y friends and I were excited to arrive in České Budějovice, because we had heard it described as the Czech Republic’s most vibrant college town. But, as we walked through the city on a sleepy, Monday night in January, we were disappointed to discover that most of the town’s restaurants and bars closed early and very few residents were out of their homes.
Nevertheless, we eventually wandered into the Hammond Café, a bar that, based on the patrons’ greasy-beards, long hair, and funky odors, seemed like the off-campus socializing annex for the local university’s physics, microbiology, and computer science students. The dive has lots of seating, a pleasant vibe, and good beer, but the real draw was the piano/guitar band that treated us to a collection of Czech folk songs. We spent the night drinking Czech suds, people watching, and listening to the quirky ensemble. The bartender also told us that the laid-back venue also hosts blues bands, country nights, and Johnny Cash nights. WB
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To read the whole story of the trip on which I discovered Hammond Cafe, read: Journey to the center of the Bohemian brew kettle — Taking a beer breweries road trip in the Czech Republic's quirky South Bohemia.