The food and drink culture was phenomenal. Everyone drinks beer, and a lot of it: they’re known for chugging their beers and reorder so frequently that the simple flip of a coaster signals you want a refill. Everything is pilsner, either light or dark, and both are cheap and fantastic. Given we were there in early winter at the start of the European Christmas markets season, there was plenty of delicious gluehwein everywhere as well. Beyond that, it’s Europe so duh, schnapps for days. The food was super hearty and dense comfort food, delicious but not exactly food for health: gummy, steamed potato dumplings with every meal, roasted meats, gravy, stews — my god it was good. And cheap. Our crew of six could order multiple apps for the table, rounds and rounds of beers and schnapps, big entrees each and our check would total the equivalent of ~70 bucks for all six of us. Long, indulgent dinners in Prague with rounds of beer and schnapps were some of my favorite memories of Prague. Pilsner Urquell, the restaurant home of the famous Pilsner Urquell Czech Pilsner, was the absolute highlight with the best dumplings in town in addition to some amazing beef tartare. Beyond just dining, we had a few other notable beverage highlights. My personal favorite was the Beer Spa where we had two hours in a private room to rotate between soaking in a bubbling copper tub of beer and sitting in a hop sauna while drinking unlimited beer from multiple beers on tap — it was quite possibly the high point of my life to be honest. As well, we visited a Monastery at the top of the city where we drank beer brewed by monks in a cave-like building by candlelight.