Czech Pubs: Getting beer in Your mug!
The Czech Pub is efficiently built for conversation. You won’t find any loud music (or music at all in many places!) to distract from the topic of discussion, though a TV will come out for sure when Czech is playing hockey or football. You’ll find yourself making new friends thanks to the large tables that make for a convivial atmosphere. Beer of course flows free—sometimes you’ll find a new one in front of you before you ask for it! As they say, alcohol helps loosen the tongue, and since Communism is past, you won’t have to worry about expressing your views freely. Czechs are a level-headed bunch and even the most heated conversations will usually end with friendly parting.
You’ll find many names for the local watering hole: Pivnice-Generally more Beer-centric with maybe some cold food, Hospoda-More like a restaurant, but still with plenty of beer, Hostinec-we can’t really figure this one out, but there’s beer here too! Don’t get too caught up in the names though, they’re kind of interchangeable these days. No matter what the type, what you’ll usually find inside is a modestly decorated interior with large tables decorated with a stack of beer mats. Beer is first and foremost. If you decide to eat, utensils will be brought later. The local place will usually fill up by the early evening, and everyone starts to clear out after ten. But if you didn’t get a chance to talk to somebody, don’t worry, they’ll probably be back tomorrow!
Pubs in Prague & Beyond
(Note: To make sure you can read the names of breweries, we sometimes have to remove the diacritic marks that are used in the Czech language. You can see the proper spelling on the beer labels for each brewery. If you have any questions about spelling or pronunciation, just drop us a line!)