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Svijanský Rytíř

I found this place a couple of years ago. I had client around the corner. One day I got to Letenské Nám. quite a bit earlier. I was walking slowly thinking about where I could go. The beer garden was one of the options, but I was afraid that I would simple loose track of time and be late. When I got to the corner of Jirečkova I noticed a beer sign that I had never seen before. It was that of Svijany. I was curious and had time, so I decided to check it out.

Once in, I ordered a pint, Svijany dvanátcka. Drinking it was like having an epiphany! I decided then that it would not be the last time I would go there. A bit later, I stopped for lunch, and I really liked the food. Since then, it has been one of my favourite spots in Prague.

Svijanský rytíř is a very pleasant place "semi basement". When crossing the door you are welcomed by an ordinary bar. Walking in an turning left takes you to a room that seems to belong somewhere else.

There are three very simply decorated rooms. The walls are painted with a warm sandy colour. The furnishing consists of thick hard wood chairs and tables. They are big and heavy and not too many. In fact, there is quite a lot of space between most tables, which gives the place a very comfortable feeling, and it is one of the things I like the most.

For those coming for the first time, the service can be a bit cold, but they are usually efficient and prompt. That is, unless you are in the back room on a busy day, then you might have to wait a bit.

The food is very good. For a neighbourhood place its quality can be somewhat surprising. Dishes are prepared with care and prices are more than reasonable. They also have a very interesting lunch menu that goes from a couple of česká klásika offerings to more unusual stuff like kangaroo steaks. They also have several fish options as well as pretty interesting salads. And their garlic soup! That thing could raise the dead! It is one of the best I've ever had.

But the beer..... Ever since that first day Svijany became one of my favourites. I would say that it was thanks to it that I started exploring with more attention the fascinating world of regional breweries. They stock almost the whole line, from the refreshing and tasty Svijanský Máz 11° to the powerful, but silky Baron 15°, including the outstanding Svijanský Kníže 13° and Kvasničák 12,5°. All of the beers are unpasteurised, all are different and all are very good. I like them so much that to drink at home every day I buy Svijanský Rytíř 12°, considerably better than those from the big brewers at a considerably lower price.

This is a place I like a lot, in fact, I go there for lunch almost every Friday as a kind of ritual. At times it feels like a quiet café, but it is still a nice spot to go for a session with friends or to take your partner for a relaxed meal. Thanks to their good food, brilliant beers and good value Svijanský Rytíř is very popular in the neighbourhood, so much so, that they can afford not opening at weekends. I guess nobody is perfect...

Svijanský rytíř
Jirečkova 1014/13
170 00 Praha-Holešovice