Pub Review

Illegal Beer Bar A Prohibition Style Pub with a Fantastic Czech Beer Selection

Tucked away on a darker street in Prague 1, Illegal Beer Bar manages to capture the allure of drinking during the days of prohibition Czech style.

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6 taps rotate a top selection of Czech beers from breweries such as Clock, Poutník, Prager Laffe, and Matuška. Focused on keeping a diverse selection on tap, beers change regularly. Their house beer, Pivovar Poutník’s 12° light lager, is a pleasant surprise and a lovely example of a well made, supremely drinkable Czech lager.

Two rooms, sparsely decorated with simple black and white striped tables make Illegal bar one of the tiniest Prague pubs to have a reputable beer selection. Dusty but beautiful old tiles line the floor, and bright lights hang centered over each table. One can imagine cigarette smoke curling up from each patron pouring over their beer, but thankfully this is a non-smoking pub.

Friendly and enthusiastic, the staff knows their beer and are happy to make recommendations. These folks are surely more service oriented than your average bar owner. Prices are in line with the going rate of Czech craft beer today.

Illegal bar is located on the rather seedy and grimy street of Ve Smečkách, which is home to late night cabarets and people of questionable occupations. Regardless of the look, Prague is a safe city and a visit to Illegal Bar is not risky business. Ve Smečkách street is perpendicular to Václavské Náměstí and the closest metro stop is Museum.

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Beers on Tap

Beer name Strength Brewery Style
Poutník Premium Lager 12° Pivovar Poutník Lager
Prager Laffe Blondie 13° Prager Laffe Ale
Břevnovský Klášterní IPA 15° Břevnovský Klašter Ale
Matuška IPA Raptor 15° Matuška Ale
Falkon Single Hop IPA Waimea 14° Falkon Ale
Clock No Idols! E.S.B. 14° Clock Ale
These are some of the different beers that Illegal Beer Bar had on tap on our visit.

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