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"Bars to avoid" Riga Warnings Or Dangers Tip by sourbugger

Riga Warnings and Dangers: 43 reviews and 35 photos

Organised crime is rife amongst a certain segment of Riga's nightlife industry. Some places are seen as fair, if expensive. Others are straigtforward gangster hell holes with payoffs to the local police. Paying 30-50 lats for one drink is the least of you worries. One recent account said a man was charged 8000 lats for four bottles of Champayne. Buying a drink for an 'entertainer' is the most likley way the price list can be inflated.

If you have to visit such a place then a) leave credit cards hidden at the hotel b) always ask the price of a drink before you buy c) never go into a 'private room'. The private room scam is the worst. It works like this - the private room will have a bottle of champayne opened before you enter - that way they can legitimaely say it is part of the deal for a private room and charge accordingly (perhaps up to 1000 or more lat).

This is current list of bars to be avoided that is given to American diplomats :

“Foxy Lounge”

“Roxy Klub”

“Lord’s Pub”



“DD Bars”


“Doll House”

“Bar Fly”

“Zephry Bar”

“Mademoiselle Cigar Club”

“Nobu Sushi”

The problem is that new places open, names change or new owners move in !

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  • Written Jan 17, 2009
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