I have written about Lido on one of my articles where you may eat traditional Latvian meals. Lido is actually a bit like fast food style. The restaurant which has some branches is a self service place. So meals are pre cooked. Not super fresh from owen to your table (Still delicious nyam nyam!) . But Ala Folkklubs isn’t like this.
Do not mind so much about what i wrote about Lido above. I never had problem about taste. But there is your own order cooked at Ala Folkklubs so it is more fresh.
I think there are 4 main categories : Beer Snacks, appetizers, main meals and desserts. Taste of meals are good. Most of the meat meals are pork. So if you have any problem with that you have to talk with waiters before ordering.
Rare delicious beers
One of the best thing about this place is that you may find some beers which you can not buy from every shop in Latvia. You may try the Saules Duriens beer here which i have written before. You may buy these beers here : Bauskas tumšo/gaišo, Brenguļu tumšo/gaišo, Mežpils tumšo/gaišo, Miķeļa alu, Līgatnes alu, Kviešu alu, Aldara Mājas alu/Stalto Beļģi/Latvijas IPA/Zelta, Tērvetes oriģinālo, Valmiermuižas tumšo/Ziemas , Rēzeknes bryuvers tumšo, Malduguns Sānslīde/Saules dūriens/ Iļģuciema Medalu/Dzērveņu/Kaņepju-ingvera, Lennewarden, Piebalgas Mednieku. I have tried honey beer and raspberry beer here. They are good but a bit sweet. Everyone may not like it but worth to try for sure!
Entertainment at cave
Ala means cave in Latvian. It looks like cave too. You go down from stairs like you go deep inside a cave. You will probably see Latvian people dancing with Latvian folk music when you enter there. Some evenings may have special concepts but this place is mostly about Latvian folk music and dance! Very entertaining.
Ala Folkklubs is in Old Riga. It is at Peldu Street 19. There is a passage at behind of the House of Blackheads. Ala Folkklubs is a bit on the left when you cross the passage.
If you are in Riga and if you want to experience the local culture then i highly recommend this place for you to visit. If you stop a Latvian on street and ask “I am tourist, which place i must go for a good evening?” probably one of the top 3 answers will be Ala Folkklubs. You may visit their website on this link.
I wish you tons of fun!