Many of the locals as well as international travelers rave about the nightlife in Riga and oftentimes refer to it as the Latvian city that never sleeps. There is no time of the year that this is more apparent than during the summers when the sun sets for only brief periods. The Riga nightlife typically starts between 8 and 9 pm when locals and tourists begin to cluster in the many cocktail bars and restaurants in the city. It is usually between 10 and 11 pm when the nightclubs open for business.
Women are typically the first individuals to arrive at the clubs as they are not charged a cover fee and the prices they pay are discounted up until midnight. Normally, it is past midnight when the parties really get started. The following are the recommended choices for nightlife drinking and entertainment venues whenever you are vacationing in Riga:
There are numerous cocktail bars in the city of Riga, the most popular being the Andalusian Dog, Hedonia 55, and the Neo.
The Andalusian Dog features daily breakfasts and lunches that are extremely affordable as well as a nice assortment of exotic and popular cocktails. There is also live music that you can enjoy most nights.
Hedonia 55 is a bar, club, and restaurant all rolled into one that is used for the warm-up stage to dancing at one of the other clubs.
Neo is situated in the neon interior glow of Riga’s central city clock and is a 3-story building. It is a favorite of the younger crowd so it does tend to get crowded and noisy, but it does offer some excellent panoramas of the Riga night lights.
Most of these are fairly new venues that were built and developed to attract the younger and wealthier European traveler. The top choices are Amber Night, Depo, and Saksofons.
Amber Night’s allure lies in its recent reconstruction and its techno music format on Friday and Saturday evenings. The club is one of the newer ones having opened during the 2001 summer.
Depo caters to just about every taste and all you need to do is determine which music venue is featured on which day. They also feature a cafeteria. Here’s the breakdown – Wednesdays – modern jazz, Thursdays – alternative, Fridays – house parties, and Saturdays – drum’n’bass and industrial.
Saksofons is the place to go if you like saxophone music and solos. It is one of the first places that up and coming punk and rock bands premier. However, the primary audience segment is punk rockers and Russian rock aficionados. It’s also a great venue for seeing local bands that are invited to perform there.
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