The most common desire of any visitor to Riga is to find a cheap, non-touristy place to eat traditional Latvian food and try the local drinks. It’s a tough task, but Ala Folk Club comes closer to fulfilling those desires than anywhere else in the Old City.
Although its reputation has made it popular with the tourists, especially on the weekends when you can not get a table for all the large tourist groups, it is still an authentic option for good cheap local food and the widest selection of Latvian beer in the city.
Now in its third incarnation, Ala is located in a vast cellar on Peldu iela, decorated like a countryside ‘Krogs’ (Latvian pub) and scattered with folk symbols and beer barrels. The staff are dressed to match and on Wednesday evenings, for the folk dance nights, so are the local punters.
Beer ranges from cheap and fizzy lagers through to hoppy offerings from local microbreweries, plus Riga’s Black Balsam and the deadly Mājas Kandža in horseradish flavour. Ala folk club offers a taste of Latvian culture at an excellent price in a friendly atmosphere.