Where Sports Fans Go to Get Their Fix

Yes, everybody loves it. Or at least pretends to love it. People are obsessed with fitness and jogging  and these freaky trendy sports like squash or spinning. But, to be honest, beer lovers prefer watching sports to actually doing them. And there’s a lot of sports on TV, and of course most everyone knows how to watch a live stream on the internet. Sometimes, though, it is better to enjoy a sporting event somewhere outside, with beer and a bunch of other people – football World Cup, Champion League Finals, Olympic games and so on.

Here are three places that might be useful for you to get started, but the best way is to explore on your own, of course. Of the three places, the fist is more mainstream, the second is quite punkish, and the last one may be called… well, rather unusual.

Lion & Ball

Photo: Qwert

Photo: Qwert / prague.tips

In the very heart of Old Town there is a very touristy pub. You can see nearly every important sport event, especially football (or soccer, in terms of English). The main room inside is non-smoking, which is good. You can watch something like 10 events in English at a time, because there are several TV screens on the walls. If you can’t do without a smoke, you can sit at a separate table near the staircase, which also has a TV on the wall, of course.

The biggest disadvantage are the prices of beverages and food, which are twice as expensive compared to normal pubs where the locals go. That’s why you’ll see mainly tourists here. But the atmosphere is nice and… sporty.

How to find it? Simply hit Staroměstské náměstí and ask for Týnský Chrám. Just behind this church, there’s a thin street called „Týnská Ulička“. The entrance is right here.

Dejvická nádražka

Nádražka, photo: bkm / prague.tips

Nádražka, photo: bkm / prague.tips

Railway stations are usually not the best place to spend more time than necessary in the Czech republic, but Nádraží Dejvice is an exception. The reason is not the appearance of the actual station, but the railway restaurant. Well, restaurant might be a bit euphemistic for this place. If you want to experience some time travel to the middle 1980s, you definitely must visit Dejvická Nádražka.

Major sporting events are always on a huge screen (unfortunately in Czech. And the chance of seeing the Superbowl here is zero). The bartenders are rather rough, but this should not discourage you. It  is part of the Czechoslovak 1980’s atmosphere and charm. And fortunately the drink prices are below average, even for locals. Speaking about drinks, your beer choces are Staropramen or (better choice) Pilsner Urquell. If you want to have even more fun, the price of spirits are REALLY low.

Thirsty Dock

Photo: Archive of Thirsty Dog

Photo: Archive of Thirsty Dog

Tucked behind an inconspicuous small cellar door in the side of a house in Kostelní street in Letna, is the Thirsty Dock. At first glance, it does not look very promising. But you’ll be more than surprised if you double tap on it.  In fact, this place is not a pub, it’s really a shop. A beer shop. First dissapointing thing you’ll notice will be there’s no brew on tap. On the other hand, there are 50 kinds of bottled beer available, which is enough to delight most anyone.  The point is, you choose something, take a seat and drink it inside.

The interior, which looks like a low deck of a ship, is incredibly impressing. And the main thing is the huge plasma TV that shows major football, ice hockey, or tennis. After it all ends, the visitors are able to pick the brew they liked the most and take it home.

So, those are a few suggestions to start your journey. There are many other options and I encourage you to have fun finding them.


Author: Martin Hrbek

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