Alive with blooming trees and fresh greenery, spring in Prague also signals the beginning of the outdoor drinking season. Drinking outdoors is one of the finer things in life; be it in a beer garden, a street side terrace, or on a picnic, as long as it’s in the sun with a cold mug of beer, it’s the best part of your day.
While we recognize there are many more wonderful places to drink outdoors, these are our favorite 10. They’re organized in no particular order, and each place has better than average beer options.
Arguably one of the best views of Prague, but also arguably some of the least fresh Gambrinus. So, instead of sufficing with bad draft beer and a long queue, we recommend bringing your blanket and stocking up on some tasty stuff from Base Camp, which is about 10 minutes away.
This microbrew pub has our favorite, and we think the freshest, light lager on tap. They also have a pleasant little outdoor courtyard and a nice menu of grandma inspired Czech cuisine (like chicken heart goulash).
There is a reason why their beer is all the rage in Prague, and since it’s just on the outskirts of Prague and has a outdoor area of picnic tables right at the brewery, a venture here is more than worthwhile. Check out our review of Únětický Pivovar for info how to get there.
This centrally located pub’s garden fills up quickly, and in all honesty is not the greenest or most natural of places, but few pubs with such a fantastic selection have any sort of outdoor seating. Reservations highly recommended.
For those who appreciate the simple things in life, check out this Vinohrady pub that specializes in tasty Czech style hot dogs. The cuisine is simple, and the beer menu doesn’t have the stellar breweries like Matuška, but their green backyard garden is a very enjoyable place for a few beers.
Always busy and one of Prague’s up-and-coming breweries, they have a huge outdoor garden area, including a play ground for kids. The cuisine is good, and beer great; we love their 11° light lager, and find it to be one of the best Czech lagers today. Their H-ale is pretty tasty too.
One of Prague’s most beautiful residential neighborhoods, the square at Jiřího z Poděbrad becomes alive with an authentic and eventful farmer’s market every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. One stall sells beer on tap from Bakalář, and we particularly like Bakalář’s ‘Za studena chmelený ležák’, a nicely hopped lager. It compliments many of the foods you can have for lunch here, like quiche, fresh pasta, burgers, or Vietnamese from Tuan Lan, Prague’s premier pho maker, located just across the street. A great place to spend a lazy sunny afternoon drinking and experiencing local farmer’s market culture.
Along the river under Rašínovo Nábřeží and the Palackého bridge, is Náplavka, an area which is home to lively and bustling farmer’s market on Saturdays, and a few seasonal pubs and cafes the rest of the time. This long stretch, which includes a bike path, can become quite lively; if you’re lucky, some bars can morph into a lively dance scene with live djs. Bajkazyl, a bar/bike shop, offers bike repairs and services, and serves Bakalář on tap. A fun place for a stroll and a few beers on the banks of the Vltava.
Located inside Strahov Monastery in Hradčany, Klášterní Pivovar Strahov is an old monastic brewery which makes some amazing ales and of course a fine lager. Their outdoor area is beautiful and large, but still fills up quickly. They have a few places for standers, downing a quick mug or two, and even an outdoor tap system for quick service. Their IPA is awesome, special beers always an interesting try, and the food good too.
At the foot of the Charles bridge in Malá Strana is Locál, renowned for their amazing Pilsner Urquell. They do have a small table or two outside, but they’re often full. In that case…we found it perfectly sufficient, and in some way charming, to stand outside in the sun and have a refreshing quick mug before carrying on for the rest of the day. After all, most people to spend most of the day sitting….so why not combat that with a nice fresh Pilsen in the sun while admiring the cobblestoned streets of Malá Strana?