Not as scary as it sounds, this place attracts an agreeable kind of traveller. The bar has a good selection of local draft beers (14 when I counted!), Aussie beers and some world favourites. Prices for tap beers are in the 2-3 EUR range for 0,5 l and even lower in happy hours, making it one of the cheapest bars in Riga's old town.
There are frequently live bands on stage in the basement. Kudos for their decoration - the bar is actually and old Volkswagen van while the sinks in the restrooms are made of beer metal caskets with beer taps for water.
The same guys run a hostel (Old Town Hostel) in the top floors of the same building. The Naughty Squirrel Hostel is their sister hostel, but does not have this great bar.
Address: 43 Valnu Iela, Riga
Directions: In the East/Southeast of the old town, preety close to the railway station.
One of Riga's most famous bar is the one of Hotel Latvija (Radisson). It offers you a good view onto Riga's old town while offering a good selection of drinks as well as some food. However, it is very popular and also found in many tourist guides. Therefore, it is crowded in the later hours and it's pretty hard to find a table with view onto the old town.
If you are here for the view only, you can easily order a drink and have a view from one of the spaces between the tables. If you want a more relaxed way to see the old town from a similar perspective and don't care about the drink, go to the Palace of Science during daytime.
Dress Code: Just be modest (no shorts/flipflops/bikinis), otherwise pretty relaxed.
Address: Elizabetes Iela 55, Riga
Directions: In the North of the old town, just a short wakl away from the National Monument and the Russian Orthodox Church.
Very popular and crowded, but found it a little disappointing. It took quite long to take my order at the bar, obviously because they were overwhelmed due to lack of staff. Otherwise, it would be a great bar with a good choice of beers and shots.
I was there for a football match (Champions-league semi-finals) and decided to move for the second half to Paddy Wheelan's, just across the street. There, it was full but not crowded, the beer menu was better and the staff was fine.
It's a good space for those who enjoy a party of drunken Brits at a Spanish Beach resorts. I really enjoy being with the English, Scots etc., but I rather prefer places with more style like Paddy Wheelan's to do so!
Address: Grēcinieku iela 1, Rīga
Directions: In the middle/southeast of the old town, close to St. Peter's Church
Two of the English/Irish pubs I've been to in 2007 did not exist any more in 2015 and dozens of them have shared this fact. The oldest Irish Pub in Riga however is still well and alive. Indeed, it has become a great place to taste some good beers from different countries. The selection includes some of the typical Latvian lagers, international lagers like Beck's, the mandatory Guinness, delicacies like Brew Dog's Punk IPA and local microbrews like the Godalus IPA.
Staff was friendly and English-speaking, atmosphere lively but not annoying or crowded. I actually fled from the Funny Fox Bar next door to watch a Barcelona – Bayern Champions League match and regretted that I did not come to this place at first. Beside football on the telly, occasional events take place here, like live music. Can't say too much about the food as I didn't order any. However, what my neighbours had looked really good and the choice of food was not bad either.
This pub is surely one of the better ones outside of Ireland/Britain and a gem in Riga's Pub scene.
Address: Grēcinieku Iela 4, Riga
Directions: In the south of the old town close to St. Peter's and St. John's church.
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.
Address: Tirgonu iela 4
Directions: On a side street between the Livu Square and the Dom Church
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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.
Address: Jauniela 11
Directions: On the square in front of the Dome Church.
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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.
Address: Kalku iela 17
Directions: On the Livu Square in the Old City, between the St Peters and Dome churches.
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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.
Address: Juaniela 15
Directions: On the street fronting the Dome Church.
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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!
Address: Brivibas 46
Directions: Just in front of Hotel Latvia (Radisson BLU), 50m from Gallery Riga trade center, 10m from HOT RIO disco.
Phone: +371 22131111
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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
Address: 34a Dzirnava Iela, Riga
Directions: Across from Albert Hotel in RigaRelated to:
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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.
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.
Address: Antonijas iela 13, Rīga, LV-1010
Directions: Corner of Antonijas and Dzirnavu, in the Art Deco district.
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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...
Address: Riga, Terbatas 2
Phone: 709 24 00Add to your Trip Planner
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.
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.
Address: 7 Skarnu, Old Riga
Directions: 7 Skarnu (next to Indian Raja Restaurant), Riga Old TownAdd to your Trip Planner