The Czech Republic brews some of the best light beers in the world and its various pubs and bars are skilled in knowing how to look after and present them. Some of its brands such as Pilsner Urquell, Budveiser Budvar and Staropramen are well known on the world market but beer lovers should also try some of the others, particularly Gambrinus, Radegast and Krusovice, which are very popular in Prague, but also beers from smaller breweries such as the tasty Bernard and Velkopovicky Kozel.
On entering a Czech pub you should first take a seat (it is very unusual to stand) and wait for the waiter to approach you. He will then give you a small paper tab on which he will collate the number of beers you have drunk as you progress through the evening. When you wish to stop drinking simply wave your paper tab at the waiter. When paying simply round up the amount to include the tip. 5 to 10 percent is normally acceptable.
Visiting Czech pubs is of course a good way to meet the locals who will invariably speak a few words of English. Czechs are very fond of toasting. It is important when doing so however always to look them very quickly in the eye when toasting. To not acknowledge the toast in this way makes you look insincere or dishonest in Czech eyes. Also never ever pour the remains of an old beer glass into the new one; this is considered very bad form.