Prague is all about pivo z tanku or tank beer. Tank beer is special because it’s unpasteurized, which means it’s naturally carbonated.
All that beer you drink at home is re-carbonated as it comes from the tap – the pasteurization needed to make it shelf stable kills the natural yeast and of course alters the flavor.
The Czech Republic is the number one beer drinking nation in the world at 143 liters per capita. Germany comes second at 110. When Czech people say go try pivo z tanku, I listen. Luckily there are two great places close to the Old Town Square.
Serves the unique distinction of being the only restaurant you should visit in the Old Town Square. All the rest are tourist traps according to the beer price test, which I told you about here.
After viewing the compulsory Astronomical Clock, hit up Mincovna for a nice lunch and a glass of beer and you won’t be disappointed.
When I visited, food prices were a little more than the average local place, but the chic atmosphere and refined versions of Czech classics make it well worth it.
I went light with a wild mushroom soup and a beer because I had a train to catch. The soup portion was a little small, but the beautiful slices of mushroom and savory broth made me scrape the bowl. The tank beer was smooth and slightly sweet with a slightly yeasty kick at the end.
Staroměstské nám. 7, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czech Republic
Cavernous, cool and popular with tourists and locals alike, Lokal is mostly crowded at night, but its strong wifi connection makes it a great places to catch up on emails while sipping a brew.
Their food menu has Czech classics including goulash, which is a beef stew, but they have lots of small bites like sausages and french fries to satisfy salt cravings while drinking their excellent tank beer. The beer was so smooth, that I had three glasses while chatting with friends from home.
Dlouhá 33, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czech Republic