With the sun out and the long, dark winter banished once again, Estonia’s long summer days really bring out the best in Tallinn’s nightlife. This is the time of year when people go outside and with a host of clubs and bars featuring excellent outdoor facilities, this little guide should help you get the best out of your holiday stay.
Varblane – Club Privé
Club Privé is none for being one of the trendiest nightspots in Tallinn. Focusing on some of the more upmarket forms of dance music (don’t expect cheap 80’s nights here) the club tends to attract a cool and sophisticated crowd all year round.
However, the summer sees the opening of Varblane, Club Privé’s outside bar. Excellently located overlooking Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square), the buzzing atmosphere continues throughout the night fuelled by a vast amount of shots and cocktails and the added bonus of hookah.
With sun loungers added to the mix and a number of DJ’s putting down some hip tracks, Varblane provides a fantastic place from which to gather, chat and enjoy the summer evenings from a marvellous vantage point that looks over one of the busiest parts of the city.
Harju 6, Tallinn
Hidden away in the harbour and somewhat ignored by the tourist crowd as a result, Arena 3 is one super club that manages to live up to the name. With a number of DJ’s and live acts on show, a bumping atmosphere and affordable bar prices, it’s a club that is sometimes cruelly ignored.
While most of the action goes on inside the club, the rooftop sees one of the finest summer venues in the city. With DJ’s and bands throughout the summer and a wonderful view of the Old Town, it really is one of Tallinn’s better kept secrets. Well worth leaving the city centre to experience.
Sadama 6, Tallinn,
One of the busiest bars in town, Hell Hunt has managed to be a favourite for tourists and locals alike with its decent menu and vast beer list. As a result, it’s often one of the most difficult places in town to find a seat.
Thankfully, during the summer, Hell Hunt grows, taking over the small square outside its front door. A small marquee is erected; chairs and tables put out and an ever welcoming and efficient team of waitresses appear to meet your every need with some of the fastest table service in the city.
It’s location really does give it an advantage in the summer for not only does it provide an excellent place to relax in the shade with a cool beer in hand, but the pure amount of activity taking place on Pikk should keep you entertained throughout the evening. A perfect place to people watch.
Unless you’re staying there, this bar at the top of the Radisson Blu Hotel may be criminally ignored. This is a shame for what it has to offer is truly stunning.
Situated on the 24th floor, 90 metres above the street, Lounge 24 is a restaurant, café and bar all in one. With a good range of cocktails and some fine food on offer, it’s enough of a draw in itself. However, when the rooftop terrace is open, it really becomes a must visit. With views that look out over the city, it’s possible to see everything in the city from the airport to Kristiine Shopping Centre.
This includes all the sights of the Old Town and the goings on at the harbour. An excellent way to get a birds-eye view of the city in some delightful surroundings.
Ravala Puiestee 3