Riga Nightlife

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    S Brevinga Alus un Viskija Bârs: My Favourite Beer Bar

    by johngayton Written Nov 10, 2014

    Although I only ever used the terrace here for afternoon/early evening beers I was suitably impressed by the range, and quality, of the beers available. I think they offer, in total, 20 on draft, of which half are Latvian brews and were under 3 euros (November 2014) for a large one.

    Service was always friendly and swift and the side street location pleasantly tranquil but central enough to make it ideal for a pre-dinner aperitif or three.

    As well as the beers it also stocks a large range of Malt Whiskies and both beers and whiskies are available to buy in the adjoining shop.

    On the first floor is quite a smart-looking restaurant and the extensive menu is equally suitable for snacking or formal dining.

    The building is particularly noteworthy with its classical Art Nouveau frontage.

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    13 Kresli: A Musical Square

    by johngayton Written Nov 2, 2014

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    For a summer evening spot to sit with a beer, enjoy some excellent live music and soak-up the local atmosphere the terrace here at 13 Kresli (13 Chairs) is unbeatable - the pretty girls were a bonus.

    I've no idea what the inside of this pub/restaurant is like but with its outdoor bar, complete with barstools and ashtrays, on the square of the Dome Church, this was my favourite place in the city and I could have quite happily spent all my evenings sitting at this bar.

    The draft beers (I think there were three on offer) are all local ones and although a little more expensive than most bars there's no cover charge when the band's playing. The band themselves, Mitrokhin's Master Band, perform nightly from about 19.00 on their stage set-up in front of the fire truck offering an easy-listening repertoire of rock classics.

    Service from the friendly bartenders is excellent and there's also table service should you so desire. If the evening turns cool, weather-wise, they offer blanket wraps and if peckish the restaurant's menu has something to suit everyone.

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    Rockabilly House: Lively Music Bar

    by johngayton Written Oct 31, 2014

    Although I only managed one early-evening visit I was suitably impressed with this lively, buzzy, cafe-bar. With its US American diner theme, which is also reflected in its food menu, the upbeat band playing was enthusiastic and professional.

    Service was youthfully friendly and swift and I particularly noted the fact that, as well as the US-inspired drinks, they stock a good range of local beers.

    On a sunny evening the terrace, which takes over the square in the summer, makes for an ideal spot to relax and watch the world go by, and judging by their Facebook page they keep up the momentum during the winter months with a varied music and events program.

    It's not the cheapest place in town, and it should be noted that there's a 3 euro cover when the bands are playing, but if you hang awhile you'll get your money-worth.

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    Cuba Cafe: Characterful, Lively and Very Local.

    by johngayton Updated Oct 23, 2014

    During our little VT pre-meet in Riga, on the lead-in to the official 2014 Euromeet in St Petersburg, Café Cuba became a late night favourite haunt. Usually when meeting up we tend to take over places and so our opinions have a bias based on our group experience.

    Here at Cuba though, the place was always busy with a mainly local crowd and so we merely blended in. As the name obviously implies this is a Cuban-themed café, a theme which it pulls off very effectively, without being kitschy. Live and DJ music feature nightly with a mix of Caribbean and Salsa which attracts a lively, mixed-age, clientele. The youthful staff are unanimously friendly and no matter how busy it was they always managed a bit of furniture re-arrangement to fit us in.

    The house speciality is its cocktails selection, especially its renowned Mojitos, but it also stocks a good range of beers including those from the local-ish Cesu brewery.

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  • ROYAL: The best Gentlemen's Club in Riga! Must see!

    by romas123 Written Sep 14, 2011

    Friday night we were going to essential, when decided to stop to Royal before! Very cosy place, gives a strange feeling as you are somewhere you have been before. Personal is extremely friendly. Girls performers were just amazing, the show was going each 10 or 15 minutes, but not girls were dancing show! Prices were surprisingly normal, as for example beer was 3 Ls, comparing to SKY Bar or Studio 69 with it's 4 Ls. Rather small place, so after 2am it became pretty crowdy, but for us it was even better! I was said that for more privacy you should come on Monday or wednesday.

    Entrance fee everyday is 10 Ls, and you can try to negotiate a free drink as we did :) So overall a great place to spend an evening, you can just hit the bar and enjoy performers, or order some lap dances or something more. Trip to essential we moved to saturday :) Highly recommend to everyone!

    Dress Code: No special requirements, but I think no sportswear allowed!

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  • Bites Bluza Klubs (Blues Club): Blues leaves me feeling red!

    by anitazvi Written Aug 13, 2011

    Saw a great performance by the Latvian Blues Band @ Bite's Blues Club in Riga.

    The band was great.

    The joint sucks. Half of the beers in the menu were not available, also missing were many of the food items. Just like in Soviet times -- 50 items on the menu, only 2 available!

    Worse of all was the management of the place. Blatantly smoking in their own "non-smoking" establishment and then deceiving dinner customers about cover charges for the music. Maybe they can rip off tourists from across the street in the Albert Hotel, but those of us who regularly visit Riga (and would be loyal "regulars") will never go there again. And we will inform all of our friends and colleagues of our bad experience there.

    Dress Code: Suits to sandals

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  • Currently in Riga

    by tricky150 Written Jul 1, 2011

    I am in Riga now, fine so far good food and beer at OK prices in the Old town. If your coming here as a stag party as we are how you get on all depends what you are looking for and how you behave. We have come as a 40 something group and we are flying the UK flag by being well mannered respectful and not drawing attention to ourselves. However still had a suspect cocktail that we are sure contained no alcohol, and you really need to know prices before you buy anything at all.

    City itself is small and has some great buildings.
    If your coming to get pissed up and for for strip joints I can almost guarantee you will have a bad time and experience. Vultures will inmediatley home in on you and do there best to fleece you. And if your inside a strip club with Russian Mafia I can only wish you a safe return home with an empty bank account the least of your worries. I sat across from Babylon last night which looks very enticing but strange how it is empty with the occasional mugs being drawn in. If you want strip joints I recommend you stay in the UK and go to Spearmint Rhino. You really do not want to be in Riga if it was the last place on earth. Expect to be robbed blind if you go in these places is the warning on all the website and the american embassy even tell you to steer clear on certain bars including the above mentioned.

    At the airport there are pocket guides, pick one up and read it from front to back and you will have a good time I think. We are following a guide to recommended bars tonight and I will write again tomorrow as to the results.

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    Kapteiņa Enriko pulkstenis: Great service, great cocktails.

    by kit_mc Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Apparently the name in English is Captain Enrico's Watch is the name of a classic Rigan film from the 1960's. This seems like a fairly trendy joint, popular with 20 something locals. We strayed in from our hotel, The Albert which was just across the road and the night became a highlight of the trip.

    Dropping in fairly late in the evening, after 9pm, we were still able to grab a bite to eat. Grilled salmon steak with mashed potato with sundried tomato and leek, in a mushroom sauce was great and a good price at 4.70 lats. Burrito also got the thumbs up around the same price.

    Then the cocktails started flowing... I'm not sure how full this place gets, it was quiet enough for us on a Saturday night to stay seated and be served at the table by the very friendly waitress who spoke perfect English. Cocktails were between 3.00 for a normal one (Pina Colada or the gorgeous raspberry daquiri) or 4.75 for a massive (lovely) Mai Tai. They were pretty strong, but miraculously in the morning neither of us had hangovers despite us pretty much getting through half the cocktail menu between us before leaving in a snowstorm at 3am.

    They also do breakfasts.

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    Fashion Club: Do you wanna have fun?

    by agentmulderch Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    That club is in the Vernissage complex that is 5 minutes stroll from the McDonald' s in front Hotel de Rome.

    That club is called Fashion club for a good reason....you're gonna find the best models you've ever seen.....Didn't you know that Latvia often organize contests to recruit models for Elite agency?

    Latvia is famous for having the most beautiful women in the world. Fashion club offers nightly models show and of course these models are clients of the club.

    Surprisingly, they are not that superficial and arrogant as you might think.

    The club is quite big, it had two main rooms and the drinks are very reasonable, around 2 Euros for a beer.

    Dress Code: Not specially but be quite smart.....If you want to a attract a model.....don't go with shorts and trainers....remember it's fashion club, everybody is very well dressed and you will see the highest class of Latvians and Russians...

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    Riga is nice at night time!

    by Raimix Updated Feb 25, 2011

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    I recommend seeing Riga as well in the night time - everything looks impressive as in my photo - Doma Laukums (Cathedral Square). Bridges, most famous buildings are decorated with lights, you can easily do tour at the night too. Riga offer much discos, bars, restaurants, casinos too.

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    Kiwi Bar: Riga's newest bar

    by Maximilius Written May 9, 2010

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    Strolling past St. Peter's Church in Riga Old Town, I came across the newly opened Kiwi Bar at 7 Skarnu. The New Zealand themed bar has a good selection of local and imported beers at great prices with 'real' English breakfasts served, as well as local and indian dishes. The ambience in the bar is great and there are a number of large screens showing live sports event. Thanks to the beautiful latvian girls Liga and Kristina working in the bar for their great service that kept me supping on the local Zelta beer until the early hours of the morning. For sure, the next time I'm in Riga I will pay another visit to Kiwi Bar.

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    GOIJA Tea-room: Kingdom of TEA

    by asiat Updated Apr 1, 2010

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    Goija provides a refuge to those worn out by the hustle and bustle of urban life: it is a veritable 21st century hippy oasis in the Quiet Centre of Riga. Here you can put the brakes on your previous life and just go with the flow: peace, unobtrusive music, conversation, incense, and excellent tea that does wonders for flights of fancy and leaps of imagination. Here there are no rules and there is no need to hurry; everyone can feel free and stay as long as they want. You can read a book on mushrooms or the Himalaya or play a board game. For the regulars Goija serves as a club of sorts - a place to socialize, to listen to a concert or to see an art exhibit. The interior seems like notes from countless travels shuffled together in a strangely harmonious eclecticism. Last but not least: an outstanding selection of teas from all over the world. Order some and you will hear a story to go with it: it is part of the Goija ritual.

    Dress Code: No Drunk

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  • Best Riga Clubs: The Party Capital of the Baltics - Riga

    by jlf_1980 Written Mar 3, 2010

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    Ok. Riga is a small city but has so many options for a night out its crazy! You can walk around everywhere in the old city and central business district very easily and safely.

    If you find one bar or club is not good walk around the corner or sometimes even next door and try another one :) awesome!

    I will mention a few places you should check out:
    French Bar
    Pulkvedis
    Cuba Cafe
    Kartu Varti
    Space Garage
    Dirty Deal Cafe
    Push
    Shot Bar
    I Love You Bar
    Aptieka Bar
    Skyline Bar
    Mad House

    In summer all the cafes and restaurants set up beer gardens in the squares, they are full most of the day and offer cheap beer in the sunshine! Fantastic to relax in the afternoon sun after a long day of being a tourist.

    The clubs generally kick off around 11pm and stay busy until 4am. If your a real party animal you can find many places that never really seem to close at all...

    It is illegal to drink on the streets of Riga. Police will fine you on the spot!

    All venues are non-smoking. You can find some places though that have 2 levels or a little room for the smokers inlcuding some cafes.

    It is strongly recommend not to urinate in public while moving from venue to venue,on the police really look down on this and you could even find yourself in jail for the night.

    Dress Code: The dress code for most venues is casual. Jeans and a shirt is generally ok and in summer people go out in shorts. Some venues dont allow sneakers.

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    Pulkvedim nievens neraksta: The colonel...

    by microsensazione Written Aug 22, 2009

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    Here I feel myself.
    You don't pay so much. On ground floor the bar where you can have your drink and meet good people. Underground a small disco where you can have fun dancing!

    Everytime I came back from there to my apartment when outside the sun light was up!

    Dress Code: No special dress required

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    Radio Bar: Drinkin' & Dancin' in Riga Old Town

    by microsensazione Updated Aug 22, 2009

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    It is a cocktail bar, restaurant and nightclub mainly divided in two parts: interior to dance, exterior to drink. Very interesting the radio dial decorations! Cocktails are good. Music by DJs is various so you can have your time to dance.

    Dress Code: No special dress required.

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