2018-07-27. The best things about this place? Beautiful beer garden. It's really awesome. So, where to begin with. First, if you saw Jackson's beer hunter episode dealing with czech beer tradition, that's how I would love U Fleku to be. Unfortunetaly, market economics played theirs part, and U Fleku nowadays stands as microcosmos for whole Prague - so damn touristic. Second, read, heard a lot about U Fleky Tmavy, but unfortunetaly, or it's just how things work out in end, old brewmaster passed his position to the next generation. Lots of people say, that beer quality was effected too. Dunno, cause cannot compare. But what I can deduct from what I got there, beer is not worth of this "legendary" status. Maybe in a few years, new brewmaster will get his Tmavy, will reach the elegance and complexityu, which usually are associated with U Fleku in the old literature, but today, in my humble opinion. Is not worth seeking - overpriced and playing with nostalgia. More like scam. Finished my beer and left the place.
An old beer hall and very picturesque - long trestle tables, dark wood, leaded and stained glass windows, wrought iron chandeliers - and a tourist trap of the highest order. There was a slightly intrusive accordionist and an exceptionally intrusive waiter whose job it was to try and foist spirits on customers as soon as they’d sat down. “It’ll be fun!” he said but we managed to resist. The shots of becherovka are presented as a welcome gesture but then, apparently, they show up on the bill. There’s only one beer and you get what you’re given - 0.4l of something dark and sweet but still, it had to be done.
(Visited 9 April 2018).
Beer garden bit away from the center. Half of the place was reserved when i tried to visist. Staff has no idea what's going on and is kind of rude. Prices are ok. Selection is limited to one beer. Overall: only reason to go there is the brewery tick..
Very much a tourist attraction but one well worth the visit. Huge beer hall with large garden. The one beer (a dark lager) was very nice. It's an old brewery but looks like it has been renovated quite a lot. Servers just constantly walk round with trays of beer, if you are sat far away from the bar then you might be waiting a while as they go back to the start after each tray is finished! Nice place on a warm evening. Accordion players wander round the courtyard playing.
Not a good place to eat if you are vegetarian/vegan!
Swietny klimat. Obsluga dziala jak w zegarku, swietny gosc od roznoszenia piwa, gosc od Becherovki faktycznie nachalny i wciska cos, na co ludzie nie maja ochoty. Przyszli tu na piwo. Jedzenie pycha. Minusik - do rachunku doliczaja 10-12% napiwku, o którym nigdzie nie ma mowy. Ale ogólnie miejsce mnie mega urzeklo.
Got there shortly before 12 am, people all ready singing. Only stayed for a beer each. Easy and quick seated, got our beer fast. The Becherovka guy was a bit pushy. We did not eat there. Payment was difficult, so we left sufficient cash on the table and walked to another restaurant.
Latest visit on August 5, 2017. Got there shortly before 11 am when we thought they opened, but apparently they open at 10 am now. Only stayed for a beer each, sat in the beer garden that was the only thing open, still quite a few people at this early hour. As per usual lots of staff, but not very fast service, the beer did get there quicker than usual, and the Becherovka guy only needed three no’s before he wandered on. The beer itself has lost quality even more, perhaps due to the brew master going to work somewhere else? Still a classic place, I’m likely to return, but the beer is just not as great as in the past.
Visited everal times since 2005, latest visit was Tuesday early, May 26, 2015. Got there around 10:55. Me and two friends sat down just for a beer each, didn’t eat and didn’t stay long. Not as crowded as many other times, also fast service for the beer and not as pushy as usual per the Becherovka that we don’t want. Easy and fast to pay after. Beer wasn’t as fantastic as I remember it, actually it was sort of bland and just OK. Not sure if they’ve changed the recipe, I’ve changed my preference or an old beer/bad taps. With the turnover I’d say not likely an old beer and I’d guess also not likely bad cleaning of taps. My hunch is they’ve changed the recipe and/or brew process since the way it was when I fell in love with this beer. Very touristy place, still worth getting to at least once. Very centrally located, easy walk from e.g. Lazarska.
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I’ve visited U Fleku once, when I was in Prague for one week in May of 2005. I will be going to Prague again in less than two weeks time and have booked a dinner and a guided brewery tour of the pub brewery for our group. Last time I can remember trying only one beer of theirs, the "dark". I don’t think they have any other beers, but with that quality, who needs more? A bit split about what to put under selection, they only have one beer, so selection is very poor, but the one they have is excellent, so what to say? Food is very nice too, and good sice portions of that. The place is very bit pricy compared to many non-tourist places in Prague, but it’s worth a visit and I’d say it’s pretty much mandatory to visit it at least once when in Prague. Can get quite crowded, so might be a good idea to make reservations or come as small groups (or alone). Visits to the brewery is possible, but make resevations to be sure, specially if you want the guide to be able to do the tour in English. If the waitors comes with glasses of Becherovska and you don’t want it, tell them fast, or you’ll end up paying for it anyway. A bit confusing since one guy handles beer, another food, a third the becherovska and a fourth the payment. Once you get the hang of that it’s easier to follow who you should try and get the attention from.