May 11, 2018
Is there a bar in the world Hemingway didn’t drink in? Judging from the number that trade on his reputation, it appears not. But don’t be too quick to dismiss this venue as a gimmick – rather than staking a claim on Hemmingway and his prodigious liver, this Old Town bar draws inspiration from the classic watering holes from the prolific author’s era, and to great effect.
In a real departure from Prague’s traditional beer halls, the sleek venue has a classic American bar feel – all dark wood and well-stuffed leather armchairs. The soundtrack features bluesy renditions of classic pop hits, and in keeping with the theme, the friendly, professional bartenders wear crisp, collared shirts and suspenders, and part their hair just so. It’s the kind of place where you just know the cocktails are going to be terrific, and that they are. Everything from a simple Gin Fizz to an exotic Fairy-Sinth (La Fée Absinthe, fresh mint, vanilla syrup, fresh pineapple juice and apple juice) are mixed with precision and fanfare – if you manage to snag a seat at the bar, it’s a joy to watch the staff at their craft.
In a western European bar, you might need to take out a mortgage to sip on such a beautifully presented aperitif, but even for one of Prague’s more high-end bars, the cocktails here average a remarkably reasonable CZK150. Its difficult not to look up at one of the old photographs of Hemmingway on the wall and give the old guy a little wink.