Minipivovar U Medvídků
Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 46
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 3 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75 | $$
You go to Minipivovar U Medvídků for the beer, and for the experience (however bad or good it might be). You do not go for the food, and you do not go for the service.
You can't blame them for the food because it's Prague, formerly under communist rule (until 1992!), and goulash and baked barley is what they're used to (and enjoy). And it is at least traditional (I'd rather eat fairly non-descript, un-flavorful traditional food than go to Burger King or some Chinese restaurant, so at least there's that).
And to a certain extent, the service follows suit because of the way things were under communist rule, so don't expect to sit down at the bar and be greeted. Or asked if you'd like a beer. Or offered a menu. You'll have to be assertive and ask for what you want, but don't be too assertive or you'll be given the cold shoulder. This is part of the experience.
If you don't speak Czech or Polish you'll be at a disadvantage, and I've seen servers who didn't speak English (or good enough German) simply turn and walk away from guests who were taking too long to articulate what they wanted. AND THEY NEVER CAME BACK! They had to be called over, which was not easy once the party had been dismissed. On that note, in Prague, and only in Prague because it's a completely tourist town, if you don't speak the language well and see a half-full table of English speaking people you might benefit by asking if you might sit with them.
Moving forward, there are different areas to the Minipivovar U Medvídků, so if there's a long line to get into the dining room try the bar area, or the upstairs - and keep in mind that smoking is allowed throughout most of it, so if you cannot tolerate that you'll need to make a point of asking first.
The beer is good, and that's what you're really there for anyway, right? I've heard it said that their beer is expensive, but I didn't find that in comparison to other brewpubs, and certainly not for what they were offering. These are quality beers that you can't get elsewhere, so to squabble over a few Koruna is pointless. I was more aggravated that I had to pay such high prices for such crappy food! I thought the beers here were just as good as those at Pivovar U Trí Ruží, U Fleků, or Klášterní pivovar Strahov. And, being such a tourist destination, I would not pass it by.
02-12-2014 16:21:50 | More by NeroFiddled
4.06/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Alewife and I stopped in here for dinner, on our first day in Praha (01OCT13) after some sightseeing.
It was found on the ground floor of a large white building, not far from the old town square. We entered and meandered about for a bit before being asked if we wanted seats. Yes, of course. We were first seated in a smoking area. We asked to change and were greatly pleased to be able to sit in a non-smoking area. Weren't sure if the Czech was going the way of Deutschland in this regard. Most of the place was a large, bier-hall type facility, with dark wood paneling down low and whitewashed, plain walls above. Furniture was old, worn, dark-wood, and the lighting was warm and not too bright. Our table in the non-smoking area was in a smaller room, though just as simple. Service was top-notch, from getting us non-smoking, to bringing us biers, to serving the food. They did the tag-team approach, and we always found someone nearby to help (even take our picture, though the manual focus stymied the waiter a bit). Their bier selection was fairly basic, with their own Oldgott and X-Beer 33, plus Budvar light and dark. Foodwise, we each had a tasty plate of pork with garlic, and fries. Quite filling, to say the least. Regarding costs, altogether, for the 2 meals, 3x 0.33l of Oldgott, and 2x 0.5l Budvar dark, plus tip, it came to 600CZK (~$34).I actually think they forgot a bier or 2 on the bill, but I won't complain. Have heard many a horror story from years past of hidden costs appearing on bills, so we'll take the positive error and be happy... It was a very pleasant experience, for both Alewife on her first day ever in Praha, and my first visit here since 1991. We opted to stop back in here on 03OCT for drinks, and had a similar, enjoyable experience while downing some X-Beer 33.... Prosit!!
4.06/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
10-22-2013 23:11:42 | More by Bierman9
3.51/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
Typical Czech pub set up with dark wood tables and chairs and many locals. Three beers included a Budvar Dark, Budvar Light, and their house beer (Old Gott semi dark lager). All were quite fine. I’d never had Budvar Dark and enjoyed the prune-like, dry and mineral character of the beer. And their house beer I think is a must for beer lovers who visit the city; fruity, solid hop bite, dusty, almost like a wine. Food was average. Would return
05-17-2013 13:41:03 | More by Chinon01
2.9/5 rDev -24.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
Went through the place to check out the " micro" brewery upstairs. The beer hall ( the moajority of the place) seemed fun, but the beer is mostly Budvar. The upstairs area is small but interesting, with the open fermentation room right there to see. Food was pretty decent for the price, but took quite a while to get (was just 2 items, one an appetizer and one a side order). The service was not that good. Granted they are not english speaking, but they are catering to foreigners at places like this and I don't think english is really required when it comes to paying attention and getting orders to you in a reasonable time.
And then, the bier...The beer was good, though only 3 were available. The 33 they claim to be the strongest in the world, or something like that. It is smooth and tasty, but strong? Not compared to strong beers you can get in the US or elsewhere. For CZ and surrounding countries, probably so.
All in all, probably worth a stop if you are near that street.
06-20-2012 00:28:17 | More by slacker79
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I bought a Beer Guide to Prague before going. I read it on the plane and I committed to sampling the recommended places and beers as much as I could afford to during the 9 days I was there (July 2011).
U Medvidku was the place I came back to. Even though I really wanted to "try them all."
But it is that kind of a place. You can sit either in the main hall, where you will be served Budejovicky Budvar - an excellent, excellent choice, or you could go upstairs and sample their own beers. I enjoyed both and had the best time in Prague in that pub.
I also drank at Novomestsky Pivovar, Pivovarsky Dum and several other breweries and historic pubs. While I enjoyed something in every place, it is U Medvidku that left the most memorable mark. It's a big place, but it's not hectic or impersonal.
It's a simple, inviting, casual and inexpensive place. For 600-800 korunas (=$30-40 US) you could get enough really tasty food and beer for two people there. More reasonable than most other places and a higher quality. Try their Tabor Basta (a mixed plate of sausage, ham, dumplings, sauerkraut and potatoes) that is sure to satisfy and tastes better than in most other places I've been to. Their Budvar is nothing short of exceptional, too.
Very highly recommended.
11-13-2011 03:50:30 | More by Cannoneer
3.59/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I came across this brewpub on the way to the Old&New Town Beer Tour of Praha. It is right next to a mall and when you walk in, a gift shop surrounds you. Only 2 levels tall, I decided to go upstairs to where the "brewery" was located.
Very easy going and cozy place. Was very dead on the top level (on a Friday Night) when I came here. Everyone must have been @ U Fleku or one of the other beer halls around town. I enjoyed taking pictures of this place because of how different it was and re-tracking what I saw in Prague that day. Downstairs had a few tables filled and a couple people at the bar but I just wanted to enjoy a brew before going onto the Beer Tour.
While ordering a 0,3 L of the X beer 33, it was tapped from somewhere in the back room... Such a strong brew, I can't say this was an Euro Strong Lager but more like a Barleywine.
After presenting the beer to me, I didn't see my waitress again after my order and paying her upfront. I'm guessing she was the only one around the brewpub that night, but still not a very entertaining place.
There were only 3 beers available at the time, the U Medvidku 1466, X Beer 33, and their Oldgott. I chose this X Beer 33 because of its strength and the glass that was on their beer menu saying "Nikdy nepti sam! Don't Drink Alone".
I wouldn't mind coming back here to enjoy some of their other brews but if I come back to Prague, there are many other places I would rather get to than re-visiting this place. I would suggest stopping in here if in Prague for more than 2 weeks but not for a weekend.
09-29-2011 17:49:08 | More by DCon
3.86/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited this mini-brewery in July 2011. I sat at the bar but walked thru most of the rest of the extensive premises. I did not tour the brewery section (mostly below ground?), but that is possible. You can see some nice storage or aging tanks outside the bathrooms, and glimpse other parts of the current or past brewing processes elsewhere on the premises.
The main room was rather hot and smokey, so I sat near the door at the small bar. This proved to be a good location because I got to see the beers being pulled (although there are more taps in the main dining room) and chat with the bartender a little ... this was difficult given his limited English and my non-existent Czech. There is substantial additional space upstairs, as well as a gift shop with beer-to-go and quite a few beer-related items for sale.
I enjoyed both of the beers I sampled. If I had tried a third, it would have been the red wheat ... unlikely to be a favorite given my preferences, but a beauty (5) of a beer to look at. The X33 beer, renowned at least for its high ABV, was not available at the time; it takes 90 days to age and will be available again in the Fall. In addition to these beers, which are brewed on premises, this is an official Budvar outlet and serves some of their products as well. In totall, they serve 3-4 of their own beers + about 7 others, all described and photographed nicely in a leather-bound beer menu.
Excellent website: http://www.umedvidku.cz/
Recommended for all beer geeks in the area.
Easy walk from Mustek Metro station and Old Town Square.
08-03-2011 01:14:38 | More by chinchill
3.38/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Huge let down. Smokey and service was not great even for prague standards. Anthony Brourdain let me down here.
Food was good but nothing too different or better than an avg czech pub cuisine. A loaded menu or choices which is typical.
The regualr dark lager was solid but the imperial lager claime dto be the strongest in the world was pretty bad and hard to get down. Just not made very well.
we had issues with ordering. I speak decent czech but my family members dont speak at all and they struggled and the waitress did not seem to care or try to help. They were brought the wrong meals. i told them in the future I would order for them, but I wante dto give them a shot. Fail....
06-29-2011 02:14:08 | More by CampusCrew
Minipivovar U Medvídků in Prague, Czech Republic
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