“Pivo, Prosim”: Czech for “Beer, Please”

Nightlife, Things to Do — By Jacy Meyer on May 16, 2011 at 4:49 am

Quick Czech lesson: “Pivo, prosim” means “a beer please.” We are a bit beer-centric this month, what with the sunny weather and the Czech Beer Festival happening. If spring showers catch you off guard, change your sightseeing venue to an indoor cutltural experience: pubs. We suggest four here that will give you some variety and fun!

Pilsner Urquell is the Czech Republic’s best-known export, and to try it from the tank (shipped fresh from the brewery and unpasteurized) should be a highlight of your trip. For a local experience try Jelínkova Plzeňská Pivnice close to the Národní Třída tram and metro stops on Charvátova Street. For a bit more of a touristy experience, but with good food, head to the spacious and modern U Vejvodů, which is actually run by Pilsner Urquell.

While both of those pubs are located in New Town (Nove Mesto), across the river in Mala Strana, you’ll want to try out U Hroca, a slightly run-down place, but with all the right beer-swilling atmosphere. Or for a nicer experience, crawl into the basement of Malostranska beseda. You can enjoy lunch and beer from their street level restaurant or hit the brick-walled pivnice after 4pm.

Not enough? Okay, here you can read about some Czech microbreweries and here are some more suggestions on finding different types of Czech beer. Here you can learn more about why the pub experience is so important and since it is summer, there’s no better place than a Prague beer garden.

Photo courtesy of Malostranka beseda

Tags: beer, pubs