Minipivovar U Medvídků
Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 49
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 3 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
2.89/5 rDev -24.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is owned and run by Budvar. The building is large and a warren of rooms, they can easily accommodate groups and there is a small gift shop. The atmosphere is sort of cool, with brewing equipment and barrels and a 'beer hall' ambiance. My friend seemed to like his goulash and I was grateful for a vegetarian barley dish with frazzled leeks on top that I enjoyed. Ok, the beer....ask the waiter what kind of beer is available. Answer: light or dark. That's all the info provided. Ok I assume the light is the classic Budvar czech lager, but what about the dark? No answer and he looked impatient. Language was a bit of a barrier but he didn't seem too interested. I noticed three other beers on the menu, what is this I asked, pointing to the X33? Answer: very strong, sweet. I ordered it, 'twas a dopplebock. A very sweet one. Not sure how you'd say dopplebock in Czech but would it kill them to let you know the style of beer? :-) So, long story short, I am glad I went but don't expect to learn much about the beer or get any questions answered. It would help to know a few words of Czech to establish rapport perhaps, but service with a smile isn't their strong suite. Still worth going, cool atmosphere. Total of two beers on draft, the light and the dark, and three in the bottle, one of which is a dopplebock.
07-13-2014 22:45:42 | More by catwoman
3.63/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75 | $$
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 +6.3%
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 -8.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
Typical Czech pub set up with dark wood tables and chairs and many locals. Three beers included a Budvar Dark, Budvar Light, and their house beer (Old Gott semi dark lager). All were quite fine. I’d never had Budvar Dark and enjoyed the prune-like, dry and mineral character of the beer. And their house beer I think is a must for beer lovers who visit the city; fruity, solid hop bite, dusty, almost like a wine. Food was average. Would return
05-17-2013 13:41:03 | More by Chinon01
2.9/5 rDev -24.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
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 +16.5%
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
Minipivovar U Medvídků in Prague, Czech Republic
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.