Minipivovar U Medvídků

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Minipivovar U MedvídkůMinipivovar U Medvídků

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Na Perštýně 345/7
Praha, 100 01
Czech Republic

+420 224 211 916 | map

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Added by stcules on 09-14-2005

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by Chinon01:
Photo of Chinon01
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Keene
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Photo of Alekcide
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of monkist
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This is an amazing ace, an absolutely must for any beer aficionado visiting Prague! You often find yourself in "breweries" here amond all the vessels and utensils but you can't get any closer to the real thing anywhere but here!
The place just smells of a mixture of boiling hops and malts and yeast and you get hops in your face as they keep loading it into the cauldron. Everything is happening in front of your eyes, the fermentation, the hopping and you even see great oak rum barrels they use for aging. The whole thing is underground, very humid and damp, a real life brewery. You can even take tours and they even take you one floor lower to the "hidden" part where most of the brewing takes place.
They also have a separate restaurant (where they only serve Budweiser) and a hotel to stay at. Recommended when in Prague!

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of zknight
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of John_still_Confused
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

A large pub come restaurant with a selection of bars. The draught Budweiser (the Czech stuff) is usually excellent. The beers brewed on the premises are fine. A good selection of basic food well cooked. A good friendly atmosphere. I have "lost" several afternoons in this place.

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Photo of SebastianMandeville
5/5  rDev +28.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of aRedLetterLife
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of bwood06
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Absolutely love the feel of this brewery. Very small microbrewery that has a beer hall feel to it. There are only a handful of beers available but they are top notch. You can see all of the equipment used for brewing their beers as you sit and drink/eat as well which is really awesome. This brewery strives to keep things as traditional as possible and their beers reflect this in the taste/final product.

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Photo of Dzu
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SCW
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of ourranch1
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Didn't eat here, watched them brew and had a taste, beers were very good.

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Photo of Johnct
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Beer selection consists solely of their own beers and Budweisers, but that's not a bad thing. Beers are good quality, and of course cheap - what more do you want? Cool building, centrally located, and huge. Maybe it was not the right night when I went, but there were maybe a hundred empty seats. The "Brewery" portion consists of a window looking into a small brewery; not worth checking out. And the "Beer Shop" consists of two fridges with a few bottles; also not worth checking out. However, it's a great place to start the night off

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Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Srkolodn
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BRami127
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

There is actually 2 parts of this place. The first is the actual bar area with a beer garden on the 1st floor that serves Budweiser Budvar. Then there's the "hidden" upstairs part of the bar where they serve their own house made beers and the self-proclaimed "Strongest Beer In the World", X33 (obviously, they haven't tried Sam Adams's Utopias or Dogfish Head 120 IPA). I went with a bunch of classmates. We did not understand why we had to go upstairs to try their beers, but we played along. The 2nd floor is nice with stills and a brief history of their brewpub. The food was very good. The beers were even better. My group had their Old Gott and a Raspberry beer similar to a Frambois. I had the X33 which was sweet like a Dogfish 120, but nowhere near as powerful. They even had some Old Gott and X33 to take home (which I did for my friends to try). Touristy, yes (but only for those in the know). But worth taking a bottle back with you.

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Photo of catwoman
2.89/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of mille_K
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Bierman9
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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 | $$

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Photo of slacker79
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of DCon
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I came across this brewpub on the way to the Old&New Town Beer Tour of Praha. It is right next to a mall and when you walk in, a gift shop surrounds you. Only 2 levels tall, I decided to go upstairs to where the "brewery" was located.

Very easy going and cozy place. Was very dead on the top level (on a Friday Night) when I came here. Everyone must have been @ U Fleku or one of the other beer halls around town. I enjoyed taking pictures of this place because of how different it was and re-tracking what I saw in Prague that day. Downstairs had a few tables filled and a couple people at the bar but I just wanted to enjoy a brew before going onto the Beer Tour.

While ordering a 0,3 L of the X beer 33, it was tapped from somewhere in the back room... Such a strong brew, I can't say this was an Euro Strong Lager but more like a Barleywine.

After presenting the beer to me, I didn't see my waitress again after my order and paying her upfront. I'm guessing she was the only one around the brewpub that night, but still not a very entertaining place.

There were only 3 beers available at the time, the U Medvidku 1466, X Beer 33, and their Oldgott. I chose this X Beer 33 because of its strength and the glass that was on their beer menu saying "Nikdy nepti sam! Don't Drink Alone".

I wouldn't mind coming back here to enjoy some of their other brews but if I come back to Prague, there are many other places I would rather get to than re-visiting this place. I would suggest stopping in here if in Prague for more than 2 weeks but not for a weekend.

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Minipivovar U Medvídků in Praha, Czech Republic
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