Pub Review

Arepas de Lyna The Delights of Venezuelan Cuisine and Czech Beer

Good fresh Czech lagers are endlessly refreshing and versatile in their ability to compliment any cuisine; so the pairing of Únětické and arepas, native to the hot and humid climate of Venezuela, are a perfect fit.

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A small bistro with a large street view picture window opening to the bustling Vinohrady artery of Korunni, Arepas de Lyna serves homemade specialities from Venezuela in a cozy one room restaurant that manages to make you feel like you’re dining in the kitchen of a beloved (and badass) aunt who also has taps pouring Únětické.

Two beers are on tap at Arepas de Lyna, Únětické 10 and 12 pale lagers. Nicely chilled, both pale lagers taste impeccably fresh and are served with the dignity they deserve. For non-alcoholic drinks, there’s a changing menu of homemade lemonades, and of course a decent rum list. If lagers aren’t up your alley, they also make warm weather inspired cocktails.

A corn flour tortilla or cake, Lyn’s arepas are stuffed with either their creamy chicken salad and veggies (Lyna Pepiada), a mix of shredded beef, beans, and veggies (Con Todo), or a completely vegetarian version. Our favorite was the chicken salad, Lyna Pepiada. They also make crispy empanadas, stuffed either with shredded Venezuelan style beef, beans and cheese, or just cheese. The fried plantain chips, a mix of sweet and salty, are perfect to nibble on throughout a cold fresh lager.

Service is fast and friendly, and clearly there’s a devout local following of friends who stop by for a quick fresh pint or snack. Expect to meet the owner and her lovely little dog, as she’s either chatting with customers, dancing, or making her amazing arepas. If you’re lucky, they sometimes host Latin style live music, which is a real treat.

Reservations are a good idea, since this is small place and very popular. In nice weather, they have a few street side tables too. They’re opening hours change, so check their Facebook page for updates. Arepas de Lyna is located on Korunni smack dab between the tram stops Vinohradská Vodárna and Perunova where the 10 and 16 run. The metro station Jiřího z Poděbrad (the green or A line) is just a 5 minute walk away too.

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Beers on Tap

Beer name Strength Brewery Style
Únětické Pivo 10° 10° Únětický pivovar Lager
Únětické Pivo 12° 12° Únětický pivovar Lager
These are some of the different beers that Arepas de Lyna had on tap on our visit.

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