When summer heats up, there’s no better place in Prague to enjoy a cold draft than at one of the city’s many excellent beer gardens. If you’re not sure where to start, have a look at some of the more popular destinations listed below:
Zahradní pivnice Letenské Sady (‘Letná Gardens Beer Garden’)
This popular beer garden in Letná Gardens, located directly in front of the Neo-renaissance Letná Chateau, offers spectacular views of the Prague Old Town and the Vltava River. The setting within the expansive park is sheltered by mature trees and makes this the perfect location for summer drinks with friends or a romantic evening under the lantern lights. In the summer, families with children head to the garden, and the lawn is a popular picnic spot for visitors. The smallish bar has Gambrinus on draught at reasonable prices, and also offers wine and a wide range of soft drinks. You may order sausages and pizza to go with your beer.
Letenské sady, Praha 7 – Holešovice; www.letenskyzamecek.cz
Open: Mon – Fri 11.00 – 23.00, Sat – Sun 10.00 – 23.00 (open in the summer season)
Hospůdka Na Hradbách (‘Tavern On the Battlements’)
This iconic tavern is located directly within the battlement walls of Vyšehrad castle. You may sit at the tables under sunshades or along the perimeter walls. This area is especially popular for non-traditional views of Prague and the impressive panorama of New Town and the Nusle Bridge. The large seating capacity makes this a suitable location for parties and celebrations. There are three small rooms inside, as well as the outdoor garden. Beer for consumption in the garden is served from the outside window. When they are full, they are happy to pour your beer into a plastic cup, which you may take with you to sit on the grass. The tavern has an outdoor grill, where you may order meat delicacies (chops and lamb sausages) as well as Balkan and vegetarian specialities. It is open all year round and regularly hosts concerts and other events.
V Pevnosti 2, Praha 2 – Vyšehrad; www.facebook.com/hospudkanahradbach
Mon – Fri 14.00 – 24.00; Sat – Sun 12.00 – 24.00
Park Café Restaurant Riegrovy Sady
‘Riegrovy Sady’ is one of the most popular parks in Prague, with a spectacular view of Prague Castle and the Lesser Quarter. The Park is a popular place for picnics and days out. At the top of the hill is the Park Café restaurant and garden. This traditional beer garden has a capacity of up to 1400 people and a large screen for live sports broadcasts. Dogs are allowed on the premises. The restaurant is open until 23:30, serving international cuisine focused on meat dishes and grilled snacks. In the garden, you can order the traditional sausage or pickled cheese, as well as several kinds of pizza straight from the oven. Worth a note: Happy Hour serving Gambrinus and Pilsner Urquell, from 12.00 – 16.00.
Riegrovy sady 28, Praha 2 – Vinohrady; www.restauraceriegrovysady.cz
Open: Mon – Sun 11.00 – 24.00 (garden open in the summer season)
Na Květnici restaurace
This nice beer garden set outside of the centre is almost exclusively visited by locals, but don’t be put off – all are welcome to enjoy the beautiful space. The restaurant serves cheap and cold draft barrel beer and draft tank beer.
Na Květnici 700/1a, Prague 4; www.nakvetnici.com
Stromovka Park, originally the Royal Deer-park, is one of the largest parks in Prague, with an atmosphere reminiscent of the famous Central Park in New York City. Many winding paths, bridges and ponds offer pleasant walks and spaces where you can actively enjoy your free time. The Šlechtovka restaurant, originally a Baroque summer palace from the 17th century, is located in the middle of the Park and is a protected cultural monument, which has sadly been awaiting renovation for many years. This is why the garden restaurant and rental facility for sports equipment (frisbee, pétanque, scooters, etc.) opened in 2011, next to the historic building. The restaurant is open all year round, and the menu includes grilled “Hermelín” (Camembert style) cheese, tortillas, and cheeseburgers. You can rent a portable grill and enjoy your own barbecue party. Šlechtovka organizes sports and cultural events throughout the year. In the summer season, there is a bouncy castle, and arts and sports workshops for children.
Královská obora 20, Praha 7 – Bubeneč; www.slechtovka.com
Open: Mon – Sun 11.00 – 23.00
This smaller beer garden situated on top of the hill in Žižkov is faultless for some late evening drinking with great views of Prague. The locals calls this place “Na Krizku” (On the Cross). According to legend, this was the place of execution, but several history experts negate this legend. You might see many children and dogs running around on nice days while their parents/owners enjoy the Pilsner Urquell.
Sabinova 277/10, Prague 3 – Žižkov; www.parukarka.cz
The Pražan restaurant can be found right next to the popular Stromovka park in the “Výstaviště” exhibition complex directly in front of the left wing of the “Průmyslový palác” (‘Industrial Palace’). The restaurant is notable for its period interior and 1930s ambiance, and can be proud of its more than 120-year history. The building dates back to the ‘Jubilee Exhibition of the Czech Kingdom’ held in 1891. After the exhibition closed, the pavilion was used for gastronomic purposes, and dubbed the “Pražan” restaurant. The restaurant was once again opened to the public after an extensive and successful renovation of the interior in 2014. It includes a large summer garden with a dance floor and stage for music, theatre, and various children‘s events. In addition to the barbecue grill, the garden holds the bar itself, which serves excellent draught beers from the Únětice and Chýně breweries.
Areál Výstaviště 67, Praha 7 – Holešovice; www.restaurantprazan.cz
Open: Mon – Fri 11.00 – 23.00, Sat – Sun 10.00 – 23.00 (garden open in the summer season)
Safety advice: Some restaurants, especially those located in tourist areas, might try to cheat you. Be careful and always check the bill. Don’t eat what is left on the table, as it will usually result in being charged extra. It is illegal to ask for an additional service charge (leave tip only at your discretion).