It’s summer and summer means beach, beer and barbecues. We can’t help much with the former, but below are some suggestions to enjoy the last two from the chilled out to the upmarket.
A beer garden is open to interpretation. Some people might argue that all you need is your favorite tipple, a park bench and – voila – you have a beer garden. We hope these places are a little more salubrious, if only a little.
When most people think beer gardens in Prague, the first place many think of is the beer garden in front of the Letenský zameček restaurace. Set amongst the trees with all of the city spread below, it is a perfect place to unwind on a summer evening, especially after in-line skating or Frisbee in the park. If you’re lucky, there may even be people playing music. Dogs are definitely welcome.
Getting there: Take a tram to Letenské náměstí and go down Ovenecká Street to the Technical Museum. Go around this building where you’ll find Letná park on the other side. The beer garden is a little further in.
Riegrovy sady (see top image)
This large and well-known beer garden is found just behind the Sokol complex in Prague 2. Long tables make this the perfect place to bring or make friends. A large screen TV televises sport or if you’re in an active mood, there are 3 table-football tables. Feeling peckish? Grab a sausage or chicken steak from the grill. Dogs are welcome, though a sign says they should be on a lead.
Beer: Gambrinus, Pilsner
Getting there: Take a tram to stop Vinsohradská tržnice. Take Budečská Street to the park and follow the path leading behind the Sokol building.
This small low key is found at one end of the Parukářka Complex in Žižkov. Despite the size, it draws a mix of people from punks to pensioners, plus plenty of pooches. A small wooden shack provides some indoor seating where there is also a table-football table.
Beer: Pilsner and Gambrinus
Getting there: Take a tram to Olšanské náměsti, go a little up Prokopova Street then turn right into the park and head up.
Nestled in the surroundings of Divoká Šarka, this is the place to go if you want to escape the city but don’t want to travel too far. The area of Divoká Šarka provides a lot of opportunities for walking and even swimming. Once you’ve worked up an appetite you can drop in here.
Getting There: Take a tram or bus to stop Divoká Šarka then follow the main path for about 15 minutes into the park.
Hospoda na Hradbach
Within the confines of this historical landmark is this very laidback beer garden. The layout is such that it gives people space rather than crowding the drinkers in. The range of food is better than your average grill with vegetarians as well as meat-eaters are catered for. Dogs are pretty much regulars.
Beer: Gambrinus and Pilsner
Getting There: Take the metro to Vyšehrad and follow the signs to the Vyšehrad castle complex. It’s to the right and a little up from Leopold’s gate, which is the second gate.
Despite the proximity to two large roads, this beer garden, located in front of the cultural center Kaštan is remarkably quiet. The grill also offers a wide range of foods from sausages to full meals.
Beer: Krušovice and Pilsner
Getting There: Take a tram to U Kaštanu. The pub is a few meters up the street from here.
Also located within one of the city’s parks, this pub attracts a diverse crowd, including quite a few after work drinkers. Since it is connected to the Klamovka restaurant there is a large selection of food on offer. Drinks can be ordered from the stand.
Beer: Staropramen and associated brews
Getting There: Take a tram to stop Klamovka and walk up into the park bearing left.
Any restaurant with outdoor seating may lay claim to being a garden restaurant. We tried to recommend a few places which offered pleasant surroundings and not a few tables crammed on the sidewalk.
Tucked away in a courtyard within Prague’s historical district means this place draws quite a large tourist crowd. However at 31.90 CZK for a beer you can’t complain. There is a large range of food and it is conveniently located. It’s a good place to take Mum and Dad when they’re in town for the summer. Beware the waiters and double check your bill.
Beer: Pilsner and Kozel Black
Getting There: Take the metro or tram to Malostranská station then it’s a short walk up Cihelná Street.
If you’re in the mood for some tex-mex instead of sausages while enjoying the outdoors, this restaurant in Prague 2 could be the place you’re after. The courtyard in the back offers ample seating and besides beers they also offer cocktails. There is a happy hour with 15% off until 5pm.
Beer: Pilsner and Kozel
Getting There: Take the metro or tram to I.P. Pavlova and walk up Jugoslávská past Londýnská Street. Alternatively, you can come from Náměstí Míru.
Up on Petřín hill with a look across the city is your summer dining experience when romance and intimacy are the order of the day. You can take a table for two on the terrace or dine inside.
Beer: You´ll probably want to be having wine. But if you insist, they have Pilsner.
Getting There: Take the funicular one stop up Petřín Hill.
This short list offers a few suggestions – share you favorite outdoor drinking establishment with us!