I spent roughly 10 days in the Baltics during the summer on a scouting trip. The Baltic states are comprised of three countries: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. These countries countries are located in northern Europe on the east coast of the Baltic Sea.
All three Baltic countries are members of the European Union and the Euro is the official currency. Culturally and linguistically, Latvia and Lithuania are closely related. Estonia, however, has a heavy Finnish influence and the Estonian language reflects this influence. Russian is spoken in all three countries. All three countries were occupied by the Soviet Union and were among the first countries to gain their independence in 1990.
Riga Airport is the biggest hub in the Baltics. Riga is well connected to other major cities in Europe and has direct fights to New York. Arriving in Riga Airport, it should take you about 10-15 minutes to reach the city center. Uber is not available in Riga; however it is in Lithuania and Estonia. A taxi from the airport to Old Town Riga should cost about 12 Euros.
The three countries are also well connected by buses. It will take roughly 4 hours from Vilnius to Riga and another 4 hours from Riga to Tallinn. Buses have air conditioning and Wifi. Euro Lines is a popular company. The bus from Vilnius to Riga will cost between 16-18 Euros. Eco Lines often has more competitive fares.
Here is breakdown my impressions of each country during my scouting trip in the summer:
Vilnius is the capital and largest city in Lithuania with a population of about 540,000. The Old Town is charming and lined with cafes and shops. However, there was very little talent walking Old Town during my stay. Most of the people were elderly tourists visiting the multitude of churches in Vilnius. Outside Old Town, Vilnius has a Soviet feel with dilapidated building, lacking charm and warmth.
Vilnius street is the place to be in Vilnius. It has some upscale bars, cafes and clubs and seems to be the “in place”.
I had high expectations for Vilnius as I have read many reports praising the beauty of the local women. I was disappointed upon my arrival and cut my stay short (a rare experience for me). The lack of talent could have been contributed to the summer season, however, I found the local women to be heavier and influenced by hipster culture. It is also one of the only cities I have seen where the women in their 30s were more attractive than the younger women. This indicates that Vilnius is a city in decline and was much better a decade ago.
Daygame was a bust due to lack of targets. The most attractive girls seemed to be working the cafes like the newly opened Hooters. Mid-week the bars were rather dead. According to a reliable source, nightlife picks up when University is in session. The following clubs are recommended:
- Pabo Latino
Hotel Apia is a great place to stay with solid logistics.
Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city in the Baltics, with a population of 640,000. Riga has a reputation for three elements:
- Beautiful women
- Stag parties
- Scam girls
I didn’t see any of the three elements in multitude. British stags parties were at a minimum and did not affect the vibe. We ran into a few girls who tried to lure us into bars with high cocktail prices, but they would be very obvious for a well traveled man. Due to the summer season, we did not see many high quality girls, but I saw enough that I suspect the volume of hot women will be high in the Fall and Spring.
The people of Riga are cold and aloof. This is my biggest criticism of Riga. The service in cafes is horrendous, absent of any gratitude for patronage and even common politeness. The personalities of the women are bland and dull, however, they do open easy during the day and number closing is surprisingly doable. I recommend Stockman Mall and Galatica Mall, both in Old Town for solid post-up venues of Daygame.
The nightlife is dead on the weekdays, but it heats up on Friday and Saturday nights in Old Town. This is the best time to do some damage.
The Radisson Hotel has prime logistics, a gym, and a great rooftop bar with a view if the city.
Tallin is the sweet spot for the Baltics and the only city I would consider returning to. The Old Town is charming and warm. It has perfect logistics to run both Daygame and Nightgame. The women have the best combination of looks, personality and vibe in the Baltics. The sweet spot is to target Finnish girls who come for a weekend visit to party and hookup.
The Radisson Hotel is in a perfect location and has a great bar and gym.
Paru is a summer holiday spot in Estonia. With a population of only 40,000 people, it is a quiet, beautiful seaside resort town. During the summer months, there are several music festivals that take place. Parnu becomes a hot spot for Estonians and Finnish looking to party. The girls are in a festive mood and it can be a great place to score at the nightclubs packed with drunk girls. Parnu is easily reached by Tallinn and Riga via a few hours by bus. Parnu was one of the highlights of my Baltic adventure.
My short scouting trip to the Baltics was not one of my best adventures. Vilnius and Riga are dull, unfriendly cities. Better talent can be found in Ukraine and Russia. If you are keen on visiting this region, I highly recommend basing in Tallinn and taking a side trip to Parnu for one of the just festivals.