Being a beer aficionado is basically the Czech national sport—they take their hops, brews, and foam very seriously. But the best way to take this seriously awesome tradition as chill as possible is to rub elbows with the locals and go out for a drink at a beer garden.
Found all over the city, from the top of Letna to the Vltava River, there’s absolutely nowhere else that has quite the same laidback, devil-may-care vibe that comes with sipping a Pilsner in the CR.
So grab your sunnies and a friend; these watering holes are best experienced together!
1. Letna Park
Sporting one of the most incredible panoramic views in Prague, Letna Park is a great place even if you’re not a fan of beer; picnics and checking out the giant metronome at the top of the hill are also popular things to do here.
But if you don’t grab a Kingswood Cider from the beer garden and park it on one of benches next to the railing in the beer garden, you really are missing out. Open until midnight, this beer garden is for taking your entire travel group and sitting around regaling stories about getting lost in Berlin, and Amsterdam, and Paris...
Down by the riverside, isn’t that how the song goes? Just like the tune, the beer starts flowing down by the river past the Palackheho Most (the bridge right next to the Dancing House) in late spring and stays open late for those balmy summer nights that beg for a sweet breeze from the river.
Deejay stages and live bands are constantly playing along the river and you can hop from a beer under an umbrella to a cocktail and dinner on a boat seamlessly. It’s a great way to start the evening, or if you get the feeling, finish it.
Once a military fortress, Vysehrad is another one of those places that boasts an incredible view; a walk along the ramparts shows you just how much of Prague you walked on that city tour a few days ago.
But not just a picture paradise, Vysehrad is also home to a beautiful cathedral and a creepy cemetery that you should definitely check out before parking it in their beer garden.
Outfitted with an excellent grill, act like a local and grab a Pilsner, a veggie and beef kabob, and grilled Hermelin for a great lunch out in the sun. This beer garden is full of dogs and children as well, so don’t be surprised to see people out drinking at noon!
4. Strelecky Island
Sitting in the middle of the Vltava and having a beer is like having a slice of heaven; you get a delicious pint and also a spectacular view, mostly of other people running into one another in swan paddle boats, but you get the drift.
You can either grab a beer and sort yourself into one of the boats yourself or just have fun mocking their sailor skills from the comfort of dry land. Another perk? From the middle of the river there’s an unforgettable chance to get a really great shot of the St. Charles Bridge.
5. Riegerovky Sady
Don’t be surprised to find lots of ex-pats and tourists here, it’s in Vinohrady, one of the prettiest parts of Prague.
But don’t let that dissuade you from grabbing a glass because on game day, Riegrovy Sady is also full of locals hoping to get a view of the projector screen. Its got room for over 1000 people, has 3 beers on tap, cocktails, wine and a grill, and is pup friendly, so whether you’re just looking for a place to chill after a heavy day of touring or wanting to catch the AC Sparta vs. Bohemians game, head to this hill for a great time.
While this list is nowhere near exhaustive (you’d be here reading for a week if it were), it’s 5 of my favorite hangouts to grab an ice-cold beer when visiting the Golden City so get out and get to drinking!
Have a favorite beer garden or place to sit back and relax that I missed here? Add it in the comments, I’m always ready for round two in Prague.