New Year after-party in the brand new Riga nightclub RAЙ (Rai), which name could be translated as Paradise. Rai was open few weeks ago in place of the former ultra-popular club La Rocca, which is connected to Studio 69 Apparently Rai is an affiliate of Moscow club with the same name.
Yesterday in all Riga Clubs was a costume party devoted to Halloween. Just (to feel) is a new club in Old Town in the place of the former Zebra club, just across Coyote Fly. It is like a drain club of Coyote Fly. Almost all the people who couldn't get into Coyote go to Just Club :)
Morkovka (carrot) is colloquial name for shopping center located on the crossroads of Ilukstes & Deglava streets. It was built in the end of 1980s and painted in absolutely irregular color for Soviet times - the orange one. Nowadays the whole area around this building is called Morkovka, although it is not so orange as before. Morkovka is also kind of nightlife center. Some main residents of the building are Enigma nightclub, Fortuna casino and Deli cafe.
Another interesting name belongs to a nightclub located in Old Town on Aspazijas blvd next to Riga Gallery. Although Opium Dance Club is much more popular and reputable than Capsule After Party Club. Opium is a regular night club for both locals and tourists where regular visitors are between 18 and 22 years old. 2 stages with regular R&B and Dance music. Regular prices and no entry fee.
Club First Dacha or simply First Club is one of the most prestigious nightlife places in Riga. It is located in Andrejsala harbour, which is quite remote area from all other party places in Riga, hence here are no random visitors, if you don't have a yacht, of course :) I couldn't take a good picture during the night, therefore here is the morning after dark.
Bright Colours is the topic of regular Monthly theme and I was too late to take a good photo on time :) For a couple of days I couldn't find in Riga anything brighter than Piena Svetki (Milk Fest), which was held on 1st of August in area next to Piens club. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.
Despite the full name of Naktsklubs Kapsula (Capsule Nightclub) it is a true morning club. The club was opened few months ago and it is located on Audeju iela across the night drugstore. Most of the visitors come here after 4 o'clock in the morning from regular clubs for after party. Rare case for places in old town, but this bar has entry fee.
Pulkvedim neviens neraksta (Nobody Writes to the Colonel) is a famous nightclub in Old Town named after the eponymous novella by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was opened in 2001 and it is located just across the bohemian Kabata club. These both places definitely can't be called mainstream clubs. Although it is not total alternative ones. Pulkvedis is just an good old small nightclub.
Nightclub Piens (Milk) is famous for its bohemian public and very friendly atmosphere. Although it is quite difficult to get into the club. Bouncer must know you, otherwise there is no way in. Luckily there is next door Kefirs club, which has no such strict rules to enter.
I've heard many drastic stories about this place, but I never knew that it is located in the very center on Matisa iela. Purvs (Mire) is a nightclub for sexual minorities, mostly for lesbians and gays. Purvs with its dark room has the reputation of the most lecherous place in Riga.
Pulse is a tiny nightclub located in the basement of the building at Citadeles street. Electronic music like Trance and Drum and Bass is very common in Pulse. Also it is being rent for private parties quite often.
Crystal Club is located on Lacplesa iela, in place of former cinema Kino 52. Since the opening in 2008 it's gaining some popularity among people from high society, mostly Russians. Despite free entrance, all Crystal's visitors look fancy and glamorous.
Colonnade is a nightclub in Riga. It is located on Dzirnavu iela, just next to Hotel Latvia and Essential club. It was opened in 2008, just after fire in La rocca, therefore a lot of "party people" moved to Colonnade. Despite free entrance, good location and good house/dance music, Colonnade didn't become one of the most popular Riga clubs.
La Rocca is the biggest and one of the most famous night clubs in Riga. It is located on Brivibas iela. La Rocca was opened in 2000 in the building of former Operetta Theatre. In 2007 La Rocca was on fire, but since the end of 2008 La Rocca is open again. La Rocca consists of 3 dance floors Red Square, RnB Bar and Main arena with different music styles. Also it shares the same roof with Studio 69 and many other entertainment facilities. Although you can visit it for additional entrance fee. Regular LaRocca visitor's age is between 16 and 21, hence prices in bar are relatively low if we compare them to other Riga places. The main disadvantage of La Rocca is the fierce security guards and distance from other night clubs.
Updated: Larocca club is closed down. Since December 2010 club Rai is located here.
Last night Armin van Buuren had live performance in Essential Club Riga. It was already his 4th visit in Riga. Thanks to his own unique project A State of Trance his popularity is growing drastically in the recent years, therefore Armin is said to be DJ #1 in the world 3 years in a row. Thanks to Sunwave for close-up photo :)
Coyote Fly or simply Kojoti is officially the second most busiest place in Riga, after French Bar naturally. Kojoti is also the most Latvian place ever. Foreigners are traditionally banned. In order to get into club you have to show Latvian ID document or be fluent in Latvian language. Very fluent! Pros: Always busy Good Location, just next to Embankment Lots of nice ladies, who dance on the bar Strict face control Unique toilets for guys Cons: Prices are a little bit higher than in average place Slow Service Usually no place in wardrobe No place to dance (no place to fall down neither :))
Nightclub Scandal (former name Martini) is located on Kalku iela, just next door to Malibu. Scandal is one of the biggest clubs in Old Town, it has two dance floors and a lot of chilling sofas, so it looks more like a lounge bar. Pros: excellent location almost always packed free entrance Cons: minimal face control, hence many drunk people looking for problems. sometimes very strange music
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