Riga’s had a reputation for nightlife since the 1990s when cocktails meant cheap screwdrivers and nightclubs of all genres didn’t bother closing as long as people were willing to drink and dance. Much has changed since that golden age and although prices in Old Riga have risen dramatically in recent years, a pint or a mixed is never far away and is most likely a bargain for citizens of most wealthy nations. Fortunately, the selection of brews and booze has improved beyond recognition, not to mention the diversity of the venues. There are still great places to go in the old town, but if you’d like to see where locals eat, drink and dance then we suggest you take tram No.11 from Kr.Barona iela to the Tallinas iela stop and the Briāna iela nightlife district where a former brick brewery and a forlorn mansion support a wide array of nightlife options for all tastes. Labietis serves up Latvian craft brews and a unique ambience that’s hard to beat every day of the week. At the weekend its next-door neighbour De Flou specialises in hip hop music, while One One located just opposite hosts late-night parties featuring local and international DJs. On the other side of the building you’ll find Piens, which is a hip sofa bar and club serving food and drinks and Nemiers, a hard rock bar that’s home to local live acts and no-holds-barred drinking sessions. Just around the corner you’ll find Delisnack Riga, which is like an alternative 24-hour diner staffed by tattooed youngsters. Keep going and you’ll run into the Riga embassy of the Valmiermuiža brewery that specialises in great beers from the Vidzeme region as well as refined Latvian food. However, if you need a hit of 21st-century globalisation then try Bento, an Asian-style eatery with sushi, Caesar salads and pop music. Finally, the crumbling Von Stritzky’s Villa hosts parties and special events throughout the year.