U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace
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4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
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 Praguebut 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.
10-13-2002 13:09:33 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.04/5 rDev +8.6%
I'm not sure what I can say about U Fleku that hasn't already been said, other than if you're on the fence you should go. It's an experience that shouldn't be missed.
It can get very busy but they're also very good at getting you in as quickly as possible. Go early if you don't want to wait in line, or at least try for an off-hour (remember this also depends on the season that you're there).
I personally loved the beer, and even my wife who's not into dark beers thought it was pretty good. We had some goulash and thought it was some of the best we'd had in Prague.
The ambiance is what makes it though. The rooms, the guests, the waiters, the wandering minstrels... all without a hint of being "touristy" while still being one of Prague's most touristy locations!
Absolutely not to be missed!
01-30-2014 15:02:02 | More by NeroFiddled
3.83/5 rDev +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 | $$$
10-23-2013 21:40:42 | More by Bierman9
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
08-19-2006 19:45:54 | More by Mebuzzard
United Kingdom (England)
2.84/5 rDev -23.7%
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.
07-09-2005 12:53:51 | More by wl0307
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
Destination marked with a clock on the outside "Pivovar U Fleku", there is more within! This was the 2nd Stop on the Old&New Town Beer Tour of Praha with all of the other tourists I joined up with on the night tour. While I saw this place also mentioned on a "must see" basis when researching Prague, it was awesome to actually experience this place.
While being guided throughout the whole time @ U Fleku, we still got to peek into other beer halls and wander off from our spot. We immediately walked in and had a table waiting for us inside the first "beer hall" and ordered our second round of 0,4L brews. While venturing off into other rooms, there had to be seats for between 700-800 people! Our room alone could hold over 100 people without a doubt and we didn't even get to make it around the entire place! In the room adjacent to us, both an accordion and tuba player where leading the group of party people into song and dance (mostly just swaying to the music and clapping). Couldn't beat the culture and entertainment here!
Very old and antique here, the place it self should always keep this vibe and decor! For their beer, we all enjoyed their house lager of course but then not sure what we had next (this was my 5th beer of the night by then).
Service was terrific for we got served right as we were seated! They have many servers here and they all look very pleasant but at the same time look like police officers!
Now that I recall, we were only asked what size of bier we wanted but never which kind! We all had the same lager to start with but can't remember much after this... Must have been all the great Prague biers that day!
I do remember enjoying their beer cheese and toast and it was something you cannot pass up! Others had sausage and other various meats and all looked delicious as well.
Upon returning to Prague, this is going to be a destination I am going to be coming back to for sure! I highly recommend this place for those who want to see some culture in the beer halls of CZ and catch themselves by surprise with how big Prague's beer halls are compared to our "bars" in the States.
09-29-2011 19:43:39 | More by DCon
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
Beutiful city and place. It's toursity and pricey, The food is average, but its loads of fun and has a traditional czech atmophere. It's can be ahrd to find. Get some help.
Best dark lager around. Prague has a lot of dark lagers but this micro is one of the best. You can only get in at u fleku which is kinda of expensive for what it is, but this beer is great.
Dark in color and has a light full flavor taste. Perfect example of what a dark lager should be. I can't locals were saying this beer was going down hill. How much better can it be.
10-15-2008 01:32:57 | More by CampusCrew
2.88/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
12-07-2008 02:27:33 | More by smcolw
3.86/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
01-02-2011 18:30:08 | More by Chincino
U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace in Prague, Czech Republic
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.