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Overcharging in bars.

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Overcharging in bars.

Can anyone comment on a situation that happened to a work colleague of mine in the first week of September.

My friend went to the Czech Republic with a group of friends to play golf for a week. This is the second time he has visited with a group of about 12 people.

On his first night in Prague he visited a bar somewhere close to the old town square. There was 5 in the group and they ordered a large beer each. When he came to pay he was told the bill was the equivalent of £35. He complained and after much arguing he was escorted from the bar by a very large man.

I myself have visited prague 3 times recently and never had a problem. I am returning next February with my wife and a group of 4 other couples.

Is it likely that for some reason the bar didn't want a group of men visiting-they are all in their 40's so not exactly kids-so tried to disuade them from staying or is this a new problem. He has recommended that the answer is to check the prices before ordering-on every order.

Any comments would be very helpful.

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1. Re: Overcharging in bars.

Unfortunately that is bang in the middle of tourist trap territory, and as such almost anything goes as regards ripping off tourists. Basic rule of thumb is only go somewhere where it looks as though locals might go (not many in the touristy areas) and also check the prices if possible - if the beer costs more than 35 Crowns, move on. Not everywhere has the prices displayed, though, but that shouldn't be necessary in the decent (i.e. local) places as people know they will not be ripped off. In Prague I just stay away from the flashy-looking places, as it is a bit of a gamble. At least in Brno the new flashy places are all frequented by locals anyway and if they started overcharging the customers would vote with their feet and the establishment wouldn't last very long - in Prague it is a different story.

The fact that it was a group of 40-plus English-speaking blokes may also have played a role. I'm not casting aspersions on your friends, but a lot of these places have learned from bitter experience and they aren't that bothered if they don't come back again. But is is more likely to have been a plain old rip-off. If you have any idea of the name of the place then post it here so others can benefit from your friends' experience.

Enjoy your visit :)

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2. Re: Overcharging in bars.

sounds like U Vejvodů

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3. Re: Overcharging in bars.

Never happened to me -- but I've seen reports here of one bar near the square doing this. It would be more helpful if you knew the name of the place.

And there's also a dance club called Fragola where they have very expensive beers in their restaurant upstairs. They'd rather people drink expensive cocktails so they also charge big prices for the beers.

Edited: 27 September 2010, 15:16
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4. Re: Overcharging in bars.

Not sure why folk take this, I'd have called the police and made a complaint, don't care if I am a visitor or not I always know what things should cost, to be marched out with threat of violence (as seems to be reported here) needs reporting IMHO, put it this way, if a local would report it so should a visitor.

Only been twice to Prague, it's never happened to me and I've not seen it but there seems to be lots of reports. And yes, unfortunately Brits abroad however well behalved carry baggage from the minority of idiots we export - gives us all a bad name and sometimes we get cold shouldered as a result, unfare but it's a fact ;-(

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5. Re: Overcharging in bars.

I'm not sure it's a crime. If there's no cover charge, and the price on the menus is 50 Kc maybe...

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6. Re: Overcharging in bars.

Of course it's a crime, the OP is quoting 5 beers for £35, that's 200 cz for a beer.

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7. Re: Overcharging in bars.

Best tell them in the airport then :) Actually I remember being charged £7 in Paris for a beer once and there were others sitting around me supping away without too much fuss.

I think many people are coming to Prague with an unrealistic expectation of what things are going to cost nowadays - unfortunately the days of a pint for 5p are long gone. You can still get food and drink at 'proper' prices, though - you've just got to look a bit harder and venture out a bit. If somewhere charges 200 Crowns a beer then that is what they charge and as long as that price is published then there is very little that you or the police can do about it. You might not like it, just go somewhere else next time - somewhere a bit more civilised guardian.co.uk/travel/…

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8. Re: Overcharging in bars.

Don't get me started on the Airport prices.

145czk for a beer,who are they kidding ,but what is worse is the shops are charging 68czk for cans of beer,the same ones in town are about 14-18czk a can.

They know they have a market for it because of liquid restrictions in carry- on's.

I don't mind paying a bit extra at the airport 20-30% more would be reasonable ,but almost 400% more is crazy.

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9. Re: Overcharging in bars.

GCEK

If you remember a post long ago, you'll remember I did tell them at the airport in no uncertain terms. :-)

I got a quizzical look, nothing more ;-)

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10. Re: Overcharging in bars.

please post the name of the establishment here, it would be much of help

the czech airport, as for the shop prices, is an anomaly in the whole world. I have never seen anywhere prices of common goods, groceries and food be as artificially grossed up as at the Prague airport. what a shame

imho, its a crime, simple overcharging , and btw. i wouldnt say there are any past resentments or sentiments behind this act. Mere opportunity robbing or calculation(?). They might have been drunk or rowdy, but its doesnt mean the staff should rip them off as an avenge.