České Budějovice (Budweis) Pub Guide
Bars - Brewpubs - Beer gardens


České Budějovice (Budweis) town squareThe City

České Budějovice is somewhere in size between a large town and a small city. The old town has a simple gris pattern arranged around a huge central square.

It's rather better known internationally under its German name of Budweis. A long and at some times nasty copyright dispute with American giant Anheuser-Busch has left the two local breweries unable to use the town's name in many overseas markets.

České Budějovice pubs

The centre of České Budějovice is remarkably poorly served for pubs. The main square - which you would expect to be lined with boozers - only has a couple. Of those few pubs there are in the centre, very few sell beer from the two local breweries. As in the rest of the Czech Republic, SABMiller in the form of Pilsner Urquell and Inbev with Staropramen, dominate. I couldn't find a single outlet for the town's smaller and less well-known Měšťanský Pivovar brewery,

České Budějovice breweries

Thre are still has two breweries, though you might not realise it just wandering around town. Budějovický Měšťanský Pivovar is the smaller, but older and, one billboard aside, totally invisible. The other, Budějovický Budvar, is the last Czech brewery still owned by the state. There's a simple reason for that: no-one wants Anheuser-Busch to buy it, which is what would certainly happen were it to be privatised.

České Budějovice Pub Guide
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Budvarka Pivnice
ul.Karla IV 8-10,
370 01 České Budějovice.
Email: hotel@malypivovar.cz
Budvarka, České Budějovice
Opening hours: Mon - Thur 10:00 - 22:30,
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:30,
Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Number of draught beers: 2
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.
Budvarka, České Budějovice interiorLong and low, with a bar counter at its heart, it's reminiscent of many Prague boozers. The copper beer taps gleam cheerfully. At the front booths line either wall. The rear are long tables and benches.

It's 16:00 on Saturday, but is already quite full. I immediately notice that there's no smoking ban in the Czech Republic. I've got used to the clean air in Bavarian pubs. The blue air as quite a shock. What will it be like later in the evening?
Rating: *** Public transport:

Potrefená Husa
Česká 66,
České Budějovice.
Tel.: 387 42 0560
Potrefená Husa, České Budějovice
Opening hours: Mon 11:00 - 24:00,
Tue - Thur 11:00 - 01:00,
Fri 11:00 - 01:30,
Sat 12:00 - 01:30,
Sun 12:00 - 24:00
Number of draught beers: 7
Number of bottled beers: 6
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.Beer 30 crown for 0.5l.
Potrefená Husa, České Budějovice interiorEven if you were unaware that this was part of an Inbev-run chain of pubs, you'd realise as soon as you looked at the draught beer list: Staropramen Světlé 10°, Staropramen Světlé 12°, Staropramen Tmavé 12°, Staropramen Granát, Staropramen Velvet, Leffe Bruin, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden. The Stella is 43 crowns, the Staropramen Světlé 12° just 30. What sort of mental deficient would drink the Stella? No, don't answer that question, I already know the answer. A young trendy with neither a sense of history nor tastebuds.

This isn't exactly my taste in pubs. You could find somewhere similar in any city in Europe. Over-designed and with zero charm. It's what the young'uns like nowadays. We were born around 30 years too early to be regulars.

The room is deserted apart from us, and the two lasses and their consorts. When I go to the toilet, I realise why: we're sitting in the no-smoking section. The smokers' room is packed. The toilets are an absolute disgrace - modern and spotless. What happened to the dirty toilet competition they used to hold in Czech pubs? (That was I only explanation I could think of for why bogs were so willfully filthy.) This country has gone right downhill since the end of communism.
Rating: * Public transport:

Restaurace Masné Krámy
Krajinská 13,
370 01 České Budějovice.
Tel.: +420 387 201 301
Fax: +420 387 201 302
Email: info@masne-kramy.cz
Restaurace Masné Krámy, České Budějovice
Opening hours: Mon - Thur 10:30 - 23:00,
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 24:00,
Sun 10:30 - 21:00
Number of draught beers: 3
Number of bottled beers: 3
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.Beer 29 crowns for 0.5l.
Restaurace Masné Krámy, České Budějovice interiorIt's still one of the few pubs in town selling Budvar. In the old days, that was because it was all exported, being one of the country's best sources of hard currency. I'm not quite sure what the reason is now.

In the mid-1980's it was converted to a pub and was pretty posh by Czech standards. A renovation in 2007 has left it posh by any standards. That's pretty tacky. Except for giant TV screens showing ice hockey.
Rating: ** Public transport:

U Tři Sedláků
Hroznova 488,
370 01 České Budějovice.
Tel: +420 387 222 303
Email: utrisedlaku@seznam.cz
U Tři Sedláků, České Budějovice
Opening hours:
Number of draught beers: 3
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals 65-75 crowns.
A modern interpretation of a traditional Czech pub, which retains features like bemch seating and lots of wood. Now I've seen a photo of the inside, I wish I'd gone in.
Rating: Public transport:

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