Novomestsky Pivovar

Opened in 1993 as Prague's first "Pub-Brewery", business appears solidly poised for the new millennium. From streetside, the multilingual banner beckons with the appeal of international specialties, salads, and in-house-brewed beer. The entrance corridor highlights bottled and canned products and leads to a display of ornamental copper brewvessels of times past, surrounded by sacks of grain, old mills, and a wheelbarrow. The multi-level layout offers cozy basement seating in the RADNI SALON (Councillor's Room). The small ground floor main dining area with eight tables is known as the PRIMATORSKY (Mayor's Room), while the upstairs TERASA provides an indoor open-air terrace with a dozen tables. This tan, stone tiled terrace is surrounded by the adjacent buildings' exterior walls. Illustrated and actual hops decorate the various walls. All seating is on long wooden picnic tables with cushioned wrought iron chairs. All tables feature large ashtrays that could accommodate the most prolific chain smoker. Wall decorations consist of antique farm field implements that are very well preserved. Each table seats eight patrons and when things get busy patrons have no hesitation to ask to join strangers already seated. Place settings are presented wrapped in napkins and stored in half-liter mugs on the tables. Very practical! In the evenings light pop music permeates the air and it's easy to forget that just outside is the hustle and bustle of downtown Prague.

House beers vary almost daily but like like most old-time establishments, they cycle between a "dark" and a "light". The Swelte (light) is a dense dark gold color with a lasting lace. The great body is well matched to the substantial mouthfeel. The flavor balance favors the delicate pale malt character but a hop crispness comes through in the finish. Prices run 60 kr a liter, 30 kr a half, and 18 kr a .3 glass. ($1 USD = 35 Koruna) The food is represented as "traditional" and is basic but flavorful. The menu line has a respectable Goulash and Bacon Dumplings combination along with Salmon, Chicken and Spicy Pork. Most entrees run 135 to 950 kr with Poultry & Fish going from 100 to 300 kr, vegi dishes about 95 kc, Appetizers 65 kc, and Suckling Pig topping out at 4850 kr. Each table hosts an iron rack of pretzels (Preclik) which, at 9.40 kr, are nearly impossible to resist.

The comfortable atmosphere, quality beer and tasty food make this brewpub worth locating. Souvenirs are plentiful as the merchandise display includes 5 liter cans for 460 kr, gift pack bottles at 150 kr, mugs for 130 kr, 3 liter swing-tops 435 kc, and shirts for 580 kr. Open daily until 10 PM., this brewpub will quench your hunger and thirst.


Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - September, 1999

Novomestsky Pivovar
Vodickova 20
110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
02/2223 2448 - 2223 1662 fax
trams 3, 9, 14 or 24, 350 meters south of Wenseslas Square (VACLAVSKE NAMESTI)

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