Monarch is fairly central and, unlike so many wine bars in Prague and elsewhere, unpretentious. Connected to a wine shop, this place can be easily found thanks to the neon green strip-lights that frame the entrance. The main room is large and comfortable; the large windows allow for good people-watching and give the space a light, airy feel.
rnPlenty of room is afforded between tables, and an enticing bar runs across one side of the space. The cavernous stone cellar below houses an enormous selection of wines that stretches to over 1,000 vintages, and includes choices from virtually all European and New World countries as well as a solid range of Czech and Moravian varieties. Indulgences don’t end with the wine, as Monarch also boasts a well-stocked humidor and speciality snacks.
rnCheck the blackboard indicating the daily deli selections, normally featuring a few French and Swiss cheeses, fondue, sausages and paté. By-the-glass prices are convenient for connoisseurs and modest tipplers alike, and the renovated cellar can be reserved for group tasting events (complete with your own sommelier).
rnSince the place closes around 10pm or so, it’s best used as a pre-dinner spot or for a relaxed evening drink.