Most people are very familiar with Prague – its castle and the old town square, the winding city streets, and its Bohemian flavor, but Brno is oftentimes overlooked as a viable destination for travelers. Brno is the Czech Republic’s second largest city, and due to the fact that it is overlooked, it could be referred to as a red-headed stepchild.
Home to a wide array of interesting attractions and events, Brno is about the same size as Portland, Oregon. The city offers a wide array of seasonal events such as:
- Summer – the Cabbage Market featuring fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Fall – the Young Wine Festival
- Winter – the Christmas Bazaar featuring a variety of present booths
- Spring – Easter Monday and the traditional kissing under the cherry blossoms
Though it appears non-existent, there is no lack for fine dining, nightlife, and pubs in Brno. Unfortunately, a lot of these have been omitted from most of the major tourist and travel guides. The majority of Czech cuisine focuses on three main staples – cheese, potatoes, and pork. Starobrno is the most preferred regular beer while Pivo Cerny is the dark beer of choice. Despite the fact that dining is a very important part of the Brno lifestyle, the bars, clubs, and pubs far outnumber restaurants.
The following is a list of the top 5 pubs and restaurants for you to enjoy while you are visiting this overlooked Czechoslovakian gem of a tourist destination:
1. Konselsky Senk
It is excellent for either family dining or a romantic dinner. This pub and restaurant combination offers an international menu featuring a strong focus on Italian and vegetarian cuisine. You have your choice of cold or hot dishes for lunch and dinner. The entertainment venue features piped in music and TV.
2. La Botte
Specialties include a wide array of international cuisine with seafood being their primary bill of faire. They serve beer, hard liquor, and wine, and offer both lunch and dinner menus and piped in music plays continually regardless of the menu available.
3. Hospoda Stodola
Hospoda Stodola features Pilsner Urquell, one of the finest beers in the Czech Republic. This is a rather simple pub with a brick bar, but the atmosphere makes it well worth venturing into.
4. Sherlock Holmes Pub
This is an English pub, but it features beers from Belgium and Holland as well as the Brit favorites. The décor is art-nouveau and it is located in the heart of the city at the town center.
5. Restaurace U Jošta
One of the more popular pubs in Brno featuring its own beer garden. It is located in the center of town and has a restaurant on the main floor while the pub is in the cellar.
“Fork & Knife” picture by Shock2006