Located just a short walk from the Old Town or railway station. Pretty impressive bottle shop with lots of American and Scandinavian craft beer. As I was only on a stopover en route to Caucasus I didn’t buy anything, but I had a few beers in the bar. The house beers made by de Molen were nice. Very relaxed atmosphere on a Tuesday early afternoon. Didn’t seem to have much local brew, but certainly a very decent selection of craft beer. Well worth a visit. (Visited 2013-05-25)
About a 15 minutes walk from the old town, but worth the walk. Spacious bar with 3 sections, a central one where the bar is, and the shrine to US beer in the corner too, and then 2 side rooms if you want to tuck yourself out of the way a bit more. The shrine is fantastic - it’s shelf after shelf of big name US craft brews - at least 100. Prices are very reasonable, a Speedway is less than 16e. Being Latvia - they can sell to take away. We left with quite heavy bags, I can tell you. Staff are friendly, and speak good English. Hosts special tasting events and festivals, I hope the recent "melna ziemas" (black winter) festival gets repeated. House beers were tasty too - both ales. Food menu looked tempting, but we’d just come from Lido when we went there on the day after the festival. The cherry on top is that the overlap between this and Brevinga is quite small, so a trip out of town to get one of them should always be turned into a trip to both of them. With this on the map, Riga can now consider itself a great town for beer. Well done Gordon and crew!
What an extraordinary development. Out near the embassies and posher shops, a couple of blocks out of the centre from the Old Town. Can I really get 8-Wired in the Baltic States? Plain but classy decor, sound menu and the best international beer selection this side of Helsinki. Three houses beers from De Molen. The token Latvian beer is Tervetes’ better blond. Prices expensive fro Riga but absurdly low for visitors from better-healed parts of the world. Much US, a few German and British, loads of Mikkeller.
Pretty much in the center of the Riga on one of their main street. Very easy to find and pinkish-red color stands out from mostly gray houses. Interior looks new (and it is a very new place), and not settled in jet. Quite a lot of room. Selection is excellent, staff helpful. Must visit place in Riga.
Went there twice and was equally non impressed both times. The bartenders didn’t seem to care much about beer and were slow to respond to questions. I was impressed by the selection of Mikkeller and US craft beer but that was not why I had come; the selection of Latvian beer was zero and their own house beers, rated the best of Latvian beers, are brewed at De Molen in Netherlands. By all means, they have a great selection of beer but you pay Norwegian prices and won’t find anything local here.
Nice selection of Mikkeller, good selection of American craft beers, including some Michigan and Alaska brews I did not expect to see in Latvia; the bottles are stocked in a hot, non air conditioned room so I am not sure what shape the beer is in; the staff is at least tri-lingual (Latvian, Russian, English); a bit off from the center of town but was worth the walk; some local (or Russian) gangsters with extensive tattoos and funky rings were amused that I was taking beer notes :-)
In central Riga, easy to find. 10 beers on tap from all over the world including their own brewery. About 200 bottles available, but be careful since the bottle shop closes early and the bar only servs tap beer after that.