Bokovka started as a dream, as many great bars and restaurants do. But what set this one apart was that it was created and brought into being by a group of friends. A shared love of wine, and seemingly impeccable taste, ensured that it soon became one of the go-to wine bars in Prague.
Inside, it’s the epitome of rough luxe. The hewn stone, white for the most part, curves overhead, creating a feeling of almost church-like reverence. A oenophilic temple to the grape. But it’s modern, with crisp lines and plenty of wood and metal, making Bokovka more than a little atmospheric.
For all that the decor is compelling, the wine itself is the main event. The list rotates frequently, offering a selection of European wines. But while you’re here, you have to dive into the Czech collection. There are reds, whites, sparkling, rosé and orange varieties, so there’s something for every palate and inclination. And if that wasn’t enough, Bokovka has its own on-site fromagerie. That’s right. Cheese. Could it get any better?
Actually, yes, because it’s not just cheese. Bokovka offers a curated, perfectly-formed little menu of small plates to enjoy alongside your wine, including charcuterie, sardines, fermented vegetables (peppers, Brussels sprouts, beets, kohlrabi, green tomato, pumpkin), Bread 66 from Eska with liver pâté and currant jam, and Ajala chocolate with almonds. Once here, you won’t be wanting to leave in a hurry. There’s always another glass, another nibble, that needs sampling.