The favorite watering hole of the late, great Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal (who was something of an expert in these matters), ... More
Zlateho Tygra (U)
The favorite watering hole of the late, great Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal (who was something of an expert in these matters), this classic Czech pub features two medium-sized rooms full of 70's soccer memorabilia and beer-woozy patrons. The daily line-up for a place to sit starts at about a quarter to three as tour groups and the upper echelon of Czech beer drinkers usually have made arrangements in advance, thus the reserved signs on the majority of tables. Loyal locals ranging from manual laborers to artists to businessmen along with the occasional tourist divide up the rest of the seating. Standard Czech beer snacks along with the finely pulled brews are on offer at inexpensive prices considering the central location.
After many visits to Prague over the past few years, U Zlateho Tygra (The Golden Tiger) is the best example of a local pub that you could find. Good cheap beer snacks rather than meals (sausage and cheese) and probably the best pint of Pilsner Urqell in Prague at 21 korunas a half litre. The pub opens at 3, but get there before then or you won't get a seat. It is full by 3 o'clock and stays that way until 11. There are only about twenty tables in the place and don't be surprised if you are sharing your table with 3 or 4 different nationalities all willing to share their experiences.
This pub is an institutian in Prague. A lot of intelectual prague residents drops by. Tourists - especially big groups- are not welcome., and I can see why: the pub is filled up in seconds with serious czech beer drinkers when it opens at 15.00, and it stays very busy till it is closing at 23.00. The pub serves only one kind of draught beer, pilsner Urquell. This draught is well known to be the best beer in prague because of it is so fresh due to the enormous amounts of liters they sell evry day.
The Golden Tiger is a rarity in Prague's Old Town - it's an honest, old-fashioned Czech pub that is anything but a tourist trap. There's no rip-off 90Kc beers, like most Old Town bars and restaurants - and the draught Pilsner tastes great! The snacks are also good, with sausages & mustard being a safe choice. The "collection of spicy meats" is pretty good too, but they include some kind of murderous green pepper (it looks like a huge grape) that is unbelievably spicy. Eat with caution.
I've always loved this bar, and going there is one of the things that's kept me coming back to Prague. I've eagerly brought friends there, and sometimes even met some nice locals. The only downside is the seating; it is sometimes impossible to get a seat, especially during peak hours. If you do get in, sit patiently, soak up the ambience, and down a couple pints; it's the Czech thing to do. Na Zdravi!
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