The wide, lamp-lit streets of Karlin get hipper by the minute, it's the East London of Prague, and Veltlin is the perfect example of one of its hottest new hangouts. A cute, neighbourhood wine bar slash shop in what could be someone's front room, Veltlin devotes itself to wines from the Czech Republic, and lo and behold... they're spectacular!
The room is small, with a handful of wooden tables so it's perfect for dates, drinks with a few friends, or even solo on a stool at the glass bar. The bar is filled with layers of soil from the vineyards where the wines are from. Be sure to grill the sommelier, he’s a part-time wine teacher, and was born in Moravia, a stone's throw from the vineyards, so he knows more than most on the Czech wine subject (that and there’s not really a menu so you might need the help). We tasted a pinot noir from Ota Sevcik's south Moravian vineyards and it was delicious. The wines are always changing so if you've found one you're into then why not take some home with you?
They also have a small blackboard menu of food, with charcuterie sliced behind the bar, local cheeses and homemade pates, so you pretty much have no excuse to leave, expect maybe to grab one of the tables outside when they become free, in summer of course. Oh and wine geeks should check their website for upcoming wine tasting events too.