Saint Nicholas Cafe

Looking for beer and Becher, Brewsta and friends visit this atmospheric Malá Strana cellar bar

"Saint: A dead sinner revised and edited."
Ambrose Bierce

I was planning a meeting with the English Patient and a couple of Irish friends.

We needed a place for a drinking session. Food was an afterthought.

Location was an issue -- Malá Strana was requested.

Saint Nicholas Cafe was chosen.

The exterior wasn't much to look at, with beat-up, patchy, painted walls.



After stepping through the first set of doors, the entrance to the cafe inside a passage is slightly more attractive.



Inside, slightly below street level, is a dark, atmospheric, and even historic space. The owners say the building dates back to 1554.

There are often expats seated at the bar. Saint Nicholas Cafe is not far from a number of embassies.



They also say the decorative painting replicates the style of a much earlier time. There is certainly a patina on the walls. Whether it is from age, cigarette smoke, or both, I cannot say.



As I said, the main order of business for us was alcohol.

Becherovka and beer to be specific.



The four of us consumed 18 Becherovka shots (50 CZK each), 6 half-liters of Pilsner Urquell (40 CZK each), and 4 half-liters of Gambrinus (33 CZK each).

A typical English-Irish meeting. Damage inflicted on all sides.

For the uninitiated, Becherovka is a liquor flavored with cinnamon, anise, and 32 other herbs that supposedly have medicinal qualities.

It is 38 percent alcohol, which was the only medicine I needed.

As the session stretched into the evening, we decided to order food. The menu options were limited. We settled on three pizzas.

We sampled a Margherita pizza with tomatoes and onions (105 CZK).



There was a diavola pizza with pepperoni, onions, and some red and green cherry peppers (145 CZK).



And a Hawaiian pizza with the standard ham and pineapple (125 CZK).



My memories of these pizzas somewhat hazy. For example, I don't recall what that white cheese in the middle of the diavola was. But I do remember some basic details.

On the positive side, the crust was good and crunchy. Also, the price was nice. I have the receipt to prove that.

Otherwise, all the pizzas were fairly unremarkable. I'd certainly get one again if I needed food support during a prolonged beverage-oriented mediation.

I have to confess, I was feeling pretty dead when we were done. I'd had my share of drinks, washed down with pizza dough.

But I knew what to expect -- it wasn't exactly a meeting of saints.

Perhaps if I do a little more editing...



Saint Nicholas Cafe
Tržiště 10
Prague 1 - Malá Strana
Tel.: (+420) 257 530 204

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READERS' COMMENTS

"What a poor article. The 'white cheese' as you say on that pizza is in fact an egg. St Nicholas Cafe is one of the finest cellar bars in Prague and you go and publish this sort of thing about it. Shame on you."
Michelle Suit
April 22nd, 2008

"the previous boozy not very clever comments on the cafe far from reflect this absolutly fantastic place its great go see yourself this is a pure gem ."
kate darroch
October 6th, 2008

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