Prague’s Beer Gardens

The perfect spots to enjoy beer and relax Czech-style

It is no mystery that Czech beer is best-served cold and enjoyed outdoors under the sun. Beer can help cool you down on a hot afternoon but it can also warm you up after a chilly late April snowfall. Fortunately, Prague is cluttered with beer gardens big and small.

Riegrovy sady is probably one of the most popular spots to grab a beer. With a beautiful view of Prague's rooftops, the hilltop by the beer garden sits at the perfect angle to watch the sun set over the city skyline. There are two separate gardens in the park serving a nice selection of draft beers and typical Czech pub food.

If you prefer something a little more filling that klobása (grilled sausage) and nakládaný hermelín (pickled cheese) then you should check out Pivovar Národní. This new microbrewery is located next to the National Theater and has a delightful beer garden in their courtyard. Their homemade brew comes in 400 ml glasses: you can choose between light lager, semi-dark lager and non-filtered.

Summer means paddle boats and riverside strolls that go hand in hand with a pint of beer. Walking by the National Theater you may hear live music that will lead you to a small no name beer garden at Smetanovo nábřeží 198/1. Engulfed in delicious BBQ scents, the garden offers various bottled beer and draft Staropramen. Unfortunately due to noise regulations the party has to come to a halt at 22:00 every day.

Not so nameless is another riverside beer garden: Žluté Lázně offers an actual sand beach, great food, a variety of sports and the star of the show – beer. There is an entry fee that translates to a coupon that you can spend on beverages and more.

Just a bit up the river is Náplavka, a popular hang-out spot serving beers, burgers and exciting events. On weekends, Náplavka hosts farmers' markets, fashion shows and live concerts. You can buy beer from stands, boats and from Restaurant Vltava that sells Démon. This uncommon beer is a semi-dark lager with a unique bite. The relatively small area has a surprisingly impressive selection of beers that tends to rise with the temperature.

How about a beer with that view? At Letna Beer garden it's hard to decide what's better: the beer or the scenery. There are two beer gardens that serve grilled food, ice cream and have a great selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Be warned that the view isn't quite free – if you bring your own bottles, security may nudge you towards the exit. But the price of entry is cheap and rewarding: simply buy a glass of Pilsner Urquell.

Not far from Letna is Stromovka Park and of course there are two beer gardens there too. One is just outside the park near Výstavište Holešovice called the summer garden Pražan. It offers live music, great beer and cool delicious treats perfect on a sweaty day. The other park is inside the heart of the park by the lake. They have great lounge chairs and large grills that you can rent for some legal BBQing.

Not all of the best beer gardens are located in the city center. Pivovar Lužiny has a beautiful beer garden located in the shopping center near the metro stop Lužiny. Their summer terrace seats 200 people and there are bike racks with rentable locks.

It’s a great spot to watch sports on large screens and have food delivered on a special food lifts from the ground-floor kitchen. The best part, however, is the beer pipe that comes directly from the brewery itself bringing you the freshest beer you can imagine.

On the opposite side of Prague in Holešovice you can find Mr. Hotdog. As you may have guessed, this brewery combines beer with hot dogs in a modern interior and a cozy outdoor garden. Not only does the pub serve microbrewed Vinohradský 11° but they can also offer yummy veggie hot dogs.

Finally, you also have a change to dedicate a toast to Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana and Alfons Mucha – just to name a few of the 600 famous people buried in the Vyšehrad Cemetery. Yet again there are two beer gardens in the area: the small one is located in the center by the statues of Přemysl a Libuše who according to legend were the founders of Prague.

The larger Vyšehrad beer garden overlooks the large Nuselsky Bridge. The impressive bridge with a sad past was built in the 70s and acts like a highway while the subway runs inside it. This unique view of Prague is a great backdrop for the beer garden that only has a few options to nibble but offers the wonderful chill Czech pub environment.

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