With spring the beer garden season is back

Spring, Sun & fun ... oh yeah, the beer garden season is back

The consumption of beer in Prague is a regular feature. However, up until spring and summer time this is a Czech institution that is often carried out indoors. With the return of the sun brings the return of one of Prague’s greatest allures, the beer gardens. Littered throughout the city are numerous locations with which to indulge in the Czech Republic’s greatest commodity, the humble beer.

It is part of the Czech lifestyle to drink a beer at lunch, dinner, in the evening and, on some occasions, during the morning but to bask in the sun’s rays and do so brings a whole new level of enjoyment. For those visiting Prague and for those who live here you are inundated with options on where to savour god’s nectar.

The most famous of these is Letna beer garden. Situated in Letna Park running along the Vltava River it overlooks Stare Mesto and has arguably the best view of all the beer gardens in Prague. This garden is full of picnic tables with stunning views, surrounded by trees, and filled with beer hungry locals and tourists which contribute to a great atmosphere. On tap here is only Gambrinus, however wines and some spirits are available, but this is only a small issue when you take into account the magnificence of the area in which you are sipping on your pint. If you fancy a bite to eat then there is a sausage stand and during the summer a kebab stand is open for those who wish.

Another popular spot for a swift one or two is Riegrovy Sady. This wonderful garden is a great place for people to enjoy a beer while checking out some sport on the huge projector screen. There is more choice of beer at Riegrovy Sady, with three beers, wines, cocktails, grilled food and enough seating for around 1000 people. This beer garden boasts a wonderful view of Prague’s rooftops and the location allows those there to watch the sun set over the city skyline. For such a large venue it fills up remarkably quick, particularly when a major sporting event is on. The option of Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus and Kozel means choice is aplenty.

Another showcase of the love of beer in this country is Pivovar Narodni. There are few other places on earth that have a beer oasis right next to a National Theatre. This new microbrewery follows a trend in this country which has seen a big rise in the number of such establishments. On tap are three of their Czech Lion beers, 11° unfiltered and filtered pale lager, and a 13° amber lager. What separates Pivovar Narodni from other beer gardens is the vast array of food on offer. The delightful options include entrecote, duck breast and various mixed grill choices. There is also an indoor area with smoking and non-smoking sections while if you make your way through the indoor section you are welcomed with a huge umbrella filled garden, all of which include warm and welcoming staff.

If you’re in search of a more relaxed, less touristy beer garden then Zizkov beer garden is the perfect choice. This quiet spot offers more than just beer, with a playground for kids, and plenty of space to partake in some sporting activities. Zizkov has picnic tables, umbrellas and plenty of classic Czech meals to line your stomach with as you enjoy Staropramen, Světlý Ležák 10°, 11° Granát, Tmavé 11° and Cool Lemon. This garden cannot compete with the likes of Letna and Riegrovy in terms of landscape but it fits the bill of being a nice green space to drink a cold one.

For a truly picturesque beer garden then Kristian Marco is without doubt the place to be. Set on the riverbank just below New Town, this is a garden where you can really bask in the sun and the beauty of Prague in the summer. Something Kristian Marco has which few others don’t is music. It is very common to hear a variety of musicians strumming away on their instruments which only adds to the charm of this spot. There are few better things to do than drink a cold beer in the sun with the Charles Bridge only a stone throw away. Food is available, with everything from small starters to main courses to delicate desserts. If you decide to stay long enough, or arrive later, then the sun setting over the horizon is an opportunity worth taking.

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