U Vejvodu is a historic pub, beer hall and restaurant all rolled into one. The rate at which the beer is served ensures visitors enjoy some of the freshest, frothiest Pilsner Urquell beer in Prague, served ice cold at 34.90czk for ½ litre!
Set in the heart of Prague's Old Town, in a building dating from 1403, U Vejvodu is split over two levels.
Downstairs is a beer hall restaurant. Old photographs and other memorabilia depicting the heyday of Czech brewing adorn the walls, and waiters in traditional attire serve hearty Czech cuisine.
The music downstairs carries a traditional Czech theme. Sometimes an accordion player will also stroll around, and occasionally Old Bohemian bands put in a performance (these can be ordered by groups as a special request).
Upstairs is more of a pub style atmosphere and attracts a younger set. The music is more upbeat and Prague locals mix with couples, hen nights, stag parties, indeed all types of groups, everyone blending in to create a lively welcoming atmosphere. Some people just come for drinks, others to eat and then stay on for drinks afterwards.
Another reason we recommend trying the Pilsner Urquell beer here is that U Vejvodu is one of only a few establishments in the city to sell tank beer, which is delivered fresh from the brewery by tanker lorry. Taste the difference!
There are also several other beers to choose from too, both light and dark, as well as wines, spirits and soft drinks.
Advance reservations for groups wishing to eat are essential, and we would recommend it for individuals too.
A few words of caution: Firstly, drinks menus are cleared away around 11.30pm, and at this point prices go up. Ask to settle your bill once this happens, then if you want more drinks check the prices before you buy. Secondly, always check the bill carefully and let the waiters know if you don't agree.
Be careful and you will be fine, but these latter two issues cloud what is otherwise a popular beer hall and restaurant with plenty of atmosphere.