There are many good reasons to go to the Slovak Republic, but my favourite is the beer. It’s delicious and very reasonably priced. Pintprice.com has it costing an average of 0.91 Euros. That makes it the fourth cheapest place to drink beer in Europe (Ukraine is #1). If you’re looking for a place to have your bachelor or stag party, a weekend in Bratislava will give you everything you need to make a man rethink a commitment. But before you go, I recommend boning up on a little Slovak. Here’s what you’ll need to know.
Note: click on the word to be taken to Google Translate where you can hear the words.
Deciphering the Menu
Slovak beer menus will often have a giant list of the beers they offer and the sizes that they come in. Here’s an example of what you’ll see:
|Čapované Pivo||0.33 l||0.50 l|
|Urpiner Classic||10%||0.80 €||1.20 €|
|Martiner||10%||0.70 €||1.10 €|
|Martiner||12%||0.80 €||1.20 €|
|Zlaty Bazant Nealko||nealko||0.60 €||1.00 €|
The first column displays the beer name. This particular part of the menu is showing “Čapované Pivo” or the “Draft Beers”. The second column shows the strength of the beer or the density of beer wort measured on the Plato scale. In Slovakia this is usually shown as a percentage but you’ll sometimes see it in degrees. For more about this, check out my attempt at explaining it. The third and fourth column show the prices (3rd column is for 0.33 litres of beer, 4th column for a half litre of beer).
If you want to order a beer you can say,
Jedno pivo, prosím
which means, “One beer, please”
Jeden veľký pivo, prosím – One large beer, please.
If you want to order more than one beer you have to change “pivo” to “pivá”
Dve pivá, prosím
“Two beers, please”
Once you’ve got your beer, there’s only one last thing you need to say:
na zdravie! – cheers!
For more information on ordering a beer in Slovakia, check out this video made by BratislavaGuide.com
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