A student’s cost of living is typically calculated by adding four factors: rent, tuition fees, takeout and beer. To celebrate Oktoberfest and to help you decide where you should get your next foamy upper lip (and perhaps help you choose which city to study in according to your beer budget), we’ve created a simple infographic that details how much beer costs in Europe — and recommended a pub in each city. Cheers! ?
Where: Starosilska 1e, Kiev, Ukraine
At €0.60 a beer, we all clearly need to move to Kiev. Lisopylka is on the outskirts of the city — actually, it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it’s definitely worth a visit! It’s the perfect place to chill in the summertime with a craft beer from their excellent selection, when the Ukranian weather doesn’t force you to make a fire with all the logs that you can find outside the bar. If you’re lucky, you can even get a tour of the brewery and taste the beer made on location.
Prague: U Fleků
Where: Křemencova 11, Prague, Czech Republic
U Fleků is the only brewery in Central Europe which has been brewing continuously for over 500 years, making it one of the oldest and most famous breweries in Prague — and consequently one of the busiest. After being nationalised under communist rule, the original owners, the Brtník family, regained its ownership in 1991, after the fall of the regime.
The pub only serves one kind of beer: its own dark lager brewed right on the premises and not available anywhere else. For a bit of fun and safety, try the breath alcohol tester they have on the wall!
Where: Rua de São Julião 27, Lisbon, Portugal
Entering this dim-lighted tavern in the heart of the city’s downtown is like travelling back to medieval Lisbon. There are wooden benches and tables, lighted candles within melted fountains of candle wax, beer served in terracotta glasses, and even the waiters dress up for the occasion.
There is live music (usually folk or ethnic sounds) twice a week, and there’s a big selection of national and international beers and craft beers. If you truly want to go back to medieval times, order mead served in an actual viking horn. The Portuguese chorizo flambé is a great companion.
Warsaw: Jabeerwocky Craft Beer Pub
Where: ul. Nowogrodzka 12, Warsaw, Poland
Right in the heart of Warsaw, Jabeerwocky has a large selection of bottled beers and beers on tap. For those of you who have never heard of Untappd, the bar has a great beer map for beer dummies. We recommend trying the Pivni Podziemie Brewery blonde ale.
Madrid: Fábrica Maravillas
Where: Calle Valverde 29, Madrid, Spain
This “factory” in the neighbourhood of Malasaña is one of the most beautiful bars in Calle Valverde. It’s a small place with six types of beer on tap served in three different sizes: caña, half a pint or a pint. The beer is brewed every morning, and you can actually see where they do it! While munching on their complimentary olives or peanuts (you can also get one of their tapas), try the Malasaña Ale, inspired by the neighbourhood.
Where: Der Berliner Republik, Schiffbauerdamm 8, Berlin, Germany
This is no usual pub. Every day at 5pm, this German bar’s regular beer prices are forgotten and new prices are regulated by supply and demand, just like in the stock market. The rules are simple: you ask for a drink, your order is entered on the market computer, and the price is continuously updating according to how many people order the same drink.
You can pay as little as €1.60 for a drink and order as many as you want. If the waiter takes a while to bring your drink, don’t worry; you always pay the price shown on the monitor at the moment of your order. When you hear a waiter ringing a big bell inside the bar, it means the market crashed — cheaper drinks for everyone!
Brussels: Café Kafka
Where: Rue des Poissonniers 21, Brussels, Belgium
The huge Kafka mural on the back wall gives this café its name. They offer a huge selection of beer and some of the finest Belgian ales, including 11 on tap. However, this legendary place is not just about the beer; it’s also about its warm atmosphere and, Brussels being Brussels, about meeting awesome people from around the world. Share one of their delicious sausages that they have hanging from the ceiling!
Athens: The Lazy Bulldog Pub
Where: Περσεφόνης 13 (Ορφέως 2), Athens, Greece
Okay, fair enough, why did we choose an English pub in Athens and not a Greek one? Well, because The Lazy Bulldog is seriously cool and even the locals love it. It really does have your typical English pub atmosphere, but it also has a very wide range of craft beers from various Greek microbreweries.
Where: 21 Poland Street, London, UK
BrewDog was founded in 2007 by two friends. Now, BrewDog has pubs all over the world. In London, a new branch seems to open up every week. This branch in the heart of Soho has twenty different craft beers on tap and preserves the chain’s industrial decoration.
Rome: Open Baladin
Where: Via Degli Specchi 5-6, Rome, Italy
This pub opened back in September 2009 and was quickly considered as the best place to drink Italian beers in Rome. The beer-covered wall is proof of the 120 different options they have — from 100 bottles beers to 20-30 on tap — ranging from the well-known Italian Baladin and Birra del Borgo to the American beers, such as Sierra Nevada from California and the beer from the famous Brooklyn Brewery.
Where: 7 Rue Frochot, Paris, France
Don’t let the pink neon sign, the neighbouring sex shop, the broken mirrors or the disco balls make you think this is actually club. Located in trendy South Pigalle, Glass is a Parisian bar with mostly American beers. One of their specialties is Boilermakers: a shot followed by a beer. We recommend the Patti & Robert — a shot of Jim Beam followed by a Brooklyn East Indian Pale Ale.
Oslo: Café Laundromat
Where: Underhaugsveien 2, Oslo, Norway
Café Laundromat is a local coffee shop, bar, restaurant… and a laundrette. It also happens to offer one of the best beer selections in Oslo. We wonder why this unusual concept hasn’t spread around the world! There’s not a very big selection of beer on tap, but the bottle count reaches 100 and includes a number of Norwegian brewery brands.
If you walk over to the back and climb the spiral staircase, you reach a small nook with a bookshelf. To recap, Café Laundromat offers you have coffee, food, beer, a reading nook and a place to wash your underwear. Why should we ever leave? All of this plus the old phones hanging on the wall and the amazing “Laundry is the only thing to be separated by colour” quote written on a chalkboard probably makes Café Laundromat the most Instagrammable place on this list.
Reykjavík: Micro Bar
Where: Austurstræti 6, Reykjavik, Iceland
Micro Bar opened in 2012 and it’s the first craft bar in Iceland. They specialise in Icelandic craft beer and a wide selection of foreign bottled beers. It’s one of the coolest bars in Reykjavík, largely due to the original wall murals, which are the work of Icelandic cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson.
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