Riga is situated in the north of Europe on the shores of the Baltic Sea and has a population of 700,000 inhabitants with a further 5 million visiting each year. Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Baltic States’, Riga’s historical city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is made up of winding, cobbled lanes and the largest showing of art-nouveau architecture in Europe. Its artistic qualities sees comparisons to Paris drawn, however thankfully similarities cannot be made regarding their prices. A Riga stag do must be considered a steal with pints of beer starting from as low as £2. Not only is it beautiful and cheap but it is also compact and easy to get around, making it the perfect destination for a stag do or weekend away with the lads.
The cost of getting to the Latvian capital is also very friendly to the bank balance. Flight time is 2 hours 30 minutes from London Stansted and direct flights start from as little as £66 return with Ryanair. Other airlines such as Wizz Air and Air Baltic also offer budget prices, flying from Luton and Gatwick respectively.
The seasons in Riga are full of contrast. Whilst the heat can rise to 30°C in the Summer, the Latvian winter can see temperatures as low as -25°C. Similarly to its contrasting seasons, Riga’s local beer selection is also varied and no two brands taste the same. With prices starting from as low as £2 a pint, there really is no reason for you not to sample them all! Local favourites include Lāčplēsis and Bauskas tumšais. Riga was named the 2014 European capital of culture and one of Latvia’s best cultural events is its beer festival, held in Riga at the end of May. Here you can choose from over 165 different types of beers and sample the local cuisine such as sweet-and-sour bread, caraway and herring with cottage cheese.
The architecture in Riga is amazing and the city possesses more than 750 buildings that are graced by features such as praying goddesses and terrifying gargoyles. Thankfully the local women are more reminiscent of the former than the later!! Here at Pissup we offer a range of packages that enable you to get up and personal with the local fillies. If you want to incorporate a bit of fun then our Stag Kidnap package combines a staged abduction of the stag along with a striptease. If you prefer handguns to hijackings, then we will take you to the local shooting range where you can fire shots from revolvers, pistols and shotguns! Alternatively we will take you to the local go-karting track where you can put the pedal to the metal in a battle to be your group’s leading speed demon.
The Old Town boasts several lively areas such as Livu Square which is lined with al fresco bars in the Summer. If you want to admire the city from a bird’s eye view then the Skyline Bar on the 28th floor of the Radisson Blu hotel enables you to fully appreciate the city’s impressive architecture. Studio 69 is a chic nightclub that has three floors and is located in the city centre. Alternatively, if you are after something a bit larger, then La Rocca Revolution is Latvia’s largest nightclub and hosts a younger crowd.