Prager Frühling – Pankow’s Czech bar
By R. Bukovska
A Czech man moved to Berlin and, much to his dismay, couldn’t find beer that matched his standards. Instead of complaining, he decided to do something about it. He opened his own traditional Czech Hospoda: Prager Frühling 1968 – Pivnice in the district of Pankow. Luděk Pachl’s concept is simple. It’s about proper beer for a decent price in an honest pub. Nothing new, nothing fancy, just one step through the door into a classic, musty, salt of the earth Czech bar, where people head after work for a simple beer that will always hit the spot. A bit of Czech will help you to order beer smoothly (an unwritten house rule) – ‘Jedno pivo, prosím’. There’s a shrine to Karel Gott ‘The Golden Voice of Prague’, alongside some posters and newspaper clippings that manifest Czech culture. You’ll find some typical Hospodá snacks like Utopenci – pickled ‘drunk’ sausage, and nakládaný hermelín – pickled cheese with herbs and spices. All of this makes Prager Frühling a rather difficult place to leave. It’s big heart and old school quality win many local admirers.
This article is from our Autumn / Winter Edition
Words: R. Bukovska
Photos: Nina Martinelli
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