As Latvians say: “a good place doesn’t stay empty” and so is the case of Pagalms location, hidden behind Latvian National Theatre next to the old defence moat now used for joy rides with boats and catamarans, also known for having a beaver problem, this shed-like wooden house used to be home to the legendary party place Route 66. Some years ago they left the premises and it was all so sad to pass by this great spot and see nobody take care of it, until the summer of 2015 when Pagalms opened it’s doors. Whole place has undergone a massive renovation, modern black and minimalist interior a la “that hip new place in Riga” makes it look nice and fresh.
Their main quality is the location – away from tourist crowds, but so close to the Old Town. During summer months you’ll see a terrace and around the corner a tennis court with local young talent and grannies trying to keep fit, which is a fun thing to watch as you sip your Latvian craft beer and soak up the sun(unless it’s +33C and you’re sitting leaned against a black surface). Food here is great too, especially the brunch and so is their service.