Our Top Ten Pubs in Brno for 2017

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In January last year we published a post on our favourite top ten pubs in Brno, which generated a lot of discussion and opened up more options of pubs for the Klobasa to visit – and indeed we did. So, following on from the popularity of that article, and following up on a few suggestions, we have returned with a new top ten. Whilst one or two of the absolute best have retained their place in our list for 2017, we have added a few new surprises for consideration.

We have chosen these 10 based on quality of beer, range of beers snacks, service, and general atmosphere.

Once again, these are merely our personal favourites, and wait with bated breath for our readers to inform us on our mistakes, errors and unbelievable admissions.

In no particular order, the Blansko Klobasa’s top ten pubs in Brno 2017…

Zastavka – Úvoz 78

Zastavka is the automatic go-to place of the Blansko Klobasa, and it is fair to say we are now locals. This bar serves one of the best pints in Brno, and an extended, ever-changing list of beers ensures endless reasons to return. The accompanying beer snacks include the infamous karbos, which are freshly made and offered to those lucky enough to be there in the mid evening. All snacks are made to perfection and are served by some of the most attentive staff in the city.

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U Tekutého chleba – Moravské nám. 755/14A

U Tekutého chleba is our most central pub on this list and probably one of the most recently opened. A no-frills pub, running on the policy of a variety of often-changing beers, it gains its popularity by consistently offering new things to try. There is both standing and seating areas, no-smoking, and a screen to watch the sports, if you so wish.

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Garage Pub – Travinky

We are still not sure if this bar actually has a name, but the owner, an artist, has turned his garage into a no frills bar serving our favourite beer, Policka. It made our top ten for the welcome from everyone. A local pub for local people, you are guaranteed a friendly welcome from the owner and his wife, if you can find it.

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U Dvou přátel – Tábor 25

This is a big favourite of ours, it’s just simply a brilliant bar with a carefully chosen selection of beer and ales and you can line your stomach with some of the classic beer snacks we are always banging on about. U Dvou Pratel is an upbeat place, the scene of some great music and a place to grab a beer and learn a bit about what’s inside the glass.

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Zubatá Žába – Jungmannova 1146/33

The ‘Toothy Frog’ is a Policka-serving pub situated in the Královo Pole district of the city. With excellent beer and a cozy atmosphere Zubata Zaba remains one of the top picks for the Blansko Klobasa. It is also close to one or two other Klobasa picks, which makes it ideal for the favourite Blansko Klobasa pub crawl.

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U Sajmona pod Hájkem – Botanická 608/28

Another new entry to our top ten, U Sajmona serves up a great glass of Chotebor not too far from our place of work. We’ve always had a great welcome and highly recommend trying some of the traditional Czech dishes with your beer.

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U MíčeStaňkova 15

It’s hard to say anything bad about U Mice – it’s opposite our office, it serves Policka. A popular place with the Brnaci and it’s not difficult to see why. Last year we recommended the cheese balls, so this time round we heartily suggest trying the roast beef sandwich.

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Lokálek – Kotlářská 265/5

Lokalek is tucked away just off Konecneho Namesti and is quite often frequented by fans of Kometa and Zbrojovka, the local sports teams. There’s a always a game on the telly and recommend any of the the beers they have on tap.

Srdcovka – Poděbradova 716/12

Srdcovka is definitely a pub with atmosphere. Laying deep inside a dark basement, the pub offers a decent few beers and a lot of classic rock music. You can also get your range of classic peer snacks to go with it. The owner is often on hand to help you with your choice of pivo.

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Schrott – Křenová 291/10

Designed with an industrialised interior, Schrott offers something a little different and is our only pub behind Brno’s central train station. A little detour under the railway bridge is worth it though, as Schrott offers an atmospheric drinking experience and a wide range of drinks. The hermelin ain’t bad either.

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Honourable mentions:

It is worth mentioning these as they are some pubs that are certainly worthy of a top ten list but narrowly missed out on ours for various reasons. Last year U Bomby was suggested to us, and while it serves excellent beer, we’re not too sure about the atmosphere on the occasions we’ve been there. Pomaly Bar was on our last year’s top 10 list but has narrowly missed out this year. Blahovka and U Capa are old favourites, especially if you like Pilsner. Zelena Kocka has a great choice of beer and some decent snacks if you want somewhere more central. The Starobrno Brewery, too, is worth visiting if you have never been before. Finally, we would like to suggest a tram ride to the pub at the FC Dosta Bystrc stadium for somewhere nice to sit in the sun on the warmers days. It is a favourite Sunday trip for the Blansko Klobasa.

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A wasted Sunday afternoon

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“You go off and explore Brno for yourselves I think it would be nice to spend some time away from me”

“I’ll meet you just after 5.00pm in the pub next to my flat”

I am not too sure if the above sounded convincing, but this was the excuse I gave to my brother Ross and his girlfriend Carys as I said farewell to them in Spolek, a pleasant café in the centre of Brno.

I had “more” important things to do ….a pre-season friendly on the astroturf close to the old Boby stadium. The game which had caused me to abandon my visitors (sorry) was Blansko v Tisnov.

A friendly over here is exactly what it should be and offers very little in terms of competitiveness. What it does give you is a chance to bed in new players and if you manage to go into the season with a string of good results it can raise the confidence of supporters and players.

The game against Tisnov was our first opportunity to see Ivan Beranek and Dominic Flachs both promoted from the youth team plus close season signings midfielder Frantisek Schneider and defender Lukas Kolacek. In addition to this we would also see if our new boss ZZ Zboril had made any major tactical changes to the way we played.

Any pitch where Petr Svancara plays attracts a crowd, so it was no surprise to see a healthy crowd of a 100 plus. What was a surprise and a cause of disgruntlement amongst the Klobasa was to see that only Lukas Kolacek from the new additions had bothered to turn up (we are not buying into the excuse that they were all ill)…We could have stayed in U Biheho Beranka a bit longer.. text us next time.

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Disappointment put to one side (as soon as we’d opened our Cerna Hora), it’s great to see ZZ intends to play attacking football and the team favour passing it out from the back rather than hoofing it up field and so the style of Michal Kugler has been retained. This is a huge relief for all of us who had to put up with the ineptitude of Grmela’s team a couple of seasons ago.

Apart from the positive style of our new manager, we didn’t learn too much about the squad. The good news is Honza Trtilek and Petr Svancara have continued their good form, both scoring in the 2 all draw. In addition to this we still have David Juran (a friend on Facebook) performing well between the sticks..Keeping hold of these 3 is a massive boost to our promotion hopes and we go into the first game after the break full of confidence and with a new flag.

As Wingy wrote earlier in the week…. Roll on Rosice.

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Our Ten Favourite Pubs in Brno 2015

Where are we?

A common question from friends and followers of our blog has been – “What’s your favourite pub in Brno?” or even in the Czech Republic, so we have decided to spend the winter break reviewing our top ten pubs in Brno and hopefully it will provoke a response from the Brnaci, who will tell us that we are wrong. We hope so, as we are always happy to try a new pub out.

So, here you are and please, you are more than welcome to recommend pubs in Brno, Moravia, The Czech Republic and Central Europe.

U Míče – Stankova

A clear favourite of ours. Sits nicely opposite our place of work and serves up the perfect Policka for under 30kc. Quite often the waiters will bring round fresh beer snacks to accompany your pivo. Try the niva balls…

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Bláhovka – Gorkeho

It’s probably the most famous of all pubs in Brno and has a bit of a cult standing amongst the Brnaci. Most of the time it’s standing room only inside and outside…even when the temperature is -20 outside.


Starobrno Brewery – Mendlovo Namesti

Starobrno isn’t the most popular beer in the world, but it’s our beer, so we like it. The autumn and winter months see us propping up the bar in the old part. The summer sees the courtyard packed with locals from morning till night. Serves great food and has a great atmosphere in the summer. Often a popular place to go before heading to watch Kometa Brno.


Pomalý Bar – Uvoz

Sitting conveniently between the abodes of two of the Blansko Klobasa, the appropriately named “Slow Bar” can be found relaxing at the foot of the road to Spilberk Castle. The warm and familiar atmosphere inside this smokey pub make it a great place to sit in the late hours. The pickled cheese with olives is definitely worth a go too.

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Cafe Laundry – Lidická

Another smokey, basement pub and this time with both Policka and Poutnik on tap. The cheese balls are top quality too. It is about 5 steps away from the beautiful Luzanky Park, which ensures there always dogs hanging out in Cafe Laundry. Lots of dogs.


U Dvou přátel – Tábor

One of the more recent additions to the Blansko Klobasa’s favourite pub list, U Dvou přátel is worth a visit for many reasons. Aside from the welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff, the pub has an excellent range of beers, complimented by a superb selection of beer snacks. To top it all you can often hear good music, not only from the stereo but also from the occasional live acoustic show.

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Zastávka – Uvoz

A great establishment which happens to be right on my doorstep. Opened in 2015 and offers a good range of beer from different breweries. I recommend the Mazak 11 degree and getting there around 9.00pm when they offer you a freshly made “carbac” to go with your drink.

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U průmyslovky – Jana Uhra

Although U průmyslovky is not a place for those who prefer more glamorous establishments, there is something grand about this pub with its old large hall and high ceilings. Often sought out by the Klobasa at the end of a long winter’s evening, U průmyslovky is a welcoming watering hole that always feels something like home. Now with the added bonus of Policka on tap.


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Jungmannova

A fairly new one for us, the “Goofy Frog” is tucked away in Kralove Pole and is the “sister” of U Mice, so it gets our vote. Policka on tap, so you can’t go wrong.

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Na Božence – B. Němcové

Not too far from the home of Zbrojovka Brno, na Bozence is not only popular with the football crowd. Poutnik on tap at a fraction of the price of bars in the centre. You can’t go wrong with a beer and nakladany hermilin. We have also heard the klobasa is one of the best in Brno.

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Pivnice U Čápa – Obilní trh

Good food, great service and a lovely beer garden, we’ve put U Capa in for the welcome. Always a smile and nod of recognition when we pop in on our way home from a game. Finishing the night with a hruska cap has become a bit of a tradition for us.

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So there you have it, our personal top 10 for 2015. See you at the bar.

Five Breweries in One Day

Where next?

Where next?

After our recent trip to Polička had yielded what appeared to be the perfect pint, we decided to take up the call to arms and go off to various parts of the Czech lands in search of (or at least confirmation of) the truth. And for that very reason two of us found ourselves on the 8am bus to Pelhřimov, home of a beer going by the name of Poutník, to begin what would evolve in to a stunning accomplishment of 5 breweries in one day.

Alighting on to a lonely, wind-swept bus station on the outskirts of Pelhřimov we headed in the direction of the first tall chimney we could see, only to find it stood proudly atop a furniture store. No matter, it had in fact led us to the home of FK Pelhřimov, and so of course we had a little tour before setting off in to town.

Like many Czech towns the central square is an attractive, and colourful, display of renaissance baroque architecture making any walk through a new town pleasant. Which is lucky really seeing as everything was closed at 10 on a Saturday morning. We meandered in awkward circles passing numerous Kozel, Gambrinus and Pilsner signs in search of a promising Poutník. When we finally found one bar with a large Poutník banner on the wall it was, of course, closed. We decided to stop pissing about and went straight to the heart of the matter – the brewery. It was closed. All day. The hill opposite proved a nice picture opportunity though.

Poutnik

Poutnik

We stepped around the corner and finally, and gratefully, fell in to a Poutník bar! For an impressive 20 kc we had ourselves a pint, raised it to our accomplishment and knocked back a swig of Poutník to find out it was a bit shit really. It seemed to taste better back in Brno. Disappointed, we left and walked about 30 minutes in a huge circle to find a bus stop that was actually just where we started, and had another disappointing Poutník in a bus-station bar. We jumped on to the next bus to Humpolec, home of the Bernard brewery.

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Closed

What to say about Humpolec? Well, everything was closed. We didn’t really hang around long enough under the greying skies to get a feel of the place but headed straight for the Bernard brewery which, of course, was closed. The nearest Bernard bar we found just so happened to be a 4-star hotel (or was it 5?). We walked in to a massive dining hall surrounded by huge mirrors and gaudy interior decor and paid a full 35kc what was, it must be said, a decent pint. The clouds were darkening outside, and our search for the perfect pint had not been going as well as we’d hoped in the land of many great pints. And with the next stop being Jihlava, for a beer renowned for being a bit rubbish, the future did not look too bright.

Bernard

Bernard

The historical town of Jihlava is itself an attractive place to wander in to in the early evening. The large central square is a more expansive example of many Czech squares but with an added buzz, due in part to the one thing all Czechs seem to hate about it – the communist-built shopping centre placed slap-bang in the middle of it. Now, it could be argued that the communists didn’t really have an eye for beauty, or even any sense of space at all, but while the Czechs lament this abomination in the square others could argue it kind of ties the room together like an old greying rug your grandmother just doesn’t want to throw out. Whatever the case we sped past it at a rate of knots for the first public house we could find and out of chance landed in to a micro brewery. The Radniční was certainly a decent pint, no doubt about that. But the near empty bar, the slow lounge music, low lighting and romantic candles were putting us on edge, so we drank up, left and found the Ježek brewery.

A bit posh in here, innit?

A bit posh in here, innit?

Everyone we talked to about Ježek turned their nose up at it, but it certainly wasn’t the worst pint we had that day, and the food in the brewery bar was just excellent. After thinking we’d successfully snuck in to the home of hockey team HC Dukla Jihlava only to find out the front door was actually open, we sat ourselves down to our final pint of Ježek in the arena bar. We were really only there so one Klobása could watch the Swansea – Cardiff game and eat a second meal in as many minutes. After he and Swansea had enjoyed victory we headed home, via a quick final beer in Brno’s Pegas brewery. It ain’t a bad beer, Pegas, but the pint of the day was probably the overly expensive Bernard – a 15kc Polička it wasn’t…

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Jezek