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.

Steps in One Direction

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So, to Rosice for the final game before the winter break. We had a full complement of Blansko Klobasa members, two of whom have yet to see a Blansko victory! And we weren’t terribly optimistic that this would be the one either, given FKB’s rather patchy recent form, and the fact that Rosice were sitting second in the league.

Steps to Rosice

Shortly after leaving the station we were confronted with a huge flight of steps leading up to the main street. But we bravely slogged up them, fortified by the thought of the beer we were going to get at the top. And so, after a short diversion to look at the Chateau (Culture: tick), we headed for beer (tick). Thence down to Rosice’s ground, a trim little stadium,  with one small stand and some terracing running the length of one side of the pitch, and a view of the countryside, and a training pitch opposite. We were well impressed too with the local support – lots of scarves on show, and a drummer. Our own drummer was left on his own again , at least until we arrived, and looked a forlorn figure, poor guy.

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As for the game, it was pretty much a summary of the season thus far. Blansko made a good fist of it, but Rosice looked more skillful and more physical, and with a bit more accuracy in their shooting could have won by a larger margin. It looked like boys against men for most of the game, and although Blansko took the lead with a well-taken goal from star player Honza Trtílek (missed by Craggy, who had had an embarrassing Mr Beanesque accident with the water taps in the toilet), Rosice hit back, and were worthy 3-1 winners.

At least the walk back was down the steps. And with a pub at the bottom.

BeerAnd the klobasa? Well, Rosice definitely produces a strong contender for klobasa of the season. Once again, however, we had to make-do with mustard as the only condiment, begging us to ask the question – what do football grounds have against kren (horseradish)? The peppery side dip adorns many a klobasa when it comes to restaurant eating, and even festival eating. But as a side to a football sausage it remains absent. This is something we will continue to investigate .

And so now the football season comes to a close for the winter break. But wait, what is that I hear you say? ‘Christmas klobasa?’ Oh yes, we will be on the search for the best klobasa over the winter period. But more than that, you may find us popping up at games all over Europe in search for the perfect football snack…

P:S. Can I (Wingy) say on behalf of all of us at ‘The Klobasa‘ a big thank you to those of you who have taken the trouble to look us up. If you have any comments to make about the site, or about life or football in general (the same thing really), we’d love to hear them. And we’re intrigued to know why you found us!