This historic beer hall is featured in many tour guides as one of Prague's top attractions. Perhaps for that reason I was a bit afraid of walking into a tourist trap, but U Fleku is actually much more than that! Dating back to 1499, it is believed to be the city's oldest brewery. They brew only one type of beer, a flavourful dark lager, which they'll waste no time bringing to your table (after all, why else would you go there but to sample their beer?). The place was packed when we got there, but someone quickly showed us to a table, which we ended up sharing with other travellers (as seems to be the custom at U Fleku). The pub is divided into several large rooms, each offering a nice, festive atmosphere. Some musicians were playing what I can only assume to be Czech folk songs as we seemed to be the only ones not able to sing along. Food was quite good and not too expensive, which is mainly why I wouldn't call this place a tourist trap. Sylvain ordered the roasted pork while I got a big bowl of potato soup, and we both very much enjoyed our meal. Music, food and beer - it definitely was a fun way to become acquainted with Czech culture and traditions!
We were in Prague recently and decided that we have to visit this place after reading so much about it from the internet and from its own website. Besides, it was within walking distance from the Charles bridge. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were not allowed to enter any tavern room of our choice but were ushered into a specific room. The waiters were carrying trays and trays of beer and we were quite surprised when one of them came to our table and simply plonged 2 glasses of beer and 2 shot glasses of some liquer,(which we later found out to be Berechovska). When we said we wanted a different beer, the answer we got was that is the ONLY beer they serve there. What a surprise. What a different scenario from what we read from their official website.
After a rather bland meal of some sort, we took leave and asked the doorman if we could find a taxi readily. This is where the scam came in. The doorman went out into the street and hailed a 'taxi' already parked opposite the pub. It even has a TAXI sign on it but did not look one bit like the other taxis in Prague. What shocked us was the way the meter started jumping as soon as we took off. By the time we reached our hotel, the meter showed 319 crowns, almost triple the amount compared to the other cabs. We are convinced that this doorman works in cahoots with unscrupulous 'taxis' to rip off U Fleku customers. Talking of which, the prices at U Felku were alarmingly high, compared to the other pub/restaurants. The liquer costs 69 crowns for a small measure of no more than 30 ml and the .3l glass of beer costs 79 crowns.
To those wishing to check this place out, our advice, ask for the prices of the beer and you can always tell the waiter you don't want the liquer.
u fleku is a historic restaurant and beer hall in new town. u fleku has been brewing beer since 1499. they have eight dining rooms that have a "german" beer hall atmosphere. the food is very good and moderately priced. they also have a room that has cabaret style shows. the restaurant is usually crowded but the beer hall type seating is a great way to meet people. a fun place to visit when in prague.
The U Fleku is a tabern located in a 1499 brewery. It catch our attention because we read in a guide that they made their own beer since it was founded.
While we were having supper some musicians were playing the accordion, and some guests of a table were singing folks songs. So don't expect to find a real Prague place, it's all prepared for tourists. But the place it's really worth a visit.
Favorite Dish: The local and the food were very good, specially the Goulash (delicious).
The first time we went to Prague we visited this place and liked it so much we went back there again last year.
This is a very old restaurant/brewery that was founded in 1499 and although today it is a bit of a tourist attraction, with a museum and a gift shop, it is a great place if you ignore this.
There are long, wooden tables and you just sit where there is a spot, usually next to some other people as the place seems to be packed all the time.
The waiters will "automatically" come and serve you some beer and you must explicitly tell them if you don't want it. Then they start bringing you other drinks in some smaller shotglasses (Becherovka?) that you also have to refuse if not interested. As soon as you finish your glass, you will get a refill.
Tip: When you are on your last beer and intend to leave, drink until the glass is ALMOST empty and ask for the bill, that way you will not be served anymore - this is what the locals do.
Also remember that everything they bring and you accept, you will have to pay for, it is NOT on the house.
The dark beer is brewed in-house and only sold here (or so I was told), but if you are into something different, I recommend the Beer Cheese - the smell is repulsive but the taste is very good.
Last time we were there and I had a nice Goulash, which at 185CZK (about 6 Eur) was reasonably priced.
In the end, we asked for the bill and the waiter came to our table and wrote it down, in front of us, explaining each of the items, maybe avoiding complaints, but nice in any case.
There was also live music (check photo) which was nice as all the locals would sing along the popular tunes. The athmosphere is great and I will definetly go back when in Prague.
went to see the brewery but was closed, as was most of the rooms , due to winter I suppose, anyway, settled in for a pint which was served rather quickly but was damed good, fell for the liqueor trick ie handed 2 small shots, which was added to the bill later, overall a bit on the expenise side just for drinks, but put it down to experience. meals looked interesting for what I saw other people have.
Favorite Dish: just the dark beer.
We ended up in the U Matěje Kotrby restaurant after getting lost while looking for U Fleku restaurant. We liked it because of the unusual decorations spread on the restaurant walls, shelves and tables: crucifixes, sewing machines, old radios, vinyls, etc. The overall atmosphere looked a bit gloomy, but absolutely unique. We had an excellent dinner with goulash and local beer.
U Fleku restaurant is a must when visiting Prague because of the good local food and the unique atmosphere. There are no small tables, only long tables that you will share with other people.
Once seated you will be "offered" a small drink of local cinnamon liqueur, we found out later we had to pay for it! Don't be scared if there are too many people, service is fast, and you will almost feel in a hurry. Try local beer and local food, goulash is wonderful!
Perhaps U Fleku is the most visited pub in Prague, which is not a surprise, because its excellent Stout is brewed since more than 500 years here.
Whatever happens you should taste one of the famous local beers brewed on site.
The service is great. But it is necessary to watch , if a half sip ( or less ) in your mug is left over , then it will be replaced without any word immediately.
You are not asked, whether you want still one, or not , the next jug is before you already
Open: Mon-Sun 9.00 - 23.00
A jug of 13° lager - 2 Euro
Favorite Dish: Only one kind of beer may be ordered, but it is very strong and very tasty.
The pub is a place of pilgrimage of the hungarian Beer-drinkers.
Two beer, or not two beer: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer......... rather more beer than two.
This place is simply a tourist spot. Most of the time you have large German and English tour groups coming through, which really adds to the atmosphere (bit of sarcasm). But at the same time, when you put together the big mugs of beer, the huge plates of traditional czech food, and the Oompah band, you simply are going to have fun. And the staff there do their best to make sure that happens.
It might be the "touristy" thing to do, but its fun anyways!
Favorite Dish: Roast Duck, dumplings and sweet cabbage, plus a little shot of Czech medicine...
We planned to meet up with my colleague Merry and her husband. They were going to meet some locals at U Fleku. I had read in the VT reviews that this was a very, very touristy place… but we decided to go anyway. It certainly is a tourist place – I don’t think there were any locals except the people who worked there. But it gave us our polka fix. There was a guy with an accordion and later on there were two guys, one with a horn and one with an accordion.
We had a lot of beer. They serve only one beer, which I assume is there own brew. It is dark and was actually pretty good, but no Pilsner Urquell.
Nicole had the sausage. It came with potatoes and horseradish. I had the beef fillet in cream sauce. It was similar to what Nicole had at Cerny Orel a few days earlier. It was better at Cerny Orel.
We had a good time because the company was good. Merry and Mark were fun. And we met a number of chaps from the UK and had fun talking with them, as well. Their names were Peter, Andrew, Will, Andy, and Alan.
The bill was also very touristy. For 27 beers, 4 dinners, and 4 shots of some unidentified liquor, the total before tip was 3300 Kè.
Favorite Dish: Beer.
I have read some reviews that dismiss U Fleku as a touristy place. Well, it is, but it is FUN. What is wrong with mixing with folks from Argentina or Chicago? Within seconds of being seated at long tables shared by whomever a beer appears in front of you. And it is a nice dark beer brewed on the premises. Before long a strolling band of tuba and accordian comes through playing old familiar songs and everyone joins in a lusty sing in whatever language they want. Who cares it they are locals or tourists? The beer is good, the food is good, the atmosphere is great.
This place was founded in 1499 and is huge with several rooms, halls, lounges and a terrace. We had pretty traditional food, goulash with dumplings and sausages with potatoes but it was all very tasty and the beer was especially good. The waiters also try to get you to have some kind of herbal liquere which is pretty strong and not particulaly to my taste.
We visited early in the meal with 2 ladies from Argentina and later with three young people from Chicago. While I don’t want to spend my vacation in crowds of tourists, it is fun to meet folks from other places and enjoy their perspectives and comments. One of the ladies from Argentina said something that made me think she took us as British. When I said, “We are Americans,” she replied “we are all Americans.” Oh yeah, there is the Southern one too!
That's an old brewery and bar that still produces a strong black fermented beer (Flekovsky Tmavy Lezak 13)
The bar is divided into many different rooms with antiques andrarities and is usually packed with people who want to taste the beer (quite expensive anyway) and have some traditional dish.
We visited U Fleku on Boxing day, as it is one of the places to visit at least once when you visit Prague. And what a dissapointment it turned out to be!!
The main, large room you see in the pictures all over the internet was closed due to the festivities, so we sat down in the smaller rooms available. This was not such a major dissapointment. The minute we sat down, however, we were hardly given the chance to have a look at what's available. A waiter carrying a tray of beer immediately asked us whether we wanted a beer and when we responded positively he handed us two glasses from his tray. Shortly afterwards another waiter carrying a tray of shots offered us two, which we accepted (not free, of course). Every so often, the beer-carrying waiter would come to our table asking whether we wanted another beer.
To me it was obvious that U Fleku is a major tourist trap, trying to make as much money as possible from its fame. A proper pub lets its customers enjoy a drink, rather than pestering them every so often for more. Needless to say, we decided to leave after one beer. But the problem did not stop there...
...I gave the waiter a 2000Kr note (by mistake), instead of 200Kr. He accepted it and gave me change as if it was a 200Kr note. A few seconds later I realised my mistake and went to the bar to explain the error. I saw him standing there and talking to his colleague with a big smile on his face, showing him my 2000Kr note. When I explained my error, he returned the note and apologised that he did not notice it either!!!! Yeah, right!
Favorite Dish: My only suggestion is to go there once, so you can tick it off your list of places to see. I certainly would not go back there again.
A typical Czech beer hall with a history dating back to over 500 years ago... it's very popular with the tourists... should not be missed! Atmosphere is fantastic with their live entertainment.... drink their Black Beer brewed on the premises (oldest Czech brewery in Prague) and eat their goulash! They've also got an outdoor beer garden for the summer months...
Favorite Dish: Beef with bread dumplings