Prague's (Mostly) Smoke-Free Pubs

Expats.cz explores Prague pubs where you can wet your whistle without being smoked out

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Prague's (Mostly) Smoke-Free Pubs



An American, Australian, Canadian and Englishman walk into a bar in Prague and it was non-smoking. No joke. The bar was Baračnická Rychta (Tržiště 23, Malá Strana, Prague 1), up and around the corner from the US embassy. The bar had a good range of food and Svijany and Pilsner on tap all in a traditional Czech pub setting minus, of course, the tobacco haze.




 
The real joke is the new smoking laws for pubs and restaurants that went into effect July 1, 2010. These regulations only require pubs to have to show whether they are smoking, non-smoking or both. A walk around Prague pubs will reveal that most establishments display the KOUŘENÍ POVOLENO (Smoking Permitted) sticker, with the yellow triangle and a picture of a lit cigarette within. A smaller number have both a non-smoking and smoking area and an even smaller number are completely non-smoking.




 
The list below, while not exhaustive, shows some of the non-smoking or virtually non-smoking establishments in Prague's districts.

Prague 1

La Casa Blu (Kozí 15, Old Town, Prague 1) is famous as an expat haunt. Along with its wide range of Mexican dishes it offers a variety of Chilean wines and has Pilsner and Staropramen on tap.

Bistro Quido (Mariánské náměstí 1, Old Town, Prague 1) is located at the main branch of the municipal library. Apart from grabbing a Gambrinus they serve quite cheap meals.

U zlatých nůžek (Na kampě 6, Kampa, Prague 1) gives you a chance to take in some history with your Krušovice. Despite being off Charles Bridge, the square is not so crowded - at least not comparatively.

Potrefená Husa
(Hlavní nádraží, Prague 1) allows you to enjoy a Staropramen, Stella or other associated brew while waiting for a train. They also serve meals from bar snacks to main dishes.

The Monastery Restaurant at The Augustine (Letenská 12/33, Praha 1) was awarded as EURO´s Top 50 restaurants in Prague in 2009. Their menu is changed to the seasons and they offer also a Brewery Bar.

In V Zátiší (Liliová 1, Prague 1) they serve the main dish with two sauces. They call it „double pleasure“ concept. The restaurant doubles as an art gallery - paintings by leading Czech artists are on display and can be purchased

Zlatá Praha (Pařížská 30, Praha 1) offers free food for children under four and 50% discount for children aged between 5 and 12. For adults they have a good selection of beer including Pilsner, Stella and Krušovice.

Prague 2

Belushi's Bar & Restaurant (Odborů 4, Prague 2), a newly opened sports bar & restaurant at Karlovo náměstí, is entirely non-smoking indoors. Smoking is allowed at the outdoor terrace.

U klíčů (Náměstí Míru 4, Vinohrady, Prague 2) looks like a juice bar, but they have Pilsner, along with wines, cocktails and, well, juice. The interior is non-smoking.

Al Cafetero
(Blanická 24, Vinohrady, Prague 2) is a tasteful cafe at the base of an apartment block. Purists may scoff that they don't have draught beer. However, the bottled Pardubický Porter is worth a visit.

Mlsnej Kocour
(Belgická 42, Vinohrady, Prague 2) has a non-smoking restaurant with the smoking bar tucked around the side. They have Pilsner from a tank and a wide range of food, not to mention quite a spacious dining area. Used to be Cheers.

Restaurace Pod Slavínem (Svobodova 4, Vyšehrad, Prague 2) is a great low-key place not far from the train tracks. They have Budvar 10 and 12, light and dark as well as Pilsner. The place would almost be ideal if it weren't for the fact that while smoking is prohibited inside, it is still allowed by the bar.

U dobré myšlenky (Podskalská 27, Nové Město, Prague 2) is a quiet restaurant a block away from the river. Their non-smoking section is a separate room, though it's not the one with the bar. They have Pilsner, Staropramen, Hoegaarden and Granát.

Prague 3

Big Lebowski (Slavíkova 16, Žižkov, Prague 3) is a friendly bar beside and above a newsagents. They have dark and light Rohozec on tap or bottled Pilsner. And, yes, they serve White Russians.

Merenda
(Husitská 74, Žižkov, Prague 3) is divided into a ground level non-smoking restaurant with a cellar smoking bar. They offer a variety of beers, usually from the lesser known breweries. Check the 'pivní kalnedář on the website to see what they're pouring.

Prague 4

Magická Zahrada (Nuselská 114, Michle, Prague 4) has designated its winter garden as non-smoking. The menu is quite extensive and the mood here seems to be one for more serious dining than knocking back a Pilsner.

Kolkovna
(Budějovická 13a, Michle, Prague 4) might have a shiny new exterior but its inside is old world - high wooden stools, turn-of- the-century decor and ceramic beer mats. The food is traditional Czech with a twist. Or you can enjoy a Pilsner, Kozel dark, non-alcoholic Birrel or Master - all on tap. Apart from Master, the  beers also come in liter glasses.

Prague 5

U čerta (Zubatého 6, Smíchov, Prague 5) shows that you can keep the air clean without sacrificing atmosphere. Another great little local with Svijany on tap as well as a range of barrel wines.

Lokal Blok (náměstí 14. října, Smíchov, Prague 5) is all non-smoking except the designated smoking room. On tap they have Pilsner, Kozel and Gambrinus, the latter from a tank. Before sitting down to a drink though, try out the climbing wall located next door.

So with this list you, and our four friends mentioned above, can find somewhere to drink without bringing that distinctive pub smell home. We might not be doing much for your liver, but at least we're saving your lungs.

If you have any other tips for non-smoking pubs in Prague, please share!


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clintonius (Guest)Published: 02:42:01 09.04.2012
@Pivni Filosof: That's the worst argument ever. If you walk into a Vegetarian restaurant you aren't subject to inhaling cancerous smoke. If you enter any smoking restaurant smokers infringe on non-smoker rights to breath carcinogen-free air. Don't forget employees rights are infringed upon by not being given a healthy working environment. Smoke is deadly.....proven deadly. Stop defending it. It's 2012, time to grow up and start being real. Czech is way behind the curve. They need to vote out the vampires who allow restaurants and pubs to allow poisonous air in the workplace.
Pavel (Guest)Published: 01:53:03 26.01.2011
If you are near the O2 Arena, Ceskomoravska metro station, a good place for excellent cocktails is the non-smoking bar Innuendo. They use top class spirits in all their cocktails - check them out on www.innuendo.cz
Brett (Guest)Published: 04:12:47 27.08.2010
FatBoy's Bar, an Australian pub in Mala Stupartska 5, Prague 1 is non-smoking. Checked it out last week, no complaints.
bad jeff (Guest)Published: 10:07:22 26.08.2010
Artisan Restaurant is also non smoking. We do have a terrace to accommodate the smokers..
Pivn Filosof (Guest)Published: 06:16:03 25.08.2010
Russ, I don't understand that thing of non-smokers rights. Last time I checked, going to a restaurant/pub/caf was something you chose to do. Therefore, the same way you choose to go to a placed based on convenience, price, location, service, kind of food, etc you can choose it based on whether the place is smoking or non smoking or has/doesn't have a properly separated non-smoking section. Now, if you still choose to go to a place knowing even before crossing the door that smoking is allowed there, well, it would be pretty much as if I went to a vegetarian restaurant and complained that they don't serve beef. Quite foolish, if you think of it, init?
Russ (Guest)Published: 02:59:34 25.08.2010
Innuendo Cocktail bar is actually (as opposed to 'virtually') smoke-free. Sometimes they have live music, sometimes DJs, and sometimes karaoke. www.innuendo.cz Kurta Konrda 507/20 Praha 9 (5 minute walk from Ceskomoravsko Metro)
Russ (Guest)Published: 01:54:38 25.08.2010
A "no smoking section" in a restaurant is like a "no peeing section" in a pool. It's either smoking or not. And "smoking allowed" is a joke, too...it should say "smoking required", because if one person is smoking, then EVERYONE has to. Another useless law that 1) isn't non-smoking in any way and 2) is being ignored anyway. (The law says that to post the "smoking and non-smoking areas" sign on the restaurant, it must have the two areas divided by a wall/door. I've seen at least 10 pubs/restaurants that have the dual sign and not one of them had sections actually separated.) Now coming to Prague isn't a trip 'back in time' in terms of customer service, but also in terms of health and non-smoker's rights. Welcome to the ashtray of Europe!
Skoti (Guest)Published: 10:07:23 25.08.2010
Basta Brew Pub (100% non smoking) Taborska 49 P4. Great beer and pub food. Restaurance Kulovy Blesk (100% non smoking) Sokolska 13 P2. usually up to 10 regional beers on tap. Please keep up the good work and keep this list going!
Shannon (Guest)Published: 10:57:07 24.08.2010
Czech Inn Kavarna off Francouzsk (Krymska tram stop, #4, 22, 33) is non-smoking. And they have 20kc Budvar happy hour from 6-8pm every day
dan (Guest)Published: 09:09:42 24.08.2010
the 2 ferdinanda restarants have nonsmoking areas - http://www.praguebeergarden.com/pubs/post/ferdinanda/
cheryl (Guest)Published: 06:10:57 24.08.2010
the only reason we're here is to smoke inside!
Pivn Filosof (Guest)Published: 04:56:39 24.08.2010
And BTW, I think the new law is very sensible. Clients know before going to a pub/restaurant/cafe if the place will be smoky and therefore, can't complain if they CHOOSE to go in anyway. Just remember another one. Kulov Blesk in Sokolska, near IP Pavlova
Pivn Filosof (Guest)Published: 04:51:51 24.08.2010
U Bansethu in Nusle, at least the brewpub is non-smoking (and I would bet the tankovn is, too). Klatern enk, in Břevnov. Na umavě, in umavsk, Vinohrady, there main room is non-smoking, smokers have to go to a small room by the loos. There are more, for sure, but I can't remember them now
Stephen (Guest)Published: 12:34:23 24.08.2010
Belushi's bar near Myslikova is also none smoking
Charlie (Guest)Published: 09:52:07 24.08.2010
Pivovarsky Dum in Prague 2 and Pivovarsky Klub in Prague 8 are both non-smoking and noteworthy for their microbrews.