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Malostranska Pivnice Prague Reviews
Heavy food, loads of beers and absolutely no service level Sep 28, 2013
I have been at the Švejk restaurant "Malostranská pivnice" a couple of times now and it is not a culinary mark of Prague and I once liked to sit there in the sun and get some Bohemian heavy food and some nice Czech beers but I must admit that the service level is getting worse from each time I come here.
The restaurant is located at Cihelná 3 in Prague 1, in the old centre of Malá Strana, Na Kampě, near to Charles Bridge and the Franz Kafka Museum. Malostranská pivnice is open all year round, serving traditional Czech food from 11.00 am until 1:00 am.
We ordered one of their specials; a Vej voda’s pan, which is huge even for 4–6 persons. It consist of a mix of traditional Czech food; roasted pork knee marinated in dark beer, 1/2 roasted duck with apple, smoked pork ribs, grilled sausages, pork nuggets, bread dumplings, potato dumplings, bacon dumplings, together with white and red cabbage.
Beware to not eat too many of the dumplings because after that it will be impossible to drink more beers; which should be the main reason to visit this place.
The building which today houses the Malá Strana Plzeň pub (Malostranská pivnice) stands on the site of a former hangman’s house from 1664. This form of capital punishment was established in the Middle Ages. For the entire period, executioners were deemed unclean and were not entitled to all civil rights. For example, they were not allowed to serve in the army or hold any public offices.
Towards the end of the first quarter of the 19th century, the building was in a very bad state of repair. In 1806 the city council ordered its then owner, Marie Ziřková, to draw up plans for its renovation; however she did not have sufficient funds and was forced to sell the house to Jan Vincent Kalivoda.
The restored building, constructed merely from fragments of the original masonry, was approved in 1847 and, since that time, it has boasted a Neo-Classical façade. It was in this house that the well-known art historian Anna Masaryková lived and also died in 1996. The Malá Strana Plzeň pub was opened here on 6 March 2002, thus heralding a new era for this building.
The waiters are of different caliber; hardly anyone are good and some have the rudeness towards tourists as well as locals, and after my last visit here I can firmly say it is the last time.
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