Part of a pub/bar chain run by Pilsner Urquell. I believe there are three or four situated throughout Prague, the best in my opinion being Celnice (near the Obneci Dum) and Olympia (on the other side of the river). Though they look very plush, the food is great value and delicious. The beer, naturally is divine and very reasonable considering the location of the pubs.
V kolkovnì 8, 110 00 Praha 1; Tel: +420 224 819 701
When I was a happy Sorbonne student, me and my "Amphithéâtre" mates used to meet up at this hidden but crowdy pub after class. Drinks are cheap, the landlord's pitbull doesn't bite and the setting is great. Inside, the Pantalon (Trousers) looks like a microscopic Parisian street where all customers can leave their artistic touch or simply stick their chewing gum under the table. Happy hour between 17h30 and 19h30. Open at 10 am till 2 am, everyday.
Le Pantalon, near the Panthéon 7, rue Royer Collard 75006. RER or Métro Luxembourg. Tel:01 40 51 85 85
Ornate,art nouveau hotel- excellent value for a cake and a drink and fabulous, if slightly worn surroundings- real character and a welcome break from all that walking and absorbing the sights!
Wenceslas Square- central prague you can get there by tram- the best way to travel around Prague.
Ten years ago all the bars in the Vesterbro neighbourhood were much like this. Kitsch, old-fashioned and rough around the edges.
McKluud (the name comes from the 70's series McCloud) is one of the few bars that has survived the trendy development of the area. Here the old locals sit alongside the young, artsy-fartsy types. A bottle of unfashionable but cheap Albani beer seems to be a symbol of unification between the generations. Play billiards in the back room, too.
Istedgade, on the corner of Oehlenschlagergade. 15 minutes from the Central Station.
'Práce' means work. The only work you'll do here is of the drinking kind. Not the easiest to find, but nothing is with a skinful of Star and Absinth. Table football that no-one seems to mind you slamming your hands on in frustration. Bar staff don't seem to talk but maybe we just couldn;t understand. Mostly a blur. Which is good.
Kamenická 9, Prague 7
Much maligned street with a large number and variety of bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants. A few years ago it was trendy, now looked down upon as a bit commercialised, victim of its own success, betraying its indie roots. Still, if you are after a few drinks and a good party atmosphere with everyone up for a good time, this is the place to go. On Friday and Saturday nights see the place heaving with people, many of them heaving.
Stodolni ulice, pretty much in the centre of town. One or two tram stops from the Elektra Kavarna/cafe
Great pub, popular with students, young crowd. Beer garden out back. Stock Czech menu, so smazeny syr, hranolky a tatarka (fried cheese, chips, tartare sauce) is good stuff. Some other good bars in the area, too, including Akropolis club and not far to walk to see the radio/TV tower with statues of babies crawling up it.
Bořivojova 110, Prague 3 Trams 5, 9, 26, 55 and 58 (stop Husinecká).
This is a restaurant precinct near the University of Sydney, and home to lots of goths, gays, upwardly mobile africans, professors and students, and people who like to people-watch. There are some 60 restaurants in the 2 kilometres or so, all of which are reasonably cheap and usually good. You can get a good feed for about $20 a head. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Bring your tastebuds! Several pubs and a couple of backpackers' joints.
Take a bus from the city (438, 426, 423 ,422), go past the university and get off when you smell cooking and see weird folk walking around. Or take a train to Newtown.
You'll find it in any guide book. Get there at 2.45 pm or earlier to queue on any day. It opens at about 3.05 and you file in dutifully.
Husova 17. About 10 mins walk from Charles Bridge sort of on the way to the Old Town Square
Classic beer place in a cellar. Get away from the hordes of tourists. The place is actually two pubs, one upstairs, one downstairs. The downstairs one is the gem. Lovely beer, classic Czech food (full of cholesterol and stodge, but tasty) and the obligatory surly waiters. In the evenings you probably have to reserve. If there's just a couple of you, it's generally no problem to just ask people at a not totally occupied table if they can budge up. Drink: beer, maybe a Fernet to finish off. Food: Vepro knedlo zelo (roast pork, duplings, sauerkraut) or smazeny syr, hranolky a tatarka (fried cheese, chips and tartare sauce)
Pivnice U Rudolfina: Krizovnicka 10, a couple of blocks south of the Rudolfinum concert hall/exhibition space
The bar where the coolest contemporary Czech Film (by THE Czech director and THE Czech actor) was filmed, reasonably priced drink, relatively varied food and relatively unsmokey, the best bar I found in eighteen months of living there.
Come out of Staromestka metro, turn right then left then right, follow the left pavement until you come to a fence, follow that round the corner and you're there.
This is an internet cafe on the steps leading up (past the British Embassy) to the castle. Run by an English chap and his Czech wife, it's a great place for a swift beer/coffee whilst getting internet access.
Thunovska 21/195, Praha 1 - Mala Strana www.cizi.cz/ruze.php
A cafe/bar with wonderful snacks and coffee at very reasonable prices - 2 cappucinos and 2 krafens (like doughnuts) at half the price of 2 cappucinos near St Marks. We heard Italians coming out and agreeing that the coffee was excellent - a real complement.
On Campo San Stefano, near Accademia bridge and Vaporetto stop.
For quintessential Sydney I would recommend Icebergs it really is a must go to place. It has stunning views overlooking Bondi beach and a really good vibe - great if you fancy a night of cocktails and champagne - this is where all the beautiful people go. Try to get there early before sunset so you can take in the amazing views. The restaurant is very good here and great for either a lunch or supper but equally you can just enjoy a cocktail here. The food is fab although it is the view that is king.
Bondi Icebergs Club
1 Notts Avenue
Want a pub filled with chilled out thirtysomethings, with trendy black-clad staff, where more time has been spent describing the food than preparing it and has a wide range of overpriced standard beer? Then don't go to the Iron Duke. Cheap beer, Racing Post-mad landlord, lock-ins, heavy drinkers, lasagne and chips, pool tables, fruit machines, a pint and a fight two pound fifty.
Not your standard Brighton pub.
Waterloo Street near the front
The fantastic Foreign Correspondents' Club. Stylish, beautiful, great food, very cold beer. The original in Phnom Penh is great, but this is even better. I wish I had done this.
Near the river, any tuk tuk driver will know it.
Five Ways is a little intersection of, you guessed it, five streets. It's got a whole bunch of fantastic cafes and bars, while still maintaining a low-key feel. It's a great place for buying the Sydney Morning Herald and eating breakfast.
It's in Paddington, so you can walk there easily from Oxford Street
A traditional local Aussie pub - and with 24-hour opening you'll never need to leave! Forget the over-priced touristy restaurants at Darling Harbour and head to the 'PBH' for a $6 special, hours of fun on the video dukebox and plenty of well-priced alcohol! Prepare for sticky carpets though - this place is authentic!
Nearest metro station: Star City
A small little bay with a beautiful sandy beach hugged by gorgeous natural vegetation and an amazing view of Manly. A little cafe provides the perfect lunch or dinner venue.
A great place to beat the crowds.
Get the boat to Manly from Circular Quay. Walk through to the beack and turn right and just follow the bay round to Cabbage Tree Bay.
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