Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, boasts a very charming and well preserved Old Town dating back to the High Middle Ages. Most of the bars and drinking establishments are located in the historical center, but in recent years, the district of Kalamaja has also begun to grow in popularity. Read on to discover some os the best places to enjoy drinks in Tallinn.
Bar, Restaurant, Gastropub, European, Pub Grub, $$$
Depeche Mode Baar | Courtesy of DM Baar
A modern bar that mixes the familiar, relaxed British pub experience with sleek contemporary design, this is the place to come if you are looking for a casual drink. Clayhills serves an excellent selection of local mainstream beers and liqueurs and some very tasty salmon dishes. The pub is ideally located on the side of the Town square in the historic old quarter.
Shortened to DM Bar, this establishment is a mainstay of Tallinn’s nightlife. Opened as a tribute bar to the English electronic band, the bar serves an extensive selection of drinks and, of course, non-stop Depeche Mode. Even for those who aren’t (yet) DM fans the charming bar still makes for a great evening.
A restaurant-cafe during daytime and a relaxed bar at night, Must Puudel (The Black Poodle) amps up the Soviet era kitsch. The interior evokes 70’s Estonia but there’s an excellent selection of contemporary drinks and food. Must Puudel has an indoor area and a small inner courtyard and at night time you’ll often find live music, DJ’s and a busy dance floor.
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NYC Piano Bar | Courtesy of NYC Piano Bar
A ‘members only’ bar for years, Nokuhas now opened its doors to the public. The establishment was originally opened as catering solution for Tallinn’s cultural enterprises, with many theaters, studios and art centers nearby. The bar, which has retained a bohemian vibe, is notoriously difficult to find: look for door number five on Pikk street and head upstairs. There are no signs but once inside you are bound to meet some very interesting locals.
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A go-to cocktail bar located in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town, this is the place to go when looking for some good, old-fashioned charm. As the name suggests, you can expect live piano music on most nights, weekly special performances by international jazz artists and overall, a very classy experience. The cocktails on offer are reasonably priced and the bar also offers great food and phenomenal cheesecake. So if you are looking for an upscale dining experience with cocktails and good live music, be sure to check out NYC Piano Bar.
If it is wine you are after in Old Town, then Paar Veini is the place to head for. Very affordable and located right in the center of the city, the atmosphere is relaxed and the bar is popular with trendy young Talliners. Paar Veini hosts live music most nights and the staff are always ready to help you navigate their wine menu.
F-Hoone is an energetic restaurant-cum-bar-cum-art space. It’s located outside of the city center, right in the middle of the up and coming Kalamaja district. The venue is part of Telliskivi Creative City, a project lead by young entrepreneurs to bring cutting edge food, drinks and design to the neighborhood. Built into a spectacular fin-de-siecle industrial warehouse, F-Hoone offers a full dinner menu, wide selection of drinks and regular art performances and exhibitions.
Tops offers an alternative to the humdrum of the city center. The bar is styled along the lines of retro chic, with a mishmash of eclectic ornaments. Tops serves a good selection of drinks and snacks .