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První Novoměstský restaurační pivovar

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Vodičkova 682/20
Praha, 110 00
Czech Republic

+420 222 232 448 | map

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by AllThingsNinja:
Photo of AllThingsNinja
2.93/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This establishment's middling beers weren't enough to make the kitschy blend of czech country and brewing decor seem authentic. All the pieces are in place, but the magic is missing. There's nothing transcendent, and very little remarkable about this rather convenient brew pub. It has the standard two colors of beer, and a gimicky taster with flavored beer. The food is tourist friendly traditional czech. The menu does have a number of multiperson meals which looked interesting but weren't quite right for a guy flying solo. I was there in a slow spell and the abundant staff were a bit worse than typical for czechs.

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Photo of Vlad_cz
5/5  rDev +43.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of bwood06
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Interesting restaurant area that has the mash tuns right by the tables so the brewmaster was adding malt while we were eating. Not a particularly memorable brewery other than that since they only offer 2 types of beer. The food selection was nothing really out of the ordinary but the food was executed nicely, albeit somewhat plainly. Beer was good but there were many other places that I visited on our trip that had better.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Novoměstský Pivovar is Prague's first brewpub, founded in 1993, which gives it some importance, but overall it was the place I liked least. On the other hand, it was also the most amusing in many way.

You enter off the street through a passageway where they've got cases displaying their souvenirs. It's very touristy in that way. You enter into the "Mayor's Room", and the brewery itself is behind that. As it was winter I didn't go up, but there's a terrace above it. I asked if there was a bar area to have drinks and was quickly led into the bowels of the place through a cavernous, maze-like rabbit warren of hallways, stairs, and small rooms. We passed the kitchen, the "Podskalí" (whatever that is), the fermentation rooms, and finally ended up in one of three "Gothic" rooms. It's so big that they give you a map!

We were seated and ordered a beer from a waiter who clearly did not want us seated in his area. Shortly after, but before the beer arrived, a group of diners arrived and he had us move to the table in the back corner; which was fine, except that it was very dark (the rooms are charming with a medieval kind of feel). There were menus available on the wall, printed on different colored papers: Italian, French, German and Spanish... no English... perhaps they'd run out. Fortunately I can read all of those languages so it was no problem. It's a fairly large menu, which is nice to find in Prague, but it's also fairly expensive in comparison to their competition.

Here are some examples:
• side of rice - 35-Kc / $1.75
• Baked potato w/ garlic sauce and bacon bits & salad - 150-Kc / $7.50
• Mushroom soup with sour cream and dill served in bread bowl - 190-Kc / $9.50
• Steak with mushroom sauce - 480-Kc / $24
- please be aware that smoking is allowed at night, but not during lunch from 10 am to 2 pm.

They offer two beers, light and dark, which are available in .3L, .5L, and 1L glasses for 39-Kc/$2, 65-Kc/$3.25, and 130-Kc/$6.50

I had two .5L beers which should have been 130-Kc but the waiter demanded 170-Kc., leading me to believe that there is a charge for the table (at least if you do not spend enough, or if you don't eat).

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Photo of jdlarkins
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Not far from Wenceslas Square; kind of garish; touristy looking; but not many tourists there. Sat upstairs in small open ceiling sitting area. Tried some beer friendly apps. and their golden yeast lager and dark lager. Beer were solid; similar to Pivovarsky Dum. Service was terse; as usual in Parague. Go for the house brewed beers; not much else to the place. Have a couple and move down the street; toward U Fleku (south) or Pivovarsky Dum (north). Still; a good stop on a beer centric visit to Prague.

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Photo of bulletrain76
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

Weird place. Surroundings were trying to be like a brewery, but they don't pull it off to well. Maybe it was just the fact that it was dead when I was there. Food wasn't too good, and the beer was the worst of the Prague brewpubs that I had, though not that bad overall... They only had two selections: a dunkel and a pils. The pils was really light and mild and the dunkel just had a slightly off taste to it. It was cool to find a new place, and the hunt was half the fun, but I probably would skip this unless I was set on visiting all the brewpubs in the city (again).

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.56/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Novoměstský Pivovar (New Town Brewery) is located on Vodičkova toward the south-central part of the city, not too far from Wenceslas Square. Not sure about the parking situation but there appeared to be some street parking in the surrounding blocks. Fairly easy to find walking from the Danube port though.

There is a small walkway leading to the brewpub that features some breweriana and menus. The interior has lots of wood, brick and plants and is split level. There is a small gift shop in front near the host stand where bottles can be purchased to go (which we did). The brewhouse offers a view of their brewing equipment as well.

Service was good considering the language barrier.

Novoměstský has only a couple of beers available both on draught and in bottles. Basically a "light" and a "dark". They also have a couple of guest taps from Stella Artois and Clausthaler. The beers are more or less average.

We did not try any food on this visit, but looking at the menu it appeared to be mainly traditional Czech fare.

Overall this place is worth seeking out on a visit to Prague.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited in 2000.
Restaurant and brewery, own beer from 11 °P - beer yeast unfiltered blond or brown. > 300 seats in a spacious attractive.
The brewery specializes in typical Czech - you will find traditional specialties, such as the tripe soup or garlic, fillet of beef, goulash with beer, grilled pork knee served with horseradish and mustard, roast suckling pig and other delicacies.
If the young Czech generation is growing in restaurants, the majority of customers Novomestsky Pivovar is mainly composed of tourists who come to enjoy traditional dishes and enjoy Czech beer house.

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Photo of gnoff
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've visited Novomestsky Pivovar 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 my birthday dinner and a guided brewery tour of the pub brewery for our group.
They have a 10-12 kg roast pig if you order at least 24 hours before, so that's what we'll be having :D

Last time I can remember trying two beers of theirs, the "light" and the "dark". Don't think they had any other beers, but with that quality, who needs more?

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 a 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.

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Photo of wl0307
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Visited this brewpub with my GF at our first night in Prague a month ago. Thought we'd have some beers before moving on to the dinner but the waiter hurried us to order as the pub would need to be cleared of customers to welcome a large group at 10pm... The two house beers were pretty decent, quite tasty for 3-4%abv. Yet when I asked the waiter at door for more information about the beers, the only answer was that I had to join the guided tour to learn more...

Having had our dinner, not too bad traditional Czech cuisine, at the first-floor terrace and paid, we were hurried back downstairs as the terrace had to close at 9:30pm. But when we were back at the seemingly spacious and quite empty ground floor area, the waiter told us I had to stand near the entrance and finish my almost full pint of dark beer (which, btw, was poured 1.5 inches under-measured earlier on), because they needed to clear the pub and wait for another group of tourists!! After arguing and almost begging, finally an older staff "allowed" us to sit beside the bar for ten minutes to "finish your drink"~~ Well I must say the service is not the strongest point about the place (in British English), or simply put, horrendous!! Given that most of the waiters speak English quite well, there must not have been any misunderstanding I'm sure... Still the beers are very good, opening my eyes to tasty draught Czech lagers at such low strength, before moving on to a much more friendly, quality brewpub, Pivovarsky Dum (The House of Brewery).

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Photo of ark57
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 4

The atomsphere is nothing special. I ended up sitting up on the terace where there are picnic tables with cushions on the benches. The beer selection was only one beer when I visited (just their light lager, they were out of the dark at the time) but the food selection was pretty good (slightly better than U Fleku). It is also cheaper than U Fleku by a slight margin. I had the juicy goulash which was a nice stew with beef and sausage. The food and the service where very nice. If you don't know Czech go here because you know that you will get a good meal and at decent price and the beer is at the average price I noticed on my trip (about $1 per half liter as opposed to U Fleku's $2).

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Photo of IPA17
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5

The place had a decent atmosphere. Lots of good looking food went flying by. They have only 2 beers, a light and a dark lager. Very disappointed in the selection. Well, I had the dark. It was good but not outstanding. I expected more but got a good beer, nothing special. The service was average. I think they are really geared to the food and not the beer.
Overall, try it if you are hungry or in the area but don't go out of your way to get there (reason for going: there is another brewpub--a better one--nearby, so you can hit them both in one shot.)

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Thumbs up to this place. Located in downtown Prague. Walk in and you will see two giant copper vats, where the beer is actually made. Though I wanted to sit there, unfortunately they had no room, so our party went upstairs. Up there is very nice benches in a thatch styled room, adorned with bunches of hops. Menu is quite good, I really enjoyed the Grandma Something or Others platter for 2, a very good variety of meats and dumplings. One night there was a live accordion player, to give a very German-like brewpub theme. Prices are moderate, affordable.

On to the beer! See my reviews for more info, but basically they have a light and dark house lager, both brewed right there and both very fresh. I liked them both, and I've come back for it. Reasonable prices too. Very cool place.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

An excellent overall brew pub and restaraunt located in the heart of prague. Great location, a short walk from the mustek subway stop on Vaclasav square. Walking in you'll be greated by a friendly wait staff and a tastfull restaurant. The pub is upstairs, just sit down and start drinking. Theres both light and dark beer, and a collection of foods. I had a plate of very tasty cheese plate with my beer and a friend had a tasty beef dish. Some of the other dishes look spectacular, I can't wait to try them.

The atmoshpere is nice, everyone is friendly, it's not too loud, but still feels lively.

prices are moderate-cheap for an establishment of this quality.

All in all a few hours more than well spent. As far as brew pubs go this is far better than U fleku, but the beer isn't quite as good. A great place to go for dinner and drinks.

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První Novoměstský restaurační pivovar in Praha, Czech Republic
Brewery rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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