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U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace

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U Fleků Pivovar a RestauraceU Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace
BA SCORE
85
very good

45 Ratings
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 51
Beer Avg: 4.3
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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 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.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 13, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Bierman9
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 | $$$

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Bierman9, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

Mebuzzard, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +7.5%

PhillyStyle, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of wl0307
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.

wl0307, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of DCon
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.

DCon, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
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.

CampusCrew, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Chincino
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.

Chincino, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

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!

JohnfromDublin, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of lehows
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

lehows, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

AllThingsNinja, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of ark57
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

ark57, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of Umbra
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

"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.

Umbra, May 29, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

paulish, May 13, 2014
Photo of sweethome
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

sweethome, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of paulyrimz
4.13/5  rDev +11%

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.

paulyrimz, Apr 16, 2005
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

BRami127, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

thierrynantes, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

JEdmund, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of ohmesohoppy
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

ohmesohoppy, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of RocketWidget
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

RocketWidget, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of ipogios
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

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!!!

ipogios, Apr 14, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Srkolodn, Jul 16, 2014
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U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace in Prague, Czech Republic
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