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A Riga stag weekend might just be one of the best places to give the groom an epic send-off.

From sunny days to snowy adventures (and not forgetting those cheap beers), this place has it all!

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Is Riga Right for Your Group?

Riga has some serious stag party credentials.

The nightlife is massive, the activities are unrivalled, and the beer is cheap and delicious... (the drinks are so cheap, even the mate who usually avoids getting rounds will probably get one!).

If you're looking for a low-key weekend, we'd suggest looking elsewhere because Riga is one of those places you're going to want to dive into headfirst.

So, are you eager for Riga?

Ideal For...

  • Big Nights Out
  • Classic Activities
  • Unique Activities
  • Coastal Activities
  • Legendary Stag Stays
  • All Budgets

Not Ideal For...

  • A Quiet Stag Weekend
  • Country Latvia
  • Language Latvian
  • Currency Euros
  • Cost of a Beer 2.60 EUR
  • Airport Riga International Airport
  • Flight Duration 3h
  • National Dish Pelēkie zirņi ar speķi
  • Airport to Centre 10.7 km

The Places in Riga You Need to Know About

Old Town (Vecrīga)

The place to be. It's the city's main party district and is packed out with world-class bars and nightclubs. On top of this, there are plenty of great restaurants where you can try some local Latvian cuisine.

Town Hall Square

While this touristy hotspot can be slightly pricier than others, the great range of watering holes on the surrounding streets is a top place for some refined drinks with the lads.

Centrs

In the region just to the east of the Old Town, you'll find a range of restaurants and sports bars dotted about.

Top 10 Riga Pubs, Bars & Clubs

Klubs Studio 69

A busy nightclub with thumping tunes, tasty drinks, and friendly staff. Some say it's the best in Riga! The groom's celebration is in safe hands here.

Where: Terbatas iela 73, Centra rajons, LV-1001

Pandemonium

This popular nightclub is famous for its rave scene and beer pong events. If you ask us, there's not much else you need. On Fridays and Saturdays, this place is open until 6 am.

Where: Peldu iela 26-28, Centra rajons, LV-1050

Black Magic

The interior of this place is special and when you combine this with the electric atmosphere, you know your evening will pop off.

Where: Kalku iela 10, Centra rajons, LV-1050

Kiwi Sports Bar

Located next to St. Peter's Church in the Old Town, the rugby-fanatic owner knows how to run a sports bar. Catch some live sport and stay drinking until it closes at 5 am.

Where: Skarnu iela 7, Centra rajons, LV-1050

Piana Vyshnia

This edgy, dimly-lit bar was practically made for stags. It's a unique place serving authentic Latvian cherry wine with live jazz music.

Where: Skunu iela 6, Centra rajons, LV-1050

O'Paps

If you're seeking the best of Latvian beer, head here. You can also grab some authentic local cuisine to accompany your tasty house IPAs.

Where: Laipu iela 2/4, Centra rajons, LV-1050

Cynic Bar

A seriously cool neon-lit bar with graffiti décor. The cocktails are out of this world, so if you're looking for refined drinks, this is the place to be.

Where: Baznicas iela 1/3, Centra rajons, LV-1050

Banshee

A friendly bar with Riga's best international craft beer selection and a foosball table upstairs. This might be stag heaven.

Where: Skarnu iela 11, Centra rajons, LV-1050

Paddy Whelan's Irish Pub

Riga's first Irish pub. We guarantee you'll find a serious drinks selection and a bustling atmosphere when live sport is on.

Where: Old Town, Grecinieku iela 4, LV-1050

Skyline Bar

Take the panoramic elevator to the top of this luxury craft cocktail joint. Head here for sublime views of the city, raise a toast to the groom and prepare for the evening.

Where: Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, LV-1010

The Best Time to Go

According to our stats, 50% of stags who went to Riga with StagWeb went there between April and June.

These months are the most popular because it's a chance to head off before the price hikes of the school holidays and enjoy the nicer weather.

However, plenty of stags went outside this window.

If you're looking at some of our popular snow-based activities, like Husky Dog Sledding or Snowmobiles, they're only available at certain times of the year (Dec-Feb).

It's a different vibe, but it's well worth it for the chance to do something truly memorable!

How Long Do People Go For?

50% of our groups went for 3 days (2 nights), but a large chunk went for longer.

Two nights is decent as Riga isn't the biggest capital in the world, so you'll have enough time to see the sights, check out the bouncing nightlife, conquer the legendary activities and enjoy everything in between.

If it takes three hours to fly somewhere, though, if you can extend your break by an extra night, we'd always recommend doing so. It'll give you a bit more time to really enjoy the city, so you're not rushing to fit everything in.

How Soon Do People Book?

Guys heading to Riga with us in 2023 booked their weekends 6 months in advance, on average, which is more than the usual 4.

Why?

Well, it's logistically a bit harder to get to - not every UK airport offers direct flights, so it takes a bit more planning.

A lot of the major airports will, though, so don't let this put you off.

Also, the earlier you book, the better deals you get on things like flights, plus there's better availability for your activities and accommodation.

It's just easier all round to book early.

Where to Stay in Riga

As with every destination, not every hotel is happy to welcome stags.

Why risk booking solo and potentially getting turned away on the day?

Our range of stag-friendly Riga hotels is top and will set you up perfectly for a weekend in the Latvian capital.

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What to Do in Riga

As well as all the sights and those big nights out, we've got over 55 different Riga stag do ideas for the lads to get stuck into.

From stag classics to adventures you simply can't get anywhere else, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your activities for the weekend.

Have a browse and get them booked before someone else beats you to it!

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Things to See in Riga

Veranes Garden

The city's largest public park and the perfect place for a hangover-soothing stroll.

Riga Dome Cathedral

One of the largest cathedrals in the Baltics. This gothic architecture attracts all sorts of tourists and hosts plenty of concerts throughout the year.

Riga Central Market

One of Europe's largest and best markets. Stroll around and try the local snacks and authentic dishes for a true experience of Latvian cuisine.

Jurmala

Riga's main beach, stretching to almost 25km of golden sand. Head here in the summer months for a lively atmosphere. A train runs often, and it only takes 30 minutes.

How to Get to Riga...

What Airport to Fly to...

Riga International Airport.

Most major airports in the UK offer flights to Riga but always check early to avoid any complications or disappointment.

How Long is the Flight from the UK?

It can take 2.5-3 hours to fly to Riga International Airport from the UK, depending on where you fly from.

Not far to go for some of Europe's cheapest beers and the best nightlife.

Getting from the Airport to Riga...

The city centre is just 11km from Riga International Airport, so it will take around 40 minutes to get there.

Buses run often and take about 40 minutes - it's also cheap at around €2 per ticket.

Taxis are another great choice. It will take around 20 minutes and cost around €22 (which isn't much when split between a few of you).

For the easiest mode of transport, though, add a private airport transfer to your Riga enquiry and we'll add it to your quote - simply tick the box at the bottom of the form.

Tips On Getting Around Riga

Walking - Many of the sights are within walking distance, but for locations outside of the city centre, consider another method.

Tram - Tickets are €1.15, so getting around on one of these is an absolute steal.

Bus - Buses are another reliable method of transport, running until 23:30 and are easily affordable.

Taxi - RedCab and Baltic Taxi are reputable taxi firms, but you can always ask your accommodation for numbers. Pay close attention to tariffs before getting in a taxi, as there is no maximum tariff per kilometre.

Common Riga FAQs

Is Riga good for stags?

Riga boasts top-tier nightlife and great activities which you can't find anywhere else in Europe. It has all the elements needed for a monumental stag send-off, so if the groom wants something unique, then Riga should be your choice.

Does Riga have good nightlife?

Riga's nightlife is one of the best in Europe and suits everyone. From the bustling bars, packed nightclubs, live music, and busy dance floors to refined and sophisticated drinking spots.

Is Riga a cheap city?

The beauty of Riga is the prices. You can grab a pint in the Latvian capital for as little as €2 but prices may rise in the touristy areas (however, these prices are still better than the UK's!).

What is Riga's signature drink?

Latvia's national drink, Riga's Black Balsam, is an herbal liqueur that has won hundreds of awards for its quality and flavour. Take a sip and you'll feel the burn of its 45% alcoholic content warming you up for the entire night!

What is the dress code for Riga nightlife?

The dress code in Riga nightlife is quite casual. While you won't get far in joggers, football tops, or track jackets, you'll find that many clubs aren't too strict. Your standard trousers and t-shirt combo are widely accepted.

Is Riga walkable?

You can easily stroll from tourist attraction to bar while soaking up the city's lively and unique culture while also saving some cash.

Tom Probert
Written by Tom Probert Marketing & Content Executive
Created: 02/05/2024Updated: 02/05/2024
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