Posted: 19/01/2019

Explore Riga Nightlife

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Riga is one of the top places for great nightlife and adventures. A wide range of entertainment in Riga is available both day and night - we have many night clubs in Riga, restaurants, bars all around the city. Moreover, Riga has always been a multicultural city because of the history. You can see it even in the architecture of Old Riga, where are architectural features of Germany and Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, and other countries. Therefore, our guests in Riga feel like at home.

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According to the study by the Riga Tourism Development Agency (RTAB) research data shows that for most guests who were staying in Riga, the experienced has responded to the acknowledged better than expected.

Nightlife in Riga usually starts from Wednesday, with a party in the club called “Piens” (“Milk” in English). In the middle of the week, there is a lively party that continues from 22:00 to 6:00 in the morning. It means, in Latvia, you can go to bed only after you have had a party real hard.

It is one of the reasons why bachelors choose to celebrate their stag do parties directly in Riga – beautiful girls, cheap booze and crazy party all night long.

Riga Old Town Nightlife

Speaking about the Riga Old Town you definitely will not be disappointed with the nightlife, it`s very lively, sometimes even crazy. A pleasant atmosphere, lots of good bars and clubs, beautiful ladies – everything you ever wanted. On the weekends Riga Old town is one big party, you must fumble and enjoy it. There are various nightclubs and great bars all around the Old Town, which invite locals and foreigners to party till the sun is shining.

As we already told - Riga Old town is quite compact, so you will be able to visit three, four or even more Riga Pubs, Bars and Clubs each night. That is how the locals like to party because generally, we don’t spend all night in one bar or club, we want to move around and look for more and more parties. Forget about long drives in Riga, everything is so close, and taxi in Riga is easy to find, and prices are pretty low. In Old Town, you totally can go everywhere by walk.

The Riga Old Town is full of bars and clubs and beautiful people, and it`s not like any other Old town, it has a special aura, you will see that.

Riga Nightlife Horror Stories

Perhaps going through some Riga nightlife reviews you've read or heard some Riga horror stories, but you must understand that you must be careful in any city you visit. Riga is not more dangerous than other cities in Europe. It's even relatively safe when compared to other cities in Europe.

Of course, you must be aware of your surroundings – don`t walk drunk at night in dark neighbourhoods and places that look suspicious, in the central market be careful with your wallet and money, don`t go to bars with strange people and be polite, don`t behave with locals. If you are looking for problems, then of course that you can find them in Riga, just like anywhere else.

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7 tips what you can do for your safety in Riga Nightlife?

1. Beautiful girl inviting you for a drink? It's hard, but avoid it!

In travel forums, we can read a lot, that tourists being lured into a bar or pub by a pretty lady. If you follow the lady in the bar, there is a possibility that you will be left alone with a large bill. Riga's strip clubs also have been known to overcharge.

2. Check cover charges!

Watch locals as they enter in clubs, to know if your money is required. Ask drink prices in advance, paying for each round individually, and then you won't be smacked with a massive bill in the end.

3. Avoid becoming a stag-party statistic.

From time to time in hostels, you can see the sign - "no stag parties" allowed. Riga is a quite popular place for European groups of men when they get pretty drunk, loud and do lots of nonsense.

4. Drinks from strangers? No!

There are times when travellers are getting drugged at bars and then robbed. So - you should always watch your drinks – how they are made, and you should never leave a drink unattended. And for your safety - don't take drinks from strangers.

5. Please do not drink alcohol on the street, in public places; it is not allowed.

Use of alcoholic beverages or other intoxicating substances in streets of Riga, in public places it is prohibited. Also, if a person in the public place starts to disturb other people under the influence of alcohol, then the law is overhauled, and you can get a penalty – a warning or a fine depends on the violation.

6. Car theft rates in Latvia.

We must admit that in Latvia, we have not only a high traffic accident rate but also a high car theft rate. Always look for secure parking; it will pay off.

7. Pickpocketing.

Be careful in the central market and a tunnel between the bus station and the Old Town. Common places of pickpocket activity are doorways of shops, churches, public transport.

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9 tips what you should know about Latvian temperament communication style?

  • Most Latvians are polite, respectful and well mannered. Sometimes they are extremely reserved, don`t smile at strangers and are not comfortable with small talks.
  • Latvians easily accept silence, which would be considered awkward in other cultures. As the relationship evolves, the moments of awkwardness disappear.
  • Latvians don`t talk about personal matters in a business.
  • Latvians are not emotive speakers, so, if you are actively gesticulating during a conversation, you might be misunderstood.
  • They are direct speakers who focus on the task.
  • During the discussion, Latvians try to protect the feelings of the other person.
  • They are not so good with compliments and may become suspicious of compliments without sufficient reason.
  • Latvia is a low context communication culture. There is no need for background information, be specific when you are asking questions.
  • And of course, like everywhere else in the world - you should never publicly embarrass or criticize another person.

All you must understand - Riga will respect you if you respect Riga. Come, enjoy, be safe and have fun. For your safety, you should learn about how to avoid rip off bars, bad venues and dangerous districts, before you are visiting any country.

We want you to know – you can feel safe in the Riga Old Town and the city centre because security cameras are located throughout the city. Also, there are police patrols that take care of the safety of both - the residents and the guests of Riga. We are hoping you could bring back good memories of visiting Riga. In case if you have any trouble, get in touch with the Tourist Police of the Riga City Council by calling +371 67181818.

Riga Night Clubs and Bars

Riga Old town has many good pubs, bars and, although most of the nightclubs are located in the city centre rather than Old town, you still can find some great venues to dance the night away. To make it easier, we can suggest you some. One of the greatest bars is Skyline Bar in Riga – fantastic view from the 26th floor of the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & SPA Hotel, where the bar is located. Also, cool place in Old Riga is Folkclub Ala - if you want to feel Latvian spirit, it is the place to go, local singers will bring you in another dimension with Latvian folk and post-folk music. Also, we suggest you visit Rock Cafe, Funny Fox, Cuba Cafe, Tims Mints, Puce, Aussie pub, , Paddy Whelan's Irish Pub & Sports Bar, Shot Cafe, Kiwi bar and others. Mostly beer price in Riga bars is starting from 2.50/ 3.00 EUR.

Some tips, what you should know about nightclubs in Riga:

  • Entrance in Riga nightclubs is allowed if you are at least 18, occasionally 21 for some place. There is generally no age requirement to get into pubs or bars, but you still must be at least 18 to buy some alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress code for clubbing in Riga? Smart casual mostly, also you can dress reasonably casual. It's not recommended to wear sportswear. Before you go to a nightclub, we suggest you find out if there is some dress code for that evening - so you will not be disappointed if there will be some.
  • There is no entrance fee at most clubs and bars, or the cost is mostly symbolic.
  • Many of Riga's bars are set in pretty exciting places, like - former factories, warehouses, music schools and other buildings that were originally built for other purposes. So, it will be interesting for you to check them out. For example, on Aristida Briana Street - there are several bars and clubs located in a craft brewery!
  • There are LGBT-friendly clubs in Riga also. If you are interested - Try Golden!
  • Would you like to trim your beard while you are drinking beer? Ok. You are welcome to bar Vest. It's some men's cave.
  • If you feel hungry at night, it's ok – even during the night, you will easily find a place in Riga that serves chips, kebabs or burgers - Fontaine Deli Snack, Pica Lulu, Lauvas nams.

Best Nightclubs in Riga:

Riga Nightclub “Kaļķu Vārti”

"Kaļķu Vārti" is located in a spacious historical cellar. There is a rooftop terrace where you can chill in the summer evening. It's a great spot to spend the night. You will hear a lot of mainstream hits. One of the best night clubs in Old Riga, you definitely must stop by. You can't pay with credit cards here.

Drink prices – from 3.00 EUR

Night Club “Kaļķu Vārti” location (Google Map Link)

Riga Nightclub “Coyote Fly”

Nightclub "Coyote Fly" in Riga brings together more than 4,500 vacationers, the best Latvian DJs, VJs and world-famous artists every weekend. Here bartenders can mix not only fantastic cocktail but also your head and the DJ can move not only the floor but also tear the roof. It's worth to try, come, and you will see.

Drink prices – from 4.00 EUROS

Night Club “Coyote Fly” location (Google Map Link)

Riga Nightclub “Piens”

Nightclub "Piens" means Milk in English. Opened in 2000 and got popular among artists, designers, journalists, musicians and other hipsters. Riga Nightclub "Piens" has two large terraces in the front and in the back, where you can chill out. Good music, lots of concerts.

Drink prices – from 3.00 EUROS

Night Club “Piens” location (Google Map Link)

Riga Nightclub “La Rocca”

The biggest nightclub in Riga, the capacity of the club is 1500 people. Riga Nightclub "La Rocca" is worth to visit if you are spending the weekend in Riga. Unique design, beautiful girls, good music and strict security guards. Entrance from 18. Face and dress control. But when you are in – you will be partying like there's no tomorrow.

Drink prices – from 4.00 EUROS

Night Club “La Rocca” location (Google Map Link)

Riga Nightclub “First Mir”

Nightclub "First Mir" is one of the best clubs in town. Opened for already nine seasons, located in Andrejsala's development, in one of the Soviet times industrial buildings. In "First Mir" you will hear all types of quality music: house, tech-house, progressive, techno and a wide variety of other quality dance music. It's a prestigious place in Riga.

Drink prices – from 4.00 EUROS

Night Club “First Mir” location (Google Map Link)

Nightclub “Rock Cafe” in Riga

"Rock Café" located in the heart of Old Riga. Great atmosphere, live music and concerts every weekend. Here you will meet people who love rock music, especially Latvian rock music. Come and feel the unique aura that dominates in this place.

Drink prices – from 3.00 EUROS

Night Club “Rock Cafe” location (Google Map Link)

We can say, that those are VIP Nightclubs in Riga, but also there are lots of other good nightclubs around the city, like "Studio 69", "ONE ONE", "Friends club", "Jockey Club", "Cuba Cafe" and others, you must pick the ones that suit you the best.

Riga Pub Crawl

If we talk about nightclubs, then an excellent assistant how to plan a great evening/night in Riga is an opportunity to take Riga Pub Crawl. Red Fox Tours can offer you the best pub crawl in Riga with the guide. We will show you the best places in Riga, will tell where to find best Strip Clubs in Riga, and, we will help to make table reservations in VIP nightclubs in Riga – Coyote Fly, La Rocca, Studio69, First MIR. Also, we can help you with Riga stag do planning, you have tell us your ideas, and we will try to do our best.

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How to meet girls in Riga

If you come to enjoy the nightlife in Riga, then surely you are interested in meeting some beautiful girls. Of course, you can go to some Strip clubs in Riga, there will be plenty of beautiful girls, but we would like to tell you – how to meet girls in Riga if you don’t want to use the internet (like App Tinder – but it could help too).

Latvians are recognized as one of the most beautiful women in the world - and that`s true. Women from Latvia are considered to be one of the tallest in the world – it means – long, beautiful legs. Blonde hair, pretty face and amazing smile. Also, a great figure, because for Latvian women, her external appearance is significant, so, they take care. What else do you need? We can say for sure - Latvian women won’t disappoint you.

Here are 7 tips on how to meet Latvian girls:

  • There are two main ways how you can date Latvian women – use some online dating apps, like Tinder or come to Latvia and meet amazing Latvian women!
  • If you are going to pick up Latvian girls in a nightclub or a bar, be aware of the fact that in Riga nightclubs you can find some scam-artists too. Be careful!
  • If you want to attract Latvian women fast – say compliments about women`s looks. Latvian women like to celebrate their physical beauty. Or something like - “You’re not like everyone else.” It will work. Also, you must know that Latvian women love well-dressed men with a great sense of fashion.
  • Latvia has the highest gender imbalance in all of Europe, here are 8% more women than men. For example, we can take the University of Latvia - female students are 50% more than male students. So, you can conclude that it is not always easy for Latvian women to find the right partners with an equal level of education. If you are an enjoyable and well-educated man – Latvia is like a paradise for you.
  • One of the essential qualities while dating Latvian women is patience because most of them are careful with foreigners, and it takes time to open up. The reason is that Riga has been the capital for sex tourists of Eastern Europe for a long time. Be patient and show your charming personality!
  • Latvian women are interested in men from other countries. Statistics show that more than 30% of Latvian women marry other ethnic groups.
  • Practically all young Latvian women speak fluent English, so communication will not be a problem. It`s a big plus for you. And now – good luck!

In the end – 10 main things what you need to know about Riga Nightlife:

  1. Please do not drink alcohol in public places. It is not allowed. If you do, you may have problems with the police.
  2. Entrance in Riga nightclubs is allowed if you are at least 18, occasionally 21 for some place.
  3. Don`t walk drunk at night in dark neighbourhoods and places that look suspicious.
  4. Be careful with your wallet and money in the central market, tunnels and doorways.
  5. Don`t go to bars with strange people, be polite, don`t behave with locals.
  6. Riga is relatively safe when compared to other cities in Europe.
  7. Avoid becoming a stag-party statistic.
  8. Latvians are polite and respectful, but extremely reserved, don`t smile at strangers and not comfortable with small talks.
  9. In case if you have any trouble, get in touch with the Tourist Police of the Riga City Council by calling +371 67181818.
  10. Red Fox Tours can offer you the best pub crawl in Riga, and the guide. You have to tell us your ideas, and we will try to do our best.