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U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace

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U Fleků Pivovar a RestauraceU Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace
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4.31/5
Based on:
1 Beer
30 Reviews
Place Score: 84
Reviews: 37
Visits: 52
rAvg: 3.66
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 iubball
2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
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! (1,000 characters)

Photo of wl0307
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (1,421 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Here is a touristy place that unabashedly flaunts its atmosphere as a stereotypical Czech watering hole. It has worn wooden tables and chairs. The walls are reminiscent of Bavarian beer houses. There was an accordion player who sang beer hall songs like "Roll Out the Barrel" (in English).

The waiters are either indifferent or pushy. They offer the on-premise brewed beer that makes the trip worthwhile. I strongly suggest that the "Czech medicine" be refused; it is twice the price of the relatively pricey beer. If they weren't pushing these things, they remained unseen and typically unavailable.

The food was okay and very much typical of the Czech style. Again, this is a tourist trap, so the prices are far more than the typical (and reasonable) Prague restaurants and pubs. I spent more here than any other place I went to here.

Still, it's almost a rite of passage to visit this place. The beer makes it worth it. (925 characters)

Photo of BrasseCuivre
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1

We opened the place up at 10:00 AM (actually showed up around 9:30 since our book listed opening at 9:00). We had an early train to catch and this was the only time we could squeeze in a visit. As a bonus, the aroma of the brewing process was thick in the air. The beer was excellent, as were the toilet facilities. We could tell the place would be more fun with a few dozen other patrons.

Reading the reviews, I was a little anxious about the waiters, hidden fees, etc. But there was no music playing, and we easily brushed off the offer of shots (at 10:00 AM, after all). If it's good enough for Michael Jackson, it's good enough for me. (641 characters)

Photo of Chinon01
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.25

A must visit (for beer lovers) if only for the history as the pub was founded in 1499. A little touristy and admittedly neither the food nor beer were mind blowing I still enjoyed the atmosphere seated chockablock with locals and tourists at communal tables. They serve only one house brewed beer a dark lager. Would return (323 characters)

Photo of cyanidesid
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

We went in and after having the Bechovka (and there is not many drinks that I dislike) thrust upon us and sheperded quickly to a tatty corner where we were looking across at a group of 30 drunken Germans we thought this the cheesiest bar we had ever been in. After leaving 2 hours later after 6 or 7 of one of the most deliceously tasting beers imaginable, and having had a good sing song we reckoned it was a top night out. ... ... Worth going to try their ale because it really is quite different to anything else you can get in that city. (541 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Okay - a tourist trap. You should see it - but avoid the shots they push on you...

We entered the front left room on a weekday afternoon...me, the wife our five year old. A big table of drunk germans in front of us.

Our waiter took a while to pay attention to us. When he finally came, he wasn't too friendly, but helped us order a couple darks and unique farmers cheese plate.

The beer was great, the oompah-band was fun, the guys pushing shots were annoying, (as were the drunks). The cheese plate was close to limburger....and one of the more intersting foods for the trip.

Liked the beer - the atmosphere is touristy, the help below average. What the heck, have some fun, order a couple dark lagers and sing along with the band. (736 characters)

Photo of gnoff
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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 ;) (1,539 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2

We came in right before closing, but luckily you dont even have to order beer, so we were drinking in no time. As soon as we sat down, a waiter brought out a huge tray of mugs. Then another followed with shots, and was a little put off when we declined. Nice atmosphere kinda reminded me of Oktoberfest... and I like that. I think it would have been fun to come earlier and get food. The one beer they have was pretty good too; not the best dunkel I've ever had, but quite adequate. For Prague, it is a little on the steep side, but still cheaper than just about any craft beer at a pub in the United States. (608 characters)

Photo of Umbra
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of ark57
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

I visited this famous/infamous place at 6pm on a Wednesday evening (end of March 2012). I confess to being a bit apprehensive after reading reviews (on here and elsewhere) but was determined to try it. As we entered through the main door we were steered in to the left (no choice). I suspect that most of it was closed off as it was relatively quiet. Fair enough, we found a couple of seats at a table (feel free to share a table in Prague!) and before long two mugs of dark lager arrived.

Firstly the beer; I have to say it is pretty damn good - nice quaffable brew with a nice head and some sweetness to it. Please note that it is served in a 0.4L (400ml) mugs and this serving size coupled with the price per mug makes it probably the most expensive beer in Prague (apart from hotels).

The place itself was quite nice; a medium sized room with dark panelled walls, dark wooden beamed ceiling hung with a couple of rustic type chandaliers. And there was a nice clock on the end wall. Rustic "beerhall" tables and chairs. No escaping the resident accordian playing man - I suppose it helps with the atmosphere they are trying to create.

Then later the waiter comes over offering the shots of whateveritis and understood when we politely but firmly declined. These are more expensive than the beer apparently.

I had a second beer while my companion was finishing theirs and enjoyed it. Been there, done that! (1,413 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited in 2000.
This bar has great originality, and certainly one of the best beer bars in Prague is really a very good quality (for THE BEER).
But it suffers greatly from lack of kindness servers. Firstly, it forces you (and the word is not weak) to accept a small glass of liquor with your beer, which will be charged twice the beer in question. Then, we should not need anything.
As against the frame is truly exceptional, it is a tavern which is divided into two parts: the internal courtyard and a very picturesque and nice when it's beautiful.
and who knows, with luck, you will find diners of other nationalities.
We must not lose sight of that bar "for tourists", the Prague there will not, because of price and destination. (733 characters)

Photo of Tpusk
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

My wife and I went here in May 2013. Fun atmosphere! We just walked in after hearing about it and got seated in the "show" portion of the restaurant/ brewery. They also have a restaurant area without the show. However, the restaurant was busy and we got seated and watched a vaudeville style show, complete with cross dressing. We sat at a large table with bench style seating. We met many new friends here from all over the world. They have one beer that they brew there. Very tasty! Not much to say about about it because that's all you're going to get. A dark beer without much depth but very easy to drink. I would return here in a heartbeat! (646 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.55/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited on a recent trip to Prague - I'd heard about it and thought I might as well have a meal and sample the beer. Arrived somewhat late in the evening and after peering into the busy beer hall, decided to have a seat in the beer garden at the back. Plenty of tourists; this place is clearly never empty.

Waiters mill around, although they come across as rather aloof. You don't have to wait long for a beer - they only serve the one which is produced on the premises so a glass will appear in front of you before you know it. They keep track of your consumption by ticking a slip of paper on your table. The beer is the highlight of the visit: dark, smooth, creamy and delicious. Although it's rather pricy, it's certainly worth sampling. I had some traditional Czech food as well - a decent goulash. It was OK but didn't blow me away. They also try to push some kind of liqueur, but I resisted as I suspected it would cost a bomb. Overall the prices are fairly steep, and I also think I was overcharged by the waiter that took my money.

If you're thinking of visiting, my recommendation would be to have a couple of beers and nothing more. The beer is great; everything else can be had for less at alternative eateries. (1,225 characters)

Photo of Charthepirate
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of alebuff
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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... (868 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

Had visited here once before, in 1991. Now I know it has morphed into a real touristy place, but I wanted to go back for just 1 round, as well as having Alewife experience it for the first time. We stopped by on the eve of 02OCT13, after a good dinner at Pivo Dum and then a lot of walking around town during the evening...

It's an easy place to spot, what with the big-ass clock hanging out front. Once in, there's a hall straight ahead with a service bar on the left. All the way back leads to their biergarten. The room to the right is a large, arched-ceiling room with dark-wooded lower walls and murals up top. Seems like that room was being used for tour groups. We hit the room to the left upon entering. It also had lots of dark wood half-way up morphing into plain white walls. Ceiling had some lovely beam-work, with lots of warm, glowing incandescent lighting. Tables were long, dark and worn, and must be shared by tourist and local alike. Yeah, they only have 1 bier, but it's a solid dark lager nonetheless (though a bit pricey). Service was spot-on, with our biers being right there. We did encounter the schnapps vendors, but they weren't pushy at all. It was a fun time for 1 round, for old times sake! Prosit!!

3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | $$$

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of Chincino
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I visited this establishment several times while studying abroad in Prague. Like stated in previous reviews, the prices here are much higher than most bars/pubs in Prague. I actually liked the Beckerovka shots they serve here although I don't know if I believe what the server said about a shot a day of Beckerovka would keep you from getting sick. I had visited a place where they make Beckerovka in the Czech Republic so I think I was used to the taste. This place serves beer in huge mugs and while there aren't a ton of beer options, the beers are definitely decent here. The atmosphere is very touristy and there always seems to be a big crowd. This is a decent spot overall. (680 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
3.88/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

Tourist trap it may be, but it's a lot of fun nonetheless. We thoroughly enjoyed the live, traditional music via a tuba and accordion, and the raucous atmosphere it induces. The food was really good, especially the goulashes. I was a bit disappointed they only offered one beer, but at least it was really good; it tasted like a well-made porter with lots of chocolate notes. I put away three easily thanks to the man making frequent rounds ready to give us new beers. It was the most fun dining experience we had in Prague, though Minipivovar U Medvídků was a close second. (580 characters)

Photo of Kongquistador
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,788 characters)

Photo of phatboy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of lehows
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,462 characters)

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U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace in Prague, Czech Republic
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