I will tell you that the city of Riga is a city in shock. A small decent town with a troubled past history & a potential future identity crisis. Until recently this city was a real "find" on the travelers' itinerary, since the advent of the cheap airlines any asshole can make it here... & they do!!
Strip clubs, casinos, and sleazy operations have begun to make a reputation that attracts the worst of what the west can offer. This city has become a Mecca for the hordes of obnoxious, ignorant, and ill-tempered stag party groups from... you name it... To the dismay of the local population, blind eyes of the powers-that-be have allowed the slimy fucks from the gutter of society to make a three ring circus out of a city that has the potential to be the Cirque du Soleil... Friday & Saturday nights have now become a parade of men in identical shirts, who digress from intolerable to absolute pollution... They shit on this city & half the time end up paying for it in cruel & unexpected ways...
- MR. GORDONSKY'S RIGA CITY SPY MAP
Having experienced a few stag parties in Wroclaw, Krakow, Tallin, and now Riga, I can tell you that Eastern Europe cities have every right to complain about the hordes of dumbasses which invade their town every weekend. Time was, meeting Brits while traveling around Europe was a real pleasure. Few people are as open-minded and fun to be around as British tourists. Unfortunately, the proliferation of no-frills airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet has made the aforementioned cities and others such as Bratislava, Prague, Budapest, and Vilnius, a cheap option for a weekend of boozing when the sterling pound fetches such a good exchange rate. Which means that, nowadays, the majority of Brits you meet in Eastern Europe are a bunch of uncouth and vulgar idiots who are piss-drunk by 7:00pm. It doesn't take a fertile imagination to picture what they look and act like by 2:00am. . .
The hostel owner took a few of us out last night, and I was able to chat with a few locals and some French expats in Belle Epoque and Orange Bar, two of Riga's most popular bars. And I can tell you that Brits are reviled here with a passion that is almost fanatical. Not far behind are the German and Italian tourists, who travel to Riga for the sex tourism.
Too bad those stag parties are giving British tourists such a bad name. . .