Bucket List Item #629 – take a beer bath
Prague, Czech Republic
Yes, the beer in Prague is cheaper than water. If you walk a block outside of the tourist areas of Prague and step into the first bar you see, it’s likely you can get a Pilsner Urquell or a Kozel for less than a bottle of water. You’ll probably spend a dollar on a pint. It’s a beer drinker’s paradise, assuming you’re not expecting craft beer.
Naturally, when the beer is so cheap the mind starts to wander. What else can we do with this abundance of cheap beer? Make it into ice blocks and skate on it in the winter? And then melt it in the spring time so you can drink it? I know, we’ll bathe in it and then bring mini kegs and drink them. We’ll drink it while we bathe in it!
According to Draft Magazine, the first beer bath opened in 2006 in Chodová Planá and used Czech Saaz hops and brewer’s yeast for the bath. It’s relatively new, but it’s 100% a very Czech thing. This is one of those “when in Rome” things you just need to do in Prague. Funny enough, initially I thought the whole beer bath thing was a tourist trap until I started to notice them in neighborhoods where the likelihood of seeing a tourist is slim. So, they’re a legit thing.
What does a beer bath entail? I’m glad you asked! We chose Pivní lázně Bernard Praha, aka Beer Spa Bernard, and here is the rundown. We spent about $150 total for a 30-minute beer bath (which is basically a spa/hot tub situation), 30 minutes relaxation time in heated beds afterward (sort of like a lying down sauna bed), a souvenir to take home and UNLIMITED BEER. Oh, and this was the price for four people. And for the record: you can drink a ton of beer in an hour, if you’re so inclined. I’m not a beer drinker and I even managed 3 pints. I was actually quite proud of myself. For an extra $100 we could have all had massages. In retrospect we probably should have opted for that.
The bang for the buck is definitely there, but what about the experience? I waited to visit a beer spa until my friends Rachel and Matt came to visit. This was definitely a Matt activity because he loves beer and to be honest, Dave and I were pretty half-baked on the idea. It sounded a bit…silly. I mean, why? Why do I want to bathe in beer? Short answer that should have been obvious: because I can! Where else am I going to bathe in beer? The novelty of it in and of itself is worth it. What I didn’t expect what the amount of fun. Doing this with friends was such a rich experience. We talked and laughed and carried on and got a serious day drunk. It was perfect.
Beer bath: check!