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U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace

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U Fleků Pivovar a RestauraceU Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace
Based on:
1 Beer
62 Hads
Place Score: 85
Reviews: 37
Visits: 52
Avg: 3.7
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Křemencova 11
Prague, 110 00
Czech Republic
phone: +420 224 934 019

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Reviews: 37 | Visits: 52
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

U Fleku crafts and controls its atmosphere to provide a peak tourist experience. It is a bright and lively beer hall, often with musician(s) playing traditional German and Czech songs while walking between its long benches. Sometimes the crowd will sing along. It's raucous, in a Disneyland sort of way.

They serve on beer, which is a bit less than the typical Czech Pub which will serve light, dark and blends of one of the major players. Fortunately, the beer is good. They also do try to move shots of Becherovka. I don't recall if other liquors are on the menu.

The service is much more attentive than is the norm in the Czech republic, and may come off as a bit pushy. I half think that's the noise in the room, the rest is part of U Fleku's charm. With that said, mind you, nothing is free. The best strategy for dealing with the Becherovka guy is to take one (it's a nice digestif) and don't drink it until you are ready to leave. It is unfortunate that Becherovka tastes better slightly chilled.

U Fleku's goulash is among the best I have had in Prague, and does beat pricier restaurants in locations better suited to tending the volume of tourists that U Fleku draws to an otherwise unremarkable section of New Town.

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Photo of ohmesohoppy
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

I think all the reviews/travel books will tell you the same thing...This place is touristy....But who the hell cares!!!! Bottom line is that is if youre in Prague you can't miss this place. Embrace your inner tourist and just enjoy the place. What I loved about this place is the atmosphere. You go in and just find an open seat at one of the picnic style tables. You might cramped next to someone you dont know..all the better!. Other thing you have to remember when comin here ....everyone comes to drink and have fun. Another thing that I loved about this place was that it was assumed that you would have another otherwise you woudl have to tell the server with a plate full of beer that you didnt want one. The beer is actually pretty good too a dark lager that is soooo drinkable. The only downside of this place is that theres not much selection, the obligatory tuba player can get annoying as well as the man comin around offerin you shots (dont feel bad refusing). Overall though a must if youre in prague but later if youre lookin for a less touristy place definetly check out (wow bad pun) pivoarsky dum and the other brew pub i cant think of the name but its up on the hill near the castle.

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Photo of alebuff
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

U Fleku (The Frog) is a piece of history - if you are interested at all in pubs and beer then its a must visit. Enjoy the meandering array of darkwood rooms on many levels, savour the atmosphere (although its plagued by tourists like us), join in the sing-song, relish the dark, mildly spicy, sweet malty house brew in the beer-hall surroundings, refuse the small glass of liquor offered as "traditional", made from herbs" and "good for stomach" - its not on the house despite the inviting body language and singing tones of the smiling waiter holding the tray under your nose, maybe have another beer (it is good !) and then move on to a better boozer. Sure its become commercial in a big way, prices are about double those in some other pubs, and you only get 0.4L, but use it or lose it, and get there quick before Inbev or some other giant get their hands on it...

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Photo of Umbra
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

"You got flecked up!" became a well-used term after we decended upon the place. Though given several warnings, many in our group tried the Czech "medicine" or "liquor with herbs." As people have stated before, the shots are not free. House brew goes down easy.

Beer hall setup, loads of dark wood and big tables. Strolling gentlemen with tuba and accordian.

Besides the shady shots, service was quick and affable. Empty drinks are immediately filled, unless you say no.

Food was the standard Czech food you'll see at the various tourist traps. Not bad, just not great.

Selection, as stated before, only consists of their one house brew, which isn't bad.

It was very expensive for Prague standards; $3-4 for both beer and shots. Mix multiple rounds with some food, and you'll pay a pretty penny.

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Photo of iubball
2.23/5  rDev -39.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Went here in the early afternoon on a Monday. Not very impressed at all with the place. This seems like this would be the "Beer-World" Amusement park of Prague for many reasons. Not many people there when we arrived, so only one hall open. Service was uninspired. As one other reviewer mentioned, my wife asked for the smaller beer, but they brought her the larger one anyway. Person selling shots was relentless Had to say no literally five times before he left us alone. Beer was about 3X higher in price than other bars. Most bars charged a little over US$1 for a .5L beer. It was almost $3 for a .4L beer there. There was entertainment as well, but again, they like everyone else wanted your $$$.

My advice to you if you want a real Czech beer experience is to go to a bar or restaurant off of the main drag. I stayed in a flat south of the city, and the best beer I had was a Gambrinus at a local park on a sunny day. Much more company was enjoying beer with me at this locale. Skip U Fleku!

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Photo of lehows
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

First went here in July 2001 and loved the place. Dark wood interior and long wooden benches where everybody eats and drinks. Nice beer garden out back as well. It was always hopping but never had to wait to be seated. Live music being played by a couple guys with accordians and fur hats, singing as well. We came here about 5 nights in a row and the staff was very pleasant and fun, contrary to what a lot of people have been saying. Prague has gotten more touristy since and that could be the reason. The beer is a dark lager and its spectacular. Its a wonderful reprieve from all the light lagers and pilseners that abound in the area. They do put another beer down when you have about 1/2 inch left in your glass without asking. Same goes for Becherovka, the house herbal vodka. They reeeaaally pushed this and even if you refused the waiter would say "good for stomach" while patting his belly. They did give you the impression it was free but wasn't. However, on the last night 5 of us ate and drank about 10 beers each, numerous Becherovkas, and we asked the waiter to pick up the tab of a couple from Italy we'd been talking with and the waiter took both our little checks and tore them up saying "nobody pays!". The food was pretty good too. Very simple german/czech style food, but tasty. I didn't think the prices were bad at all, but I can only assume they've gone up. I loved this place and I'd like to get back here again and see how it's changed.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I was in Prague for a month "studying" and came across this brew-pub. It's a tourist place first and foremost, but it does have a nice eastern European-type atmosphere. It's a simple place. Benches and tables, no fancy boothes or table cloths.
People are usually drinking and singing, but they do have some nice food. Very german/czech-ish...go figure. They only have one beer; a dark pilsner type brew. It is really good, especially since I was drinking lighter, regular pilsners for most of the month. This was refreshing.
The service is good by European standards. They offer shots without you ordering them, and of course if you take it, you pay it.
This place is large with a nice courtyard/garden. Not off the beaten path, yet away from the family tourists.
I like this place, but wish they had more beers.

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Photo of gnoff
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I've visited U Fleku once, when I was in Prague for one week in May of 2005.
I will be going to Prague again in less than two weeks time and have booked a dinner and a guided brewery tour of the pub brewery for our group.

Last time I can remember trying only one beer of theirs, the "dark". I don't think they have any other beers, but with that quality, who needs more?
A bit split about what to put under selection, they only have one beer, so selection is very poor, but the one they have is excellent, so what to say?

Very nice as a home brewer to be able to taste Czech pub brewey beers.

Food is very nice too, and good sice portions of that.
The place is very bit pricy compared to many non-tourist places in Prague, but it's worth a visit and I'd say it's pretty much mandatory to visit it at least once when in Prague.

Can get quite crowded, so might be a good idea to make reservations or come as small groups (or alone).

Visits to the brewery is possible, but make resevations to be sure, specially if you want the guide to be able to do the tour in English.

If the waitors comes with glasses of Becherovska and you don't want it, tell them fast, or you'll end up paying for it anyway.

A bit confusing since one guy handles beer, another food, a third the becherovska and a fourth the payment. Once you get the hang of that it's easier to follow who you should try and get the attention from. Beer is good though, but can take a while until the beer guy gets back, order two at the time just to be sure ;)

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Photo of wl0307
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Visited this place on the morning of 1 July 05, and never so early had I drunk any beer or alcohol in my life, but my schedule was tight and I simply had to drop in for a quick drink before moving on.
Perhaps because it was in the morning, the place did not look so touristic as other reviewers remarked. The atmosphere was o.k., pretty quiet and dark and a bit nostalgic, with a bunch of waiters idling by the bar. Only one, I suppose the main, drinking hall was open at the time so I didn't have chance to explore it fully and give a better account of the place.

The service was, simply put, crap. The waiter served me their house beer by a 400ml jug (though I ordered the small one, 200ml), and also "offered" a shot of herb liquer (he said "try this, try this"), which turned out in the end not on the house but cost me 79Kc (around two pounds). If not for the quality of their house beer and no knowledge about Czech language, I would defintely have had a go with the waiter. The price of their food and drink is way... beyond average in Prague, and the service was in my point of view intended to push the customers to consume more, rather than to enjoy themselves in a pleasant atmosphere. Having said that, the house unfiltered dark beer was truly remarkable and one of the best dark lagers I've tried so far. Would like to go back again for their beer in the future and check if the service turns any better.

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Photo of phatboy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The previous reviews give good details of the history, so beyond that... worth the visit for a few beers, and a plate of beer cheese, and then hit the road. It all seems so forced, which is disappointing for a place of such history. Ya, it's cool, it's old, the beer is unique, and the food is standard Praha, but at some level it misses the mark. I was there in March, and every fcker in the place was reading a Prague tour book. It just feels like the real place left along time ago, and it is now a Disneyland version of a Prague brewpub. The $$$ is relative to the price of beer in the rest of town.

I really wanted to love this place... but I didn't. The velvet revolution had some friendly fire, and U Fleku took the hit.

One question: why does U Flecku, with only one beer (ya it's brewed there, I know), get a posting on BeerAdvocate, yet the Golden Tiger (in Prague), with only one beer (Pilsner Urquell, from the wood ferementers to this day!) does not? Go to both, and realize the Golden Tiger is one of the best beer drinking experiences in the world. U Fleku is like Jake Wirth's in Boston: old, but lost its soul along time ago.

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Photo of paulyrimz
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Pivo, prosim. Translation in Czech: Beer please. Opened in 1499, this is touted as the oldest beer hall in Prague. Excellent house beer, a dark czech lager, with a black color and creamy head, was definitely the highlight of this beer hall. it had spicey notes, and was much like a winterbrau. It's been about a year and a half since I was there, so that's about all I remember.

This establishment in Nove Mesto, is about a twenty minute walk south of Staromestske Namesti, the heavily touristed "Old Town Square." You would think you would be getting away from the tourists as you leave Stare Mesto, but alas, many people are in the know about U Fleku. No matter, it is still an amazing place to visit.

Sitting down at a table, you are almost immediately greeting by a man carrying a tray full of house beer. Just say "ano, pivo" (yes, beer) and hold up your fingers on how many you want. It's great, no need to order your beer and wait, you come in and it's waiting for you. There was also a tray coming around with a cinnamon-flavored schnapps. I wasn't really a fan, as were my friends who all prefered the pivo. I did not try the food, and can't even remember the food. I think it was traditional Czech fare, dumplings, goulash. I just savored the beer long throughout the night as I listened to this old man play tunes on the accordian. This place really makes you feel like you're in Prague. People of young and old, and of all nationalities come together to celebrate the joy of beer, and a lively conversation. It was truly a memorable experience.

On the way out, I hit up the gift shop. Steins of all kinds are featured. I opted for the simple ceramic litre stein with the U Fleku logo on it.

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Photo of Kongquistador
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This claims to be the oldest beer hall in Prague, and whether it is or no, it is a great place to go for some drinks in the evening, when it is stuffed to capacity. I was there in March, easily before the hieght of tourist season (which never really ends in Prague) and it was completely full, but with a blessedly short que to get a seat. The service was not as fast as it might have been, given that serve by bringing around big trays of the house beer, and only infrequently taking special orders. The staff also bring around trays with some sort of ginger liquor that they try and get you to take, claiming "It's traditional" (A term they must know in at least 6 languages...) The ginger liquor is also considerably more expensive than the beer, which I suspected was part of the explanation for their enthusiasm in giving it to you, since you only get the prices and bill at the end. But regardless of that, it is a pleasant experience, and the beer is quite tasty, and the ginger liquor is worth trying, and one small glass isn't going to break the bank.

The atmosphere is excellent, and although it seems to be largely composed of tourists, there seemed to be a decent Czech contingent from what I could see. It also didn't have the same ridiculous over-boistrous atmosphere that many of the more famous Munich beer halls and gardens seem to market these days, and while it was loud, conversation was possible and the risk of collision with American college students going crazy was small. I personally spoke briefly to some people from Sweden and a man from Greece. I highly recommend it.

n.b. The food also looked good, but we had already eaten.
Also, from looking at others' reviews, it seems like what season you go might make a substantial difference in the experience.

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Photo of ark57
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 4

This is a must visit if you're in prague. It is touristy, but it is old and serves some great beer and food. It was a little pricier than most places I visited too, which meant it cost about $30 for two meals, one dessert and 4 beers including tax and tip. I sat out in the beer garden because it was a nice day. Nice relaxed atmosphere and you can tell the place is old. Some live music to set the mood as well. Don't come here if you want selection. they have one beer and that is it. Their own dark lager, but well worth the trip to sample. The food selection is slightly larger and I would give this a 3. The food is very good. I enjoyed some smoked pork with red cabbage and bread dumplings and topped that off with apple strudel. The service was prompt and friendly. Just be careful that they bring around food and spirits that you will have to pay for if you take it. So only take what you want to pay for. Over all, a great place to visit.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

U Fleku is good for only one thing, it's fantastic beer. If I could I would just take a growler and drink it out on the corner. I sat outside in a small courtyard surrounded by drunken tourists. A bad oompah band played their poor little hearts out.

Servis was moderate, and the food looked awful so we didn't try it. Beer was expensive by czech standards, moderate-cheap by american standards.

There is a beer musuem there, didn't get to see it but I hope to on my next visit.

Yes, as awful as this place is, the beer is simply that good. I will go back just for the beer.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Said many times before. Fab beer, crap food. Very touristy. The biggest bar I've been to in Prague, with both indoor and outdoor seating. I sat outdoors, in the center of the building, I thought that was fairly unique. They had a tuba band playing, I guess for the purpose of giving the place a German feel. I was surrounded by people who spoke anything but Czech, this is not a place for the locals (and 32 crowns a beer, that is expected, as most local pubs charge around 15). That is not to say the beer wasn't worth it, please see my review :-). The menu was in pictures for the Czech illiterate, and I swear they didn't even try to present the PICTURES well, never mind the food. They also have a gift shop as you leave, somewhat unique for a pub. Highly recommended, but only for the beer.

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Photo of ipogios
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

What a place. The whole setting has 1200 seating places (not just the brewpub though). U Fleku is NOT like any other pub. If u are into the English Style pubs and you can't stand anything different then this is not your pub. A great place with a garden at the back yard to sit and enjoy your beer. I went there for lunch and it had a lot of tourists enjoying their beers and food. This place must be darn great in summer time and especially the nights. They serve only one beer their own brewed dark beer. The beer is excellent. It also has a shop on your way out to buy any souvenirs. I bought a U Fleku beer glass for my collection. Great brew house/beer garden!!!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Whilst records state that the original brewing rights for the U Fleku are dated 1499, it is highly probably brewing took place here long before then. 1499 is the official date though & so the U Fleku celebrated its 500th Birthday recently. It is comprised of many rooms, but these are usually reserved for special functions or coach parties. The casual visitor will more than likely be ushered, or drawn by the noise, to the centrally located open air area courtyard, this houses many long bench tables and a few trees!. Your beer will be brought to you by one of the many suited waiters - you do not have to order it, just sit down. When I first came here in 1992, we ran a table tab on the back of a beer mat, however, it appears this practise has ceased somewhat, and it is now customary to pay the waiter for the beer on delivery.
Choice is limited, just the One House Beer. But what a Beer!!. A dark, spicy brew that comes in a 0.4 ltr glass and costs (2002) 49 Kcs, which is ~$1.60. It is expensive, at least twice that of anywhere else in Prague–but the beer here is simply the one of the best dark beers in the Czech Republic. The surroundings are excellent and an imbibational inspiration. If you walk here you will no doubt pass the many rows of German Coaches parked outside. The U Fleku is very commercial now, & it clearly caters for parties of Germans, who have a very cheap drinking outlet for excellent beer that is not very far from home. Souvenirs can be bought on the way out (right hand side booth as you leave).
Put simply, this place is a legend, sure it has changed over the years and it is commercial, but then, so now is Prague. It is still a "Must Do" if you ever find yourself wondering aimlessly around the capitol with time on your hands. The U Fleku serves arguably one on the best Dark Beers in the Czech Republic & is the Best Beer Hall in Europe outside of Germany IMVHO.

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U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace in Prague, Czech Republic
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