Folk club ‘Ala Pagrabs’ translated from Latvian means ‘Cave basement’ which is a good collocation to describe the first impression of an inexperienced visitor of Ala.
This restaurant/pub 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.
Silence in Ala is rare, the bar is always filled with chatter, live folk music and 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.
Ala offers an incredible atmosphere and traditional music, 14 local types of beer for a fair price, and delicious Latvian dishes and food. If you feel brave enough, attend karaoke nights in Ala on Wednesdays!