Where to go for wine #2
While wine growers may have their kingdom in South Moravia, Pilsen is the promised land for beer drinkers. They come to Pilsen for the Pilsner but also for the good food and wine. There only continues to be more and more places in Pilsen dedicated to wine and bubbly lovers, and they’re all great. What sort of places have you yet to visit, including those you wouldn’t even think to go to for wine?
This cult wine bar, where artists of every kind regularly meet, is always full. There are many reasons for this and it’s not just the Moravian wine that’s available here on the tap and to-go. In the summer, you can enjoy the pleasant outdoor seating at U kaštanu on Martinská Street (see map), which is dominated by a giant chestnut tree. Okay, let’s not get it confused. In reality, it’s just a horse-chestnut tree, but after a few glasses, simply “chestnut tree” is much easier to remember, right?
Do you like good prosecco? High-quality prosecco has a simple, yet sophisticated, taste, a flowery/fruity undertone, and a light, refreshing fragrance. That explains why Italian wine growers really are so proud of it. And we’re proud too of the new prosecco bar in Pilsen, Prosekárna, which is built on its quality prosecco. You can find it on the magical Malá Street (see map), which is gradually becoming a paradise for pleasure-seekers, thanks to a number of businesses here. Prosekárna engages its audience not only with its wide assortment of prosecco, including everything from rosé to brut, but also with its modern interior and selection of delicious snacks.
Wine bistro Beseda
Would you like to sit down with a glass of wine in a truly beautiful, historical location in the centre of Pilsen, which also often appears on the cinema screen? Then head over to the new wine bistro Beseda, located in the Art Nouveau café in Měšťanská Beseda, which entices with its sophisticated wine list and wonderful bar menu. It has on offer more than 200 types of wines from all over the world but primarily from France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. They also cook meals at this wine bistro and offer a multi-flavoured degustation menu.
This cosy bistro is at least a pinch more imaginative than other restaurants. The dominant feature of this business on Riegrova Street (see map) is the stone oven, which is heated with beech wood and is used every day to flawlessly bake sourdough bread and other items from the always-changing menu. People go to Štipec for the potato pancakes, the dumplings, and the overall classics served in a modern, yet fun, way but also for the good wine primarily from Italy and Moravia. The lengthy wine list also contains natural, chemical-free wines.
Are you looking for some truly pure wine? Then definitely make a stop on Pražská Street (see map) in the little shop offering Italian wines and delicacies known as MERUM. That’s because the word “Merum” is Latin for “pure”. And you can stop by here not only for a glass but also for the degustation options or maybe to buy an Italian coffee or cooking oil to use at home. The owners carefully select their goods directly from the suppliers and they live by their wines, literally.
The wine bar at Rango
The restaurant Rango counts as one of the most popular Pilsen restaurants located but a few steps from Republic Square (see map). The fabulous Mediterranean cuisine, however, isn’t the only reason people frequent this establishment. Inside Rango, you’ll find a stylish wine bar with an experienced staff who certainly know which wines to recommend. Their 12-page wine list offers wines from the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, and Croatia, and they’re open seven days a week.
Visiting the Pizzeria or Grill house Da Pietro for the wine
People go to the Pizzeria Da Pietro for the fluffy Neapolitan pizza that no competitors in Pilsen, or maybe even the entire country, can keep up with. And people also come here for the neighbouring Da Pietro Grill House and its fantastic burgers. Did you ever think of coming here for the wine, though? If not, we definitely recommend it. To go with the delicious pizza, you can try various wines and champagnes or even an organic prosecco that you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else. At the Da Pietro Grill House, where they focus on natural wines from Moravia, Austria, and Italy, which they usually transport themselves from well-known wine growers, you’ll even find a small, cosy wine cellar.
And where can you go for wine, cheeses, and other scrumptious wine pairings?
A new shop for all gastronomes has popped up on Republic Square. At La Formaggeria Gran Moravia (see map), you can choose from multiple types of dairy products and cheeses from the Lithuanian Brazzale cheese factory’s own production as well as an array of other quality Italian foods, including everything from meat products, pasta, and sauces, all the way to lactose-free butter, sweet treats, and Italian wines.