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In the last couple of years, the beer market in Krakow has diversified a lot more with regional Polish beers gaining in popularity. Czech beer has also made great inroads into the Polish market and U Jozina is a Czech bar which offers straightforward good food and drinks in a genuine environment that harks back to former times. It is not far from the Market Square on a quiet cobbled side street in the Old Town.
For a start, the menu is very simple. Drinks cost 4PLN (about one Euro) and food 8PLN (about two Euros). Drinks include vodka, Czech draught beer, whiskey, coffee, juice and cold drinks. The food is heavy, ideal for soaking alcohol. The bar also stocks bottled Czech beer. Hot sausage with onion, black pudding, herring in cream and famous Czech fried cheese are some of the choices from the menu. You can also try pork neck which is 10PLN.
The bar has two floors. The top floor is decorated with large old photographs of breweries in the Czech Republic. Imposing wooden beams line the ceiling both upstairs and below. Clocks and other old furniture add to the design and show us how public houses used to be. The bar itself is also made in an old-fashioned style with wooden posts supporting the sturdy counter. Dark brown painted tables and chairs complement the overall décor with no cheap or fancy furniture in sight.
Downstairs is a larger room with seating for about forty people. There are screens in both rooms for sports fans who want to enjoy top sporting events with some quality beer and pub food.