The drinking age for beer and wine is 16 and for everything else it is 18.

Most beer connoisseurs will tell you that the Czechs know how to brew beer. The most famous is Pilsner Urquell, exported to all over the world.  However, there are many other brands that are just as good. The first “Budweiser” was brewed here in České Budějovice (in German “Budweis” – German was spoken in the CR at one time along with Czech and most towns had a German name as well as Czech).  Therefore, your first choice of drink may be beer.

However, should you prefer wine, the state of Moravia (one of our 3 states – Bohemia, Silesia and Moravia) makes wonderful wines. We have our own mineral waters, which come from the healing springs of Karlovy Vary and other spa towns. All other beverages are available as well such as Coke, Pepsi, 7UP, etc.

Diet drinks are labeled as “light” and should be ordered in this way; i.e. a “Diet Coke” is “Coke Light” here.  Only, don’t expect ice in your glass.  The softdrinks are served cold and only some places offer ice with them. These would be mostly your American hotel chains.

Coffee is somewhat stronger than American coffee and with the exception of during breakfast, there are no refills. At a bar or restaurant, you get an individually brewed cup of coffee such as an expresso, cappuccino, etc.

Tea is widely available. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to get a “glass of water”, as you can in the USA. You must order a mineral water, with or without carbonation and pay for it. The legal age for drinking alcohol is 18.