Pub Review

Ale! Bar A Paradise of Top Fermented Craft Beers in Smíchov

As ales have taken the Czech craft beer scene by storm and the usual Prague drinker has become accustomed to more than the proverbial lager on tap, it’s finally time that a bar dedicates its taps to those beers where the magic happens above; top fermented beers.

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Ale Bar has 8 rotating taps, pouring Czech craft beers from the country’s leading microbreweries. Their taps change fast, as thirsty locals and beer nerds stop by and down a few pints.

What we love about Ale Bar is that on any visit, any given day, there’s always something new and exciting on tap. Run by beer aficionados, these guys get the best microbrews to fill their taps. Their tap system is top of the line and well cared for, and the beers are served fresh and in excellent shape.

You’ll find stouts, English style ales, gruit, wheat ales, wheat beers, dunkelweizens, saisons, plus the best Czech craft IPAs out there. Sometimes they host brewer’s talks and special beer events, like their Berlin Craft Beer Night or tap takeover with Dogma, a Serbian craft brewer.

More often than not, there is a lager on tap at Ale Bar, as the gents who run this fine establishment understand the need for a crisp, easy drinking light beer that keeps conversations going and hangovers at bay.

Smíchov until recently has been left out of all the exciting eateries and drinking establishments that are popping up in abundance across the city. Ale Bar is a welcome addition to an otherwise Staropramen soaked hood.

With the trendy lightbulbs, bare concrete, and a wall painting illustrating the brewing process, Ale! Bar has a cool contemporary vibe that’s still unique for a Prague multi-tap pub. It’s a small pub, with just two rooms, so tables fill up fast. Prices are on the lower end of what’s normal for craft beers in Prague’s center.

Service is top class at Ale Bar. The owners and staff are die-hard beer fans and know their stuff, so don’t hesitate to ask for a recommendation or for some more info about what you’re drinking. If you’re hungry, they have a small snack menu of pickled camembert cheese (nakládaný hermelín) plus chips and peanuts.

Located not far from the Vltava in the area between Smíchov and Malá Strana, Ale! Bar is very well connected to many trams. The closest tram stop is Švandovo Divadlo (where the 7, 9,12, 15 and 20 run) and Újezd tram stop is only a 5 minute walk away (trams 7, 11, 12, 14, 15, 20, 22, and 23 run there). The closest metro station, Anděl, is about a 10 minute walk.

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Beers on Tap

Beer name Strength Brewery Style
Multi-tap bar/Rotating taps N/A N/A
These are some of the different beers that Ale! Bar had on tap on our visit.

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