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El Divino

El Divino (Skolas 2, Riga) – for those who have been to Ibiza, yes, this “El Divino” nightclub is affiliated with the famed nightspot of the same name at Ibiza Town’s harbor area. This venue offers House music on the main floor, and R n’ B music on the second floor. Of course, there’s also […]

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Cita Puse

Cita Puse (11.Novembra krastmala 35, Riga) – this is a bar and “art café” that boasts a riverside location. Cita Puse (Latvian for “the other side) is a casual eclectically designed bar serving Pellini coffee and tasty slap-up food by day — becoming a party venue for the rather more culturally aware people by night. […]

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Chomsky

Chomsky (Lāčplēša 68, Riga) – located in a district away from touristy areas like Old Town, this lounge attracts its share of both local and international students. Such patrons are looking for a relaxing atmosphere that’s non-pretentious and not so pricey. Chomsky serves such needs and more. It’s no accident that the bar owners chose […]

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Chetri Balti Krekli

Chetri Balti Krekli (Vecpilsetas 12, Riga) – this club caters mainly to young Latvians, which means the music played here can range from electronic dance music to rock, and even local folk songs.

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Bites Blues Club

Bites Blues Club (Dzirnavu 57, Riga) – this venue holds occasional live blues band performances by both local and international artists. Artists who have already played the new venue include larger-than-life US bluesman Big Daddy Wilson and the raunchy Chicago-born blues diva Angela Brown. Toe-tapping local bands are regulars on this stage, among them the […]

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Tokyo City

Tokyo City (Kr. Barona 2, Riga) – this Japanese restaurant, located within a high-rent district in Riga, serves mostly sushi treats, a few un-Japanese courses such as pasta, salads, decent steaks, rolls and buns, as well as a children’s menu. Budget-conscious travelers will be drawn in to its “2 for 1” sushi set deal. The […]

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TB Palace

TB Palace (Pilsoņu 8, Jurmala) – diners that enter this restaurant already feel a sense of history, given the elegant buildings on site. Located with the luxury hotel of the same name, this restaurant’s interior, freshly-cut flowers, and light music contribute to an unforgettable evening here – whether one is actually enjoying its meals, or […]

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Spicy Affair

Spicy Affair (Antonijas 12, Riga) – this Asian restaurant uses culinary influences from India, Thailand, China and elsewhere. Mains served there very from a creamy vegetable korma to a far spicier chicken vindaloo, Chinese-style honey chicken, Singapore or Thai noodle dishes. There’s also satay chicken, skewers of flesh marinated and grilled Malaysian-style in a peanut […]

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Ribs & Rock

Ribs & Rock (Grēcinieku 8, Riga) — every big city has a place that specializes in the art of BBQ; in Riga, that place is Ribs & Rock restaurant. It’s the first to offer such a wide variety of rib dishes, and the only ones who serve them in the company of solid rock music. […]

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Planeta Sushi

Planeta Sushi (Šķūņu 16, Riga) – for those in a mood for Japanese food, this place is a good start. Heavy glossy menus illustrate the dishes on offer. Predictably these include a range of bento spreads, the pick of which is probably the Ninniku Bento with its tiger shrimps fried in ninniku sauce with rice […]