Riga nightlife guide
Nightclubs, discos, clubs and bars
Riga’s meat market number one is Roxy Club and is the place to be for unpretentious fun seekers and skirt hunters. In this club on Kalku street 24 in the very centre of the old town it is never hard to get in touch with female company. Roxy Club is also hunting ground for pros and semi-pro girls. In this place with its six bars and three floors you should always be on guard for gold diggers asking top end prizes. There are not many places in Eastern Europe where you can watch so many foreigners dancing with ladies which could be their daughters as in Roxy Club. All in all the atmosphere can be very different from night to night and soon after you have passed the rude bouncers and arrogant door staff you can have a great evening in Roxy Club.
Riga’s largest techno venue is La Rocca. It is the favourite hang out of most Russians in Riga guaranteeing a lot of lovely ladies and an outgoing atmosphere. La Rocca has even a special Russian area including a casino, restaurant, sauna and of course striptease which is as much part of Russian culture as vodka is. The beautiful professional dancers gathering around the many podiums and dancing poles contribute to the steamy party scene and the dollar signs hanging from the ceiling symbolize the hedonistic spirit. For raving the night away surrounded by the finest selection of hot dressed Riga girls La Rocca is an absolute must see.
The extravagantly designed Studio 69 on Terbatas street 73 is also popular with the Russian speaking inhabitants of Riga. Many ladies in this Moscow style club are drop dead gorgeous. On the same street (Terbatas 2) near the Freedom Monument you can find Fashion Club which is linked to the popular television channel Fashion TV. Fashion Club is located inside an old theatre. If there are no hot models performing on the catwalk inside, do not be disappointed since you can still admire the international top models on the giant screen.
Another Riga nightlife legend is Nautilus. The club is decorated in maritime style and the great looking local sirens dancing to the trendy house music spice up the hot atmosphere will make you mouth water. Be prepared that they sometimes tend to overcharge foreigners. Nautilus is located in the old town of Riga on Kungu street 8.
On Skolas street 2 you will find Club Essential, one the most distinguished and hottest clubs in the Baltics. This huge club has four areas: the main floor, the R&B hall, the pink room and the white room, all in all room for 2,500 visitors. Top-notch DJs like DJ Tiesto, Armin van Buren and Darren Price did already their gig in Club Essential. If you want to dance the night away in Riga to the beats of the latest house, progressive house and trance provided by absolute top DJs you cannot afford to skip Club Essential during your stay in Riga.
For meeting up a more laidback and student crowd you should head to the bar and club Pulkvedim Neviens Neraksta ( which means: Nobody Writes to the Colonel named after a novel Gabriel Garcia Marquez) This is not venue for intellectual conversations about world literary though. Pulkvedim Neviens Neraksta on Peldu street 26/28 is a place for unpretentious fun with a great variety of music styles on the menu. On its two dance floors you can jump on the latest chart and retro cheese to hip hop and drum and bass.
A good step from the beaten path in Riga is Depo on Valnu street 32. This alternative joint is completely different from the many fashionable and trendy places in Riga where it is mostly about appearance and showing off. Depo offers a wide range of independent and alternative acts varying from experimental electronic DJs and local garage bands to trashy punk rock and grungy heavy metal. The interior of Depo is exactly what you expect: dark and far from stylish, and the atmosphere is extremely laidback. Depo provides an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the underground scene and make friends with colleague alternative music lovers in Riga.
Clubs like Scandal, Velvet and Kardinals also provide good opportunities to get acquainted with local girls. Scandal on Kaļķu street 12/14 is one of Riga’s most flashy clubs and attracts a posh crowd and many glam queens. Voodoo Club is established under Reval Hotel Latvija. It has a dancing and casino is considered to be a good place to pick up girls. Another place which is frequented by girls hunting for foreigners is the Irish pub Dickens. Especially during weekends you can notice in Dickens always some pro and semi-pro girls looking for foreign cash. Dickens is closed for now but will be reopened.