Food & Drink

Our Guide to Drinking Like a Non-Tourist in Malá Strana

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Like most popular tourist destinations, Prague’s Malá Strana area is filled with its share of gimmicky shops and overpriced bars and restaurants. But don’t worry, even this district has its hidden gems. This month, we’re sharing a few of our favorite “non-tourist trap” safe bets to grab a cocktail, beer or glass of wine. From the iconic Bar Bluelight to the latest hot spots including Parlour’s sister bar Schody Home Bar or Roesel Beer & Cake, let’s grab a round!

Roesel Beer & Cake

Mostecká 20
Vibe: Hipster Heaven

They had us with beer AND cake. Charming café right next to but hidden away from the chaos of Charles Bridge. Weekly small lunch plates and a rotating selection of craft beer, including IPAs, from local microbrewery Clock. Enjoy your drinks in the quaint hallway courtyard, weather permitting.

What we’ll have:
Any of the Clock brews on tap (you can’t go wrong)!

 

Jo’s Bar & Restaurant

Malostranské náměstí 7
Vibe: Lively Restaurant & Bar

Our favorite burger place near the castle doubles down with a wide array of drinks and a great bespoke cocktail selection. The beautiful heavily wooded bar and friendly staff makes it one of our favorite places to grab a bite with a few adult chasers.

What we’ll have:
The fruity Mrs. Raspbee with rosemary and lime or a vibrant glass of Czech Frankovka.

 

Napa

Prokopská 8
Vibe: The Neighborhood Local

The name Napa Bar and Gallery may sound like a snooty wine bar, but really it’s just your friendly neighborhood local. A wide array of cheap drinks, multiple rooms with comfy sofas, a piano (and occasional live music), a pool table and a courtyard make it the perfect place to grab a drink with friends. Pro tip: Try the klobása from the grill in the courtyard if they’re cooking (usually on a weekend).

What we’ll have:
Light, crisp lager Ježek from the Moravian Jihlava Brewery, a bottle of wine (which costs less than ten euros), or a classic cocktail – they’ve got it all.

 

Vinotéka U Mouřenína

Tržiště 17
Vibe: Upscale Atmosphere that’s Shockingly Affordable

Located next to the American Embassy, this cozy and elegant wine bar and shop features both local and French wines with excellent prices for the district, plus light snacks like cheeses, meats and charcuterie plates. Perfect for a late-night romantic glass of wine after a walk through Malá Strana. Fair warning, they close at 10pm.

What we’ll have:
A local red from the Moravian region paired with a delicious cheese plate (our favorite is the peppered cheese).

 

Schody Home Bar

Zámecké schody 8
Vibe: Cozy and Cool

Sister to our favorite beloved cocktail bar Parlour, the fairly new Schody Home Bar is a cozy secret hidden right on the famous steps leading up to the castle. Hard to find but well worth the search, you’ll find yourself in an intimate, open-concept room decorated with classy dangling lights and a unique tile design. During the days, Schody offers amazing coffees as well.

What we’ll have:
Like Parlour, there’s no drink menu, but the mixologist will develop a bespoke drink based on whatever desire you can describe.

 

U Malého Glena

Karmelitská 23
Vibe: Classic Jazz Pub

U Malého Glena has been a part of the local bar scene since just after the Velvet Revolution.
The Jazz and Blues club is packed almost every night. The bar, which translates to “Little Glenn,” takes its name from American owner and one of Prague’s founding expats Glenn Spicker who is an avid jazz player himself. Don’t forget to try their amazing burgers and TexMex.

What we’ll have:
If it’s a school night, we stick with a Guiness, but nothing goes better with jazz than a nice sipping whiskey.

 

Strahov Brewery

Strahovské nádvoří 301
Vibe: Best Brew with a View

History, history, history. This brewery is located in a monastery that dates all the way back to the 12th century. It’s a bit of a hike up, but the stunning views of the entire city are worth it. Plus, the classic Czech food served in a traditional beer hall is a must-have experience. Pro tip: If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill, you can take the number 22 tram from Malostranské náměstí to the Pohořelec stop.

What we’ll have:
Strahov’s own pivo called St. Norbert in a classic Czech mug, duh.

 

U Staré studny

Tržiště 3
Vibe: Cozy Underground Wine Bar

This wine bar has every wine, cognac, and champagne you can think of (it’s no wonder, their other business is wine distribution). Literally meaning “In the Well,” there is an actual ancient well in the bar. Located in a cellar, the bar is elegant and cozy.

What we’ll have:
With daily wine tastings, the wine of the day is always a safe (and amazing) bet.

 

Bar Bluelight

Josefská 1
Vibe: Super Cool Dive Bar

This legendary dive bar boasts an extensive cocktail and wine selection and is known for its elite clientele, from actors and musicians to politicians. Every inch of the space is covered in drawings and signatures, while the bohemian assortment of pictures and beer bottle chandelier add to the eclectic atmosphere. Come for a drink, stay for the compelling conversation (but be prepared to yell, the bar gets packed).

What we’ll have:
The High Society with Gin, Campari, peach liqueur and pink grapefruit for the perfect blend of sweet and sour, mirroring the mix of the bar’s expat and elite patrons.

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