Main bar is down in the basement, where I presume most of the place is. There are some seatings outside. Crowded with loud music. Range of mostly Latvian beers. Not the kind of place you go to if you want to have a conversation and enjoy some beer. More a place you go to if you want to have beer while listening to music and enjoy a big crowd.
First time visitor to Latvia, Riga visit due to RBESG. My visit on Wednesday July 19, 2017.
Feels many more has liked this place a lot more than me, still here’s my thoughts. Small outside seating area. Downstairs to get to the bars. Firs bar has a few tap lines, inner bar has got planety more. Very hot inside, also quite crowded. Soem strange music playing, also dancing going on. Got pretty loud until we moved further out. Quite decent service for the amountof people around. Perhaps since this was the last stop of the day on our crawl, perhaps since it was late and I got up early, perhaps I had one too many beers, but the only thing I enjoyed about htis place was the company I was with. Didn’t strike me as a place I want to return to. If you are looking for a place that stays open late and don’t mind noisy place that is quite crowded, this can be the place for you for sure.
jjsint (599) Cambridge, England | March 29, 2017| Updated April 4, 2017
Words cannot express how brilliant this place is. Yes it’s touristy and crowded but that’s to be expected. It does the basement bar faux-medieval thing to a ’T’. Folk music, piped and live, fills the air. There’s 30 beers, most if not all Latvian. Some crap, some meh, some outstanding. A great place to boost my low Latvian rates, listen to good music and eat good (cheap) food. I was going to stop in for one or two but this is likely going to be my whole night, or at least most of it. Worth visiting Rīga for.
It is just called Ala and is a regular bar. It gets called a folk club but it is not. It gets called a cellar (Pagrabs) but is more of a cave, which is what Ala means. A wide range of older Latvian beers; a good range of new craft stuff and imports; a lot of good quality cheap food. Stays open to 07.00 on some nights and can be rammed in the evenings, though it had 150 seats minimum across the four stone-clad, much-wooded rooms. A great vibe.
Probably this place is one of the top recommendations in all the guidebooks so it gets pretty crowded every (!) evening but sure is worth it. Great selection of beer, great food, fair prices, often live music.
Gets quite stuffy though.