Visit 07-2012. A modern-looking shop and the café if also connected to the Valmiermuiža brewery. They sell their own beers, plus local cheese, sausage, cakes. Very stylish and pleasant, and good - excellent service. They do serve food also in cafe, but I didn’t try it. Not easy to find. It’s not on the street, but had to go throu the parking lot, that kind of opens from the street, where you had to walk into. The place is one of many in a bigger complex at the very back.
THE olace to try the full range of Valmiermuiža beers, from the main plant and the new microbrewery. The food here is (i) exquisite, (ii) painfully slow slow and (iii) in tiny portions. Remember nouvelle cuisine anyone? Hence the low rating for service.
This place isn’t as good as it seems to think it is ! Had about 5 of their own beers on tap, but didn’t seem to understand which one I wanted (Kviesu). Had a number of bottles displayed on the counter, but on closer inspection these turned out to be all their own as well. There may have been others in the fridge, but it was impossible to see, that there are no lists. Service left a lot to be desired, One staff member spent most of the time sitting down in a corner behind the bar, so he couldn’t be seen from anywhere else ! And contrary to a previous poster food here is NOT cheap. Can get crowded during the week, but was virtually empty on a Sunday evening last time I went.
A very short stumble from Labietis brewpub, meaning you get two for the price of one when it comes to the 30-minute stroll here from the Old Town. Good selection of beers, mostly from the Valmiermuiza brewery. The Abula was particularly good. Staff are fairly helpful and informative but too cool to bother thanking people who tip them (which I suppose at least saves the need to tip them on the next round). The whole place has a bit of a ‘too cool for school’ vibe: it was the most hipster places we went to in Riga, but I suppose some people like that sort of thing. Will certainly be back.
Vells (19) Rīga, Latvija, Latvia | September 14, 2014
Decent beer shop mostly representing Valmiermuiža range, with some bonus Latvian beers
Nice hip place with a lot of Valmiermuiza beers and some micro brews in bottles. However the bartender was not informed about the beers at all. "Would you like a light or dark beer?". Thankfully he let me explore the bottles in the fridge behind the bar myself.
Located in the same recently renovated warehouse complex as the Labietis brewpub, worth the tram ride to visit both. Serves light, dark and seasonal beers both filtered and unfiltered, which was fun. More unusual was the piping hot sweetened beer.
Restaurant is a modern hipster foodie type place that would fit in any US college town, and I mean that in the best possible way! Very tasty food, small portions but with small prices to match. Excellent service.
Next door is a place to get all the same beers in takeaway bottles, plus a goofy giftshop.