Raise a glass to Riga! Head out on the Old Town with a local beer enthusiast by your side, and learn about the experimental craft beers sweeping through Latvia. Taste traditional drinks like black balsam and kvass, as well as new ciders and beers.
What to Expect
Travelling is all about new experiences, and exploring is about more than just visiting monuments and museums — it’s also about indulging in a new culture, and getting to know the locals, their customs, their food, and of course, their drinks! Not only does Latvia have some great cuisine, it also has some fantastic beverages. With the northern-most vineyard in Europe, besides wine, there are lots of yummy ciders to be tried, which come in all kinds of flavors? Many of these ciders are craft brews not found anywhere outside of Latvia.
Then, we also have the famous black balsam, a liquor spiced with herbs and drank in shot form. As it has a very unique flavor, you'll either love it or hate it, but it’s guaranteed to be something you won’t forget! Thanks to Russian influence, good-quality vodka is abundant and there are many tasty vodkas that can be tried at any of the pubs. Kvass is another popular drink, similar to beer but very low in alcohol content (it’s actually considered to be a soft drink), and an excellent companion to Latvian cuisine. Based on fermented black rye bread, this drink is a must-try! Then, there are, of course, the traditional pilsner beers, loved by everyone and easy to drink. But you’re sure to find more than just pilsners, as the art of craft beer has been increasing rapidly in Latvia over the past few years. Throughout the country, there are several breweries producing a variety of beers. The modern Latvian brewer loves to experiment, and during this tour you'll have the chance to taste some excellent experiments!
On this Riga tour, you'll be accompanied by a beer-enthusiastic local who will bring you to the best-kept secrets in town. In these hidden spots, he’ll share his knowledge of Latvia's best craft beers and other drinks. You’ll visit some very exclusive pubs only known by locals, and have a chance to experience the true Latvian nightlife, not spoiled by drunken party clichés. Thirsty yet? This awesome tour is just a few clicks away!
- Local English-speaking guide
- Two craft beers
- One shot of vodka or black balsam
What's Not Included
- Additional drinks
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
Know Before You Go
Please wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes for walking. Note that Riga can be quite cold in winter months, therefore dress accordingly!
For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Travellers under 18 years of age are not permitted on this tour.