Pivni Galerie

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Type: Store

U Pruhonu 9, Holesovice
Praha, 7
Czech Republic

02/ 20870613 | map

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bmonster
1.8/5  rDev -57.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

Ya wanna know why this place hasn't been reviewed on here for years? It's because it was displaced as the top store, and now seems even more irrelevant when the likes of Pivovarsky Klub is superior in all ways, and closer to the center. The owner speaks English, but can be a real dick. I tried to drink a beer I bought there, and was stopped. Wtf for? Is this place really as uptight as the U.S. when it comes to beer rules, and how you can't drink a bottled beer you bought at a store that allows people to drink drafts? The selection is nothing special for a Prague beer store. Pivovarsky Klub is still the place, along with Zly Casy. The selection is better, the atmosphere and drafts are MUCH better, and the service there is great (unlike Pivni Galerie).

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Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Can't complain about this place at all... Upon my visit two months ago, I was firstly greeted by silence with the presence of the owner, his pertner, and a local customer... (maybe they haven't seen oriental faces often?) But after I started asking for the owner's help with a list of beers I was looking for, ice was broken and all three joined force to give their individual opinions.

While waiting for the owner's efforts to look for my beers, I had two fantastic, fresh draught beers and one bottled, rare tmave at the adjacent small tasting room/cafe served by the owner. The cafe is very dark but quite cozy for me, which is said to provide beer tasting in three to four languages for a group of people if booked in advance. The three beers I tried were live witnesses to this place's quality, but the whole range of my selection (plus his recommended beers) looked even better, accompanied by the leaflets and beer mats for each brewery I got my beers from.

In the end, the owner, more friendly than most Czech people I met over there, asked how I got to know the place, to this answer I naturally mentioned BA. Not surprised he was.
In short, I'd certainly go back even if only for their nice atmosphere and fresh draught beers. In itself this beer shop is a very decent mini pub as well~~ Any BA should feel guilty if he/she missed this place when travelling in Praha.

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Photo of ark57
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

I stopped in here on the prior beerfly reviews and they are dead on. This place is amazing for Czech beer. The store is spotless and it has the largest selection of Czech pivo that I saw anywhere on my trip. So far the beers that I have had have been in great shape so they definitely know what they are doing. Nothing old or mistreated yet. I couldn't even begin to name most of the beers but I was looking for Herold beers and they had those, which was the only place I found them. Most beers were pils/pale lagers, but there are others such as dunkels, vienns/red lagers, and the occasional stout, porter, or wheat. I even remember noting that they had a few belgian beers, but for the life of me I don't recall because it was nothing that I can't get at any of my regular stores in the states. Not that it was the fault of the store, but when I visited, no one spoke English. The owner (who supposedly speaks English) was not there and I was left to search on my own. I had little idea of what some were so I grabbed a little of this and a little of that. They did give me matching coasters and brochures for every beer that I picked out, which is cool. I don't have room for too much glassware at home so I didn't want to tempt myself too much because they had an extensice selection of mugs and glasses and antique bottles. Everything was reasonably priced. I think I paid about $15 for 20 bottles, almost all of which where half liter sized. They helped me pack it up in a box and I was on my way. I will be back to try new stuff my next time in Prague.

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Photo of RocketWidget
5/5  rDev +18.5%

OK, this is very simple. If you are a BA in Prague, GO TO PIVNI GALERIE! Just do it. Trust me.

The longwinded version: As far as I can tell, this place has at least one brew from every micro-brewery in the Czech Republic, and usually multiple brews from each (no Czech Macros, but you can find those in every other store in Prague, so no biggie). It's a small store, but it doesn't need much more space. The main entryway has all the brews displayed. It makes you really appreciate how lager intensive the Czechs are, as just about every brewery has at least a basic lager as their flagship beer, but I have found stouts, porters, herbed beers, honey beers, fruit beers, wheat beers and others on the shelves. The other small section is a bar. Every day, two different Czech micro's are on tap, so, be sure to go a bunch.

The place is plastered in beer paraphernalia, signs, mugs, etc. You can buy glasses, T shirts, etc., although the selection is small. You can tell the owner loves his beer. He speaks English, Czech, and I think Swedish, and is very friendly and helpful. Not too many imports, if any, but this is a Czech beer store, so no problem. Just relax and enjoy the brews.

PS Did I mention that each .5 liter bottle averages 15-20 crowns (50-70 cents) ? Yea.

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

An outstanding Beer stoe located in the suburbs of Prague.

Walking in you'll notice the store is fairly small, but there are somewhere between 30-40 brands on display with each with multiple varieties of beer. There is also lots of drinking geer, goblets, mugs, and "painters racks" for holding beers. Growlers and 5l minikegs from a hotel with a brewery are on sale also.

The owner is amazingly friendly, fluent in both english and swedish. The only other employee I've seen is his wife, who is also friendly but does not speak much english.

Theres also a small pub for tastings in the back. Everyday two different beers are on tap for your enjoyment. When you buy check out you'll settle the tab.

Prices are regular Czech (cheap), a little more expensive though since some of the beers are strictly regional, and almost all high quality.

If I had one complaint it would be that the store is almost totally lagers. Theres a few stouts and an ale hidden here and there, but its not much.

Fairly easy to reach if your in prague. Simply take the red line to it's most northern stop and then take the 12, 15 or 1 tram towards U prohu.

Great place!

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Pivni Galerie in Praha, Czech Republic
Place rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 6 ratings