BARS AND KAVÁRNAS

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1. U Fleků

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The city’s oldest brewing pub, dating to 1499, U Fleků is famous for its delicious dark lager and somewhat more than modest prices. Despite what anyone might tell you, the Becherovka shots are not complimentary and the rounds will keep coming until you say “ne” five times. Very popular with tourists, and not without reason.

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Knights’ Hall at U Fleků

2. Café Slavia

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Across from the National Theatre and on a busy river thoroughfare, Café Slavia with its 1930s Art Deco interior is a famous literary café. Theatre-goers, actors and playwrights frequent this café. Enjoy a coffee and dessert at the end of the day or after a night at the theatre, admiring the view of the riverside, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.

3. U Zlatého tygra

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This legendary pub (see U Zlatého tygra), famed as the haunt of the late writer Bohumíl Hrabal, serves the finest mug of Pilsner Urquell in the city. Apart from the Pilsner beer, the brief menu features the famous beer cheese, snacks and coffee. Regulars were indifferent when Václav Havel brought Bill Clinton in for a cold glass when they were both serving presidents, so don’t expect them to take much interest in you.

4. Pivovarský dům

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Excellent, rustic Czech fare. The house brewmaster is always concocting new flavours for his drinks, such as coffee lager or champagne ale. This is a good place (see Pivovarský dům) to visit if you prefer herbal or fruity flavoured beers such as cherry, nettle and coffee. You can also see the fermenting vats slowly making beer, if the process of brewing interests you.

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Exterior of Pivovarský dům

5. Tretter’s

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This is Prague’s – and perhaps Europe’s – best cocktail bar. It may look like a Jazz Age time capsule, but Tretter’s is actually a relative newcomer, and highly welcome at that. You’ll find no bottle juggling, just serious mixology, very dry martinis and, if you’re lucky, a seat. Open until 3am. You can also learn a few bartender’s tricks at the regular mixology classes.

6. U Tří Růží

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This good Czech restaurant and microbrewery (see U Tří Růží) feels just right for the middle of Old Town. The decor includes murals depicting history of brewing in Czech lands. Beers brewed on the premises include a standard light, a dark lager, a Vienna red – from caramelized malt – and a wheat beer. The downstairs area can be crowded and noisy. Reservations are advised.

7. Grand Café Orient

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Located on the first floor of the famous House of the Black Madonna,this café (see Grand Café Orient) was designed during the Cubist movement in 1912 by Josef Gočár. Patrons will love the building’s architecture and be fascinated by the tower of cakes that greets them at the entrance. Grand Café Orient serves tea, breakfast and lunch menus, as well as wine and cocktails.

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Grand Café Orient’s interior

8. Hemingway Bar

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This is an old-fashioned cocktail bar exactly as it should be, with formally dressed barmen polishing up the glassware before they pour you the perfect Old Fashioned or Whiskey Sour. The cocktail menu has hundreds of classic mixes, and even a selection of premium Czech, French and Swiss absinth. Book ahead or you’re likely to be turned away.

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The elegant decor at Hemingway Bar

9. Black Angel’s

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This bar (see Black Angel’s), located in the second basement of hotel U Prince, boasts 1930s-style decor. In 2012, it was listed as one of the top 50 bars of the world by The Sunday Times. Surrounded by an air of sophistication, sip on the excellent cocktails while enjoying fabulous views of the Old Town Square and City Centre. They also have a varied cigar menu.

10. Café Savoy

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With its Art Nouveau interiors and Neo-Renaissance style high ceiling, Café Savoy, is considered as one of the most gorgeous and stylish cafés in Prague. Set near the Kampa park and Petřín hill, just a few steps from the Vltava river this café provides the perfect setting to enjoy breakfast or lunch in a grand style. Their regular as well as seasonal menu include a variety of salads, roast meats and Czech specialities. Enjoy your coffee with one of their classic Czech desserts.

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