The Top 8 Local Pubs in Tartu, Estonia

NAIIV | Courtesy of mirjamrr/Instagram
Kasparas Asmonaitis

The second biggest city in Estonia, Tartu, is known as the intellectual center of the country. Plus, with so many young people in Tartu, you can be sure that the party never stops, especially in the best local pubs!

1. Genialistide Klubi

Bar, Pub, European, Beer, Pub Grub

Genialistide Klubi is one of the most popular and unique places to hang out in Tartu with many different events happening every day. From jazz to theater to cinema to wild parties, you can find it all in Genialistide Klubi. Make sure to visit this pub/club and get the best of Estonian hipster culture.


Bar, Pub, European, Beer

NAIIV is a tight bar, outside of the main party street. If you enjoy spending time in a cozy atmosphere, surrounded by locals and drinking Estonian craft beer, look no further than NAIIV. There are also some events, such as pub quiz nights!

3. Zavood

Bar, European, Beer

Zavood is the most colorful bar in Tartu; it has a bohemian atmosphere and also a wonderful staff. Crazy stuff happens in Zavood, so if you want to have an unforgettable night, drinking beer with local students and professors, you know where to go!

4. Illegaard

Bar, Pub, European, Beer, Pub Grub

Illegaard is your typical pub – local people, cheap beer, juicy burgers and live sports on the big screens. This pub is one of the oldest in Tartu, so you can be sure to experience what it is like to party in Estonia like a local.

5. Trepp

Bar, Pub, European, Beer

Trepp is the best shot bar in Tartu with a wide variety of craziest shots, including local favorites “Liquid Marijuana” and “Cherry Kiss.” The atmosphere in Trepp is intimate, and prices are low, so you can expect to meet a lot of local people who come here to have some fun!

6. Meat Market Cocktail Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, Steakhouse

Meat Market Cocktail Bar is the place to get the best cocktails in Tartu and enjoy your evening surround by lively and friendly locals. The staff is professional, and chefs make the most delicious treats and appetizers.

7. Underground

Bar, European, Beer

Underground is all about alternative culture, so if you are a fan of loud hard-rock music, you must come here and meet all the crazy locals who enjoy a good party and tasty music! The prices are pretty fair, and there are a lot of different beers to choose from, and the staff is super-friendly!

8. J. R. Schramm'i Keller

Bar, European, Steakhouse

J. R. Schramm’i Keller pub is known for a wide selection of beers, great prices, tremendous atmosphere and a friendly staff. There are over 200 different beers at J. R. Schramm’i Keller, so prepare for more than just one drink!

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