Riga has a massive amount of bars - It's one of the best things about the city, but it can make planning a bar crawl pretty tricky. So, we have done the hard work for you and planned a bar crawl that will take you to some of the best bars that Riga has to offer, with walking time kept to a minimum. The first bar is Cuba Café where you can enjoy the early evening happy hour and some fun Latino music. It then ends in one of Riga’s most well-known bars, the Rock Cafe. It’s open until 6 am so you can stay here until the early hours or, if the crawl has defeated you, sober up at one of Riga’s many late-night eateries. Check out all of our Riga Stag Do ideas.
You might not expect to find a Cuban-themed bar in Riga, but Cuba Café is an all-time-favourite with locals and tourists alike. You won’t be bored at this bar, with salsa dancing on Tuesdays, a pool room downstairs and live music played by resident DJs on the weekends. Plus, with 2 for 1 cocktails between 5-7pm, you can try some 'caipirinhas', 'caipiroskas' and other Cuban drinks. It’s a little slice of the Caribbean in Latvia.
Renowned as The Old Town’s best sports venue, this New Zealander bar gets absolutely packed on weekends. With tons of TV screens, it’s the perfect place to catch all of the top sporting events. The bar attracts a lot of English visitors, so don’t be surprised if the whole bar is speaking English rather than Latvian here. Plus, you can even order Indian takeaway from the restaurant next door to enjoy while you’re watching! You’ll feel right at home.
Folkklubs ALA Pagrabs
Head to Folkklubs for an authentic Latvian experience. The huge basement bar has enough tables to fit any sized group and enough beer choices to keep everyone happy. In fact, it has the largest beer selection in all of Riga, with 28l beers on tap. The bar also offers traditional Eastern European food, folk dancing and live music at least five nights a week. It will give you a real taste of what the Baltics are all about.
Paddy Whelan’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar
Known as the oldest Irish pub in Riga, this venue offers great live music and shows all of the biggest matches on the big screens. Located in the centre of the old town, this bar has a real Irish atmosphere in the middle of Latvia. Plus, they serve a great curry if you're after something that feels a bit closer to home. It's a great spot for playing a game of darts with your mates and enjoying a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
Rock Cafe - Riga
This lively music bar is a renowned favourite on Riga’s bar scene. It’s open until 6am every night, so it’s the perfect spot to keep the party going after all the other bars have shut. Spread over three floors, the rock cafe offers a pool room, dancefloors, karaoke, live music and plenty of space for large groups. The bar also serves a tasty range of American-inspired dishes in the early evenings.