Novomestsky Pivovar (New Town Brewery) in Prague is located near Wenceslas Square
, and is a traditional Czech pub style restaurant and microbrewery rolled into one.
As you enter the restaurant, the copper beer brewing tanks are right in front of you, set inside the first dining area. But there is much more to Novomestsky Pivovar, the restaurant is a labyrinth of rooms and alcoves spread over different levels.
This is a nice restaurant to try out some hearty Czech food. The menu has plenty of choice, with a variety of typical meat and fish dishes on offer, plus pasta and large salads too, all at very good prices.
For drinks, visitors can sample the brewery's own Pilsner beer, and a range of wines, spirits and soft drinks.
The service at Novomestsky Pivovar is straight forward; food and drinks are served in good time, but as can be the case in traditional Czech restaurants in Prague, waiters may appear a bit grumpy (they are not really, it's just a cultural difference!).
During the day, you might get a table if you are passing, but in the evening reservations are important. Novomestsky Pivovar is a popular restaurant both for couples and for groups.
Groups of 10 or more people can book a 20 minute tour of the microbrewery. The brewmaster leads you through the public and private areas of the restaurant to see where the brewing takes place, as he explains the beer brewing process.
Tours must be pre-booked, for anytime after 6pm, and must be combined with a meal before or after the tour. The cost is 98czk (£2.80/€3.50/$4) per person, payable on the day, and includes a beer sample. Please state on the booking form if required.