Bufete 9 Grādi (Cafe 9 degrees) is everybody’s favorite secret bar, however it might not be the place where you want your former school teacher or your ex to spot you. It has a certain reputation in Riga, and an atmosphere that can make you look desperate for your daily dose of booze. The fact that staff members are protected behind metal bars from the rest of the crowd clearly points out the possible scenarios.
The drink &food prices attract people from all different walks of life. I mainly observe the older men in their 50s running in and out for a shot of fuel, like in a gas station. Curious tourists come & try the hangover soup served in plastic bowls; groups of students come in between lectures to kill time and warm up; loners, hardcore alcoholics, single mothers, office workers, professors and working class people – I’ve seen them all during these years. What happens in 9 degrees, stays in 9 degrees.
The interior has changed over time, except for the metal bars. At first there were no chairs, apparently to keep the experience shorter (if you can’t stand, you fall and/or leave). Now you can choose either to stand or sit at the table. Interior details like old radios and wooden counters decorate the corners that exhibit the cafes unpretentious attitude.
It has “the simplest, the cheapest, the most humane” writings on the wall and on the window, and they say it all! “Cheap drinks & simple drunk’s food are the basic human rights!”