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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Beer festival

Beer festival

A few years ago as an icebreaker with one of my post secondary school classes, I asked them all to prepare a joke. The following day, Petr stood up and asked me to name the three most famous beaches in the world. “Copacabana, Rhosilli  and …..” , before I could name a third he shouted out “Trebic” (Tre beach) – a rubbish joke, but it got a lot of laughs and helped the lesson no ends.

Trebic is in a landlocked country and of course it doesn’t have a beach, but it does have a brewery and a football team…so, a perfect way to spend a Saturday.

Urban brewery

Urban brewery

Urban Brewery served it’s first beer in 2012  and is one of a number of micro breweries opening around the Czech Republic and replaces the Trebic brewery closed 40 years earlier by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.  It serves a variety of beers, including a “British” ale, but as there was a beer festival going on next door, we only had the opportunity (sensibly) to try the lager – before heading further up the road to try our luck at one or five of the beer tents.

Urban lager

Urban lager

A couple more beers sunk and after listening to the man on the microphone tell us a minute by minute plan of the day’s events, we’d had enough and went in search of the Jewish Quarter of Trebic which basically rises from the river up to the hillside above the town. It fairly well preserved and has a large cemetery above the quarter. It is all well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area, although for us, it was a very short visit we had an engagement at FHK Trebic.

Trebic

Trebic

This was my second visit to the Horacky Stadion as back in 2012 I had decided to follow a team from the first round of the Czech Cup to the final. Whoever won the tie I would follow in the following round and Trebic lost in the 1/4 final to Gambrinus Liga giants Slovacko on aggregate. Last season did bring some success as they were promoted to MSFL as champions and have spent most 2013/14 in the top half of the league.

I like the ground, terracing alongside one side of the pitch, a nice old stand opposite and beer stands conveniently placed around the ground. The attendance for the visit of HFK Olomouc was well below the 5000 capacity, just 80 of us had bothered to turn out (possibly the lure of Travis O’Neill – yep never heard of him either) and the beers on at the brewery had persuaded the majority of Trebic to head there for their afternoon of fun). One fan, who had decided to go to the football was Zoltan the Hungarian lorry driver. Zoltan took a shine to Craggy and also the rest of his family and asked if he has a sister or a mother, a mother with cash. It has to be said that these characters always take a shine to Craggy and we are rather bemused as to why.

The Klobasa

The Klobasa

HFK Olomouc decided they didn’t want to play 2nd league football last season and got themselves relegated. They are well suited to this level, they have a few of the youngsters from Sigma and Brno in their side and play some lovely football. So, it wasn’t a surprise when they took the lead in the 30th minute, a shot on the turn from their extremely tall striker. We almost missed the goal, as Zoltan was demanding we translate every conversation into Czech…

Half time and we are summoned to the bar for a round of beer and for our new found friend to show his party trick. He asked if we knew how he stops himself drinking vodka…of course having met him only 30 minutes before, we answered..no. So, he ordered a shot and placed the shot glass facedown on his forehead – got a laugh and then drunk it….We pointed out that he hadn’t prevented himself from drinking, he just shrugged his shoulders and said that was part of the trick.

The Hungarian

The Hungarian

Second half and Craggy needed a break, so off he went in search of the Trebic klobasa. A few minutes he returned with two kingsize sausages and a couple more beers. By this time, I had decided that it would be a good idea to balance the sausage on the crash barriers and just as paper plate was perfectly in place, Trebic equalised, the crash barrier racked and in a matrix move, the sausage fell to the ground… 78 fans celebrated and two of us looked to the floor in disgust. Sausage overboard. Not our finest moment of the season.

So off we went in search of a replacement and I think both sides also decided that they’d had enough and played out the final 30 minutes with very few chances either side.

One thing we both saw was there is quite a noticeable step in quality in MSFL and if Blansko were to get there, they would have to invest heavily in the team. We love the effort the players put into every game, but sometimes that is not quite enough.

Trebic pitch

Trebic pitch