Latvia > Riga
r1ver (8) , | February 20, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
imthebest (43) , | February 9, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
A nightly party with live folk music and sing-a-longs in a huge cellar with multiple bars serving a good selection of interesting Latvian beers. I’d come here weekly if I lived closer.
Marduk (50) Tallinn, Estonia | January 15, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Fancy to see how locals party in Riga? Go to Basement. Starting from couple metalheads, desperate housewives, mobsters, hipis with bare feet and flowers in their hair and sum up with drunk (underage) teens, this place has them all. Place was absolutely packed on friday night. No place to sit and no place to stand. At some point we noticed one "empty table" , half-full glasses and wintercoats still there. We squeezed ourselves to sit there and drink some beer. Owners of beers came by from time to time to drink their beers and went back to wiggle their bottoms in rhythm of the band. Amazing and big thanks. Decent selection of classic local beers and some Aldaris/Cesu too.
PS. Mind the pumpkins.
FatPhil (265) Tallinn, Estonia | January 13, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Rating ambience from pure brainstem hedoism - I love cellar bars, and I love live music venues (on the assumption the music is good, which it was here). There are places I’d go for quiet conversation, and this ain’t one on a Friday evening when the band’s in full swing, and the crowd’s loving it. Presently have 22 taps. Everything I asked for was on (we had 4, I think), so no reason to doubt they didn’t have close to all 22 on. All the classic Latvians, including several ticks, which isn’t bad going considering I’ve not been here for a year. It’s actually very easy to find, all you need is the streetname, and you’ll see it immediately. Like the long hours, even though I didn’t take advantage of them. Now Brevinga’s nose-dived, I think this has to be the #1 Latvian place now (not for imports though, but it’s obvious where to look for those). Will revisit, that’s for sure.
beeroverwithme (90) Třnsberg, Norway | July 9, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Located in a dark cellar on the southern outskirts of old town, Folkklubs is a folk music venue gone pub. The stage was empty when I was there but folk music was played on the loudspeakers. The place has a very rustic atmosphere, they have some 16 beer taps and a kitchen (that I didn’t try). All in all very nice and a good place to try Latvian beer on draft. Visited on 2013-07-08.
Dainis (1) Riga, Latvia | April 21, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATE: from 2013.05.03. moved to Peldu iela 19
I was quite surprised, that this place wasn’t at ReteBeers’s place list. Although it’s quite understandable - despite located at the Old Town (Smilšu 16), its not on usual tourist route and without shining logo outside. Quite opposite - it’s at the basement and not so easy to find, even knowing the address (except summertime, when there is patio outside). Therefore, crowd consist mostly from locals. I guess, that is their goal, because its ’’traditional Latvian tavern’’ ...
If you want to tray some Latvian beer, traditional food and atmosphere, its the best place in Latvia - at best days they have 14-16 beers on tap. Almost all local breweries are presented, except Bralis, Užava, Cēsu and Piebalgas. Food is good, may be little overpriced, but OK for OldTown and cheaper than in AleHouse, for example. Only downside - during weekends / peek ours, its overcrowded. Common place, to go and grab some beer with friends. During summertime, there is also small inner yard opened.
larsga (196) Oslo, Norway | April 5, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A kind of folk music club in the old town, down in a cellar. Serves good food, plays Latvian folk music, and has a pretty good selection of Latvian micros. Perhaps the best place to drink beer in Riga, unless you came here to drink Mikkeller. (Nothing wrong with Mikkeller, but you don’t need to go to Riga for it.)
zenkis (13) Ogre, Latvia | March 29, 2013
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
On tap local brews. Mostly like traditional meed. Atmosphere is loud and young one. Often there is some folk music performances. So nice place to have an evening @ and try some micro local brews like Madonas, Biíeru, Iďěuciema, Brenguďu, Valmiermuiţas.
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