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Spending a sunny day in a Prague beer garden is a local institution – you can soak up the sun and some suds, while enjoying the lively atmosphere. The city has several large and popular beer gardens offering great views and good times to go with your beer and grilled sausages.
Hospůdka Na Hradbách
This gem is known as the ‘hidden’ beer garden of Vysehrad fortress. The popular spot draws a younger crowd, especially at night, but its upbeat atmosphere is attractive to almost everyone. For a fantastic view and some great grilled food, this beer garden is definitely the place to be.
Vyšehrad – V pevnosti, Prague 2. Tram: 6, 7, 18, 24 – Ostrčilovo náměstí. Tel: +420 734 112 214. Hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-midnight, Sat-Sun noon-midnight. Smoke free area.
Letna Park Beer Garden
Part of scenic Letna Park, not far from the metronome, Letna Beer Garden is another very popular summer hangout offering rows of wooden picnic tables with unbeatable views over the Vltava River and the Old Town. There’s a hole-in-the-wall selling beer and coffee, and a stall offering kebabs and sausages.
Letenské Sady, Prague 7. Tram: 5, 8, 24 & 26 to Dlouhá třída then walk across the bridge and up the steps. No telephone. Hours: approximately noon-midnight. Smoking throughout.
Riegrovy Sady Park Beer Garden
This very large and popular beer garden set within a city park has several bars selling beer and cocktails, and a grill offering sausages and other snacks to hungry drinkers. It gets very busy when there’s a sporting event on, showing everything from Czech football matches to Wimbledon on a big screen. Avoid the adjoining Park Café restaurant. If you’re looking for a quieter spot, get your beer to go and sit on the grass. Riegrovy Sady Park also boasts another pub nearby with a smaller beer garden, rooftop terrace and barbecued snacks. To find it, walk past the large beer garden, turn left at the top of the hill and you’ll soon see it on the right. The hilltop park itself boasts great views over the city center towards Prague Castle.
Riegrovy Sady 28, Prague 2. Metro: Line A – Jiřího z Poděbrad. Tel: +420 608 911 536. Hours: Approximately noon-midnight. Smoking throughout.
Sousedský Pivovar Bašta
This down-to-earth, traditionally-decorated neighborhood pub brews its own highly-rated beer as well as offering a small selection of Belgian beers. A favorite with local beer enthusiasts, it is slightly out of the way from the city center, but not far from Zlý Časy.
Táborská 49, Prague 4. Tram: 6, 11, 13 & 18 to Náměstí Bratří Synků. Tel: +420 602 295 403. Hours: 11am-midnight. Non-smoking section.
Únětický Pivovar brewery
Monks started brewing out here on Prague’s outskirts back in 1710. Now it’s home to a new microbrewey serving up unfiltered lagers, plus some delicious Czech pub classics that are perfect for enjoying under an umbrella in their new beer garden. There’s hiking trails and bike paths nearby, and a bus from Prague only takes about half an hour to arrive in this quaint village.
Rýznerova 19/5, 252 62 Únětice, Czech Republic. Tel: +420 602 206 235. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm, Web: unetickypivovar.cz.
For more on where to drink (and eat) in Prague, download Glutton Guide Prague: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook.