Outdoor drinking is the thing to do in Prague when the weather turns nice. However, it’s often hard to find something other than the thirst quenching Pilsner or Gambrinus. With 2 beers from Zemský Pivovar on tap, Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden is one of the only outdoor drinking spaces that serves a microbrew.
[Note: This place closed and reopened (temporarily?) under another ownership, since we wrote this review]
Zemský Pivovar makes a refreshing light lager and some excellent ales. We’re fans of their very unique India Brown Ale, and also find the Colorado especially enjoyable. The Zemský stand should open at 17, but it seems their opening hours are rather unpredictable.
One of Prague’s most popular outdoor places for drinking beer and watching sports, when the weather turns nice Riegrovy Sady’s Beer Garden becomes packed with thirsty drinkers of all shapes and sizes; Czech, tourist, and expat alike.
With a large projector screen, 8 different kinds of beer on tap, cocktails, wine, grilled food, and enough space for over 1000 visitors, it’s hard to not be happy here.
There are 3 small huts serving each a different kind of beer: one has on tap Gambrinus 10°, and malinovka (a non-alcoholic raspberry soda), another serves Kozel 11°, another serves Pilsner Urquell, and when open, the stand closest to the stage serves Zemský.
Beer drinkers have the unusual luxury of drinking from a normal beer glass, instead of a plastic cup. For hungry visitors, they have grilled chicken breast and pork neck, nakládaný hermelín (marinated cheese) and of course the usual grilled klobasa. Beers are affordably priced, and unfortunately the line for a beer or food becomes frustratingly long, but it’s worth the wait.
There are a number of other interesting things to do in Riegrovy Sady as well. Sunbathing and doing some sport are all common activities for those looking for some greenery. Besides the great view of Prague Castle, there are 3 other restaurants, and a playground. Across from the main entrance to the beer garden is a small restaurant, Park Cafe, run by the same folks, and with a more diverse menu.
Centrally located within the charming neighborhood of Vinohrady, Riegrovy Sady’s Beer Garden can be reached by any transport that connects to Náměstí Míru or Jiřího z Poděbrad, which are both a short walk away. Bus 135 stops at Na Smetance, which is very close to the main entrance of the park, and tram 11 stops at Italská, which is also close. Riegrovy Sady’s Beer Garden is opened from April to October.
|Kozel Světlý Ležák||11°||Kozel||Lager|
|Pilsner Urquell||12°||Pilsner Urquell||Lager|
|Rieger Beer||12°||Zemský Pivovar||Lager|
|Zemský India Brown Ale||16°||Zemský Pivovar||Ale|
|Zemský Polotmavý Ležák||12°||Zemský Pivovar||Lager|