Now why did we choose Riga again?
Our MD chose Riga for his stag weekend
The fact that you’re reading this means Riga must be on your shortlist of places to take the boys, and for that alone we salute you. Now you’ve come this far, don’t you dare bottle it and settle for somewhere in the UK! Put simply, Riga is the dog’s Baltics. It’s an authentic East European gem with a persuasive penchant for partying, and it’s the perfect city for a sensational stag weekend abroad.
Our own Managing Director and founder, Matt, had the good sense to pick out Riga for his own stag celebrations several years ago. “Where the hell is Riga?” his mates thought at the time. One swashbuckling weekend of self-abuse later, however, and they were in no doubt. Matt’s event is one of over 1,000 successful Baltic benders we’ve put together since helping to pioneer this prize location at the turn of the millennium, reflecting the rich depth of the Latvian capital’s nightlife as well as its accommodating prices, dazzlingly sexy women and enduring word-of-mouth reputation.
As with any former corner of Russia, Riga does need to be approached with a degree of care and common sense. In 2005, for example, there were several unlicensed and extremely dodgy strip clubs threatening to give Riga’s tourism a bad name. Fortunately, these undesirable establishments were closed in 2008-09 when Riga got a new Mayor as part of a national strategy to drive more responsible tourism. The added bonus of this for all of our groups was that, almost overnight, prices of hotels, drinks, food and lap dances – the classic quartet on any stag checklist – went down by over 30%, leading to cheaper packages, more choice and even better customer feedback. Since this PR facelift, Riga has gone from strength to strength, cementing its position as our biggest selling Eastern European stag location and gaining a whole new wave of converts into the bargain.
- Number 1 selling stag location between 2007-2013
- Direct flights from Stansted, Luton, Manchester, Gatwick, Leeds, Glasgow & More
- Ground packages from £69
- Activities include Shooting Plus, Bobsleigh, Party Beer Bike, Strip Dinner and Medieval Banquet
Most of your weekend will be concentrated in Riga’s partly-cobbled Old Town, known as Vecriga. The city does not have the colossal number of hotels and apartments as a London or a Barcelona has, but what we offer there is excellent quality whilst being central, stag-friendly and of superb value. LNOF predominantly deal in 3-star hotels, but we also have a few 4-star hotels on our books too. Our accommodation packages all include free airport transfers as well as guided bar crawls and club entry. The duration from airport to central Riga is about 30 minutes, though for clients who get picked up by our Limousines or customised Party Bus – complete with plasma screens, sound system, dancefloor, champagne and strippers – we spin the journey out for much longer for pretty obvious reasons.
And now we have to mention the women in Riga. We must. It would be morally wrong of us not to in fact. Not only is the average female in Latvia’s capital city stunning beyond description, they virtually all are! Wear something drool-resistant for at the last the first few hours and prepare for your eyes to be out on stalks. Like the result of some exceptional high-class breeding programme, Riga’s women are undeniably a key factor in why so many stag parties fall in love with the destination before they’ve even unpacked. But as well as being beautiful, Riga girls speak perfect English. This does not mean you won’t score big brownie points by whipping out your (steady now) three basic Latvian phrases however, so polish up on your “Ludzu” (Please – pronounced ‘loo-dzu’) and your “Paldies” (Thanks – pronounced ‘puhl-day-es’) and see the reaction you get when you do!
Awesome weekend! Best stag location visited by far!"
As well as its legendary nightlife, the menu of organised events and activities through the day and early evening – be it the 70 km per hour Olympic bobsleigh run, trundling around town on the Beer Bike, sampling the famous Medieval Banquet or some AK47 and Shotgun shooting – is proven and popular, allowing you to strike exactly the right balance between boozing and bonding in a city that, although bigger than its Baltic counterparts, still retains a very personal and compact feel. From the ceremonial guards at the Freedom Monument to the breathless beats of Club Essential, Riga is the very reason stag dos were invented.
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