GOIJA Tea-room: Kingdom of TEA
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
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:
Dirty Deal Cafe
I Love You Bar
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...
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
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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Rigas balzams: Drop of the blackstuff..
To me a 'drop of the black stuff' means a fine pint Guinness. In Riga (although you can get the former drink everywhere) the phrase refers to a somewhat unusual concoction - Balzams. This thick black, almost treaclely liquid tastes somewhat similar to a sickly form of cough mixture.
It can be purchased in allsorts of places, but it is best enjoyed to my mind in the Rigas Balzams bar in the old town. It's a very cozy little affair with more of a cafe-like rather than pubby appearance. During the day when I last visited the staff all seemed to be dressed as pirates. This made my three year old son very happy. When I returned in the evening the female staff all seemed to be dressed as French maids. This made daddy very happy.
The Balzams can be taken straight (if you dare) or in a range of cocktails with Balzams as the base. It also goes very well with coffee.
Club Essential: Club Essential
The essential Club is a superb place, divided into different areas with great music.
The main area plays techo/dance music, some big DJ's perform here every while.
(For example, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren and Matew Dekay.)
A smaller area plays R'nB/rap/hip-hop.
An area upstairs palys mostly music from the 60's to the 90's.
Dress Code: Hip!!
Don't wear sneakers.
Some people can come in, but some don't.
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evening at Cuba
We had once some small celebration and we choose "Cuba Cafe" place. It is quite ok. But not very "warm" place. After some meal I ordered desert, something about warm fruits in balsam or such. After I felt so bad through night... brrr... I don’t know, was it fruits or something other… But after I don’t offer someone go there.
Dress Code: Casual
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All tourist friendly clubs: Nighttime tourgide
We are two dutch guys and visited Riga. We had a good time going to the clubs and bars, but als enjouying it's buildings, terras and parks.
We'd recommend anyone to find an appartment in the 'Old-Town'. It's very close to all the interesting things to see and do in Riga.
Luckely we also came across a taxi-driver who brought us all over town to see the good clubs which are also tourist friendly (some clubs ripp off tourists). He also show'd us the places to visit and see in Riga during the day. We'd recommend everyone to give him a ring when you are in Riga and want to have a good time: Max, 00 371 26333248.
Hope you will have as much in Riga as we did!
Greets, two dutch guys.
About 2-3 Years ago Riga was still very famous for its beautiful and 'free' ladies. Riga became renowned for this type of life for visitors, however, the government appear to have sharpened things up and hence the 'night' bars are found to be somewhat empty and life cleaned up to a higher standard now.
Great clubs: Great clubs
The nightlife is great in Riga but be warned, it can be surprisingly expensive!!
There is also a lot of 'face control' at the door - if you dont fit that night, you wont get in.
Fun Friendly FRanks hostel will take you to these clubs each night:
Essential - 3 Lats entry (£3) - classy bar - the cheapest beer is local bottled beer at 4.50Lats! and its warm! get pissed before you go! Its a bit pretentious but worth a visit just to view the women! very much look but cant thouch though.
La Rocca - huge club, playing house music, quality for a great dance night. Again-expensive, beer 4 Lats! Entry 5 Lats. Great night though.
Both are opne til around 4-6am!
The Skybar is a bar up the tallest tower in the city with fantastic views of the city. Just hop in the lift and go up 60 odd floors. Drinks are reasonable, its a bit trendy but worth the look. Free entry.
Fraud in Nightclubs
Never visit any nightclub in Riga before checking online the reviews or reviews from friends, otherwise you will be one of the victims who lost the money in night clubs and strip bars.
Never trust local girls in Riga and try to look always menu before ordering any drinks.
Bar Line: Stay Away from Strip Bars
Foreigners are usually easy prey in Riga of local strippers or bar girls. So be aware and no to go with local girls to any new bars if you don't know the bar. Usually girls will take you to bar like BAR LINE or PINK PANTHER and there are several more like that where you become the victim of girls who usually work there and they pretend that never been there. So the girls order expensive drinks which might cost from 100 - 5000 euros and will cost you the fortune. So as a tip never order any drinks if you don't know how much they cost, secondly always ask for menu and then only order, always ask if there is a entrance charge in that pub or bar.
So friends, be little smart and not become the victims of local fraud girls.
Lidojosa Varde: The Flying Frog
The Flying Frog happened to be just a street away from where I was staying at the Albert and as I'd read of it I had to give it a try.
I gave it one drink and left.
Apparently known as being popular with ex-pats, it correspondingly has a reputation as being more expensive than average. It's in the heart of the Art Deco district, so maybe it picks up tourists. It certainly felt like somewhere that tourists would visit rather than locals and the night I was there, while overall it was fairly empty, there was a very loud group of middle aged Norwegians sitting opposite.
I can't comment on the quality of the food, but it seemed a little pricey given that this is really just a basement pub with a green gimmick. Wine or a warm glug/gluhwein cost around 3 / 3.50 lats and was very average. It stays open pretty late on most nights until about 3am.
Dress Code: There didn't seem to be any dresscode and judging by the fact one woman had her head placed firmly on the table in the worst state of drunken dissaray I've seen for some time, I don't think they turn people away in a hurry.
I suspect that if you're coming her with a bunch of mates then this could be good fun on a busy summer's night as they have a terrace to hang out on, but if you're looking for somewhere quiet or just local to hang out in, this isn't it.
The frog theme is carried along in slightly oppressive green walls that didn't work for me in a basement setting. And a great big fish tank that didn't seem to have any fish. But had a plastic frog.
On the plus side, if you have a family and need a break between photographs of Art Deco buildings during the day, then they do have a special childrens seating and play area and the food is so generic sounding that the kids will surely like it.
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The Skyline Bar: Cocktails, fireworks and loud music
Riga by night is fascinating, especially when you get to see it from the 26th floor!!!
We had a lovely little VT meeting with ritaz there and without this suggestion we might not have experienced this fabulous nightlife spot. The service is fast and friendly, the cocktails excellent, the only drawback for me was that the music was way too loud! So unfortunately it was VERY difficult to have a decent conversation!
One nice thing was that totally unexpectedly we saw a most beautiful firework over the nicely illuminated city - wow, thank you Rita, that was not necessary, but absolutely spectacular!!! ;-)
The Skyline bar is open until 2 a.m., on Fridays and Saturdays until 3 a.m.
Dress Code: casual
All the best bars and clubs!!!!: 'Out There' in Riga
If you are interested in experiencing the cutting edge of Riga's nightlife then you must gain the inside information from an Out-There.eu guide in a Bar & Club briefing. With the help of a Riga nightlife information pack, they will tell you where is hot and where is not!
They will give you your Bar & Club Briefing on arrival during your airport transfer or meet you at your hotel reception before embarking on an Out-There.eu activity. Therefore, you can begin to gain knowledge of the many fantastic night spots as soon as you arrive in Riga. The Riga map clearly indicates where the nightclubs and bars are located in Riga. So, all you have to do is concentrate on partying hard and sampling the best of Latvia's vibrant club scene.
To be entitled to Bar & Club Briefing you need to have booked an Out-There.eu activitiy or service.
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