Temporary Riga photos are being published not in a regular manner due to blog author has moved to Vilnius.

Artelis


Artelis is a new (1 week old) night and performance club on Blaumana between Caka iela and Barona iela.

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Road to Vilnius from Riga


It is not a photo, but technology constantly goes forward, so I have started to experiment with videos :)
Please check my first timelapse video taken last rainy monday on the way to Vilnius from Riga.

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Gray Tunnel

Gray Tunnel
Recent years all the Riga media talks and writes so much about ugly Soviet architecture in city and that it all must be refurbished or demolished at all. And what we see?
A newest pedestrian tunnel under crossroads of 13 Janavara and Gogola iela, which was built in late 2009.

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First Dacha

First Dacha
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.

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Kapsula

Kapsula
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.

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Whitehouse

Whitehouse
Whitehouse Party at Vernissage Cafe is kinda Latvian replica of Sensation White.
Electronic music, many DJs and the most important that everybody dressed in white (except shoes)

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Salamandra

Salamandra
In the past Salamandra club was the famous Drum and Bass and other electronic music nightclub in Riga.
Salamandra was opened in 2003 in the former industrial area. Since 2008 the club is relegated to oblivion.
Many electronic music artists like Future Prophecies, Pendulum and Raiden were guests DJs in Salamandra during these 5 years. I must admit that Salamandra also had reputation of the place for drug abused people.

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Alfrēds Kalniņš

Alfreds Kalnins
Alfrēds Kalniņš is one of the most famous Latvian composers. During his life he used to work in many cities, including New York.
His sculpture was erected in 1979, on his 100th birthday. Initially the statue was in front of Opera, but now it is looking towards Opera's back.

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Pulse

Pulse
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.

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Lido

Lido
Lido Restaurant at Krasta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Riga.
National Latvian cuisine, local own brewing and live music can be found in Lido.
It was opened in 1999 and initially was one of the cheapest food place in Riga. Indeed, you could eat as much as you can for 1-2 Lats (3-4 EUR), then times has been changed and Lido became a place with average prices.
After the crisis came, Lido was one of the first companies who had reduced their prices, almost in twice.

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Metallica in Arena

Metallica in Arena Riga
The second performance of Metallica in Riga was finished few hours ago, this time in Arena Riga.
I was witness of amazing performance of James Hetfield and his band.
Unfortunately the indoor arena isn't very suitable for that kind of music, and the quality of sound was relatively low.

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Enjoy the Symphony

airBaltic ad in Amsterdam
Enjoy the Symphony of Riga for 87 EUR.
I love airBaltic, because it is nearly the only thing that reminds of Riga outside of Latvia.
I found this ad in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

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Waltz

Waltz in Riga
Lido at Krasta is one of the few places in Riga, where live performance is being held everyday.
Live music makes people dance waltz, cha-cha-cha and other ballroom dances every single day.

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Eros Ramazzotti


Yesterday Italian pop singer Eros Ramazzotti held finally a single concert in Arena Riga.
It was an unique and a very long-awaited performance, because of postponing since November 2009.
Close-up photo was taken by Irene.

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La Rocca

LaRocca Club Riga
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.

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Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren
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 :)

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Rammstein

Rammstein Riga
Rammstein concert is being held today in Arena Riga.
An unique show was performed by world famous Band originally coming from East Germany.
Rammstein become successful for its sharp and aggressive lyrics. Despite Rammstein is mainstream now, it still could be considered as alternative music.

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Scandal

Scandal Club in Riga
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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Blues Club

Blues Club
I have never been a big fan of blues, jazz music nor live music in general. Before I visited Bites Blues Club.
I was invited by Lynne Jordan, who were not just performing here tonight, but also brought me a souvenir magnet from Chicago :)
Her stage performance turned me into a new fan of live music, where an artist controls and interact with the public, making jokes, etc. Basically she behaves like an absolute leader and makes fun even with relatively quiet and passive crowd. So you can easy feel the energy exchange :)
The club itself has a great atmosphere, nice design, it is without high prices and with enormous collection of blues artists' photos performed here, in Bites blūza klubs.

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Salsa Lessons

Salsa Lessons in Riga
Salsa became an ultra-popular leisure activity worldwide and particularly in Latvia.
Tens of clubs and study groups offer relatively cheap and qualitative salsa classes in Riga.
I guess nearly everyone in Riga dances or had danced Salsa, Mambo, Bachata or Reggaeton. Do you dance? :)

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