Wine bars always make for a romantic date night, but Prague is the land of beer. And in the land of beer, you don’t spend Valentine’s Day sipping vino with your loved one—you drink beer.
But we’re not talking about hitting the dive bar to pound a couple pints (sorry, V-Day can’t be that easy). Instead, read on for eight craft breweries that make beer romantic, from a guided beer tasting in Prague’s second-oldest building to an intimate, Prohibition-themed bar, so you can celebrate your love with a beer in hand. Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day—or any day in Prague, really—without it.
If you’re looking for a casual spot that still packs in the charm, this Vinohrady pub is your place. 20 PIP offers, you guessed it, 20 Czech craft beers in a two-story, cozy setting. Just be sure to fill up on dinner before coming, unless you’ll be content with bar snacks. Our tip? Grab a table upstairs for charming views of the nearby Church of Ludmila.
Known for its vast selection of Czech craft beers, this low-key, tri-level pub also offers pub food (translation: you won’t be left fiending for drunk eats after a couple drinks). Take a break from Czech Pilsners and Lagers with great burgers and beer from across Europe in all styles, from IPA to Saison and Stout. You’ll find that many of the staff members don’t speak English, but hey, that’s the price of a real-deal Czech pub. Plus, the selection of over 40 beers and classic pub grub are sure to make up for it. Just be sure to make a reservation—Zlý časy may be located way out in Prague 4, but unfortunately it isn’t a secret.
If the name doesn’t give it already, BeerGeek is built for beer fanatics. The basement bar’s 30 taps change weekly, including both Czech craft breweries like Matuška and Kout na Šumavé as well as international brewers. Prices are a bit above average, but we wouldn’t recommend BeerGeek if it wasn’t worth the splurge. Also: Try the chicken wings. Trust us.
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Illegal’s selection may be on the smaller end, offering six beers on tap, but the ever-rotating selection means it’s a place you can return to again and again. The hole-in-the-wall New Town pub is tiny for a reason—it’s meant to capture the days of prohibition, Czech style, hence the name.
If you’re looking for a spot that’s equally known for its food as its beer selection, head to Pivovarský klub, a restaurant offering more than 240 (yep, not a typo) bottled beers and a hearty Czech menu. Close to Old Town Square but still off the beaten path, the cozy underground vibe and extensive menu makes Pivovarský klub a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The only issue you’ll have here is trying to decide what to order. Need another reason to go, or just a way to impress your date? The pub was featured by none other than Anthony Bourdain in his Prague episode of No Reservations
For a more upscale experience, the stylish Craft House Prague is our pick. This multi-tap craft beer bar serves up 27 draft beers and more than 100 bottled beers, plus a selection of Danish open sandwiches for when the drunchies hit. New to the beer game? Opt for one of the bar’s tasting menus, which include a set of six, 100-ml beers with a choice of international, world, or imperial themes.
Czechs have a habit of calling everything a “museum,” but Prague Beer Museum merits its title. The bar offers 30 different beers, available in sets of 150-ml tasting sizes or by the glass. It’s the perfect spot to try a variety of beers, without feeling overwhelmed by the selection. This bar doesn’t offer food, but it does serve snacks (we hear the fried brie is to die for).
If a beer tasting is your goal, we recommend this underground spot, where guests are served tastings of up to 11 beers from small breweries (you won’t find Pilsner or Budvar here). Plus, tastings include an “education” from a personal host on the brewing process, differences between lagers, the history of brewing, and other facts. Also included are a plate of meats and cheeses and a tour of the building—which is actually the second-oldest in Prague.
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Pivovar U Dobřenských has a rich history of beermaking – starting around the mid 1600s. The small and well respected Staré Město pivovar always has several of their own beers on tap, including three speciality beers – Tribulus Beer 14°, Salvia Stout 14° or whatever seasonal Ale 11° is pouring at the time. The food menu is also amazing.