Hello, I am a backpacker and I am here to introduce some corners of local brews
Some of the countries are proud of their wineries or whiskey breweries. Lithuanians, I think, are proud of their beer and its culture. In Vilnius, you can find dozens of bars and pubs, which are offering Lithuanian breweries products. And every single pub has its own charm and something (maybe the beer or the atmosphere) what is attracting you to come back again. There are lots of beer spots in the capital city Vilnius, but these several beer corners are perfect for beer lovers.
Let’s start with the oldest mini brewery in Vilnius city: the Būsi Trečias pub. The name of the pub in the English language means “You will be the third”. Even some locals do not know why this bar has this name.
Let’s start with the early beginning. This pub is still one of the most favorite ones in the whole city, for more than 20 years. And the name of it came from the old times when a bottle of strongest drink cost three rubles. People did not want to drink the whole bottle on their own, so they were looking for a friend to share, and the third person was just a random guy from the pub who answered the question “who will be third”?
The most important thing about this pub is that it is actually a small brewery. All the beverage is made in the basement of the pub, so literally under the feet of the visitors. Everyone who would like to visit this basement just needs to agree on the timeslot with the owners. The pub is making their own – live beer.
Therefore, you can always be sure that the ale is as fresh as it can be. Besides the live Lithuanian ale, the pub is also offering some ale cocktails, for instance, dark stout with a taste of blackcurrant or light lager with a taste of caramel or coconut – there are more than 15 flavors. Each of them is worth to try!
Alaus biblioteka (“Beer Library”)
Alaus biblioteka is like a heaven for real beer lovers and gourmets. There everything is about the beer and its culture, and to call this place “a pub” is not appropriate for sure. This “beer library” is some kind of beer restaurant, maybe not the perfect place for loud talks and music. It is hard to describe this place as it is so different from the other beer corners in Vilnius – starting from the style (it literary reminds the library), and finishing with the brew.
The most important thing is that they have about 300 different kinds of beers every day! Every kind of brew in a restaurant is listed in the “beer periodic table” – so even for those people who do not know much about this beverage, it helps do not get lost in this variety. Also, there you will find a guidebook with the information about all the types of beverage served in a restaurant. So, this beer library is worth for your visit, and not only to try but also to know more about beer and its drinking culture.
That is it, for today’s short review of these two nice and different bars. The “Būsi Trečias” pub is a perfect place for companies. Loud talks and just the atmosphere of the pub reminds you of the good Friday evenings with friends. “Alaus biblioteka” is unique and the only one that kind of place in Vilnius with such a variety of beverage. So, beer lover, let’s start to explore the beer corners in Vilnius!