On my first trip to Prague (of many), the one thing that most excited me was a visit to a Prague beer spa. And now, as a Prague tour guide, I see this same sentiment reflected endlessly in visitors to the city.
I enjoy indulging in the local culture when I travel so, upon learning that Prague, Czech Republic is the beer-drinking capital of the world, I knew I had to soak it all in. Specifically, through my pores and whilst mostly nude.
In a city where beer is literally cheaper than water, taking a beer bath seemed like a no-brainer. Hey, I’m just doing my part for the local economy. And the environment. And world peace while we’re at it. I mean, imagine if all the people had beer taps in their bathtubs. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
What exactly is a Prague beer spa?
A Prague beer spa is a private, cave-like room where you (and a few of your friends) relax in 1,000-liter oak hot tubs filled with beer ingredients all while enjoying unlimited Czech beer from the tub taps.
You get to eat beer bread and relax on a bed of wheat straw next to a fireplace. And this is just the standard package. And it is SO MUCH FUN.
You see, it’s kind of like a regular spa, but with cold beers instead of hot stones. In place of meditation is the blatant encouragement to drink as much as you can in one hour. It’s simultaneously exactly what it sounds like but nothing like you’d expect.
Prague beer spa: is it actually a beer bath?
This is where they get you. No, the Prague beer spa is not actually a beer bath, per se. Instead of soaking in a hot tub full of beer, you actually soak in a hot tub filled with beer ingredients.
The attendant fills the giant oak tub with hot water, turns on the jets, then adds in:
- Powdered malt
- Powdered brewer’s yeast
- Crushed hops
Perhaps over time and via a much different process this could actually become beer, but it is not this day. You will not be in there long enough to ferment.
Benefits of visiting a beer spa
Naturally, those who live in the country with the highest per-capita beer consumption rate believe that beer has a wide range of health benefits. (A belief that dates back thousands of years, of course.) And so the beer spa was born. Who are we to disagree?
Prague beer spas promise:
- Ease of muscle tension
- Loads of vitamin B
- Smooth skin and treatment of psoriasis, acne, and cellulite
- Stimulated metabolism
- Mental and physical relaxation
- Detoxification of your body (Isn’t it ironic?)
- Increased cardiovascular activity
Whether or not any of this is true is beyond me. Like I said in my interview with Playboy, some of these, like ease of muscle tension, smooth skin, relaxation, are what you’d experience from a plain ol’ hot tub soak. Everything else I highly doubt. Like, you’re telling me you can emerge from a beer tub magically free of cellulite? Okay. Sure.
However, I doubt anyone who visits a Prague beer spa is in it for the vitamin B. I will say that, sure, my skin was softer and I did feel mentally and physically relaxed. But, what would you expect from soaking in a hot tub and drinking beer for an hour? Mission accomplished, I guess!
Visit a Prague beer spa for the absolute hilarity of the whole thing and for some great travel stories to tell. Don’t look to a Prague beer spa to cure your acne. Signed, a girl who has had more dermatologists in her life than birthdays.
The best Prague beer spa
There are a handful of beer spas around Prague but the best would have to be Original Beer Spa (previously known as Pivní Lázně Spa Beerland). At least, that’s who I decided to go with for a few reasons:
- They had the best reviews
- The fact that they offered Krušovice beer – each Prague beer spa has its own signature pour and this is my favorite
- They have a better tub setup than their competitors and looked the least sketchy (if you’ve seen any pictures, you know what I mean)
Original Beer Spa
Upon entering Original Beer Spa I told the manager, “We have a reservation at 7:30…” to which she replied, “Okay, start drinking!” I knew we’d chosen wisely.
Original beer spa location
Original Beer Spa is conveniently located in Praha 1, Prague’s New Town, just a 15-minute walk from Old Town Square. Their address is: Žitná 658 / 9, Praha 1, 110 00 in case that helps you at all. (How about just spring for the international data?)
It’s just a few minutes’ walk from both U Fleků and U Sudu, the Dancing House and the Glass Bar, Wenceslas Square, and the Pub Praha. If you don’t know what any of these awesome places are, definitely check out my guide to the coolest experiences in Prague!
There is a second location: Original Beer Spa Rybná located in the Old Town.
Original beer spa hours
Both locations of the Original Beer Spa are open from 10 am – 10 pm, seven days a week.
Prague beer spa prices
Original Beer Spa offers two packages: the “Beer Spa” and the “Czech Beerland.” Prices range from $56 to $96 (US) per person, depending on a range of factors.
Original Beer Spa charges by number of people and number of tubs. For instance, 2 tubs for 2 people, 2 tubs for 4 people, etc. With the “Czech Beerland” package you can have up to 6 people and 3 tubs so your options just opened wide up!
Also, though the standard booking is for one hour, you are welcome to book additional hours as you please. Each additional hour comes with a 15% discount. (But honestly, you don’t need more than one hour. You know what doesn’t go well with beer? Prunes.)
See prices and packages below. *Note, the Czech koruna prices are binding, the exchange rate is subject to the day’s rate. These US dollar amounts are just to get a general idea of the beer spa costs. And I’ve split it up per person because I know how much travel math sucks so this is my gift to you. Cheers!
“Beer Spa” package
The “Beer Spa” package is the basic package and includes:
- 1 hour of beer bath hot tub time
- Unlimited Czech Krušovice beer, light and dark
- Relaxing straw bed + warm fireplace
- Homemade beer bread
This is what my 4-person group chose (2 tubs, 2 people each) and we could not have had more fun!
“Beer Spa” prices:
- 1 person, 1 tub = 2000 Kč / about 90 USD
- 2 people, 1 tub = 2700 Kč / about 122 USD / or $61 per person
- 2 people, 2 tubs = 3300 Kč / about 149 USD / or $75 per person
- 3 people, 2 tubs = 4300 Kč / about 194 USD / or $65 per person
- 4 people, 2 tubs = 5000 Kč / about 226 USD / or $56.50 per person
“Czech Beerland” package
The “Czech Beerland” package offers all the same as the “Beer Spa” package but adds on:
- Time in the hop sauna
- Cooling procedure afterwards (it’s a bucket dump)
- The ability to have up to 6 people at a time
Nothing about a hop sauna sounded relaxing to me but I kind of wish I had done it just so I could report back. If you do try it, please let me know what it’s like!
“Czech Beerland” prices:
- 1 person, 1 tub = 3000 Kč / about 136 USD
- 2 people, 1 tub = 3400 Kč / about 154 USD / or $77 per person
- 2 people, 2 tubs = 4000 Kč / about 181 USD / or $90 per person
- 3 people, 2 tubs = 5200 Kč / about 235 USD / or $78 per person
- 3 people, 3 tubs = 6400 Kč / about 289 USD / or $96 per person
- 4 people, 2 tubs = 6400 Kč / about 289 USD / or $96 per person
- 4 people, 3 tubs = 7400 Kč / about 334 USD / or $84 per person
- 5 people, 3 tubs = 8400 Kč / about 380 USD / or $76 per person
- 6 people, 3 tubs = 9400 Kč / about 425 USD / or $71 per person
Original beer spa: what’s provided
Original Beer Spa provides towels, sheets and blankets for the straw bed, storage for your clothes and belongings, unlimited dark and light beer, and “slippers.”
Regardless of which package you choose, you’re welcome to begin drinking as soon as you enter from the kegs in the lobby. Both packages include access to the showers afterwards.
What to expect at a Prague beer spa
After checking in, you’ll be promptly encouraged to start drinking while they prepare your spa room. The lobby has beer kegs and plenty of beer-related spa products to check out while you wait. Maybe pick up some beer shampoo! (Just don’t call it “beerpoo.”)
After being escorted to your private room, the attendant will go over the beer spa procedure. She will begin filling the tubs and explaining the ingredients to you as she adds them to the hot water one-by-one.
She’ll explain that you have one hour (and not a minute more) inside the spa room during which you are to relax (hurry up and relax!), drink as much beer as you wish, eat the bread, take a straw nap.
She’ll set a literal egg timer and leave the room. Your life has suddenly become every instance of Yosemite Sam trying to cook Bugs Bunny. During that time you can do as you please: soak in the tub, chill out on the straw bed, whatever.
(What she will not show you is how to pour the beer from the tap. I’ll explain this harder-than-you-think step in a minute.)
After your spa
When the timer goes off, the attendant will burst into the room unannounced and unapologetic, without any regard to how naked anyone might be. She’ll begin cleaning the room and say the four of you together have just ten minutes to shower, dress, and skedaddle which will begin the most frantic ten minutes of your life.
She’ll then burst back in when you’re only halfway done and get a panoramic view of the night’s full moon. Prague beer spas are chill for like 45 minutes then quite the mad dash. This explains the “increased cardiovascular activity” we were promised.
Afterwards, she’ll lead you back out into the lobby where you are free to hang out and drink more beer, buy some products, take pictures, whatever.
So, beer spas, not super relaxing or spa-like, but still fun and a laugh-a-minute experience.
Prague beer spas: what to wear
Visiting a beer spa isn’t like other spas where you’ll have plenty of time to unwind, change, etc. Instead, you’ll have very little time to change and prepare. Plus, you’ll probably visit in between sightseeing stops and bar hopping. You’re probably not already wandering around in a robe.
So, the best advice for what to wear to a Prague beer spa is to wear your bathing suit under your clothes. However, do not forget to pack clean underwear to change into afterwards.
Other than that, you can wear your normal clothes as that’s what you’ll be arriving and departing in. Within the spa you will be confined to your private room so you don’t need to worry about what to wear for walking around the place. Plus, they provide towels.
Tips for visiting a Prague beer spa
Because of the nature of the beer spa, there are a few tips that will greatly enhance the quality of your experience (and save you from possible injury):
Make a reservation
Due to the popularity of the beer spas in Prague and the fact that there are only a few rooms in each one, reservations are crucial. As far ahead as you can make them. I made mine a month ahead of my trip and they were already running low on availability.
Their website makes it incredibly easy to check on all possible openings in their calendar.
However, don’t give up if it’s too late. There is a (small) chance you can get in at the last minute in the event of a cancelation. Definitely contact them (as often as necessary) to check on any last minute openings.
Prague Beer spa reservations are a hot commodity and if you miss your time, you’re either out of luck (But lucky for someone else!) or your spa time will simply be shortened. To avoid this, arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
And, full disclosure, though I am all about punctuality, I’m really here to remind you that you get to start drinking as soon as you show up. So, why wait?
Bring your own flip-flops
Yes, Original Beer Spa does provide “slippers,” but the ones they provide are less like shower shoes and more like wooden clogs. Actually, they are wooden clogs. These are totally not safe for a soaking wet tile floor and half the people in our group have the bruises to prove it.
Also, how on earth are they supposed to provide us with the right sizes before we get there? And who wants to wear communal spa shoes?
Master the quick change
As mentioned earlier, you will have to fit changing and showering and spa time all into about an hour. To maximize time in the actual beer bath, wear your bathing suit under your clothes.
This way, you can simply strip down and jump in the tub, wasting as little time untangling your thongs from your pant legs as possible. And maybe don’t wear a bikini top that ties in three places like I did. If you’re planning on beer bathing in the nude, you’re already winning.
And after your bath you’ll be rushing to get ready. And if you’re not re-dressed by the *ding* your attendant will be checking out your birthday suit.
Bring something to keep your bathing suit in
This may be the most important Prague beer spa tip. Show up already wearing your bathing suit. But leave with clean, dry underwear on.
To prepare for this, make sure to bring a large Ziplock bag (or similar) to carry your wet, hop-smelling bathing suit in until you get back to your hotel room. This is absolutely crucial if, like us, you hit up no fewer than three bars (and a church) before you head back to your hotel. Just remember to hang it up as soon as you get back to your room! The beer bath does not smell like calming lavender.
Learn how to work a Czech beer tap beforehand
Here in the U.S. we have one way of pouring beer from the tap: open and shut. It’s like a criminal case at Inspector Gadget’s firm only the villain here is a monster named Last Call.
Beer taps in the Czech Republic, however, have a sort of lever (dial?) that you can use to adjust the flow of beer.
Word to the weiss (heh) Czechs prefer a frothier pour creating a beer that’s barely beer at all. Because of this, their taps default to pour out fast as hell, filling the glass with about 95% foam, 5% actual beer. (It’s called Mlíko.) I don’t know about you, but I prefer my suds in the tub, not my glass.
And because you’re only in the beer bath for an hour, you don’t want to waste 40 minutes of that waiting for your foam to dissipate.
How to pour a Czech beer like an American
To get a more Americanized beer pour, you’ll want to slow the pour way down (as contradictory to my last sentence as that is) using the lever on the side of the tap. Luckily, they provide more mugs than there are people so you can fill a mug while you drink a mug.
Also, contrary to everything you learned at American bartending school, you’re supposed to put the tap in the beer here.
So how did I learn all this? Well, mostly through trial and error at first. Then there was a visit to Pub Praha. At Pub Praha, all the tables have their own beer taps from which you pour your own beer. There, they show you how to use the Czech beer tap lever to get the kind of pour you want.
So, my advice: try your hand at pouring Czech beer before your beer spa visit. This will help make the most of the beer during your spa time. Read more about Pub Praha and many more awesome Prague food and drink experiences here.
Don’t forget to rinse
After your Prague beer spa you’ll have beer ingredients in all the places. You’ll be encouraged to shower which I’m going to doubly encourage right now. You will need to get all the green gunk out of your butt. (This you should call “beerpoo.”)
But don’t use soap—rinse only! To reap the maximum benefit of your beer bath, you’ll want to continue to absorb all the nutrients which will increase over time. Allegedly.
Prague beer spa review
Did I feel renewed, refreshed, or cured of my cellulite after my beer bath? No. But did I have a fantastic time? Hell yes! The Prague beer spa experience is definitely unique and I believe everyone should give it a go—if for no other reason than when else will you be able to do something like this?
I was impressed with the presentation of it all, but I did feel super rushed at times. And it would’ve been nice had they shown us how to use the beer tap. (Though the fact that the beer comes out 90% foam and must save them zillions of dollars is not lost on me.)
The room was pleasant but potentially so dangerous. We were slipping everywhere; a couple of us fell pretty hard and bruised ourselves. Seriously, prepare for this.
Also, I’m highly allergic to wheat straw so laying on a bed of the stuff is not my idea of “relaxing.” However, I did give it a quick go in the name of experimentation and it was actually way more comfortable than I thought it would be.
I’m used to the European nonchalance towards nudity, but I’m willing to bet many (American) visitors are not. So the fact that the attendants burst into the rooms could freak a lot of people out.
Otherwise, the staff was friendly and the beer was good. The music in the spa rooms (American 80s jams) was awesome.
Keep your expectations low as far as health benefits are concerned, but know that you’re going to have a fun and interesting time on your visit to Prague.
Would I visit again?
Bruises aside, I would absolutely visit a Prague beer spa again. I felt like I got a great experience for the price paid so the value is definitely there.
List of Prague beer spas
Though Original Beer Spa is the most popular in town, there are a few others to choose from if you want to check those out as well. (There are also some in other Czech cities.) Here are some of the other beer spas in Prague:
Beer Spa Bernard
Beer Spa Bernard is the second-most well-known beer spa in Prague. They have a similar setup with tubs + taps but only offer 30-minute beer spas.
They serve their own Beer Bernard, allow you to add on a massage, and make you relax in a heated bed for 30 minutes. You also have the option of adding on refreshments like sausages, pickled cheese (stay away from the pickled cheese), breads, and more. And from what I can tell, they charge for a welcome drink.
They do, however, accommodate parties up to 12 people.
GrandRelax is otherwise a luxury spa that features a beer spa option. They have two locations in Prague and offer:
- 30-minute beer spas
- Lobkowicz Premium beer
- gourmet sausages and souvenir for all visitors
- optional upgrades like beer oil massage, sauna, etc.
Enjoy your beer bath!
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