the first irish pub in baltics
With over 20 years of experience Paddy is THE Irish pub in Riga, it has outlived almost all businesses on Grēcinieku street(the Sinners Street) since it opened it’s doors to the thirsty Rigans and the rare tourist in mid-nineties. Started by a Latvian-Aussie Valdis and his wife Julija(pub is named after her grandfather) it is officially the oldest Irish themed pub in Baltics doing what an Irish pub is supposed to do – live sports, Guinness and providing shelter to home-sick British Isle inhabitants. Well they also do traditional Irish and Latvian food, but we hear the best is the curry. Beer and cider list is quite extensive, with over 50 various types of local and imported brews.
A place this old(and by Latvian standards it’s as old as they get, considering ban on privately owned businesses during the soviet days) has seen a lot, all from Shane MacGowan on a tour in Riga to 90s business-men from Scandinavia hanging out around a pint simple because there wouldn’t be many other places to go out as a foreigner back then in Riga. Now surrounded by karaoke bars, hotels, investment banks and fancy restaurants it has become one of the most organic things on the street, sort of like it has always been there.