I finally made it to Riga and what a beautiful city with 800 year old Gothic churches, medieval buildings in the Old Town and exquisite Art Nouveau buildings. After travelling on the bus for four hours from Tallinn, Estonia to Riga, Latvia, I was in need of some Depeche Mode! I was staying in Riga for two days where the main priority was to visit the Depeche Mode Bar https://www.facebook.com/dmbarriga which was only a 10 minute walk from my hotel situated in the Old Town.
Having to wait all day until the bar opened at 6.00 pm was excruciating to say the least! I had previously navigated on a map the quickest route to the bar whilst also dodging the hordes of tourist standing around looking lost. Once arriving at the bar, I just had to take a photo while listening to the thumping beat of Depeche Mode drifting out through the window.
Walking through the front door, down the stairs into the cellar bar, I was greeted with the recognisable red and black décor, Violator roses scattered on the back wall, TV screens playing continuous Depeche Mode videos and memorabilia was strategically placed throughout the bar. The Delta Machine symbols illuminated the bar with red lighting which was very cool and of course there was a small range of DM Bar merchandise for sale.
The most noticeable memorabilia when entering the bar was the large yellow car door with a “U” painted on it. In Depeche Mode’s video “Useless” which is from their 1997 album Ultra, Dave Gahan, Martin L Gore and Andy Fletcher are driving a yellow car which has a large “U” on the side of it; “U” being for Ultra. By the way, this is one of my favourite songs. Aren’t they all, I hear you saying! If you want to check out the awesome video click here: http://archives.depechemode.com/video/music_videos/47_useless.html
Another nice touch were the over sized light bulbs scattered around the bar. These light bulbs featured throughout Depeche Mode’s video “In Your Room” from their 1993 album “Songs of Faith and Devotion”. If you want to see the video, check it out here: http://archives.depechemode.com/video/music_videos/42_in_your_room.html
Visitors to the bar are encouraged to write something meaningful to them about Depeche Mode on one of the walls closest to the bar. Of course I had to write a little something special and leave my mark in one of the coolest bars ever!
The DM Bar was opened early 2014 and is owned by a local guy who was very friendly and a massive Depeche Mode fan. I would recommend anyone who is a Depeche Mode fan to check this bar out. The drinks are reasonably priced; they serve snacks (hot chips / wedges), great music (of course!) and it’s just a cool little place to hang out for a few hours.