Nightlife Riga: between restaurants, wine bars, pubs and discos, the nights of Riga have nothing to envy to those of other European capitals such as Berlin, London or Paris. Riga is famous for the beauty of its girls and, not surprisingly, is a favorite destination for bachelor parties abroad. Riga is definitely one of the hottest destinations for a good party-traveler!
Riga surprises and marvels from the very first minute. The city is elegant, hospitable and intriguing both for its atmosphere and architecture, and for its entertainment and nightlife: the capital of Latvia boasts in fact the presence of so many restaurants, wine bars, pubs and discos that are the envy of the major European capitals. Most of the pubs and clubs are located in the historic center of Riga and are crowded from Wednesday to Saturday. The historical center of Riga is quite small and it is easy to visit 4 or 5 pubs or clubs every night. There are also real pub tours organized to visit the pubs of the city and get drunk in company! In fact, the young locals do not spend all night in one club, but they love to move and enjoy the different styles that each bar in Riga has to offer.
But what attracts many young people from all over the world here are undoubtedly the beautiful girls of Riga! The capital of Latvia is in fact a paradise for singles , perhaps also due to the fact that here there is a great gender disproportion: there are in fact 100 women (almost all beautiful) for every 80 men. As for the level of beauty of the girls: go to believe!
Let's see what are the best places for nightlife in Riga: trendy restaurants, the most refined wine bars and discos where you can go wild at night.
Clubs and Discos in Riga: where to dance until dawn
(Brīvības 96, Riga) Open Fridays and Saturdays from 22.00 to 6.00
Very large club frequented mostly by Russians, although it is one of the most famous clubs in Riga. It is located slightly outside the historic center, from which the it can be reached on foot in 15 minutes, following Brivibas . Open on Fridays and Saturdays, the club offers techno music and animation with very pretty dancers. The peculiarity of the club is the "Red Square" , where Russian music is danced immersed in a Soviet propaganda-style environment, with Cyrillic writing and images of Lenin and Ivan Drago . Great evenings - not to be missed. Entrance about 7-10€.
(Tērbatas 2, Riga) Open from Thursday to Saturday from 22.00 to 6.00
Another very popular and trendy place in Riga is undoubtedly the beautiful Coyote Fly , a short walk from the centre, located in the Vernisāža , inside the Vermanes.
Strict face control on Fridays and Saturdays: Come dressed up and not as tourists. The club is trendy and is a meeting point for Riga's elite and current celebrities. Commercial music with foreign djs from all over Europe, local musicians, rappers and other artists. Entry is easier on Thursdays, when there is less selection at the entrance.
(Andrejostas iela 4, Riga) One of the most glamorous nightclubs in Riga, open only on weekends and located near the port. Here, too, they make a lot of selection at the entrance. Despite the difficulty of entering, inside you will be rewarded for the effort: the First Dacha is always full of beautiful girls and good music, and is a guarantee for unforgettable evenings.
Club Studio 69
(Tērbatas iela 73, Riga) Open Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 6.00
With an elegant and charming environment, the Studio 69 is one of the most fashionable clubs in Riga. It is perhaps the most beautiful nightclub in Riga: the club, frequented above all by the nouveau riche Latvians and Russians, is part of the RoyalCasinoHotel , a complex that includes a 5-star hotel, a casino, spa, restaurants, bars and even the La Rocca (from a large window you can see the dancefloor of the other club).
The entrance is quite expensive: 14 euros. The club is definitely more expensive than La Rocca, but on the other hand the average age is higher and more affluent. Definitely not to be missed! Ultimately, Studio 69 is the hottest club in Riga: good music, beautiful girls, excellent drinks and splendid dancers who never stop enlivening the evening. Go there.
(Vaļņu 32, Riga) Open daily from 17.00 to 5.00
For lovers of underground music and trendy alternative youth, this is the place for you. Indie bands and overseas DJs, garage bands and an alternative crowd happily coexist in this club, one of the few to sponsor rock, hardcore, metal, punk, reggae and experimental music genres. Great place to hear local bands play or just have a beer downstairs. Tickets for the concerts cost €5-7.
(Elizabetes 55 – Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga) Open daily from 21.00 to 6.00
This nightclub is located in the basement of the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija . The specialty of this club is karaoke.
(ZA Meierovica bulv. 12, Riga) Open every day.
Club with alternative music located in a basement: it is made up of two modest rooms, one where live bands play, the other where you dance under the notes of the DJs. The music ranges from punk, local rock, ska to electronic music. The club offers its own Nabaklab beer, which costs less than 2 Euros!
(Aristida Briāna 9, Riga) Open daily from 12.00 to 5.00
Piens club is located in an old 19th century brewery about 10 minutes in a taxi from the old town, in a bit of a difficult location to find. This is one of the most popular cocktail bars in Riga, with long queues on weekends to enter the bar and sit on one of the many sofas of all shapes and styles. Eclectic and relaxed atmosphere. During the weekend only Latvians enter, tourists are not allowed in: you have to hope to be lucky and get past the bouncers.
– Nobody Writes to the Colonel
(Peldu 26/28, Riga) Open daily from 20.00 to 2.00 – it is currently closed: confirm it!
Pulkvedim Neviens Neraksta , literally "No one writes to the colonel", is a very rustic disco-pub, with a main room and a smaller room downstairs with different genres of music: electronic and commercial music. Always full on weekends, it's the perfect place to while away the last hours of the night, after bar hopping in Riga.
Sapņi un kokteiļi
(Blaumaņa 32, Riga) Open Wednesday to Saturday from 17.00 to 5.00
This club is also a hookah and cigar bar. Drinks aren't exactly cheap, but above all at the entrance they enforce a strict face control: those who don't speak Latvian hardly enter.
(Vecpilsētas 19, Riga) Open daily from 16.00 to 3.00
Alternative cute club with live music and local beer. Inside there's a table football table and a machine that dispenses shots of Jägermeister! During the day, you can also order soups, salads and sandwiches. Free entry.
(Kungu iela 8, Riga) Open Thursday to Saturday 10pm to 5am
Minx Bar is what used to be called Nautilus . Located in the historic center of Riga, it is a large modern club with house and techno music. Presence of beautiful Latvian girls.
Cetri Balti Krekli
(Vecpilsētas iela 12, Riga) Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 22.00 to 5.00
literally "four white shirts", the Cetri Balti Krekli is a club with only Latvian music. Admission varies from 2 lats to 7 lats depending on the event. Even if the average age is not very low, the club is always well attended.
(Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12, Riga) Open Monday to Friday from 14.00 to 4.00
Naba Klub is one of the alternative music venues in Riga. Here you can hear concerts with live bands, but also DJ nights. Retro Soviet style atmosphere. The place also has a large garden with picnic tables where you can smoke and drink with friends.
Scandal and Essential clubs , known to Riga goers, are closed.
Pubs and Cocktail bars in Riga: where to drink, party or have an aperitif
The central avenue Kalku, located in the historic center of Riga, where numerous bars and restaurants overlook, is the best place to start the evening, among the beautiful Latvian girls. You can start from PinUp (Pils iela 7, Riga) : a bar located in the castle area of Riga and overlooking the banks of the Daugava river. The bar is run by girls dressed as pin-ups, and offers special cocktails with an unusual taste, such as the "Nutty Monk" and the "Mandarin Revolution" .
Also excellent is Cita Puse (11. Novembra krastmala 35, Riga) , a two-story bar where you can meet and chat with some pretty girls. The bar serves excellent espressos during the day, while at night it transforms into a venue with live entertainment.
(Elizabetes iela 55, Riga) Open daily from 17.00 to 2.00
The Skyline , located on the 26th floor of the Reval Hotel Latvia , in the center of Riga, is an elegant cocktail bar, with a refined and chic a breathtaking view over the whole city. From here you can have a panoramic view of Riga and all its lights. The bar can be reached by a glass lift and is very popular with visitors and locals, especially many Russians: an excellent place to sip good drinks during a quiet evening or perhaps for a romantic date. If you want to go there, book one of the exclusive tables with a panoramic view of the city.
Aussie Backpackers Pub
(Valnu Iela 43, Riga) Open daily from 10.00 to 2.00
Aussie Backpackers is the only pub in Riga that offers 12 different local draft beers (Latvia produces very good beers). Live music and djs, events and promotions, Happy Hours that never seem to end and friendly staff, who make you feel welcome. The perfect pub to start your evening in Riga. The peculiarity of the place is a Volkswagen van adapted to a bar counter.
(Jauniela 15, Riga) Open daily from 15.00 to 4.00
This bar has a special place in the hearts of locals: Cuba Cafe has been open for years and always attracts many people looking for great cocktails and Latin rhythms. This little venue gets super busy on the weekends - try to get there early so you can get in. Dance some salsa and bachata with the local girls and enjoy a good drink before moving on to the next bar
Bar I Love You
(Aldaru iela 9, Riga) Open Monday to Wednesday 15.00 to 24.00, Thursday to Saturday 15.00 to 1.00, Sunday 14.00 to 22.00
Bar “I Love You” is a meeting place for people young and creative, with djs playing their favorite records. If you are looking for an alternative to the usual old town clubs, this is your obvious choice. Here they also offer menus with tasty bites to keep you up all night.
(Audēju iela 7, Riga) One of the newest clubs in Riga, decorated in a chic and retro style, and with a funky and bohemian sound. On the first floor there is a relaxed atmosphere while upstairs it is full of young people seated on old sofas while having a cocktail.
(Aldaru ielā 12/14 and Palasta ielā 9, Riga) With two locations in Riga, this place has a particular atmosphere and low prices. The latter of the two bars is larger and seems to have gained more popularity: it is located across the road, making it easier to party between the two bars, which are among the hottest young hangouts of Riga.
(Torņa iela 4, Riga) Open daily from 12.00 to 3.00
This underground cellar may be small, but it has a big menu with 113 shots! Every evening there is a 2 for 1 offer on coctkails from 01.00 to 02.00: crowded bar with music for dancing all night long. During the summer months people flock to the terrace to drink.
Moloney's Irish Pub
(Riharda Vagnera Iela 3, Riga) Open daily
Great pub where you can watch your favorite sports live. At Moloney's you can find a choice of local beers or beers from Germany, the Czech Republic or Belgium, large and tasty menus, with burgers, ribs and mixed meats. Every day there is a different promotion and at the weekend there is live music.
Ala Folk Klub
(Peldu Iela 19, Riga) Open daily from 12.00 to 4.00
Ala Folk Klub is a traditional Latvian style bar/restaurant, located in an underground cellar, with great food and good beer at excellent prices. Be prepared to wait though - the service is friendly, but can be very slow. Dancing and traditional folk bands make this place very popular with the locals, and it's generally full most nights of the week.
No Problem bar (Nekadu Problemu)
(Tirgoņu iela 5/7, Riga) The “No Problem” is a restaurant/bar located in the historic centre, right in Doma square. Rock bands alternate here every evening, bringing together hundreds of kids from 18.00 to 24.00.
(Mazā Miesnieku iela 1, Riga) Open daily from 16.00 to 3.00
Small pub always crowded with shows and live music.
Wine Bars in Riga
Garage Wine Bar
(Elizabeth iela 83, Riga) the “Garage” is the trendiest wine bar of the moment, a must to start the evening: here booking is a must. The bar offers a remarkable choice of Italian and French wines, both by the glass and by the bottle, and matching dishes that change frequently. Not to be missed.
(Birojs: ZAMeierovica bulvāris 6, Riga) The Vina Studija is a wine bar / restaurant and is among the most popular places in Riga.
Other worth mentioning wine bars in Riga are:
(Antonijas street 13, Riga) Open daily from 11.00 to 23.45
(Elizabetes 61, Riga) Open daily from 10.00 to 24.00