Lithuania > Vilnius
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | August 30, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Probably the next best thing after the Šnekutis locations to drink in Vilnius. A basement pub that is rather large place by Lithuanian pub standards, sits over 100. Maybe the largest tap selection I saw in Lithuania. When I was there I found many Lithuanian craft beers on tap that I didn’t find at either Šnekutis locations. Also a decent bottle selection, larger selection than the Šnekutis locations but not quite as extensive as Bambalyne. When you consider both taps + bottles then you realize this is certainly one of the best place to experience Lithuania craft beer. The tap station itself is really worth the visit and a few pictures, probably the nicest tap station I’ve ever seen in my pub-crawler life, all very nice wood sculptures. Food was good typical Lithuanian pub fare, I won’t describe it here, you’ll learn to love it. Crowd seems to be more the student type and the pub seems to get noisy, if you’re over 30 and want a more quiet atmosphere to enjoy your beers it is reommended to visit this place earlier during the day. One of the 4 or 5 mandatory places to hit when in Vilnius.
KyotoLefty (431) Kyoto, Japan | August 29, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Cave-like interior is ok. Lots of beers on tap and all that I tried were in good condition. It isn’t on the menu, but they will fill half pints if you ask. Older man at the bar was a bit grumpy and did’t speak English, but the young woman was friendly and did. Lots of good beers here.
Ernest (159) Boulder, Colorado | July 20, 2013
42 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
This is one of those occasions where our scoring system for places shows its primary weakness: there is no separation of "selection" (quantity) and "quality"...I’ve always disliked that, but oh well. This place has a comparatively good *selection* of beers (relative to other Vilnius bars), but sadly they were all in just as terrible shape as anywhere else in Vilnius...diacetyl-heavy, sour, and raw/underfermented. The bartender was about as surly, impatient, and unhelpful as one could ask for, so I felt pressured to just hurry up and order something. Since the Lithuanian beers were undrinkable, I ordered a bottle of Schlenkerla Maerzen, which was in ok condition, but the overall experience here was horrible.
ILikeOl (115) , Norway | June 18, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
The largest selection of beers of any of the bars we visited in Vilnius. Noticed some decent british ales in addition to all the local stuff. Most of the imports were lame, why for instance bother to import beer from Denmark, when all you can offer is Faxe?
The atmosphere reminded me of a bomb shelter with a bar up against the back wall. The street facing beer garden was a better seating option.
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | June 14, 2013| Updated July 20, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
We walked from old town in the mid-afternoon to this distant beer bar out on a main street along the Neris river. Inside is a strange wooden interior reminiscent of pool hall. Apparently next door they have a night club. This is a strange area of office buildings and parking strips and traffic lights, not residences, so it’s weird to see this place out here. It reminds me of Bar & Lounge at the corporate park Hilton. Inside you have about a dozen Lithuanian beers on tap, including two beer engines. After having some small samples, which proved to be in poor shape, I talked the surly and unwelcoming bartender into a couple of half-pints for something around 2 lita each. These were also in bad shape. One of them was the Jorvaru Alus from draft to compare to the bad impression (1.9) I got from a plastic bottle bought at Bambalyne. This was just as bad. It was here that we schemed to leave the country early and set in motion what would lead to three long, stellar days in Helsinki.
zenkis (13) Ogre, Latvia | March 29, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Was here just for a moment to grab some samples and run to buss. On taps was about 20 and bottle compilation, from which I take only one cause the rest wasn’t new to me, was decent. But not 100.
It was middle of day and drunk pink cheekers already - liked that. Spacious rooms to consume, vestibule reminded me of theater. This place’s value as I understand is local on tap brews from which I take two in pet bottles - wasn’t the best I have tried. So I have interest to go there one more time.
AlutisLt (2) , Lithuania | February 20, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice set of beer, cozy bartenders and waitress, but tragic food. And very loud in the evenings.
TaktikMTL (230) Montréal-Nord, Quebec | August 7, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Établissement visité le dimanche 3 mars vers 17h. Ambiance: Bar étudiant dans un sous-sol situé un peu en dehors de la zone touristique. Sélection de musique éclectique, on passe de Toto à du death metal. Service: Le serveur parlait anglais. Menu en anglais disponible. Sympathique. Sélection: 16 fûts. Une vingtaine de bouteilles lituaniennes et une cinquantaine de bouteille d’ailleurs en Europe. Nourriture: On a pris quelques assiettes mixtes à partager. (180e rating d’établissement)
HenrikO (10) London, England | June 3, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
So far my favorite in Vilnius. Basement bar that draws a young-ish crowd, all attracted by the 10+ taps of Lithuanian micros, all very well-kept. There’s also a wide range of Euro bottles including good stuff from Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the UK. Food is rustic and cheap as chips - and portions are huge! My beer recommendations would be Ramuno Cizo Kaimiskas (traditional bread beer with honey) and anything from small regional brewery Su Puta. Menus and beer lists available in English.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | March 11, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Grungy underground student bar featuring a non-changing Lithuanian Gyvas Alus (real beer) menu. Lots of quality to be had here, but they tend to add gas to some otherwise naturally carbonated brews, which is too bad. In any case, this is one of the best Lithuanian beer menus out there, so it becomes a must.
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