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.
Main pedestrian drag. Very long and tall bar, maybe more for serving but with stools. Long narrow place too. Beer list was heavy on the local stuff, and there was a cooler at the back with a few interesting bottles. Good whisky selection also. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable, happy to guide us through what was on offer. Solid stop during RBESG 2017.
First time visitor to Latvia, Riga visit due to RBESG. My visit on Wednesday July 19, 2017.
Long bar with some 15 taps or so on. Mix of domestic and imported craft. As a visitor to Latvia perhaps not so interesting with the imported beers, but guess it’d be nice if one was living there. Fast and friendly service. Seems to be some confusion as to what beer is on from a specific brewery at times "oh that got connected when I wasn’t working, I just know the brewery, not the beer". Felt like an OK place, but many others we visited inspired me much more. Only a short visit this time, perhaps if I go back to Riga again I could spend more time and get a better feeling for the place.
Latest rating (2017): (4:7:7:6:7:14=64) Staff now super friendly and attentive. Beer selection possibly even improved a bit, got a couple of craft things on tap, including imports, but a wide range of local stuff in both formats too. Back to being recommended again.
Newer rating (2015): (4:5:7:x:7:11=54) 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.