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A Must for Wine Lovers in Old Town

Published on May 19th, 2016 in Dining & Drinking

  • Wine Cellar, 1966 (source: ČTK / Czech News Agency)

  • Grape harvesting, 1963 (source: ČTK / Czech News Agency)

  • Bokovka (photo courtesy of Bokovka facebook page)

  • Bokovka (photo courtesy of Bokovka facebook page)

  • A toast to Dlouhá (photo courtesy of Bokovka facebook page)

 

Czech wine has come a long way in recent years. It used to be that Czech whites were just about the only acceptable vintage, with reds proving too tart and sour. Most Czech wines were from the Moravian vineyards and that has changed, too: in recent year award-winning Czech wines comes from all over the country.

 

Wine bars have also changed substantially since I came to Prague. What used to be kitsch-filled dives offering bad wine from barrels have given way to stylish venues, many of them serving terrific food alongside great domestic wines (don't worry, there are still plenty of the retro ones around for the brave of heart and hangover)!

 

One of the newest is a hard-to-find place with a funny name. But once you find it you'll be happy you did. Bokovka means “Sideways” in Czech (the name of the bar is taken from the American indie classic film of the same name).

 

 

Photos courtesy of Bokovka facebook page 

 

In its previous incarnation, Bokovka was located in a tiny space behind the National Theater, but was recently acquired by the Ambiente restaurant group and relocated to an historic courtyard on Dlouhá street.

 

It is, in my opinion, among the most centrally located places in town for trying a glass of Czech wine in design-worthy surrounds.

 

On a recent visit I enjoyed a glass of Riesling from Nepraš & Co winery in Pavlov; a lovely selection of cheese and local smoked meats is served and classic movies are screened on an overhead projector above the bar.

 

I suggest stopping by for a glass of rosé in the warmer months and taking advantage of the outdoor seating!

 

 

Bokovka

Dlouhá 37, Prague 1, Old Town

www.bokovka.com/
tel 731 492 046
hours Mon-Sat 3:00pm-1am
metro B to Náměstí Republiky; tram 8 to Dlouhá třída
 

 

 

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