We should begin by saying that Vilnius pales in comparison to both Riga and Tallinn when comparing night life. It’s not known for being a party city like Riga is. That being said, it is still worth a night out.
Dinner: I’d probably start my night out at Zoe’s Bar and Grill. It’s located in the small plaza just across from the Cathedral next to the Amberton Hotel. They’ve got a great menu and you can start with drinks here too.
Cocaiin: This is your standard club with lots of young people dancing and drinking. It seems to the cover changes based on the night and who you are with. It always helps to have a woman in your party from my experience. I deviate from my standard practice of ending my night at a club like this because Cocaiin is a bit outside of the Old Town area in Vilnius. It is closer to the Cathedral on Gedimino.
Paparazzi: As you work your way back towards Old Town Paparazzi is your next stop. It makes my list here because I’ve had some good times but it’s really only worthy of a quick stop. It’s normally got a decent crowd going but the drinks may cost a bit more here than other places.
Mojitos: Continuing on towards Old Town Mojito’s is about 200m down the street from the last spot. Friday and Saturday nights this place is crazy busy. It comes alive as a club those nights and it is packed wall to wall. I once asked them what time they close and they just said when everyone leaves. If you do wander in here on a weeknight it’s very likely you’ll be the only one. I dont mind that though as you have the bartenders to yourself and can get their opinions on other places.
Piano Man Bar: Not directly on the way to Old Town but kinda sorta on the way. Think of the Howl at the Moon franchise in America and you’ve got something similar here. Not quite as raucous but still a fun time. Shouldn’t have a hard time getting some real estate even on a weekend.
Helios: This is where I’d likely end my evening but you could substitute either of the next two clubs for this one. Helios is in the basement area of a building that has multiple other venues on the upper levels. One bad thing here is the guys trying to convince you to enter the strip club co-located in the same building. Standard practice for me though is to avoid those places as they are a drain on resources
Pabo Latino: Featuring three halls and two bars of sheer class, Pabo Latino is an oasis of Latin culture in a country where human warmth is far from overwhelming. A tough but fair door policy keeps the low life out, meaning what you get inside is a well behaved bunch of good-looking people out for a fun evening in pleasant albeit sometimes frenetic surroundings. The music is both live and courtesy of DJs, the cocktail menu is massive and if you don’t know how to dance Latin style, they even organize lessons for anyone willing to give it a go.
Gravity: The city’s hottest dance club, expect a loud, proud, beautiful crowd of young trendies queuing up to shake their tails from Thursday to Sunday. It’s pretty pricey for Lithuania but you’re paying for quality: a London-chic interior of stylish leather and carpeting, colorful lighting, and powerful drinks expertly poured by some rather handsome barmen. Name international DJs are known to appear, though the cool cats of Vilnius are too bothered with their own credibility to care that much about outsiders.
Feel free to let me know what you think or if I missed a place in the comments!