Have some local beers on tap, acctually around 12 taps. But the selection of bottle beers in the shelf on the next room reflects whats happening to the place. All the craft are going out and nothing out of the ordinary belgians and Latvians are filling in instead. Was 1 or 2 interessting IPAs there but nothing out of the ordinary, Helpful staff and easy to find. Alehouse was better but longer out from the town. Did not eat.
Newer rating: Good selection of beer now, staff painfully inattentive. Walked away from ticks, the service was so bad. Managed to find all of them later in other places
New Rating (2015):
They’ve cleaned the place up nicely, dunno about the beer as we got here after midnight (on a Friday - what’s up with that?)
New Rating (2014):
Smelt of stale sour beer. Served stale sour beer (some of it smelt of poo - yay!). Only had ~12 taps, and ~12 unexceptional bottles, which is in harsh contrast to what it was like 2-3 years ago. What a fucking nose-dive. A real shame.
Old rating (2011): (4:8:11:x:8:16=78)
De Ranke XX Bitter on tap. That’s all you need to know. If there’s none left, it’s because I drank it all. Little that I can add to Bryne’s review. He didn’t mention the 2 tellies, showing different sports channels, but that’s about it. Easy to find off to the left of Doms Laukums. Really world-class beer venue, leading the pack in the Baltic states currently.
Muchly revived beer bar that shares a building with two other businesses - a restaurant and a beer shop. The latter has a much bigger range. The bar is becoming a real Latvian specialist with probably the best range of older brewers’ beers in town, plus newer Latvian craft brewers mostly in bottle and a cluster of US and Belgian imports. Still too much TV sport but at least
On busier evening it can be hard to find a table for larger company so come early :) It’s basically a British kinda pub (also a wide selection of whiskey), fairly good selection of local beers. Food’s good and quite cheap for Old Riga.
Cold, smelly and noisy (TVs showing tennis and cranked up loud). The barman clearly didn’t give a toss about customers first splashing us when the keg gave out (he had the glass angled towards us) and then claiming he was off to change the barrel but instead making himself a coffee before going to change the barrel. Then he short changed me by a euro and when challenged claimed that he’d given me the correct change and I’d pocketed a euro coin before complaining. The toilets stank. The Mikela smelt and tasted wrong, but that could well have been due to the glass it was in being filthy. By far the worst bar I went to in Riga and one I’ll never be going back to.