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Nightlife in Tallinn
Heading out to party on a Friday night in Tallinn? You’re in luck, as there’s plenty happening around town. Depending on your choice of music and people, finding the right venue or the right party can be a challenge, as parties tend to go from place-to-place, and even nightclubs believe in attracting different people on different nights.
However Tallinn also has a very refreshing underground dance scene, with new bars and clubs popping up here and there. Popping up is the most appropriate term, as many of them do operate as pop-ups. Each party season brings new players to the table, but not all of them make it to the next level. Still, some venues have found a solid footing and form a list of constant locations serving good music to a variety of tastes. In the Old Town one may always find something intriguing happening at Kultuuriklubi Kelm on Vene street, be it slam poetry, alternative theatre, a punk rave, or just a fun night out with students from all over the world. A few steps away on Uus street, there’s a brand-new venue called NagaNaga, with several smaller chill-out rooms and a dancefloor in the main room. A similar venue is Must Puudel on Müürivahe, which has been around for a respectable number of years and always has something happening on weekends – don’t let the size of the venue fool you, as it can pack a hundred-strong party of dancers on a good night. Sinilind, also on Müürivahe, but further down the road, has a larger concert/dance hall and several smaller rooms, and is a popular venue for live acts and bigger parties. Lekker is literally an underground haven in the basement of the Vabank night club on Freedom Square. And Paar Veini converts from a wine bar to a night-time dance joint on most weekends, with DJs hitting the decks from 11pm until early hours.
Next, head on out towards the 'Hipsterville' of Tallinn – the Telliskivi district, home to creative hubs and snazzy bars and genuinely alternative clubs. The newest addition here is Sveta Baar, operating as a vintage clothes shop during the daytime, and a pumping live music / DJ party venue at night time. The Telliskivi district also houses a rather peculiar venue, named Erinevate Tubade Klubi (or Club of Different Rooms). The décor feels like sitting down in someone’s living room and the house rule of wearing slippers instead of your outdoor footwear only adds to the feeling.