Martini Bar: Hot Spot
Two-storey cocktail bar designed in Martini and James Bond style, serves 75 different cocktails from hits to special bar’s own. At night time it turns into a night club with two dance floors, playing disco-house, r’n’b, hip-hop, euro-pop—watch the waitresses dance on the bar!
You can order meals until 24.00, try the Australian lamb chop or turkey roll with steamed spinach. Every Wednesday “positive 70s” party.
In Riga are enough of clubs for all tastes. There are places with Latvian music, with Russian music, with disco music as well as jazz and blues places.
Mostly all clubs are open till the very morning or until the last client.
Most of them are located in Old Town, so you can find them very easy. But in that case you will meet a lot of foreigners in there and if you want to see how locals is having fun you have to look for the place away from center of the city.
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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
Riga is nice at night time!
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.
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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Kapteiņa Enriko pulkstenis: Great service, great cocktails.
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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Candle Bar: A romantic place appropriately named
this place is a definitely "date bar." But no matter what it is unique and defintiely should be stopped into when in Riga. They have an awesome drink menu. They mainly center on mixed drinks and wines, so if you're going in there for a Budweiser, you're kind of out of place. One thing I did notice is the martinis were HUGE, and even though it took 2 times ordering to finally get a good rum and diet coke, the waitresses are friendly. You'll also find interesting that there are sofas to sit in as opposed to the usually uncomfortable barroom furniture you've gotten used to over the years.
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Walk to Bastejkalns ruins and view of Powder Tower: Walk to Bastejkalns ruins and view of Powder Tower
The Bastion Hill or Bastejkalns is the small hill close to the Pilsetas Kanals in front of the Powder Tower. During the night this is full of youngters smoking and having fun with boy/girlfriends, drinking etc...
This ruins are the remains of one of the bastions of Riga fortifications.
beer gardens: Meeting chics
If you would like to meet chics, I found the best place was to approach groups of girls at the beer gardens, forget the clubs, it's a waste of time unless you dig married chics and dudes. The club is where you go after you meet the chic. Also, I wasn't there for very long, but it seems when you approach them that it gets awkward or they get abbrasive for a few minutes, but then after around 20 minutes they warm up to you and are cool.
Dress Code: Dress respectable of course, don't look as though you just got done changing the oil on your car
Fashion Club: Do you wanna have fun?
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...
Skyline bar in Hotel Latvija: A highlight!!!
An extremely nice place with an extremely nice view... its nice to go there at night but also during the day! There's a friendly staff, prices are okay and there's a nice mix between locals and tourists!
One of the nicest bars I have ever been to.
Dress Code: You can go in in jeans
Citas Debesis: A very nice and kitchy bar
This is a very nice bar were they play indierock music! I think the atmosphere overthere was very peacefull and the youngsters al looked very nice and a bit trendy... I really liked the interior because it was a bit kitch style!
"The Dickens": Lively Bar in centre of Old Town
If you are looking for a Lively Bar then a good bet is "The Dickens" Right in the centre of the Old Town, Populated with a good mix of locals and tourists, A pint of local beer is less than £2 + it has a good range of imported beers, a little more expensive but still hardly a rip off !! Don't miss it !!
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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.
It's not a place for me but I must admit - this is the best place to go if you hate to see alternatively dressed youth and hear their style of music. Actually it is the newest place in Riga with interesting interior and profesional staff, which won't let you be bored.
Dress Code: No sportswear, otherwise you are free to choose what to wear.
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