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Bratislava’s Mestiansky Pivovar has two fantastic locations in Bratislava’s Old Town. The brewery’s traditions date back to 1752, and Mestiansky Pivovar continues to serve high-quality unfiltered beer today. Unfiltered beer never comes into contact with oxygen, maintaining its rich taste. Mestiansky Pivovar’s process for 12° beer requires eight to ten days of main fermentation, with an additional four weeks for secondary fermentation. Choose from Bratislavský ležiak 12° lager beer or Bratislavský Bubák” 12° black beer on draught, then choose a delicious beer snack such as cheese with beer foam and mustard, pickled sausages with chili pepper, or home made pork cracklings with onions.
Dunajská 21, 811 08 Bratislava – Staré Mesto, Slovakia, +421 948 710 888
Large brass beer tanks line the interior of the simply decorated Zamocky Pivovar, just down the hill from the Bratislava Castle. Zámocká 12° is the most standard refreshing beer available in the pub, with a golden color and lager-style taste. Zamocky also offers dark beer with a full taste and faint touch of caramel. Zamocky also produces Castle Keller 11°, Vienna Lager 14°, and semi-dark 14° beer, so you have plenty of different beers to sample. And for less than 2 euros per half liter, you can go ahead and try them all without worrying about your wallet.
Zámocká 794/13, 811 01 Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 915 760 214
Along a cozy bend on the Vah River about a 15-minute walk from one of Slovakia’s most famous spa towns lies the Piestany Pivovar. The building is modern and industrial with an airy space and plenty of natural light. In summertime, most customers sit outside in the garden at picnic tables enjoying the great weather. Several of them head for a beer after paddling or kayaking in the Vah, cycling along the river trail, or soaking in thermal baths all afternoon. Piestany Pivovar produces many types of beers and you can always choose from five or six on tap, always including a seasonal special, like Rich Peach.
Rekreačná 3, 921 01 Piešťany, Slovakia, +421 949 409 900
Patrónsky Pivovar is a Bratislava brewpub specializing in unpasteurized beer and offering a unique location that is a bit off the beaten tourist path. You can easily arrive by taking Bus 83 from the Old Town. You’ll find lots of local Slovaks here drinking beer with friends and enjoying traditional Slovak dishes such as spicy ribs with peppers, glazed pork medallions, and cabbage soup with sausages.
Brnianska 3732/57, 811 04 Bratislava – Staré Mesto, Slovakia, +421 2/544 102 30
Golem Brewery is one of the most popular beer pubs in Košice. The 11.5° Golem is lemon yellow and cloudy, with a strong hoppy taste, perfect for sipping on a warm summer day. The Brewery is conveniently located in the city center near the stunning 13th-century St. Elisabeth’s Cathedral, making it the perfect place to stop for a beer and a snack while sightseeing in Košice.
Dominikánske námestie 592/15, 04001 Košice – Staré Mesto, Slovakia, +421 55/728 91 02