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U Fleku

Bohemian Rhapsody:
Prague's Iconic Watering Hole
(Dispatch #9)

Story and photos by Tom Weber

dark lager at U Fleku

s night comes calling on the "City of a Hundred Spires," my mates and I – 25 travel writers and photographers invited by Insight Vacations to sample a portion of its Bohemian Rhapsody journey through the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary – climb aboard the luxury motor coach for a quick ride through Prague's Old Town district (c. 10th century) to the New Town district (c. 14th century).

Destination? U Fleků one of central Europe's oldest continuously brewing breweries at 500+ years and counting, and the Czech Republic's largest restaurant.

Dinner and suds are on our host's euro – one of many Insight "signature" moments – ensuring this intrepid "band of merry media" gets merrier and merrier as the night rolls on.

raditioinal Bohemian food at U Fleku

Blending water, hops, yeast and four kinds of barley malt, U Fleků has been brewing its distinctive dark lager beers since 1499. It also serves up mouth-watering, traditional Bohemian dishes from it's busy kitchen that can handle a capacity crowd of 1,200 foodies seated at long wooden tables spread around eight different, thematic halls – we laid claim to the Kaberet room – and an outside garden.

accordion and tuba players and mugs of lager at U Fleku

In between mugs of lager, hearty plates of goulash, speck dumplings and potato pancakes, apple strudel, and shots of Becherovka and Medovina, we lock arms and rock to and fro as brightly colored accordion and tuba players pop in and out all night long to serenade us with traditional beer hall tunes.

Prague at night

With the Czech Republic boasting the highest per capita consumption of beer annually – around 40 gallons or 160 liters per citizen – it's no wonder that U Fleků is this nation's iconic watering hole, for locals and tourists alike, and a fitting place to close out our two-night stay in Prague.

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Cesky Krumlov

See you bright and early tomorrow morning when we place Prague in the rearview mirror and set the GPS for a fairytale town-slash-UNESCO World Heritage site: Cesky Krumlov.

Nighty-night.

Related Articles:
Bohemian Rhapsody: Jewish Quarter; Bohemian Rhapsody: Prague's Old Town Square; Bohemian Rhapsody: Glassblowing 101; Bohemian Rhapsody: Crossing the Charles Bridge; Bohemian Rhapsody: Storming the Prague Castle; Bohemian Rhapsody: Na Zdraví! (A Brewery and A Wine Cellar); Czeching Out A Bohemian Rhapsody; The Czech Republic – A Little Jewel, Part 2




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