Although snow was forecast for Easter this year, we’re hoping that winter will finally relinquish its icy grip on Riga by the time you read these lines. Local restaurateurs and publicans seem to be optimistic as many were already building extensive summer terraces on Old Riga’s squares and walkways as we went to press. They know more than most that as soon as the arctic winds subside and the first rays of proper sunshine bathe the city in their warm embrace that locals will abandon their winter hibernation holes looking for a place to sip some beers and soak up some desperately missed vitamin D. If you’re more concerned about the quality of the brew than the location where you drink it, then take a look at our Craft Beer Crawl, but if you prefer your nightlife with a brass section or an electric guitar, then check out our live music feature. For more highbrow pursuits click on our Sightseeing chapter or What's On discover all of the hottest art exhibitions in town. If, however, you’d like to see what else Latvia has to offer beyond the confines of the capital, then consider a road trip to the nation’s third largest city – Liepāja – for medieval churches, beautiful beaches and a haunted military prison that’s just begging to be explored. Whatever your pleasure, Riga In Your Pocket has it covered this spring. Don't forget to download our free In Your Pocket City Essentials app.

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