World Cup 2014 Pub Guide
Prague.TV's guide to best bars and hotspots in which to watch FIFA World Cup 2014 game
You may have noticed from the hundreds of sports fans walking the streets of Prague, and the uproarious shouts and cheers - and sometimes boos and woeful sobbing - emanating from the city’s pubs and bars that the FIFA World Cup is upon us once again.
Though the Czech Republic team didn’t qualify this year, there are still many members of Prague’s huge expat community eager to cheer on their nation’s teams, and while the group stages of the World Cup are almost over, the most intense stages are still to come. Even if your team (like England!) is already out, there are still plenty of teams to support.
Prague TV has kindly compiled a list of the best bars and hotspots in which to watch FIFA World Cup 2014 games … we just hope you like Irish bars!
Lion and Ball Sportsbar
The Lion and Ball Sportsbar originally opened in 1993, and after occupying a few different locations the bar has found a home in Staroměstské náměstí, Prague’s Old Town Square. The bar features huge HD screens and a 3D projector meaning football fans can watch their favourite teams in 3D. Lion and Ball has a spacious main hall, a stone walled basement and an outdoor decked area perfect for cooling down at half time. It also serves an all-day breakfast alongside food like sandwiches, steaks and burgers and attracts a big crowd – so reservations are required to ensure a seat and table during matches.
A curious but inviting mix of Irish themes and Che Guevara motifs – hence the pub’s name – O’Che’s has a number of small screens dotted around its big wooden bar for catching games on. Located on Liliová not far from the Vltava River, the bar has a cosy and friendly vibe with Irish beers like Guinness and Kilkenny, Czech beers including Gambrinus 10° and Kozel and other European beers on tap with a good selection of whiskeys, wines and cocktails too. An all-day breakfast is served alongside snack food and a few Czech dishes like chicken schnitzel, beef goulash and fried cheese with chips and tartar sauce – great for hungry football fans needing to refuel.
J. J. Murphy’s
Located in the heart of Prague’s charming Malá Strana quarter, J. J. Murphy’s is under Irish ownership and management meaning guests can expect an authentic - and more often than not, a rollicking – traditional Irish experience. Attracting a good mix of natives, expats and tourists the pub is spread over two floors and has three different screens playing live sports. With friendly staff that will have your next drink prepared before you even know it, visitors can sup on drinks including local and Irish beers and whiskeys and, if they dare, the intoxicating and popular Czech beverage Slivovice – a spirit made from damson plums.
Caffrey’s Irish Bar
A friendly and welcoming Irish bar that is a great port of call for any visitors to Prague Caffrey’s – which is located at the Old Town Square – serves a whole host of Czech and Irish beers like Gambrinus and Guinness and also has an extensive whiskey selection, making it a great location in which to grab a drink and a hearty, traditional Irish meal like Irish lamb stew while you catch the latest World Cup game. Caffrey’s Irish Bar also features live music every weekend and from Monday to Thursday guests can take advantage of a number of discounted drinks offers on cocktails and shots from 6 pm until closing.
A long-standing drinking establishment that opened its doors in Prague back in 2001, Rocky O’Reilly’s offers guests a warm Irish welcome and a convivial atmosphere in authentically Irish and cosy surroundings with a well-stocked bar and a fireplace for when the weather gets a bit chilly. The pub has a massive selection of Irish, Czech and international beers and ciders and serves filling food like its full Irish breakfast and the Guinness Irish stew. Located just off Václavské náměstí on Štěpánská, the pub has 11 different TV screens and has been known to play up to seven different games at the same time.
The Dubliner is the sister pub of Rocky O’Reilly’s and is located just a short distance from the Old Town Square in the picturesque Týn Courtyard. Serving hearty pub food all day like steaks, burgers and sandwiches alongside drinks that include Staropramen and Kilkenny beer and lots of Irish and Scotch whiskey, visitors to the popular pub can watch their favourite teams play on two large screens, 11 smaller screens and from two semi-private booths. Guests can contact The Dubliner to reserve a table to make sure they don’t miss out on any of the World Cup action.
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