In Latvian ‘Ala Pagrabs’ means ‘Cave basement’ which actually is a good collocation to describe the first impression of its visitors.
This restaurant (in the daytime) and pub (at nights) is situated in the heart of the old town, a little bit below the eyesight – in the basement. Ala combines spacious rooms with good acoustics, authentic wooden tables and bartenders in linen shirts and a Latvian flag buttoned to their chest.
From early 2013 Ala has been living in the premises of former modern theater Kabata. It’s capable of housing more than 100 guests. (A lot for a bar in Latvia!) Silence in Ala is rare, the bar is always filled with chatter, live folk music and crazy folk dancing. The first and only traditional music club in the capital has become one of my favorite places due to its pure Latvian charm. Furthermore, this is the only restaurant where real traditional Latvian meals are served, that means, in big portions (and for affordable prices).
Ala offers an incredible atmosphere and traditional music, 16 local types of beer (wine, vodka, different cocktails are also available) and delicious Latvian dishes. If feeling tempted, say goodbye to your dignity and attend karaoke nights on Wednesdays!