[I didn’t take any pictures in the place so I’m going to provide stock photos that I think will give you an idea of the general ambience.]
[Eg this picture might imply that Ossegg was either a glass cube or an Apple Store, but I’m actually just trying to make the point that it was super modern and pretty clinical – and not all that pleasant.]
It’s been a long, long time since I last posted one of my infamous Prague pub reviews. I’m having to stretch my memory as far as I can to recall my August trip to OSSEGG, a bar in the gentrified area around Náměstí Míru.
As my passive aggressive caption implies, the atmosphere at OSSEGG isn’t super welcoming: the classic Czech pub dark colours and permanent twilight were conspicuously absent, and instead customers sit at tall, minimalist tables drenched in daylight from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Personally, it strikes me that twilight is the perfect time to drink beer, and all pubs should attempt to prolong dusk as much as possible. Perhaps this stems from an innate belief that all humans look best in half-light, but I do try and avoid bright lights as much as possible, even going so far as to carry emergency sunglasses in my jacket pocket, lest I be suddenly thrust into some unpleasantly well-lit environs.
OSSEGG is affiliated with its own brewery, and the beer was excellent – particularly if you, like me, are sick of lager. Sure, Czech pilsner is meant to be the king of beer, but once you’ve drunk gallons of the stuff, you tend to crave something darker and ale-ier. The červené pivo, ruby ale, was especially welcome.
Overall, OSSEGG felt a little bit pretentious. For one thing, it self-identifies as a “pivovar a restaurace” (brewery and restaurant) rather than a “bar” (that’s Czech for bar) or the more down-to-earth “hospoda” (pub). I’d give it an unblemished beer mat and a thoughtfully positioned coat stand.