Riga, Latvia is not lacking where the nightlife is concerned. The cities are filled with bars, casinos, clubs, dancing, and live music, and a great deal of these venues to be found in the Old Town area. Here you will find establishments that range from the older quainter atmosphere’s to the more modern with techno vibe décor and music to match. Here are four of the hottest night spots in Riga.
Martini is located on Kalku iela (the main strip) and features go-go dancers that entertain on the top of the bar counter. Whenever a lot of the other action quiets down on the strip there is usually something going on in this night spot. However, be aware that the owner is always trying to attract as much of the younger male crowd as possible.
Nautilus is a bit on the snobby side but still a great venue to venture into. Here you are apt to find the most discerning individuals of the party crowd. Interestingly enough, the club caters to two different crowds throughout the week – the house music crowd and those into Techno.
Club Essential is a bigger club, but it has also been referred to as being cheesy in some instances. It is still worth a visit since the club features one of the best DJ’s found anywhere in the city.
La Rocca is the favorite of Riga’s Russian crowd. Though you might find the music to be slightly more commercial here, with a lot of the thumping bass rhythms, numerous local and European celebrities pop in and out continually. This is one of the livelier bars and clubs in Riga, so be prepared for thick crowds and noise that can reach deafening levels.
“Sensation White 2007 – Arena Riga” picture by Marcus Vegas