The Czech Republic in general and also Prague itself is very famous for its high quality beer. There are giant beer brands like Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen and Budweiser Budvar, but there are also less known ones like local microbreweries Pivovar Národní or Loď Pivovar.
If you want to enjoy the best beer like a local and also with the locals, you are welcome to check out our list of breweries in Prague where we show you historical breweries, famous breweries, and also the ones lesser known. But the one thing they all share in common is the well refined beer making process with the end produce of excellent draft beer. If you’re looking to take a brewery tour while you’re visiting us in Prague, then check out this walking beer tasting tour or a day brewery tour outside of Prague where you can enjoy a scenic ride along with visits to several famous breweries.
This beautiful old pub is dating to 1499. U Fleků brewery and restaurant is known for its fascinating history as well as for very good beer and local folkloric music. The beer has been produced at U Fleků for more than 500 year. Yes, it all sounds great and due to that reason this brewery is extremely busy and it is definitely recommended to make a reservation. Even though there are eight beer halls and also a beer garden it can still easily fill up with large family gathers and tourist groups, so places are limited. U Fleků brewery prepares fresh beer every week. The famous Flekovský ležák 13° is a strong, heavy dark lager with a very nice, smooth taste. We recommend complementing it with a delicious traditional Czech meal which are served here. If you come during the day, you can also visit their own beer museum or enjoy a brewery tour and buy some of their commemorative beer souvenirs.
Contact: Křemencova 11, 110 00 Nové Město, Praha 1 https://en.ufleku.cz/
In Czech it is called Klašterní Pivovar Strahov, and you guessed it – it is located in a former monastery located just a few minutes walk from the Prague castle. This beautiful historical brewery is also a restaurant with a courtyard beer garden. The service and meals here are also top-notch which is reflected in the price, although it is well worth it for the quality and atmosphere.
This historical microbrewery is definitely one of the best ones in Prague and it is also considering an incredible experience for any visitors to Prague. The beers produces here nowadays follow a modern trend more than traditional Czech lager recipies. The style of beers goes more towards the German types of wheat beers, IPA beers and also variety of rich dark beers. Considering that monks were some of the world’s earliest and best beer brewers, you will definitely not make a bad choice by visiting this Monastery brewery above the Prague Castle.
Contact: Strahovské nádvoří 301, 118 00 Praha 1 https://www.klasterni-pivovar.cz/
The second largest brewery within the Czech Republic is found in Prague 5’s neighborhood of Smíchov, just on the banks of the Vltava River. Originally established in 1869, this traditional brewery totes itself as the brewery of the people. It’s neighborhood was once the industrial center of the city and there is still evidence from the many large factory buildings that surround it.The brewery has owns and operates a chain of Staropramen restaurants found throughout the country, under the name of Potrefená Husa. The one located at the brewery itself is Potrefená Husa Na Verandách (The Wounded Goose on the Porch).
If you are looking to have a more authentic experience with less crowds than you might find in the Strahov or U Fleků breweries, then head on over the Staropramen Brewery and see the beer production happening on a large scale with a tour of the brewery, followed by some crisp, cold brews in their exquisite restaurant among a local crowd. If you visit, be sure to try the Nefiltrovaný, one of their specialty beers, which is non-filtered and therefore richer and more full-bodied in taste and texture.
Contact: Nádražní 43/84, 150 00 Praha 5 https://pivovary-staropramen.cz/en
Brewery Pivovarský Dům is popular with tourists and non-traditional local beer drinkers. It is a brewery and restaurant producing not only an excellent classic Czech lager, but also modern beers with some extremely distinct and unique flavors. You can sample from the variety of craft beers with tastes such as coffee, sour cherry, blueberry, nettle or banana flavors. And there is a Russian Imperial Stout which is a must try if you love the combination of coffee and chocolate. You can also find a specialty beer called “Šamp” – the beer champagne, which even non-drinks tend to fall in love with.
Pivovarský Dům also offers more traditional flavored beers such as signature beer the Štěpán (Stephen) beer which comes in both a classic pale Czech lager and a classic dark Czech lager, both of which are unfiltered and unpasteurized.
The food is also another draw for the brewery. If you are there to try some beer, then you should definitely order the ‘Beer Soup’ and ‘Brewer’s goulash with dumplings’ which are the perfect combination for a beer tasting. There is also a whole section of the menu devoted to ‘Little Things That Go Well With Beer’ such as marinated sausages, beer cheese spread, fried bread with garlic and a cheese spread with garlic.
Contact: Ječná 15, 120 44 Nové Město, Praha 1 https://www.pivovarskydum.com/en/home
Novoměstský Pivovar or New Town Brewery is located in the heart of Prague just around the corner from the most famous square in the Czech Republic, Wenceslas Square in the New Town of Prague. Opening in 1993 after the fall of the communist regime, this brewery was the first to open in the 20th century in Prague. The experience there is both what you would hope when dining at a brewery, as well as one which you couldn’t have imagined.
Upon entering, the emblematic copper tanks full of crisp, golden liquid are in plain sight, causing your mouth to start watering immediately. While this has become quite common among smaller microbreweries now, what will surprise you is that while the brewery doesn’t look exceptional large from the street, once you enter you’ll find yourself in a maze of rooms, hallways and alcoves, which allow for a more intimate setting than some of the larger breweries.
The brewery tour is highly recommended as visitors learn the details of the beer making process and even learn the secrets to the recipe. What sets Novoměstský Pivovar apart from other breweries is that it is the only microbrewery in Prague which uses Pivovice, or distilled beer spirits, from its own beer. A brewery tour will allow you to sample some of this Pivovice.
Contact: Vodickova 20, New Town, Praha 1, www.npivovar.cz/en
U Fleků Pub and Brewery
Strahov Monastery Brewery (Klašterní Pivovar Strahov)
Staropramen Pivovar (Potrefená Husa Na Verandách restaurant)
Pivovarský Dům Brewery House
Novoměstský Pivovar (New Town Brewery)
Pivovar Národní (National Brewery)
Loď Pivovar on the Boat
U Medvídků (By the Bear Pivovar, Hotel and Restaurant)
Sousedský Pivovar Bašta (Neighborhood Brewery Bastion)
One of the newer microbreweries in the center of Prague is called in Czech Pivovar Národní, or the National Brewery as it is located just steps from the National Theater. Pivovar Národní opened in 2015 in the Voršilský Monastery which dates back to the 17th Century. This brewery sets itself apart from other breweries in town and throughout the Czech Republic in its fearless attitude in regards to experimenting with new beers and new flavors.
While always offering its signature Czech Lion in both filtered and unfiltered forms, and a semi-dark lager, there is also some special and mysterious waiting on tap for all beer drinkers to enjoy. In the past they have crafted delicious brews such as the Golden Rooster, the Crazy Mustang, the Wild Tiger IPA, the Fatty Rabbit APA, the Lionfish, and the Frog Prince. They seem to thoroughly enjoy scripting creative new names to their beers as they do to crafting the drink itself and what is more fun than drinking a ‘Fatty Rabbit APA’?
Contact: Národní 8, 110 00 Nové Město, Praha 1, https://www.pivovarnarodni.cz/
Why not experience beer from somewhere other than dry land? Come aboard the Boat Brewery on River Vltava in the center of Prague. There are three mouth-pleasing pilsners beer on draft permanently and wide selection of special beers chosen according the season. If you want to enjoy fascinating beers with a fascinating view, come to the Loď Pivovar. From any of the ships 3 decks, visitors and beer lovers can sip away at their favorite brew while enjoying looking out on the Vltava River, across the way towards Letna Park or upstream to have a magnificent view of the Prague Castle. If you look towards shore, you’ll be able to take in the architectural wonders of Prague’s houses and buildings which line the riverfront.
The history of the Lod Pivovar dates back to the early 1960’s when it was christened the Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany as the flagship of the Potsdam White fleet. It operated between 1962 and 1998 It was later renovated and sold, becoming part of another fleet of ships, under the name Adler Queen. Between 1998 and 2004 the fleet offered transportation on the Oder River between Germany and Poland. Following that stint, the beautiful boat was renamed again to the Classic Queen and served from 2004 – 2015 as an entertainment ship around the Hamburg area. was reconstructed in 2016 and made into to a unique project microbrewery and boat restaurant. It was finally bought by a Czech businessman in 2015 who performed another full renovation to the ship and set it down in Prague to act as a restaurant and pivovar.
Contact: Štefánikův most Dvořákovo nábřeží Kotviště číslo 19, 110 00 Praha 1 https://www.lodpivovar.cz/
U Medvídků, which translates to ‘By the Bear’ is found in the epicenter of Prague as it is equal walking distance to the Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square. The whole facility is beer themed. At the entrance the hotel reception is framed with the characteristic copper pipes found in breweries. It is the only hotel which also has a brewery, due to the fact that it was a 15th Century house and former medieval brewery, later converted into a hotel with 45 uniquely decorated rooms. If you really love beer, then considering staying a few nights here and enjoy fresh beer from the tap which is found in your hotel room!
By the Bear also claims to have the STRONGEST BEER IN THE WORLD, although it is closer to the strongest beer made in the Czech Republic in terms of the ABV (alcohol by volume) indicator. This XBEER is 33° which is a local Czech way of measuring the alcohol levels in beer. (most lagers are between 10 and 12°).
Contact: Na Perštýně 345/5, 100 01 Staré Město, Praha 1 https://hotelumedvidku.cz/en/
“The Neighborhood brewery Bašta” is one of the most authentic local microbreweries recommended by Restaurant Guru in 2019. This authentic place is located in the laid-back neighborhood of Nusle frequented mostly by Czechs. It is right next to the Restaurant U Bansethů, its sister place. Since its opening in 2007 this brewery has developed a cult-like following as it receives permanent visitors who sometimes do not mind travelling dozens of kilometres to get there. The beers produced there can not be tasted anywhere else. We definitely recommend sampling the beer alongside its famous duck dish. The food is really good (nothing fancy, just simply good) and the beers has won various awards since its founding. If you or you friends are really not that into beer, there is also some exceptional cider available and all of it can be enjoyed at their beer garden which is available during the summer.
Contact: Táborská 49, 140 00 Nusle, Praha 4 https://www.ubansethu.cz/pivovar/
Located in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Prague, Vinohradský Pivovar – named for its neighborhood of Vinohrady – was only founded in 2014, making it one of the youngest breweries in Prague which is as popular and well-known as some of the some of the oldest breweries. Its interior is a cool, modern vision of the more traditional pivovars found in the Czech Republic. Unlike the darker wooden walls and floor boards, Vinohradský Pivovar is a bright white with lighter colored wooden frames and floors. There are large windows letting in lots of light and huge interior windows which allow the patrons to take a peak at the enormous steel barrels that are constantly brewing the delicious amber liquid that they are all sipping on.
Vinohradský Pivovar brews the typical Czech pilsners and unfiltered lagers but they also experiment and have some fresh batches to taste whenever you visit. They offer many IPAs and APA, which is unique from many of the other breweries on this list. The IPA 14, which is a amber-colored top-fermented special beer at 5.9%. The Imperial IPA 19 is a stronger top-fermented light beer, acquiring its unique color, taste and potency (7.9%) by using the twice the amount of malt and hops that most of its other beers. There is also an Ahtanum IPA with citrus notes and floral aromas (6%). The LIberator APA is much lighter at only 4.5%, named for the American bomber Consolidated B-24 Liberator, it is considered a light summer beer.
Korunní 2506/106, 101 00 Vinohrady, Praha 2, http://www.vinohradskypivovar.cz/
Don’t forget to check out some of our brewery and beer tasting tours which are offered both within Prague as well as the surrounding countryside. If you are into a walking beer tour, check out our most popular one here. Or if you prefer to get out of Prague for the day and see the incredible landscapes, small villages and breath in some fresh country air, check out these tours.
Important Information: Prague is located in the Schengen Zone, which is a free-travel zone within the European Union. It includes 26 countries in total. Depending on where you are coming from, you might need to secure a visa for the Schengen Zone before visiting the Czech Republic. Please be sure to consider this fact before making plans to visit Prague so that you do not experience any problems upon arrival. Also be be aware that the Czech Republic uses the Czech Korona (czk) rather than the euro since we are not in the eurozone. We look forward to your visit!