On a quiet, lesser known street on the border of Vinohrady and Vršovice, a charming neighborhood pub serves fresh beer from Ferdinand to thirsty locals.
Pivnice Ferdinand has five taps, serving beers from Benešov’s Ferdinand brewery. One tap rotates, pouring Czech microbrewery beer from breweries such as Matuška, Antoš, or Radniční Pivovar Jihlava.
One of the few Ferdinand pubs in Prague, their tap list includes a 10° light lager, an 11° light lager, an 11° dark lager, and 13° special amber lager, Sedm Kuli. At the time of our visit, they had Matuška’s dark lager Černa Raketa on tap.
The interior is simple, homey, and pleasant. This is a clean cut, smoke free pub that keeps the mugs coming for a good price. One room, holding about 10 large tables and an entry way for standing, they also have a fridge selling bottled Ferdinand and bargain priced Matuška to go. The Matuška bottles start at 90 czk, which anyone who’s familiar with Matuška beer knows this is a heck of a price. Snacks are typical pub classics, like utopenec (pickled sausage), nakládaný hermelín (pickled Camembert cheese), and bread with olomoucké syrečky (a Czech cheese from around Olomouc) and škvarky (salted lard).
Service is of the professional level that turns a pub into a second home for locals and why tapping a beer is a legendary art form here. Guests are of all ages, and the prices are a bargain. The taps are well kept, the mugs served in the authentic Czech fashion, and all the good simple comforts of pub easily met.
The closest tram stop, Ruská, is about a 10 minute walk from the pub. Bus 135 stops just a block below at Slovinská.
|Ferdinand Sedm kulí||13°||Ferdinand||Lager|
|Ferdinand Světlý Ležák 11°||11°||Ferdinand||Lager|
|Ferdinand Světlý Ležák 12°||12°||Ferdinand||Lager|
|Ferdinand Tmavý Ležák||11°||Ferdinand||Lager|
|Matuška Zlatá Raketa||17°||Matuška||Ale|