With Spring and St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, we felt it was time to update our list of the Best Irish Pubs in Prague for 2020. A few are the same, but we have two new entries this year… to see where they rank, read on!
A modern Irish pub is a far cry from the taverns of the Irish countryside where the Irish pub idea was born. When people think of a traditional Irish pub they usually think of people playing music, laughing and generally getting sloshed but it wasn’t always like that. The traditional Irish pub was actually the center of the community, acting as the local post office and often the mortuary whilst a body was waiting to be claimed. They certainly didn’t used to have any plasma televisions and coverage of every sports game on the planet. The publican acted as a town official and would oversee weddings, funerals and christenings and would often lend people money if they were short. He had a crucial role to play and was often a pillar of the community.
Whilst the role of the Irish pub may have changed and the ‘brand’ exported to the rest of the world, it doesn’t mean that the bar won’t have an authentic Irish feel to it. The food, the beer, the people and the décor can all affect the ambience of an Irish pub, as well as the Guinness of course. From Singapore to Tel Aviv, Irish pubs are a staple of any modern city across the world. In my travels last year I visited 8 cities around Europe and I found more than a few Irish pubs in each of them. Vienna in particular had a few really good Irish bars, as did Bratislava and Barcelona, but the city with the best Irish bars happens to be my home of 4 years; Prague.
So, without further ado, here are my Top 5 Irish bars and why I like them so much.
No. 5 – Rocky O’Reilly’s
Rocky O’Reilly’sd is a classic Irish bar to watch your favourite sports with your friends. Neatly located and easy to find, they have a separate bar for smokers and non-smokers which can come in handy when you want food. A friend of mine recently asked if I wanted to join him there after work and when I arrived, I found that he’d been there all day, drinking beer and watching Lawn Bowls on the television; I didn’t know how competitive people get over Lawn Bowls! The bar does get crowded with tourists and stag parties, so expect a rambunctious atmosphere on a weekend. The beer is cheap and good quality by English standards.
No. 4 – The Dubliner
Another great pub for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. When you arrive you’ll be greeted with a huge Céad Míle Fáilte by all their staff (you can either Google that or wait and see what happens). Next, settle in for great live music, sport and the best “craic” in Prague. Definitely worth a stop in for a creamy pint of Guinness. You’ll definitely feel the Irish vibes so stop in and learn how to do Paddy’s day the Irish way!! For more details of exciting offers on the day, check out @dublinerprague on Instagram or visit their website.
No. 3 – O’Che’s
With Guinness, Kilkenny and Gambrinus on tap, O’Che’s gets the third position in my list of Irish bars in Prague. It wasn’t an easy choice to make, but the free WiFi, the great tasting beer, reasonable food and the general ambience of the place is pretty special. I would definitely advise a pint or a few here if you are visiting. If you live in Prague, you should try this place at some point. The staff are super friendly here and will help you with anything. They often have live music and karaoke Mondays are always a hit.
No. 2 – The Irish Times
This bar has it all to offer this St Patty’s Day: Amazing food, live music all day and all night, an outside seating area and creamy pints of delicious Guinness on tap. Their super friendly staff will make sure you never go thirsty while being immersed in the perfect Irish setting on the most Irish of days. You can follow them on Instagram by checking out @theirishtimesbarprague for more details or visit their website. Link is in the name.
No. 1 – James Joyce
James Joyce is a firm favorite amongst both locals and tourists. The staff are always extremely friendly and the beer is pretty good. They boast a wide range of whiskies, a hearty selection of wholesome food, and the atmosphere is always fun. They have quality screens for all your sporting needs and they play almost every major sport. The best thing about James Joyce is the low prices, considering the superb location.
*Editors Note: This list has been updated from last years breakdown by Russell Adam Webb to include two new entries. Don’t agree with our list? What’s your favorite Irish bar? Look out for our new directory coming soon where you can “vote up” your favourites.