Slovenia – an Easter in photos

Today we are bringing you our first photo blog. Whilst we often do away days within the Czech Republic, with specific goals in mind such as brewery exploration, low-league football, or simply bizarre encounters in rarely-visited strange towns, we also regularly go for longer trips further afield. Often then, we have the simple goal of rambling, drinking and sightseeing.

So now we are presenting evidence of our white-knuckle road trip around the incredible country of Slovenia. Complete with choice cuts from our accompanying playlist that kept us going along the road – whilst not our usual tastes perhaps (honest, guv!), they certainly arouse a good singalong…
Our first stop was the small town of Radovljica in the north of country. The town was beautiful but the views were breathtaking…
(Berlinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth)

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From here were made a quick excursion to the infamous Lake Bled…
(Travis – Driftwood)

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After a much needed cup of coffee the following morning we headed for the sea, and the coastal town of Piran. We decided we hadn’t had enough of lakes so on the way we made a quick stop at Lake Bohinj and Goldhorn, the legendary golden buck of Slovenia.
(Crowded House – Weather With You)

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Finally we beat the rain and settled in for an exploration of the sublime Piran.
(Lightning Seeds – The Life of Riley)

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From Piran we made a stop for the perfect photo opportunity of Predjama Castle…
(Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now)

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… and then we headed for the capital Ljubljana and all its colourful glory.
(Starship – We Built This City)

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In one restaurant one fantastic waitress gave us a travel tip – Skofja Loka. And it was also fantastic – the perfect end to a perfect trip.
(Natalie Imbruglia – Torn)

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High on cervapi and beer we hit the road out of Slovenia, definitely to soon return…
(David Brent – Freelove Freeway)

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Brewery of the Month – March

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Located a good 20 minute walk from a lonely train station, and 10 minutes from the town’s charming centre, the Slavkov brewery is one of the highlights of a worthwhile trip to Slavkov U Brna. Located a stone’s throw from Brno, Slavkov U Brna is famous for its former name Austerlitz and the associated battle during the Napoleonic wars. While the Baroque castle and Renaissance town hall are certainly worth a visit, people come from all over the area to visit the brewery.

The brewery is located in a cul-de-sac with a couple of other businesses and boasts a very modern exterior. Inside, too, the restaurant shines with all things new and is designed with big tables to cater for groups and families. The ethos here is certainly to be welcoming to all; however, this does not compromise on the quality of the beer and food.

There is an extensive range of beers on tap depending on the day, including lagers, ales, and dark/semi-dark beers (tmave/polotmave). The lezak (lager) is crisp and fresh, and for us it washed down one of the best creme garlic soups I think we’ve ever tasted. Certainly, we will be visiting again later in the year when we are in less danger of being swept away in a blizzard.

Brewery of the Month – February

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Minipivovar Veselka – T. Novákové 64, 570 01 Litomyšl

Perched just above the main square and just a stones throw from Litomyšl castle, the Veselka Brewery is a wonderful find in the beautiful little city. The microbrewery serves about 5 variations of Bedřichova beer and the brews are all delicious and fresh with crisp hints of unique flavours.

The brewery was founded in 2013 as one of the smallest producers of beer in the country, so this means the master brewer pays attention to detail. For the token amount of 50kc, you see his work and try and a small pivo served by the man himself.

We also recommend the food, although on the occasion we were there, they had a very limited menu. The interior and exterior of the building might not appear that welcoming, but don’t let that put you off. The service is excellent.

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Our Top 10 Pubs in Brno for 2018

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It’s that time of year again where we provide an insight in to our favourite pubs in Brno right now. Every year we try to an include as many fresh entries as possible based on a mix of atmosphere, beer, snacks and service. And while we have many new additions to our list here, three ever-presents remain as they are our favourites, our locals, our second homes. And as you will see, not many are in the city centre – we like to get out.

So, before you sit down with a beer to enjoy the following, remember that these are only our suggestions for this 2018. There are many more excellent pubs in this wonderful city, so use your noggin and go and find them…
U Čolka
(Tábor 879/3, 616 00 Brno-Žabovřesky)

U Čolka used to be a regular watering hole at the back end of the 90s before heading over to the Mersey Club. It’s now just an excellent choice for an evening beer. A great selection of both local and national beers, we highly recommend the Sobesice 12, if it’s on tap. As with all great pubs, they serve up wonderful snacks to go with your ale – all freshly made with the perfect service. The summer garden’s a great place to enjoy a cold one in the sun.

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Google Map of Tábor 879/3, 616 00 Brno-Žabovřesky

U Alberta

(Pellicova 10, 602 00 Brno-střed)

Tucked away just off Pellicova, this justifiably popular pub sits conveniently out of earshot of the Brno bustle. The owners keep things interesting with a progressive attitude towards their beer choice. There’s always an ale and they brew their own stuff too. In the summer it’s a great place to enjoy a cold one and watch the world go by.

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Google Map of Pellicova 10, 602 00 Brno-střed

Kabinet Múz

(Sukova 49/4, Brno-město, 602 00 Brno)

Kabinet Múz is one of the few pubs in the very centre that we go to. One of the reasons is that it is one of the best gig venues in the city. On top of that the bar serves up a couple of good lagers and it’s also a place where you can buy a good selection of interesting vinyl. Also, if you fancy a bit of vegan food this is the place to be, with a decent set of options from a vegan-only menu. The only thing wrong with the place is that Craggy hasn’t been offered a gig there yet.

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Google Map of Sukova 49/4, Brno-město, 602 00 Brno

Music Lab

(Opletalova 1, 602 00 Brno-střed)

For another city centre pub, we have included Music Lab in the list. Offering three variations of beer from our favourite middle-sized brewery, Polička, it might have got in here on that alone! However, the pub also offers a good venue for smaller gigs, and musicians offer gather here in the atmospheric interior. If you fancy the regular cheesy beer snacks, those are also on offer.

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Google Map of Opletalova 1, 602 00 Brno-střed

Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven

(Jiráskova 251/51, 602 00 Brno-střed-Veveří)

And for one more musical addition to the list this year we have Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven. Although the name might suggest a ‘Chicago Rock’ type of affair, it is nothing of the sort. Yes, it has some posters of rock icons but the real deal is in the beer, snacks and music that fills the basement pub. With the occasional acoustic show taking place, and an interesting list of beverages, it’s a great place to spend a weekend evening.

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Google Map of Jiráskova 251/51, 602 00 Brno-střed-Veveří

Traubka

(Traubova 1547/8, 602 00 Brno-sever)

Located on a quiet residential street, it would be quite easy to miss Traubka. Somebody once described it to us as “the best underground pub in Brno” and “a cozy den”. We can’t really argue with that much. They have a couple of beers on tap and are always happy to rustle something up in the kitchen should you feel a bit peckish.

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Google Map of Traubova 1547/8, 602 00 Brno-sever

Pivnice Na Šrébráku

(Jugoslávská 599/34, 613 00 Brno-sever)

Back in the day, there were two pubs with a reputation for serving the perfect beer, so Brno beer lovers used to switch between Blahovka and U Zmije. Pivnice Na Šrébráku moved into the building where the original U Zmije used to be and offers the same high quality sherbet with three or four of the Czech Republic’s finest on tap. A pub full of life, it’s quite often standing room only if you get there late in the evening.

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Google Map of Jugoslávská 599/34, 613 00 Brno-sever

Zastávka

(Úvoz 78, 602 00 Brno-střed)

Here is the first of what we could call our three ‘locals’, and definitely three of the best pubs in the city. Zastavka is the point of contact for the Blansko Klobasa as it is placed somewhere between two of your dedicated writers. This bar serves one of the best pints in Brno, with an ever-changing list of beers. The accompanying beer snacks include the infamous karboš, which are a kind of freshly made open beef burger which get offered around as some mystical point in the evening. All beers and snacks are offered up by some of the best service in the city.

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Google Map of Úvoz 78, 602 00 Brno-střed

U Míče

(Staňkova 15, 602 00 Brno-Královo Pole)

U Míče is where the Blansko Klobasa talks shop – it’s opposite our office and it serves Polička. It’s a popular place with the Brnaci and it’s not difficult to see why. Definitely a pub with an atmosphere, it is best if you can get a seat at the bar and get your hands on the beer snacks before they’re gone.

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Google Map of Staňkova 15, 602 00 Brno-Královo Pole

U Dvou přátel

(Tábor 25, 616 00 Brno-Žabovřesky)
The newly opened sister pub can be found at Dominikánská 23

We love U Dvou přátel (At the Two Friends), and it is an ever-favourite destination of the Blansko Klobasa when we head north of Uvoz. The pub is a welcoming and lively place, and the scene of some great music and excellent beer – they have even ventured into the brewing scene themselves with Brewniverse. Last year saw the opening of a second pub right in the centre (Dominikánská 23), still serving the great snacks but this time with a bigger basement venue for gig nights.

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Google Map of Tábor 25, 616 00 Brno-Žabovřesky

As always, we have a few Honourable mentions. We are aware that we have only covered a tiny area of the Brno pub scene, but some of these have made in to previous lists, or make one in the future. If you want something new and from a small brewery out of town, try Doubravnik not far from the centre. Pomaly Bar is an old favourite of ours and is worth it for the atmosphere alone. If you want something right in the centre go for Zelena Kocka. It attracts the tourists and prices are rising, but the quality and choice is always guaranteed. Further out of town is Paradox, a decent pub with its own small theatre. Lucky Bastard is favoured by some, and it certainly has a great choice of its own beer. Blahovka is a Brno standard – every Brnaci knows this pub. U Sajmona is also a favourite, with a great fresh pint of beer and some of the best pub food you can find.