Top 10 Bars

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Top 10 for Choice and/or Quality of drinks:

  • T’Brugse Beertje * – Kemelstraat 5, Brugge, Belgium – An absurdly good and wide selection of Belgian beers for such a small bar, and though most are bottled, it hardly matters.
  • Delerium Café Impasse de la Fidélité 4, Bruxelles, Belgium – It could take you an hour to properly read through the directory of beers you can ask to read, almost like a travel brochure. The majority are Belgian and thus very good.
  • BierCab – Carrer de Muntaner, 55, 08011 Barcelona, Spain – 32 beers on tap covering so many bases and at such a high median, all displayed via flatscreen above the bar. You simply have to bow down.
  • Monk – Rue Sainte-Catherine 42, Bruxelles, Belgium – one of the most exquisitely well chosen selections of Lambics, Sour and Fruit beers anywhere, both in bottle and on tap.
  • Senk Na Parkanu  * – Veleslavínova 59/4, Plzeň, Czechia – One of the few places on earth serving Pilsner Urquell not just unpasteurised but unfiltered. The beer still arrives via horse drawn carriage from the brewery. If you order anything else you want your head examining.
  • Bierwerk * – 9 Unschlittplatz, Nürnberg, Germany – Multi-tap offering a skilful balance between very traditional German beer offerings and modern craft ale.
  • Kanguruh * – Bürgerspitalgasse 20, Vienna, Austria – An uncompromising and comprehensive selection of Belgian bottles, along with a choice selection of tapped German beers.
  • Strefa Piwa * – Józefa 6, Kraków, Poland – The cream of Polish craft ale on tap, with a varied and well chosen range of guest ales and bottles behind the bar.
  • House Of The Trembling Madness – 48 Stonegate, York YO1 8AS – A veritable beer mecca to drink in or takeaway.
  • Schlenkerla * – Dominikanerstraße 6, Bamberg, Germany – The best unfiltered rauchbier from the barrel along with beers such as the weizen and doppelbock which are difficult to find elsewhere. The standard is unsurpassed.

Top 10 for Style and Décor

  • Szimpla Kert –  Kazinczy u. 14, Budapest, Hungary – The original and still the best ‘ruin’ bar.
  • Zlatna Ribica – Kaptol 5, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Trinkets, goldfish, old TV’s and vintage furniture.
  • Alchemia – Estery 5, Kraków, Poland – Rotting, ruined antique furniture and peeling paint.
  • Goupil Le Fol – Rue de la Violette 22, Bruxelles, Belgium – Extraordinary Jazz bunker with books and records nailed to the walls.
  • Schlenkerla *Dominikanerstraße 6, Bamberg, Germany – The ultimate Germanic medieval tavern.
  • Café Vlissinghe * – Blekersstraat 2, Brugge, Belgium – Authentic medieval Flemish inn continuously in operation since 1515.
  • Eszewaria – Józefa 9, Kraków, Poland – Vintage furniture, gnarled stained surroundings.
  • Neon Side – Ruska 46C, Wrocław, Poland – Recovered neon signage creates a mini-Blade Runner courtyard
  • Pot Au Lait – Rue Soeurs-de-Hasque 9, Liège, Belgium – Outstanding, lavish and virtually impossible to describe in words.
  • El Bosc De Les Fades  –  Passatge de la Banca, 7, Barcelona, Spain – A dream-like experience with indoor forests, fairytale hidey-holes and abstract origami.

Top 10 for Atmosphere and/or Local Life:

  • Szimpla Kert – Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary – The matchless atmosphere of young people relaxing and having a good time in a unique partly open-air venue.
  • Zlatna Ribica – Kaptol 5, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  – Eccentric and brooding mixture of colonial drawing room and ephemeral nik-naks. Unique.
  • Alchemia – Estery 5, 31-056 Kraków, Poland – Crimson candlelit woozy quality with live music and drinkers spilling out onto the street
  • Goupil Le Fol – Rue de la Violette 22, Bruxelles, Belgium – Hazy windowless jazz bunker that feels secret and special
  • Snekutis * (Uzupis) – Polocko g. 7A, Vilnius, Lithuania – Unparalleled DIY rustic feel shared by old men, local bohemians and travellers alike.
  • Schlenkerla * – Dominikanerstraße 6, Bamberg, Germany – Medieval tavern and cloistered banqueting hall hosting a good share of proud locals and excited travellers
  • U Hrocha – Thunovská 10/2, Malá Strana, Czechia – Prague locals and tourists alike, characterful taproom and operation.
  • Papa Joe’s Biersalon * – Alter Markt 50-52, Köln, Germany – Eccentric jazz and oompah singalong venue packed with local character.
  • A Baiuca – Fado Vadio * – Rua de S.Miguel nr.20, Alfama, Lisboa, Portugal – Passionate folk crooning in someone’s kitchen amongst an attentive and authentic crowd.
  • Garden Henry – Kranjceviceva 8, Varaždin, Croatia – The rebels of Varazdin’s cycling-community gather in the fantastically decorated courtyard and garden for unlicensed drinking and hanging out.

Top 10 for Amenities and Events:

  • Szimpla Kert – Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, Hungary – Live music, shisha, breakfast + lunch, social events and outside area
  • Papa Joe’s Biersalon *  – Alter Markt 50-52, Köln, Germany – Live music and performances of various kinds, boistrous singalongs and food.
  • Snekutis (Uzupis) * – Polocko g. 7A, Vilnius, Lithuania – Home-brew beer, rustic food from a home kitchen, local events
  • Ellato Kert – Budapest, Kazinczy u. 48, Hungary – Live music, social events, garden terrace
  • Fogas Haz – Budapest, Akácfa u. 49-51, Hungary – Live music and performances across a myriad of platforms, games rooms, social events, rooftop bar
  • Alchemia – Estery 5, Kraków, Poland – Live music, social events, adjoining food kiosks, street drinking
  • Brudenell Social Club – 33 Queen’s Rd, Leeds, United Kingdom – Music, poetry, politics, and anything in between. Outside and inside drinking, sport, games, books, and food.
  • Senamiestis (Snekutis) – Šv. Mikalojaus g. 15, Vilnius, Lithuania – Live music, sport, food, food options and games
  • Traveller’s Pub – 43 Soukenická, Český Krumlov, Czechia, – Adjoining hostel sharing a raft of facilities.l
  • Piwna Stopa – Szewska 7, Poznań, Poland – Live sport, food, pub quiz, barbecues, outside area, pub dog

Top 10 for Value For Money:

  • Angel Inn – 1 Angel Inn Yard, City Centre, Leeds, United Kingdom – A good pint for less than £2 can still be obtained in the UK without resorting to a terrible venue.
  • U Cerneho Vola *  – Loretánské nám. 107/1, Praha 1, Czechia – 33 czk for a quality beer in a quality pub right next to Prague Castle
  • Brauerei Neder – Sattlertorstraße 10, Forchheim, Germany – An astonishing 2.30 euros for a beautiful half litre of Kellerbier from the barrel in a cosy working class brewhouse. Almost 1/3rd of the price of some beer in Cologne and Hamburg.
  • El Tigre – Calle de las Infantas, 23, 28004 Madrid, Spain – 2.50 euros for a small beer may not seem that great – so just wait for the enormous complimentary plate of tapas to arrive.
  • Bierlin Lemberg – Chaikovs’koho Street, 18, L’viv, Ukraine  – Rarely stretching beyond 35 hryvnia a pint, this stylish student bar offers great value and atmosphere.
  • U Poutnika * – Vstup branou č.p. 14, Starobrněnská 16/18, Brno-střed, Czechia – 30czk a pint at a great pub in the centre of Brno
  • U Prasivka (a.k.a Klasterni Pivnice)  – Ovenecká 1022/15, Prague, Czechia – 24 crowns for a half litre of good beer, a 10 minute tram from the old town.
  • California Club – Tyršova 1753/2, Karlovy Vary,  Czechia – Budvar for 20 crowns, Pilsner Urquell for 30, in a good pub.
  • Klub Invalida * – Ulica 1 (istok-zapad), Kotor, Montenegro – The average of 3 euros in Kotor old town is severely undercut to 1 euros 50 at this blast-from-the-past retired sportsmen’s club.
  • Ibolya Söröző – Péterfia u. 56, Debrecen, Hungary – The average price for a beer in Debrecen is 350 forint. Here you can get a drink for 180ft. It’s a really atmospheric old boozer popular with young folks and old fogies.
  • Proletaryat * – Wrocławska 9, 61-838 Poznań, Poland – Barely over a pound a pint for their own brew, great value anywhere.

Top Ten All-Rounders:

  • Szimpla Kert – Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary – The best combo of drinks, decor, atmosphere, amenities and good value in Europe.
  • Piwna Stopa – Szewska 7, 61-760 Poznań – Other than the toilets, everything about this place is very good or superb.
  • Schlenkerla * – Dominikanerstraße 6, Bamberg, Germany – A rich, traditional experience covering all pub wants and needs in a less-is-more fashion.
  • Roncsbár * – Debrecen, Csapó u. 27, Hungary – A ruin bar worthy of Budapest, covering all the bases of our main criteria, bow down.
  • T.E.A. Time – Dietla 1, Kraków, Poland – English style cask ale, fish and chips, pub quiz, simple homely environment – they have hardly put a foot wrong with any aspect of this pub.
  • K.K.C * – Skolas iela 15, Centra rajons, Rīga, Latvia – Latvia’s take on a ruin bar. Does the full range of pub stuff very well.
  • Spiz * – Ratusz 2, 50-106 Wrocław, Poland – A central European Ratskeller is a special thing indeed and this institution proves how well it can be done.
  • Café Vlissinghe * – Blekersstraat 2, Brugge, Belgium – Rich in history, with good beer, great surroundings, warm homely and local, with food options, boules in the garden, a pub dog and decent value. Fantastic.
  • U Sadu – Škroupovo nám. 1282/5, Praha 3-Žižkov, Czechia – Rarely do pubs go to such lengths to tick so many boxes, this is one of the very finest examples.
  • The Red Deer – 18 Pitt St, Sheffield, United Kingdom – Traditional pub with a real fire, great choice of cask ales, fresh food, folk music, a courtyard, a band practise room upstairs and a social venue for the university close by. A community hub covering all bases really well.