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Photo by: Rasmus Jurkatam / Visit Estonia

Photo by: Speakeasy by Põhjala

For decades, Estonia had two big beer companies rivalling over who gets to be the number one. South Estonia’s pride and joy is A. Le Coq, while northern Estonians cheer for Saku.

In the last couple of years, the game has changed. Beer-loving Estonians have taken up the art of brewing and founded microbreweries.

Here are the best places offering products from Estonian microbreweries. Before heading for a taste, remember that the legal drinking age in Estonia is 18. See also our blog posts about the TOP 5 burger jointsTOP 5 pizza places and street food scene in Tallinn!

Tuba Baar

Located in the Old Town, the Tuba Baar has a clear focus: local craft drinks. It is not the biggest bar in town - tuba is room in Estonian -, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in its great variety choice: from non-alcoholic to beers and spirits, they have it all. As an extra perk, a not-so-secret passageway connects Tuba to its neighbouring Drink Bar, mainly focusing on international beers. 


Koht

Koht (Moonshine bar) is a small shop and bar inside Old Town. Most of it is filled with bottles of beer. Some of these beers you might have seen before, but many you can’t get anywhere else. Ask the friendly barman or barmaid for a recommendation. They know exactly what you want and need.


Põrgu

Põrgu means hell in Estonian, but this place is any beer lover's heaven. You’ll find Põrgu opposite to the church of St Nicholas, down in the basement. Põrgu offers delicious à la carte food and a large selection of draught beers from Estonia and other countries. Here you’ll meet great hospitality and almost holy atmosphere.


 

Põhjala Tap Room

Põhjala was one of the first microbreweries in Estonia. Located in the up-and-coming Noblessner port area, the Põhjala Tap Room has a wide selection of beer on tap featuring both their own products as well as selected guest beers, everything paired with Texas BBQ. While there, you can also join one of the regular tours to the brewery downstairs (must be booked in advance).   


Pudel

Pudel bar has an excellent choice of beers. Be sure to try the Estonian beers on the selection. Pudel is located at the centre of bohemian Kalamaja in Telliskivi Creative City. It is an excellent place to enjoy the evening outside the Old Town.


Extra tip: SIP

The Sip wine and beer shop is located in trendy Kalamaja. SIP has a good selection of local and foreign beers. You can buy some from the shop to take with you. Or you can sit down, have a drink, relax and chat with the friendly shopkeepers.


Extra extra tip: KOMA

If you're looking for a fine dining experience paired with carefully selected craft beers, head to KOMA on Telliskivi street, a White Guide awarded restaurant serving local flavours with a modern twist.