A notice posted on the internet alerts them to the extortionate price of alcohol in some less than salubrious bars, and tells how some tourists have been assaulted, threatened or forcibly taken to cash machines to withdraw money by local heavies who force them pay a bill of hundreds of pounds for a simple ‘cocktail’.
Sitting next to the Dyson party at Donegan’s is another stag group.
Pub crawls in the capital are not the only form of stag party.
More adventurous lads pay huge sums for pool parties in private mountain houses (with more Latvian lovelies on hand to cater for their every whim), shooting trips where the young men fire Kalashnikovs, and sailing trips.
It operates round the clock and as its chief, Andrejs Aronovs, told me, the easy availability of cheap flights to countries in Eastern Europe such as Latvia means these former Communist cities have become very popular for pre-marriage booze trips.
He said the police set up the special force, with multi-lingual officers, after drunk tourists were found causing breaches of the peace, vandalising property and urinating on the city’s Freedom Monument, which honours soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence early last century.