A True Czech Experience: The Pub

Nightlife, What's New — By Jacy Meyer on October 29, 2010 at 3:46 am

A recent survey found that three-quarters of Czechs consider the pub the center of social life. Despite being a country filled with music, architecture and theater (all things Czechs regularly indulge in) when it comes time to relax with friends, the pub is the place to go.

Not surprisingly, men are the ones hanging out in pubs the most, with 40% of those surveyed saying they regularly visit them. Less than 30% of men claimed to visit restaurants regularly. And what do they discuss? Politics and sports mostly, with culture coming in third.

A full 97% of respondents said the main reason they go there is to socialize and chat with friends. Seems the pub also has therapeutic effects, as 90% said they go there to improve their moods. Our guess is the beer assists the atmosphere with mood boosting.

And speaking of beer, even though the younger generation (under 30) isn’t consuming the golden beverage in the quantity their parents did, breweries need not worry about having leftover kegs. The survey found that at the pub 90% of men and 50% of women drink beer. This could also have something to do with the fact that other beverages on offer at most pubs isn’t of the best quality. However, overall, annual per capita consumption of beer in the Czech Republic is 160 liters. A “large” beer in a typical Czech pub is half a liter.

Where to go to experience the Czech pub experience? Just about anywhere! Pubs outside the tourist areas of Prague 1 will be more authentic (and cheaper.) In the center though, fun places for a couple drinks include U Medviku, Pivovarsky dum, U Zlateho Tygra and U Pinkasu.

Photos courtesy of U Medviku and achichi

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