Yesterday I returned from our Prague trip and I thougth I would post a short report here, rather than make a new thread.
In general I found that while Prague is not a “whisky city”, you can find selections of malt in several of the tourist oriented liquor shops in the center – typically 10-40 different bottlings and typically centered around the classic malts, with some Glenfiddichs, Macallans, and various others thrown in. And of course JW is everywhere. Prices are generally not attractive though – not even compared with the relatively high Danish prices I’m used to.
You can find single malts at some bars, but most tourist joints carry only lowend blends. If you find you self thirsty for a dram around Wenclas Square, there is a bar around a corner, where you’ll find the Classic Malts range and a couple more. I can’t remember the name, but you’ll find it here: (X marks the spot)
This was not a whisky trip as we were there with my inlaws, but I did manage to sneak away a couple of times to visit Kratochvilovci and Bar & Books.
This shop had a nice selection, but again prices were not really attractive.
To my disappointment the shop turned out to be rather small, with cases of whisky stacked everywhere, making it impossible to move around and to get close enough to the shelves to read the prices printede there.
It was not really inviting,
so I just purchased the Redbreast 15 I had decided on beforehand, along couple of minis; a Blackadder Peatreek and a tinbox containing minis of Ardbeg 10 & 17.
A few pics from the shop:
I visited the shop on a monday afternoon around 4pm and while Bar & Books indeed were to be found just a few doors down the street, it were not open yet.
Around the corner I found a “international” bar, offering a few bourbons and the 12-18 ‘fiddich range. Here I had a Woodford Reserve (not that exciting) and a Glenfiddich 15yo (hit the spot) along with a Gambrinus lager.
As usual in Prague, I could look at some interesting buildings while enjoying my dram:
Bar & Books
On Wednesday evening I persuaded my girlfriend to a short visit to Bar & Books on our way back to the hotel.
This bar turned out to be an intimate upscale bar with walls in dark red and wood and only lighted by candles. I loved the atmosphere – a great place to end a day with a relaxing dram.
When we sat down at one of the tables, the cute waitress placed no less than three different drinks/wine/spirit menus on our table. From the whisky menu I chose a UCF Clynelish 1992, which were reasonable priced (A lot of the other drams were quite steep.)
My dram were served in a very stylish fashion, on a tray with a small jug of water and a ice bucket…. And the dram in a tumbler.
Oh well – I should’nt be surprised, I guess.
But a great atmosphere – go there for the experience.
You will find both Kratochvilovci and Bar & Books at a street called Tynská. The easiest way, is to go in to the passage at the left side of Tyn Church and take a left turn when you reach the back of the church. (For Fat Boys Bar go to the end of Tynská and turn left – you’ll find it after a few meters.)
You can find whisky at the airport – there is a few shops with a limited selection. Don’t necessarily buy at the first shop after security (which I did) – you will find another shop on your way to the gates with a different selection (Ardbeg 10, lap10, Balvenie and others) and all malts seems priced a little lower.
I purchased a Caol Ila 18 @ Czk1199 (£29) and an Old Pulteney 12 (1L) at Czk989 (£24)
(This was not dutyfree.)
By the way: It seems Wendy is wanted in Prague for something: I spotted this in a window and immediately recognized her from the picture MR TH posted a few months back: