If you fancy immersing yourself in the very epicentre of cultural life in Riga, where you can enjoy the very latest developments in contemporary art, listen to talented young musicians from all over the world and bask in the interaction of the most diverse forms of art, as well as appreciate the eclectic range of beers brewed in Latvia, Kaņepes Culture Centre is the place to visit.
For over five years, Kaņepes Culture Centre has carved out an inimitable niche for itself on Riga’s urban culture map – it’s a place to hang out with friends and meet kindred spirits, as well as to absorb its special and authentic spirit of freedom. Here, untamed non-traditional artistry fuses with the desire to create. More often than not, Kaņepes’ artistic events are the catalyst for exciting new ideas. Egalitarian, open and friendly – Kaņepes Culture Centre welcomes every beer lover, offering them a truly great selection of beers brewed in Latvia.
On tap – 8
Craft brewery's gastro pub and shop with 100 flavours of local beer
Aristīda Briāna Street 9a
If fine beer that has stood the test of time is dear to your heart, we heartily recommend a visit to the Valmiermuiža Beer Embassy. Over the course of a decade, one of the originators of the “crafty” movement in Latvia, Valmiermuiža has grown from being a small manor brewery in the northern part of Latvia into one of the industry’s best-known and most hospitable players. It takes excellent care of the well-being of lovers of good beer not only in its native Valmiermuiža, but also in the capital Riga. Valmiermuiža’s Beer Embassy has been established in a location, where a century ago, one of the biggest breweries in the Baltics, the Stritzky Brewery was operating at full capacity. Everyone is invited to visit the Valmiermuiža Beer Kitchen to enjoy a hearty meal, and savour the compatibility between good beer and food. In turn, at the shop next door, you can buy the best beer brewed in Latvia and other treats to take away with you. The menu here is created based on the finest ingredients to be found in Latvia’s soil and nature, as well as in celebration of local culinary traditions, but at the same time, seeking new varieties to surprise and delight you.
Regardless of whether you prefer light or dark beer, the embassy’s beer experts will offer you the most compatible dishes for everyday meals and leisurely breakfasts on weekend mornings. And, to ensure that the news about wonderful Latvian beer is communicated to the world at large, you’ll also find beer brewed by other brewers here. The adjoining Beer Shop has the universe’s biggest selection of craft beer brewed in Latvia - about 100 varieties in bottles and another 17 flavours that are available on tap.
On tap - 19
Bottles - 25
On tap - 17
Bottles - 100
Arts bar in an old brewery house
Bruņinieku Street 2
With its idiosyncratic visual and audio layout, the Autentika Bar is a place, where you can experience unique events and, of course, delicious beer. This arts-themed bar offers visitors the chance to take a time-out from their daily life to discover new musical genres, art forms, visual effects, as well as creative fields which we are yet to fathom, and which can always be discovered at Autentika. This is a place where concerts and parties go on till dawn, presided over by Riga’s best DJs. Moreover, beer brewed in Latvia is a constant presence here – and logically so, because Autentika is based in a building that was part of Riga’s first brewery complex from the 19th century onwards. Autentika welcomes everyone who wants to take a break from the stress of daily life and enjoy an authentic atmosphere.
On tap – 3
Bottles – 11
Pagan beer, pagan metal
Aristīda Briāna Street 10
Heavy metal and strong beer – Zobens un Lemess is a pub for those who appreciate genuine articles. Men, who have spent decades strengthening the forge of heavy metal music in Latvia, have created a haven for their soulmates. This is a pub where you will always hear the best Latvian and foreign heavy metal music, and where every pagan and folklore expert will find someone to chat to over a pint of beer. If you want to know the latest developments at the heavy end of Latvian alternative music, just stop by Zobens un Lemess, because here you’ll regularly encounter the frontmen of local bands, as well as the impresarios who pull the strings of the local music scene. And, just like genre-specific music, well-brewed beer is also highly esteemed here. If you’re in the process of discovering the offering of Latvia’s small craft breweries, feel free to ask the barmen for their suggestions – they’re experts in their trade, and you can rely on them to look you over and make the right recommendation for an awesome evening.
On tap - 6
Bottles - 18
Small brewery with big beers
Matīsa Street 8
Ziemeļu enkurs (The Northern Anchor) was established as a logical continuation of its landlords’ love for beer and their experience in home brewing. Ziemeļu enkurs offers strong and intoxicating homemade beer, which is brewed using natural and quality ingredients only.
Ziemeļu enkurs is the Beer District’s newest pub, where everyone can enjoy the pleasure of new discovery, while enjoying one of the beers brewed here, savouring a filling brunch, or having dinner in the form of a meal that goes well with beer, as well as peering down to see the freshest boil of beer in huge beer kettles. This is a place with a special aura. From the second floor, a view opens up of the whole extensive complex of buildings that over a century ago was originally home to the Kunzendorff Brewery, which back then was one of Riga’s biggest breweries.
Latvians have always been a proud nation of seamen and highly appreciate the spirit of adventure, durability, diligence and creativity – qualities which are embodied by Ziemeļu enkurs.
On tap – 7
Exclusive craft beers from Baltic breweries
Miera Street 19
When three friends tire of organising parties in their apartment, they go and open a pub. They proceeded to pour the bar counter from concrete with their own hands, design the furniture and create one of the most popular bars among Riga’s creative circles, where parties go on till dawn. The selection of beers is not restricted to Latvia’s best craft beer; this is one of the rare places, where one can enjoy the best offerings from craft breweries from Latvia’s southern neighbour - Lithuania. Moreover, Walters & Grapa is not only a place to enjoy beer and other beverages – the musical programme here is often laid on by Riga’s top DJs, alongside events organised for the pleasure of the landlords and their friends. And, just in case, anyone has any doubts about the creative spirit of this place, just look at the interior in which the main design elements are inspiring characters from the century-old Riga Puppet Theatre. And, last but not least, you’ll often find one of the landlords behind the bar, who will not only ask how you’re doing, but will also pour you the most appropriate beer.
On tap – 8
Bottles – 42
Great beer, great parties
Stabu Street 1
Vest is a real city bar, where you will encounter robustness and manliness with a refined understanding of beer and great cooking. At Vest, you’ll always find about 50 varieties of beer on offer, which have met the twin criteria necessary to earn a place on the bar’s shelves and to be poured from its taps: high quality and regional geographical compatibility. Naturally, beer brewed in Latvia takes precedence here. However, you’ll also find great beers from the neighbouring countries of Estonia and Lithuania, as well as the odd beer from Scandinavian countries. Vest is a place for genuine conversation until the early hours of the morning, but not only. Occasionally, on weekend evenings and at other times, Vest becomes a party spot, where all the music you hear comes from vinyl records. At other times, if a major sports event is going on – Vest turns into a top-class sports bar, where you can watch the action on big screens and let your passion and emotions run wild. Vest is a place where you can meet friends and make new ones.
On tap - 6
Bottles - 50
Novelties from the smallest breweries
Miera Street 10
At the Taka Bar, beer is the main intoxicator, and its main task is to ensure the contentment of every guest. Stemming from the landlord’s interest in beer, Taka is the place to come to discover the most diverse range of beer brewed in Latvia. Brews concocted by small breweries enjoy pride of place here. Sometimes you’ll find a new beer on tap that has not yet been given a name, giving every visitor the chance to discover unexpected pearls from the kingdom of beer. At Taka, you will also find out everything about Latvia’s small breweries, because Taka’s barmen not only pour beer, they are also experts on the subject. Moreover, at least once a week you’ll find the landlord behind the bar. Taka is a bar that is open to new flavours, so every time you return, you can look forward to new revelations about Latvian beer. What’s more, if you come here in the evening, you can often enjoy various live events including performances of alternative music, screenings of new films, as well as various tournaments for fans of board games. Naturally, this all takes place in an atmosphere celebrating the wonderful beer brewed in Latvia.
On tap - 6
Bottles - 76
A pintsize pub and brewery
Aristīda Briāna iela 9a – 2
At the Labietis beer workshop, you will find beer brewed according to centuries’ old traditions. No secondary ingredients, no essences – if the beer smells like the forest, you can be sure that it contains pine buds. In turn, if it has the fragrance of the meadow – its flavour is graced by an abundance of grasses.
At the workshop, you can enjoy beer brewed on site, as well as watch it being made. Everyone, from the pub landlord to the brewmaster takes part in the brewery’s work, and will thus be able to tell you about how ingredients are collected in forests and meadows, where our ancestors’ yeast is to be found, and how the history and culture of beer in Northern Europe developed.
When you visit Labietis, leave any preconceptions you may have about what beer should be left outside! Here, you will learn about flavours that draw their power from the wildness of nature.
On tap - 12
Bottles - 20
A world of taste with the taste of the world
What happens when a beer lover from the United States of America moves to Riga? It leads to the opening of a brewery with a global air, where Belgian, American, as well as other styles of beers are brewed, and where one can enjoy delicious Latvian-American cooking.
It is no coincidence that the brewery and restaurant were named Alķīmiķis (Alchemist), because whereas alchemists of old tried to make gold out of lead, the brewers of today make wonderful beer out of water. Alķīmiķis’ drinks card adheres to the passage of the sun – four varieties are permanently on tap here, while in each of the seasons, they are joined by four brews corresponding to the weather – in winter, these will be dark or even black beers or ales, while in summer you will find light beverages that will quench your thirst and help you forget the heat. And, to make things interesting for regulars, in every month of the year another beer is brewed, which can only be enjoyed during the month in question. A wide range of brews, delicious meals, and a friendly atmosphere guarantee that Alķīmiķis will be appreciated by everyone who enjoys good beer.
On tap - 8
Bottles - 15