Riga has some of the maddest man challenges known to stag-kind but if you're only going to put one on your Christmas wish list, we'd highly recommend Bobsleigh... Or Strip Dinner... No, Husky Dog Sledding... No, Prison Stay definitely Prison Stay... Or Target Shooting... Perhaps you should simply check out our full list of Riga activities...
Best Bars in Riga
Café Cuba - 'It's a pub Jim but not as we know it.' This funky bar has a cool Havana feel, great food, DJs, even man-sized cocktails. Well if it was good enough for Hemmingway...
Where? Jauniela 15
Studio 69 - One of the biggest and best clubs in Riga and where the cities hottest hotties head to party. Don't fancy queuing to get into a nightclub? How about Guest List Nightclub Entry?
Where? Terbatas str.73
Aussie Pub - It seems our Antipodean cousins get everywhere. But in Riga they've set up a 'bonzer' watering hole complete the 'Moonshine Monday's, 'Tight Are Tuesdays', ladies night, beer pong and sport on giant screens. Ripper!
Where? 43 Valnu Iela, Old Riga
May - Latvia Beerfest. An entire festival dedicated to the love of beer and the largest beer festival in the Baltics. We'll drink to that.
May - Riga Whisky Festival. If the beer festival left a bitter taste in your mouth, you can wash it down at the city's whisky festival.
July - Positivus Festival. A huge international music festival with big names jetting in from around the globe.
November - Staro Riga. The city gets an overnight transformation for this festival of light.
Where to Head...
There wasn't a great deal to do during communist rule to Latvians practise drinking. And they became bloody good at it, and now they are no longer under 'red rule' Riga has a fantastically vibrant (and loud) nightlife. Don't go searching the whole city, if you're looking to party head straight to the Old Town, there are enough pubs in this one small area to keep a stag party afloat for months.
Veranes Garden is the city's largest public park and is a great, peaceful morning spot to rest your hangovers for awhile and lizard-like let the suns rays gradually nurse you back to life.
The Freedom Monument is quite a spectacular site and good spot for a stag team photo. It was opened in 1935, while the county was occupied by the Russians, then the Germans and finally the Russians again until 1991 when it gained its freedom and the statue at last made sense.
'Gonoreja' is perhaps the most unfortunate Christian name in Latvia, especially considering the 'J' is pronounced like 'Y'. "Have you met my sister Gonoreja?" "No but I think I've had her..."
Because of their northern position, Latvia's longest day of the year gives them 17hrs of sunlight.
Only 45% of Riga's citizens are Latvian.
A Taste of Riga
Eats - Street Burgers. These really aren't your average burgers, this is proper 'man-food' and the perfect stag diner. You'll find everything from meat and vegetarian burgers through to T-bone steak. Perfect to fill the troops on the run.
Drinks - If you're heading to Riga you're in luck as on average drinks prices are half of those back in the UK. And if you're serious about your beverages (and if you're on a Riga stag party we suspect you are) then you simply HAVE to try Black Balsam. A mix of natural ingredients mixed in pure vodka, its 90% proof and could strip the fake tan off and TOWIE babe from 20 paces. You have been warned!
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Riga
In total Riga has 9 tram lines, 19 trolleybus routes, and 53 bus routes which makes getting about the city really easy. An eTicket allows you to hop on and offer any public transport over a set time period and is a really easy way to all the stags from A (via pub) to B.
But if you're feeling fit you can hop on a 'Sixt' public bike, which you can pick up and drop off in hire stations around the city (much like London's Boris bikes).
For night's out the city is actually really to navigate on foot so there's no need to try and squeeze 15 hairy stags into one taxi.
"Sveiks" - Hello
"Ludzu" - Please
"Paldies" - Thank you
"Alus lūdzu" - A beer please
"Divus alus lūdzu" - Two beers please
"Daudz alus lūdzu" - Lots of beers please
"Šis kungs par visu samaksās" - This gentleman will pay for everything
"Jūs vēlētos dejot?" - Would you like to dance?
"Ne" - No"
"Mans gliseris ir pilns ar zušiem." - My hovercraft is full of eels.
like its 1929!"
Latvia's most popular sport is Ice Hockey.
Riga Stag Weekend – Kick it in the Baltics!
For a lively international weekend away with the boys it doesn’t come much bigger or better than a Riga stag weekend. The Latvian Capital (The 2014 European City of Culture) is a top Euro stag destination and has been partying hard for the best part of a decade. And let’s not forget that this Baltic state has produced more than its fair share of supermodels so you certainly won’t be short of eye candy for the lads to drool over.
With the “iron curtain” well & truly pulled back access is better than ever and the range of quality activities and entertainment puts many other top destinations in the shade. If you’re looking for an epic stag do then Riga really allows you to kick it in the Baltics.
Likely Lads in Latvia
A truly memorable stag weekend in Riga relies on some vital components;
- Great Beer (at greater prices)
- Epic Adventures
- Huge Nights Out
- Zero Hassle
- A Willing
1. Riga Stag Weekend Beer Bonus
'The ready back gets all the loads.' Latvian Proverb
Now without wanting to sound like anyone’s mother we would firstly like to point out that you should drink responsibly, especially on a stag weekend (no Jagerbombing the groom to his knees, it’s a stag do not a blitzkrieg). However you will be pleased to know that not only is Riga incredibly easy on the wallet (drink prices in some bars can be half what you’ll pay back in the UK) but the good folk of Latvia do treat their beer with due reverence. Any Riga stag do lucky enough to be visiting in May can take part in the Latviabeerfest, a great beer festival taking place in the heart of the city.
And at StagWeb we never like to see you going thirsty so do all we can to make sure you have plenty in your Riga stag weekend kitty to allow for a few extra pints to toast the condemned man... er we mean groom.
Beer Savings – If you book a weekend individually you’ll have to pay full whack, At StagWeb we’ve been organising Riga stag weekends for over a decade, during that time we’ve built up great partnerships with all our hotels and activity providers and because we book so many stag weekends a year we get great discounts. These are savings we can pass on to you to help free up cash for your stag kitty to be spent on more activities, fancy food or a refreshing beverage or two.
And with flight operators and budget airlines falling over each other to offer better deals getting to Riga is now cheaper than the price of a tank of petrol. To get more info check out our flights page.
2. Riga Stag Do Adventures
A Riga stag do is great any time of year but there are some fantastic winter sports activities that you won’t find back home; snowmobiles and husky dog sledding are particular favourites of ours. There are also a few things to be enjoyed in Riga that you can’t try anywhere else, like a yacht charter with strippers, bubble football or get your self on the right end of an AK47 with one of our incredible shooting activities. There are also some excellent opportunities for stag pranks - like the stag arrest activity, we’re not suggesting you should prank the groom, we’re merely pointing out that it is considered tradition.
But you will find plenty of great Riga stag weekend adventures at fantastic prices. See more…
3. Big Nights in the Baltics
There is just something incredibly exciting about the Baltic States, these are countries that enjoy their drink and like to party so you can be sure of some huge nights out. As well as Lap Dancing and Nightclub Guestlist Entry we can arrange for you to have a guide to show you the sights and sounds and personally introduce you to the best bars in the city centre.
And there’s no need for chasing cabs all night, the Old Town is the hub of the city’s nightlife and everything is in walking distance with hundreds of great bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants packed into one really buzzing area.
Whether you want to treat the groom to a Strip Dinner or experience a traditional Latvian Meal, we’ll put everything in place for you.
4. Zero Hassle
Latvian 'Black Balsam' is 90 proof & looks like crude oil.
This could be one of the best decisions you ever make... let us help. You’ll be dealing with a dedicated, expert team that will work with you to make sure your trip is well prepared and planned to give you and the boys an outstanding trip. You'll be supported all the way both in the UK during the planning process and on the ground when you get there.
At StagWeb 96% of our groups say they would book with us again but don’t take our word for it, see what stags are saying about us on independent review website Trust Pilot.
So put us to the test, just call in or send a brief and we’ll send you a full quote with no obligation.
5. Get Him in the Baltics
The key thing when booking any stag do is to remember this is the biggest party any man ever has. It’s his last hurrah with his closest mates before he lives the happy days of single life behind to forever more spend time picking out curtains, walking round Ikea and watching Strictly-Come-X-Factor-on-Ice.
He’s picked you for his wingman to create the greatest weekend of his life and the party starts right here…