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OLD TOWN’S NEWEST LOCALE

By Amy Bryzgel. 18.08.2008

Locale

Grēcinieku 8, Riga
Phone: 6611 9677
Email: info@locale.lv
Web: http://locale.lv/
Skype: 3
Wokring hours: Mon-Thu 12.00 - 23.00,Fri-Sat 12.00 - 24.00,Sun 12.00 - 23.00,

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Who would have thought a chain pub could offer the feel of a neighborhood hangout? It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

Upon entering the newest venue of Riga’s now three-strong Stella Pub chain, I got the feeling that I had come across a small-town university bar. The interior is sparsely decorated, with just some flags of the world and large-scale antique photos of a 19th century Latvian brewery. But what makes the atmosphere in this place is the clientele – an amiable group of locals and foreigners alike.

This new Stella Pub is huge, and there are more than enough stools around its long and winding bar, and chairs spread throughout its expansive ground floor and basement room (176, to be exact) to seat every merry reveller. Aside from the vivid plasma color TV screens dotting the interior, you can entertain yourself at the foosball tables. This new watering hole is every Alpha-male’s paradise, what with non-stop Sky Sports coverage of every major sporting event, twenty different beers on tap, and a full menu of snacks and meals to keep you satisfied if the game runs into overtime. The place has even been the host to a press conference for the Samsung Premier League All-Star Games.

While Old Town has become almost prohibitively expensive for many these days, there are some venues, like this one, where one can still grab an affordable meal or snack, day or night. The pub grub is downright good, and prices average about € 7.30 for snacks, salads and sandwiches, while most meals range from € 8.70-14.50; all beer on tap is € 3. They also offer a daily business lunch special. I tried to order a salad with my Guinness Beef Stew, but Inese, everyone’s favorite friendly barmaid (formerly of De Lacey’s fame), advised me against it. “You won’t need the salad; the portion of stew is enough.” And she was right. It’s nice to know that some places in Riga are still concerned about the customer above the profit. This new branch of Stella Pub seems to truly be the place where everyone knows your name.






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