevator entrance; just get in and push 5 to get to the bar!)
#14 U Kunstatu Craft Beer Club
U Kunstatu Craft Beer Prague has a large range of regional beers from mid-sized breweries, as well as a few local Prague beers on tap. Beer tastings are their emphasis – and guests are invited to create their own sampler platter of beers or join the daily beer tasting event. We opted to simply have a glass of beer in the bar and mingled with fellow tourists.
Pro Tip: Take a peek into the cellar before you leave!
#15 U Medvidku, Prague
The brewery at U Medvidku is tucked into an upstairs room of a historic Prague brewery building that dates to the 15th century – and is where you want to be if you want to try their locally brewed beer (they serve mass-produced beer in the restaurant on the ground level). At U Medvidku Brewery Prague, the upstairs room is cozy, the beer is cold and the wait staff is all business!
#16 U Supa Prague, CZ
Located on one of Prague Old Town’s main thoroughfares, U Supa is the oldest brewery restaurant in Prague – yet tinged with a modern ambiance. In the brightly lit beer hall a young man played the accordion while the busy bartender continuously poured their light, semi-dark and dark beers into glass beer mugs. It was quite the show!
Craft Beer Bars Prague Map
Use this link to Google Maps for an online, interactive version of our Prague beer map.
Prague Beer Halls
While on our search for craft beer in Prague, we managed to fall into a few drinking establishments not dedicated to craft. Although the beer may have not satisfied our snobby hop-loving palates, the experiences made up for it. Two beer halls stand out – one classic, one modern – both serving Pilsner Urquell.
U Zlateho Tygra Czech Pub
U Zlateho Tygra is what I imagine pubs have looked like in Prague for centuries: shared wooden tables filled with boisterous beer drinkers. To keep track of the number of beers each person consumes, the server keeps a running tally on a small slip of paper at the table. We think it is one of the best pubs in Prague for a traditional beer drinking experience.
Lokal Dlouhaaa is slightly more contemporary, but far from sleek or polished. The lengthy beer hall seems to go on forever, but the service is quick and the atmosphere is jovial. We recommend trying the Tank Pilsner Urquell at Lokal. The unpasteurized, fresh beer – noted by the phrase Pivo z Tanku (translating directly to Beer from Tanks) – is a local specialty.
Prague Beer Gardens
If your trip to Prague is in the summertime, we highly recommend drinking outdoors at one of the beer gardens in Prague.
Letna Beer Garden
One of our favorite Prague viewpoints for the phenomenal panoramic city views, Letna turns into an outdoor beer garden in Prague during the summer months. They keep it simple with just a few beer choices (and no craft beer), but the experience is exceptional.
The Naplavka riverside is a fabulous place for a drink with some friends. Bring your own or hop aboard one of the docked boat bars. The atmosphere is unrivaled.
Craft Beer Spot
Features 120 on tap beers from craft breweries in Prague and worldwide, the Craft Beer Spot gets rave reviews by beer lovers. Plus, they have a quaint beer garden.
Prague Sightseeing (and Beer Drinking) Tips
Drinking craft beer in Prague is a top-Prague experience – and there are many ways to take part in the beer culture and history.
Prague Beer Tours
The experience of drinking craft beer in Prague is enhanced with an education on the history of beer in Prague. There are many, many, many Prague Beer Tours that are led by knowledgeable guides – so we are highlighting just a few of the best.
Microbrewery and Beer Tasting Prague Tour
The highly rated Prague Microbrewery Tour delves deep into the history of Prague craft beer and the beer-making process. The guides take participants to hidden gems where they can sample the local suds. Reserve your space on the tour!
Prague Beer Bath
For a truly unique Prague beer experience, spend an hour at a Prague Beer Spa. Guests soak in a tub of beer while sipping unlimited brews – and can opt for an upgraded massage, as well. Get the details!
Czech Beer Museum in Prague
Learning about the history of beer in a museum may sound dull, but it’s not at the Prague Czech Beer Museum! The museum exhibits detail the history of beer in Czechia and at the end of the self guided tour, participants get to taste beer samples and create a custom souvenir. Find out more!
Pub Crawl in Prague
Travelers less concerned with drinking craft beer in Prague and more enthralled by the party atmosphere can embark on a tipsy Prague Pub Crawl. In addition to beer, participants get a taste of Bohemian absinthe. Sign up here!
Prague Sightseeing with Beer
Want to sightsee with a beer in hand? Join the always fun and entertaining Evening Walking Tour. Participants get a guided tour of the city – including the festive Prague riverside party – for a laid-back sightseeing adventure. Learn more here!
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More Prague City Tours and Travel Tips
It’s easy to understand why people who love beer love Prague – but there is so much more to the city than just beer. (Some may find this hard to believe, but it is, indeed, a true fact!) We are covering a few more ways to learn about the city.
Prague City Tour
Get a fun introduction to Prague on a city tour!
On a full day tour, participants are led through the city on foot and by coach to the top city sights – like the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. The all day tour also includes a river cruise and an a 3-course lunch. Reserve your seat!
Alternatively, spend just half a day with a guide at the Prague Castle and on a Vlata River Cruise. See what’s included!
Prague Hop On Hop Off Bus
If you would rather discover the city’s top attractions without a guide, consider the Prague Hop-On Hop-Off Bus that makes stops at off of the top tourist sights (and saves you from trekking around the city!).
Prague City Card
To save money while sightseeing in Prague, get the Prague Card, which includes free public transport, entry (or discounted entry) into top sights and discounts on tours.
Don’t Miss Out On The Best Views In Prague!
Day Trips from Prague
Prague is in close proximity to some of Europe’s most historic and beautiful cities – making it possible to see more of the region on fun Prague day trips. If you have time in your trip plan, consider adding one (or more!) of these fabulous day trips to your Prague itinerary.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery and Glass Tour
Join a fascinating full day tour that makes stops at two fabulous Bohemia traditions: Beer and Glass. Participants get to tour the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, dine at a local restaurant for lunch and then tour a famed glassblowing factory. Join the tour!
Cesky Krumlov Day Trip from Prague
Cesky Krumlov is a fairytale town located south of Prague near the borders of Austria and Germany. We actually spent a few nights in UNESCO-heritage town and were dazzled by the charm of the city (read about things to do in Cesky Krumlov!). Fellow travelers can plan their own trip or join a tour.
More Popular Prague Day Trips
- Visit the ‘Bone Church’ in Kutna Hora on a day trip from Prague
- Prague day trip to Vienna (read our tips for Free Things To Do in Vienna)
- Dresden (get the details on why you should plan 3 Days in Dresden)
Top Tips for your Trip to Prague, CZ
We have a few final travel tips that will help you plan your trip to Prague!
Where To Stay in Prague
The best place to stay in Prague is in (or near) the city center. From a central location, visitors can easily explore the sights – and craft beer bars – on foot.
Airbnb in Prague
During our visit to Prague, we stayed in a great Airbnb Apartment. We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space. That said, on short trips to Prague, Airbnb fees can add up quickly – so it’s best to research multiple options. Use our Tips for Aibnb Guests for more advice.
Hotels in Prague
There are many Prague hotels and hostels to choose from in – or close to – the city center in a range of prices. Before you reserve your room, read our tips for Booking the Best Hotels at the Best Prices – and then hop onto Booking.com to find the best hotel for your trip!
Getting to Prague, CZ
The city’s airport is the Vaclav Havel Airport Prague and the main bus station is Praha Florenc.
Prague Transportation Tips
Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!). When we start looking for the best fares for plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner.
To get from city to city when flights are not possible, we usually rely on public transportation and take trains or buses. In Europe, we use Rail Europe to find train tickets and our preferred bus company is FlixBus – as it is economical, clean and comfortable (and sometimes has on-board wifi, seat-back entertainment, refreshments and a toilet).
Once in Prague, it’s easy to get around on foot and with trams. However, renting a car can allow for more regional exploration – and it can save time and money getting from city to city (especially when traveling with more than two people). Use our tips for getting the Best Car Rental Rates.
Before You Go To Prague: What To Pack
We have just a few tips on what you will need for your trip to Prague. Find all of our packing tips – including packing hacks and our ultimate packing list – on our dedicated Travel Packing blog page.
Prague is a walkable city…but only if you have the right travel shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I always make sure to pack lightweight and comfy shoes for our trips – these are my current favorites! Kris prefers wearing Merrell trail shoes for city exploration (and easy hikes, too!).
Prague is so photogenic! We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual travel camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos and it’s great budget camera for beginners!) and use an everyday 18-135mm lens.
Map and Guidebook
It’s easy to get turned around in any foreign city…and especially Prague! While we provided a map for finding the best craft beer bars in Prague, it’s also a good idea to bring a detailed city map for other sightseeing. Additionally, get a sightseeing guidebook for your Prague trip.
Day Pack for Exploring
Prague Trip Insurance
We think travel insurance is essential! It can help when travel plans change or luggage gets lost. If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip to Czechia, travel protected with World Nomads.
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