Free WiFi in Prague at De Brug

I’m listening to a terrible cover of The Smiths’ There is a Light That Never Goes Out. Some awful cheap Casio synth beats with a robot voice. It utterly destroys one of my all-time favourite lyrics:

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine

I’m at De Brug, a good-looking pub on Masna that tops an online Danish guide with the following description:

The joint is owned and run by a Dutch fellow [former Zone barman and fellow Tragically Hip fan Casper], and they know a thing or two about good beer over there, too. He opened his bar so that Prague, a city of beer lovers, could experience a typical Dutch tavern or “Brown Bar.”

On top of that De Brug’s now got free WiFi. That’s the only thing that got me in here, though. As much as I dig Casper I’ve been avoiding the place since the beer prices went way over the top (example: a half-litre of 12-degree Staropramen costs CZK 38; many a Pilsner Urquell – also a 12-degree beer – in town don’t go over CZK 30).

I recently discovered that De Brug has a happy hour – between 5 & 7 pm the Staropramen is a more reasonable CZK 25.

De Brug’s food prices are also sky-high (Goulash with bread dumplings for CZK 145?!), but the atmosphere is nice, and they don’t allow stag parties, so that counts for something, I guess.

Ah, and now the vicious-sweet trip-hop stylings of Portishead are seething out of the speakers. That more than makes up for the butchered Smiths I heard on starting this little entry.

Aug 9, 17:12 (Filed under: Prague pubs, restaurants and cafes )

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