Located in the eternally grimy and edgy but charming neighborhood of Vršovice, Cafe V Lese is a lively cultural beacon for the young, Czech, and expat alternative crowd.
This Krymská street cafe has one tap always occupied by Regent 11°, and their second rotating tap offers beer from small breweries like Kout na Šumavě. With an ensemble of miss-matched brightly colored retro chairs and kitschy animal figurines mixed into a forrest theme, the atmosphere here is something like that of being in friend’s tree house, who has good music and beer tastes.
With a simple menu of Czech pub snacks like nakládaný hermelín and utopenec, they also have a variety of wines, liquors, teas, and coffees. This is a non-smoking bar with efficient and friendly service.
Downstairs, they have a large unfinished basement, which hosts concerts, theatre and art events, as well as djs. Also, there is a back room which is a space for local and activist events. Actively pursuing a role in the Vršovice community, they often host events in cooperation with other neighborhood cafes and artsy shops. V Lese, along with other bars and art studios lining Krymská street make this one of the best alternative neighborhoods to venture for a night. Take tram 22 and 4 to stop Krymská, and Krymská street runs parallel to Francouzská street.
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