Immensely popular with locals and visitors, the Starobrno brewery restaurant should be a must-visit, especially in the warm weather.
While it's hard to actually recommend the hangar-like main restaurant with it's clamorous, echoey atmosphere, and the more traditional beerhall might be a bit too gruff and smoky for some, the real attraction is the huge terrace...and of course, the beer.
From late March onwards, the terrace, situated at the front of the building looking out over Mendlovo Namesti (not much to look at, granted) is packed with people from all walks of life, gathered here around wooden picnic benches to delight in Brno's famous brew.
There is a small play area for the kids, so the atmosphere is usually friendly and communal in spirit...there's also plenty of dogs around aswell!
The food is traditional Czech, where sheer quantity sometimes compensates for overall lack of imagination or quality. However, most dishes on the menu have been selected for their compatibility with the beer, and it's hard to think of anything that compliments it better than a shared pork knee with friends.
There is occasional live music and other events going on throughout the year - check out their website for details. Some English is spoken here.
Favorite Dish: The pork knee is delicious, served with mustard, horseradish & traditional dark Czech bread.
This restaurant, with a nice restaurant--garden in front of it might be a great place to have lunch, while you admire the great architecture of the Jugendstil / Art nouveau - building.
You cannot miss this building,but simply make sure, you also search of the great door with the 2 shynxes and the lovely door-knockers, made like a dolphin or whale...
Favorite Dish: Do not expect a menu in English, most of the waiters will be able to speak or understand some german though.
I'm feeling quite smug about this, and I don't care who knows it...I currently live twenty seconds from perhaps the best local pub in Brno! I'm not alone in my delight that a place like "Blahovka" exists - it is held in high esteem by almost everyone I know, and has won awards from the Pilsner Urquell brewery for it's excellent beer.
Stored in tanks on the premises, the brew is a delight - crisp, cold and perfectly poured, and if there's a better one outside the fabled gates of the Plzen brewery, I'd appreciate your recommendations.
The pub itself is hardly anything special - if you didn't know what it was, you might walk in and out again, dismissing it as just another small, dark, smoky old man's pub. Which in some senses, it is - but one that is staffed by professional barmen who clearly take great pride in their God-given duty, making sure everyone gets a perfect beer every time.
It's usually hard to get a seat inside, which might actually be a blessing to visitors not used to sitting in a densely smoky atmosphere, so it's best to pay for your beer at the counter and stand out on the street. From the first warm days of spring, there are some standing-only benches out on the pavement, and when they're used up, patrons just spill out onto the street with their beers.
It's a good atmosphere with a decent mix of people, and the relatively high prices keep a lot of the riff-raff away.
The other draw is the pork knee (Veprove Koleno) - a massive chunk will be served up on a wooden board with mustard and horseradish, and everyone just gets stuck in. The meat is beautifully soft and salty, and goes perfectly with a few half liters of beer. There are a few other bits to eat, such as balls of blue cheese covered in chilli powder and tacked to a piece of bread with a cocktail stick, but here it's all about the beer and the knee.
A must-visit for beer lovers from anywhere, and if you're nice, the barman might show you some photos of his mushrooms.
Favorite Dish: The pork knee - I've seen people react with absolute horror to the idea of eating this, but it's delicious. I'm not into fatty and gristly meat, and I'm always astonished to see locals strip a knee right down to clean bone, but digging around in one of these bad boys produces enough succulent, tender meat to keep any carnivore happy. An absolute treat.
"U Capa" is a bright, clean, modern beerhall and restaurant situated on the corner of peaceful Obilni Trh, which offers excellent Pilsner Urquell beer and above average interpretations of classic Czech and Moravian cuisine.
The main restaurant area has a contemporary feel to it - it still has wooden panels around the walls, but in light wood, which means it isn't as dark and oppressive as some more traditional beerhalls can be. In the warm weather, there are also tables and chairs outside on the square under gigantic Pilsner parasols, and it's a lovely spot on a quiet square with Spilberk castle high above on it's hill.
The beer appears to be their main draw, stored in tanks beneath the pub (you can see them through the glass floor as you enter), which means each half-liter is as crisp, cold and fresh as it should be. However, it's not quite as good as the beer at nearby "U Blahovky" and is rather trumped by it's food.
It's pretty easy to knock Czech food, especially in a town where almost every pub and restaurant churns out the same dreary, unimaginative offerings, with varying degrees of mediocrity.
"U Capa" is one place which really makes you realise how tasty and enjoyable Czech food can be, when cooked and prepared well. Tender Rizek (Schnitzel) with creamy potato salad; saucy gulas with moist bacon dumplings; tangy, meaty ribs with horseradish and mustard, the list goes on - and each one is presented nicely and compliments the beer beautifully.
They also smoke their own meat on the premises which is a nice touch; however, vegetarians don't have too much choice other than the standard fallback options of pickled or fried cheese.
Even better quality restaurants in Brno can be hit-and-miss - superb one visit, shoddy the next. "U Capa" currently has the highest strike rate for me - as one of my new local pubs, I've thoroughly enjoyed every meal I've had there, and always look forward to eating there again.
Thoroughly recommended; even the bar staff are polite, the menu is also in English, and there's even a play area for the kids in the Square.
Favorite Dish: The beef Goulash has been my favourite so far - a really rich sauce with tender hunks of beef, with a heat to it builds nicely in the mouth and cries out for more beer. The dumplings were also very good, moist and tasty and just enough of them - I hate not having enough dumpling to mop up with!
Pegas has excellent beer in both pale and dark lagers, filtered, as well as a delicious wheat! Everything is brewed on the premises so you are guaranteed a delicious memory! I tried them all and would definitely recommend you do the same. :)
Favorite Dish: The BEER! ;)
Starobrno is one of the best Czech Beers and it is brewed directly in Brno.
You can visit the brewery (guided tours at weekdays), but the real good thing is it's food and the famous beer.
The restaurant has a huge indoor area but offers also an outdoor terrace, which is preferable due to it's better athmosphere.
Remark, that there are different menus for inside and outside.
The beer is not only one of the best I ever drank, it is also very cheap (about 0.50 € a pint!). It is provided in many different sorts (like, dark, mixed,...) and is freshly tapped.
The local's closing time is at 10 p.m.
When we were there they had also a big video wall, because at that time European football cup took place in Portugal.
Favorite Dish: Spare Ribs and a big Starobrno....
it is a bit more expensive than average, but two people can share one dish and they will be both satiated, huge portions
there is an area for children and facilities to play, but also it is possible to hide from them ;)
if there is no free table, do not be sad, just few meters from here, across the road, there is another great restaurant Hacienda Mexicana
Can confirm quality of food and also quality of beer. Place where locals go, but very reasonably priced. Language a slight problem with menu written in very poor German, but we got by. One meal based around local dragon with dragon-reconstruction on plate. As an introduction to Czech beer, this place cannot be bettered.
Big and famous restaurant at the top of the slope that makes up the Cabbage Market Square (Zelný trh).
I have been here many times since 1989 and it has changed a little but is generally good value for money.
Favorite Dish: Traditional Czech meals!
Pork, cabbage and dumpling and a plate of dumpling or Goulash.. or the non-bird Moravian Sparrows.... a bit like our English beef olives.
If you have not read my Brno overview page, I must start this with a caveat, namely that it was written in December 2010 from a trip in June 2007. I know that other tips like churches etc. will not age too much but restaurants come and go and standards vary greatly and I have read a couple of more recent and negative reviews of this place.
I rarely eat a large meal in the middle of the day, preferring to save my appetite for the evening but after a fairly strenuous days sightseeing in Brno I was a bit hungry and fancied something filling. Czech cuisine is excellent for this, consisting generally of tasty , hearty food. As you can see from one of the photos, it was not busy with the lunchtime service winding down. the service, however, was poor considering they had so few customers. I eventually managed to order a beer and perused the menu. Skipping starters, I headed straight for the mains and ordered a wild boar dish with dumpling and a side order of potato. Again, service let them down badly and it took an absolute age to arrive. Ah well, time for another beer.
The meal, as I recall, was tasty enough although I have eaten better in the Czech Republic, and it is certainly not the cheapest place I have eaten in in that country. I suspect there are better places to eat although the setting and location are great.
Favorite Dish: I would not like to suggest a favourite dish as I only ate there once as described.
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