Prague's favorite drink is beer—in fact, the Czechs drink more per capita than other country in the world—and records show that this beverage was produced in Bohemia in as early as 859 AD. Classic Czech brands include Staropramen, Budvar, Gambrinus, and the dark Kelt, but the most famous of all is Pilsner Urquell, brewed in Pilsen since 1295. Most beers produced in the Czech Republic today are lagers, which you can experience on a beer tour in Prague. See below for your options.
- To learn about brewing Pilsner, take a day trip to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery and taste a couple of glasses of beer (pivo in Czech) in the restaurant afterwards.
- As you can hardly move in the city center for bars and pubs, play it safe and call in the experts—take a hugely popular guided bar crawl through Prague's traditional beer cellars. Led by pivo masters who introduce you to a fine selection of Czech beers, you’ll get to visit several beer cellars and taste various ales.
- In addition to the city's dozens of historic beer cellars, microbreweries and gastro pubs have recently become big business in Prague. If you have a healthy interest in Czech cuisine, combine your beer-tasting experience with a visit to a couple of handpicked pubs to sample prize-winning boutique beers along with local dishes. As you drink, the supply of Czech goulash, schnitzel, and dumplings comes thick and fast.