Prague has always been on my wanderings wish list and recently I made that dream a reality. Prague may be known for its beer culture, but the quality of wine and craft cocktails is outstanding! Here are my findings on stellar stops to catch your breath, be it for a short rest or the whole evening.
A charming oasis for wine and spirit enthusiasts.
This 11 room boutique hotel is located within a historical building close to old town and many of Prague’s most popular destinations. An elegant gem theme is in evidence throughout this sparkling boutique property, in both its rooms, and helpful staff who go the extra mile to ensure you have a comfortable stay. Little extras such as plush robes, nightly treats, bedtime stories left on your pillow, and the use of a Handy (a smart device packed with city guides and maps) enhance your experience at this chic yet unpretentious find. For solo travelers there are three smaller rooms available that are budget friendly while providing every convenience of their larger accommodations.
The Jewel Bar serves up an interesting combination of local and international wines, creative cocktails and light bites to guests and in the know locals. Of particular interest are the local offerings that include natural and orange wines by some of the Czech Republic’s most interesting wine producers. The knowledgable, accommodating staff are happy to help you select something you will be sure to enjoy! For cocktail lovers there is a list of Classic Cocktails and Craft Martinis shaken or stirred to perfection. A menu of light bites, salads and daily specialty items is offered to tempt you after a long day exploring the city.
Wine Bars and Cocktail Spots in Old Town
Prague’s cocktail culture is pretty impressive, and Le Fleur is on the top of the list for seasoned sippers of hand crafted cocktail and bubbly. Don’t let the branded ice cubes and custom drinking vessels fool you into thinking it’s just about the kitsch. There is some serious talent behind the stick at this shrine of cocktail culture. Signature house made syrups, bitters and barrel aged blends like the Classiques de Florence made with Gin, Campari, Vermouth and raspberry balsamic make this one of the top spots in Europe for drink enthusiasts.
Located in a cellar space of an old town square hotel this unique cocktail bar drips with glam 30s style and a nod to the legacy of master bartender Alois Krcha. Expect over the top presentation including molecular gastronomy, swag filled treasure chests and erotic ice cubes. Their extensive menu features twist on classics, creative originals and bartenders choice when you select a liquor and preference in taste.
Hidden away from the street this fabulous find serves up a rotating selection of wines by the glass and a variety of Czech, French and Italian bottles available to go or to enjoy in their cozy bar area. A large selection of small production organic, biodynamic and orange wines are featured along with a delicious selection of artisan cheeses and local charcuterie. Make sure to get there early to grab a seat, regulars tend to fill this popular spot by 8pm.
With three locations in Prague this growing brand of wine bars assures you can grab a good glass in new and old town. Ask the knowledgable staff to pour you something from their wide range of local wines, or enjoy something from the international list. A full food menu and pairings are available.
Best Glass with a View
Nestled beneath Prague Castle amongst the oldest grape vines in the Czech Republic is Villa Richter. An outdoor patio and greenhouse room offer stunning views of the city and a relaxing repast of classically prepared dishes along with an impressive wine selection. Sip on a local bubbly and feast on one of my favorite dishes in Prague, mushroom soup with poached egg and fresh dill.
Can’t Miss Specialties
Every region has its must tries for visiting gastronome, and Prague is no exception! Spit roasted piglet, spicy aromatic goulash, Czech meatloaf, mushroom soup, local charcuterie and Oscypek (a salted, smoked sheep cheese ) where on my list here. Stop in one of the many local specialty markets and grab a meat and cheese picnic, or stop in one of the historic Kavarna like Cafe Savoy to enjoy a local dish with a side of art nouveau.
I’ve got a running start in this magical city! I can’t wait to go back to discover more!