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 in Prague; served ice-cold of course.
Set in the heart of Prague's Old Town, in a building dating from 1403, U Vejvodu is split over two levels.
Downstairs is the main restaurant, which is in the style of a beer hall. Old photographs and memorabilia depicting the heyday of Czech brewing adorn the walls, and waiters in traditional attire serve hearty Czech cuisine. This is a fun place to eat, to soak up a typical Czech experience.
The music carries a traditional Czech theme. Sometimes an accordion player will stroll around, and occasionally Old Bohemian bands put in a performance (groups can order a band by special request).
Upstairs has more of a pub style atmosphere and attracts a younger set. The music is more modern and upbeat, and Prague locals mix with couples, hen nights, stag parties, indeed all types of groups, everyone blending in to create a lively, warm atmosphere. Some people just come for drinks, others book a table to eat (reservations are important on busy nights), then stay on for drinks afterwards.
One reason we recommend trying the Pilsner Urquell beer here is that U Vejvodu is one of only a handful of pubs in the city that sells tank beer; the beer is delivered from the brewery in vast quantities by tanker lorry. Taste the difference!
There are other beers to choose from too, both light and dark, as well as wines, spirits and soft drinks.
A few words of caution: Firstly, check the bill carefully and let the waiters know if you don't agree. Secondly, 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.
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.