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Entertainment & Nightlife in Lithuania
 
 
 

General

Lithuania has a wide variety of entertainment, from cafés and bars through to amusement parks and cruises. Lithuanians love the outdoors with many open-air festivals, national parks and canoeing. Most casinos are situated in the capital – Vilnius.

Cinemas can be found in all towns. Lithuanian theatres, most of which are concentrated in the capital, are also renowned. The Jaunimo teatras (www.jaunimoteatras.lt) in Vilnius are famous throughout the country.

There are restaurants with live music as well as numerous discos and nightclubs with variety shows in the larger towns. Having said that, it's hard to tell the difference between a café and a restaurant in Lithuania, especially when you consider that most of them want to be bars and/or nightclubs as well, and, in most cases, at the same time. Of course, it all gets even more confounding once you start drinking.

There are three jazz festivals, which take place every year, in the months of April, June and September, in three different cities. The April Jazz festival is called Kaunas Jazz; this is the youngest festival that takes place in the country and it features the most powerful music. The June festival lasts five days. The audience of the June festival is always mainly older teenagers. The September Festival is aimed at adults. Usually five different jazz bands play during one big concert.

Kaunas has its own Musical Theatre and opera and ballet are performed in the city at the Vilnius Opera Theatre. Puppet shows are regularly staged for children in Vilnius and Kaunas streets.

Vilnius

Vilnius’ large student population help fuel an eclectic and buzzing nightlife scene when they are in town. In summer, tables burst out everywhere as the scene becomes positively Mediterranean, while in winter the bitter cold and snow drive people inside to the cosy pubs. The SkyBar at the Reval Hotel Lietuva (Konstitucijos 20), offers the best views of any bar in town on the 22nd floor of the hotel. Old expatriate favourite, The Pub (Dominikonu 9), is still going strong as the city’s nightlife multiplies.

Fun nightspots include Paparazzi, Totoriu 3, with its great cocktails, and Prospekto (Gedimino 2), a large and popular place. Nearby Avilys (Gedimino 5), brews its own excellent beer; their honey beer is divine. Brodvejus (Mesiniu 4), is a sweatily enjoyable nightclub/live music venue in the old town, while the huge Galaxy (Konstitucijos 26), can hold over a 1,000 techno devotees.

Pablo Latino (Traky 2/3), is a fun club where the Latin rhythms invite everyone to join the party. Right in the centre of the old town, the Helios Complex (Didzioji 28), has a nightclub along with other attractions such as a steak house and sushi bar; a firm favourite with the local ’beautiful people’.

Nightlife in Vilnius is very safe. Security at most venues is very good and ruffians will be evicted at the slightest sign of trouble. Don't push your luck. Also, don't leave your valuables (handbag, mobile phone, partner) lying around, don't bumble around in dark alleys and courtyards.

 
 


 



 


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