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Nowhere else in Riga can mix it quite like the Backpackers - a combination of pub and hostel that throws together the cosmopolitan artistic locals, young and old, with tourists that often pack the place out. The result of such a mix is invariably a night to remember. Tuesday is billed officially as live music night, but to be honest it's the kind of place that inspires spontaneous vocal and guitar renditions just about any time of day or night. Of course, it's a huge bonus to know that the bar is also the reception for your accommodation, and that you need only slip behind the faux bookcases and up the stairs when you're ready to take a break. On the other hand, you are more than likely to meet people with so many interesting tales that your carefully reserved bed may never get slept in at all.
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