Good Beer on Miera Street
Taka lies on the supposedly alternative, creative Miera iela, indeed it was one of the places that helped the district gain its reputation. In its former incarnation it was a hub for Riga’s artistic and creative types, a cafe and a cultural space, holding workshops, concerts and exhibitions. The ownership has changed recently, and the emphasis has shifted slightly; Taka is still a place for the passionate, but now it is beer and not art enthusiasts that fill its mismatched couches. There are still regular events, such as concerts and board game evenings, but the focus is that wonderful beverage, alus (beer in Latvian, probably the most important word you will learn).
With a small number of local tap beers, including the owner’s own brew, and a ever-changing selection of craft beers from Latvia and the rest of the world, you are sure to find a few drops you have never tried before. Tea and coffee are also available for those weirdos who don’t like beer, as are some small snacks. Latvia’s craft beer scene is flourishing and there are some really good beers appearing on the market, but with limited production, a lot are difficult to track down (you won’t find them in Rimi). So if you are into beer, then head to Taka (Tram #11 to Brivibas iela stop) and wet your whistle.