This oasis of greenery right in the centre of the city certainly has an authentic atmosphere to offer, underpinned by ‘Pilsner’ pubs and restaurants. Here are some that are definitely worth a try.
Original Pilsner lager and traditional cuisine
The Lesser Town will take anyone walking down its streets back to the past. Time has stopped in the local pubs, making it easy to forget your daily hustle and bustle – for example, at Lokál u Bílé Kuželky over homemade chicken broth, headcheese and fresh Pilsner beer. They pour it in several styles there – Crème, Milk or Slice. The Malostranská beseda pub is another place well-known for traditional Czech dishes and good beer, served in a cosy environment.
A view of the Lesser Town’s sights
If you want to be in the thick of things in the Lesser Town, then U Glaubiců is the place where nothing will slip your attention. This street café and restaurant offers seating below the arcades of the Lesser Town (Malostranske) Square, near St. Nicolas’ Church and the Royal Way, and offers Pilsner beer accompanied by mostly Czech cuisine. Those seeking a tranquil and poetic atmosphere will find it at Sovovy mlýny (Sova’s Mills) on Kampa Island. Its terrace is open all year round and will treat you to an amazing view of Charles Bridge.
Popular beer from the tank
Looking for a tank-beer pub? The Lesser Town has a couple of them. They feature a large ‘cisterna’ or tank from which beer is tapped directly into the consumer’s glass. Its taste is supposed to be the closest to lager matured in the wooden barrels of a brewery’s cellar. The Švejk Restaurant, the old-Bohemian style Malostranská pivnice and Vojanův dvůr are among the local tank pubs, as well as some of the previously mentioned traditional premises, and a number of other places to be found in the Pilsner Urquell Navigator for ‘Pilsner’ pubs available at www.pilsner-urquell.cz.
A TIP: Have a Pilsner ‘na stojáka’
In the Lesser Town, everybody should visit the U Hrocha pub at least once. This vibrant Czech pub is an ideal place for those who fancy excellent bitter beer with a thick creamy head of foam and a good chat at the same time, as consumers enjoy their Pilsner ‘na stojáka’ or standing below the Gothic vaults of the bar. People leave and come in quick turn, joining in a conversation with other guests from different parts of the world.