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Archive for February, 2011

15
Feb

If you want to know the best clubs in Tallinn to suite all tastes and get some local insider knowledge of the Tallinn club scene read on…

1. The first Tallinn club is Cat House
If you are after glamour, the club we would recommend is Cat House which is located in Viru Keskus, right in the centre of Tallinn in the main shopping centre (the exact address is Viru väljak 4/6). It is very easy and convenient to get to by public transport and within walking distance from Tallinn old town.

This club boasts 2 bars and 2 dance floors, all in a splendour of luxury design. The club has a general atmosphere of beauty! There is a dress code, so make sure you have your sexy attire on (evening dresses for the girls and button shirts / shoes for the guys). Some weekend there is live music so you may also get to hear some local talent.

2. Another club in Tallinn with a fantastic interior as well as great music is Bon Bon
This club is also located in the centre of town (Mere pst, 6E). It was once an exclusive members only venue, but is now open for all, provided you dress appropriately. If you like chandeliers, red velvet, lots of gold and well dressed, trendy people, plus great music, this is the place for you. Our Tallinn guide wouldn’t be complete without it!

If you want some great accommodation for your Tallinn holiday, ideally located for all the best clubs, remember to check out our affordable luxury apartments.

Tallinn club BonBon

3. If you prefer a more mainstream Tallinn club, you can try Venus, (Vana-Viru 14). This place also has great decor with white marble statues, around which you can watch exotic dancers showing off their skills. The style is renaissance bordello.

Expect red carpets, green jungle plants and nude statues of Venus towering over the dance floor. High, brocaded ceilings add to the bordello effect. Your fellow Venetians are generally a bit older than at some of the other Tallinn clubs although those love goddesses in g-strings gyrating seductively on raised plinths mean they’re just as sexually charged. Certainly an Estonian experience you’ll remember.

4. If you want to try something very authentic, you should go to Kuku. This club is located at Vabaduse Valjak 8 and is mainly visited by locals. It is very liberal and you can meet people of all ages and from all different backgrounds: bohemian, local celebrities, artsy.

It has theme nights for music from 80s, 90s, karaoke or even stand up comedy. This club is quite small and designed to match the spirit of Soviet times. If you want a little taste of local life, this is definitely a club to visit and was an essential entry in our Tallinn guide. Kuku is located on the edge of the Old Town and is also very easy to get to.

5. The next in our guide of Tallinn clubs is Hollywood, based at Vana-Posti 8. It is one of the biggest clubs in Tallinn and very popular with the locals as well as with visitors to Tallinn. Located in a former cinema in a baroque building in the Old Town, it has a huge dance floor that is ringed by bars on two floors, like a Roman arena.

The VIP bar at the back attracts moneyed movers in designer suits and dresses. A woman wearing next to nothing sits knitting or reading in a glass booth above the DJ console and the whole effect is one of decadence. This venue generally attracts a younger crowd.

Dance floor in Hollywood - one of Tallinn's biggest clubs

Girls in Tallinn club Hollywood

There are also some excellent bars and restaurants in Tallinn so you are sure to have a great time.

If there are any other Tallinn clubs or bars you want to know about, post us a comment below and we’ll give you the insider info on them :-)

Also see the rest of our Tallinn Travel Guide & Tallinn Reviews, for things to do in Tallinn, information on Tallinn accommodation, useful Tallinn travel tips, and our general Tallinn guide.

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8
Feb

The dates for Tallinn Music Week are 24th, 25th and 26 March 2011

This festival is a showcase for the fantastic range of Estonian music talent, as well as having bands from neighbouring countries such as: Finland, Latvia and Lithuania. It’s held at numerous venues in the beautiful old city capital of Tallinn, with about 100 breaking acts all playing. This is an event where Tallinn reviews its music talent and invites the World to enjoy the party as well. (See our great Tallinn accommodation in the very best location for Tallinn music week).

The event started out in 2009, a year that was declared the Year of Innovation in Estonia. Having partnered up with the foundation Tallinn 2011 (Tallinn is the European Culture Capital in 2011!) and the country’s very own brain child Skype, it is a new and fresh initiative with an aim of integrating the Estonian music industry effectively into the European industry circuit, thus providing a new platform for the country’s best talent to spread further from its country’s borders.


Have a look below at last year’s Tallinn music week video to get a good idea of the event:

Tallinn Music Week is an important event, not just for the bands and artists involved, but also to show the world that there is more to Tallinn, Estonia than site seeing in the historic old town.

One of the Tallinn reviews for the music week:

“The general standard of bands was higher than expected. From good singer songwriters, folk/roots acts to original electronic pop/punk acts. Tallinn is a beautiful place to take a dive into the Estonian music scene — great venues and warm atmosphere in beautiful surroundings.”
– Robert Meijerink EuroSonic

Tallinn’s Rock Cafe venue – one of the many venues for the Tallinn music week and within easy walking distance of Tallinn accommodation in the old town.

One of the Tallinn music week venues

Tallinn seems an unusual place for a music festival, and it is, but that adds to the appeal of the weekend. There is some great Tallinn accommodation within walking distance of the main events and trudging through ancient snow covered streets to get from one venue to another is just as fun as marching across a muddy English field in Reading or Leeds.

Then there are the added benefits of beautiful architecture, fantastic Tallinn accommodation, gorgeous women and an abundance of cheap Russian vodka. The more adventurous can sample the local delicacy of bear flesh: how many English music festival goes can make such a boast when they return from Glastonbury?

As the bands are confirmed we will be adding the line up to this blog.

An event at the Tallinn music week

Check out the other posts in our blog: Tallinn Travel Guide & Tallinn Reviews, for useful Tallinn travel info, things to do in Tallinn, some great Tallinn accommodation ideas and our Tallinn guide.

The Bands
2onONE – Rein Rannap ja Mihkel Mattiisen | Aare Külama | Aare-Paul Lattik | Abraham\’s Cafe | Age Juurikas (piano) | Aides | Alan McKim | AMOEBA | Andreas Lend | Anna-Liisa Bezrodny | Antonina | Öökülm | Badass Yuki | Beebilõust | Before The Dawn | Burn Still | Catnap | Ceremonial Perfection | Cleaning Women | Collegium Musicale | Colours of Bubbles | Devon Sproule | Diskreetse Mango Trio | Doktor Normal & MC Roki | Dramamama | Driven | EIMIC | Endrik Üksvärav | Evestus | Ewert and The Two Dragons | Fredator | French Films | Gjangsta | Goran Gora and The Yrs | Goresoerd | Helena Tulve | Her Memorial Discourse | Herald | Highmachine | Honey Power | Ingrid Kõrvits | Jaak Lutsoja “Contrarian Grooving” | Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha | James Reipas | Junk Riot | Knihv | Kosmofon | Kreatiivmootor | Kristina Kriit | Laika Virgin | Lenna | Lin’s System | Malcolm Lincoln | Malle Maltis | Mari Kalkun & band | Mari Pokinen | Marko Martin | Mati Mikalai ja Kai Ratassepp | Mälutagune | Mälutagune | Metsakutsu | Metsatöll | Mikk Dede | Mimicry | Mujuice | Multiphonic Rodent | Murmansk | Nevesis | New Tallinn Trio | Nikns Suns | Noisebleed | NolensVolens | Oksana Sinkova | Okym Riim | Oleg Pissarenko Band | Oliver Kuusik | Oort | Out-Or | Pageant | Pastacas | Pärt Uusberg | Raul Sööt Deeper Sound | Raun Juurikas | Reket | Resonabilis | Risto Joost | Romb | Rouge Madame | Sex Drive Live | Shirubi Ikazuchi | Sigrid Kuulmann | Silverstique | Slinghunt | Soundarcade | State of Zoe | Systeam | Tallinn Daggers | Tallinna Kammerorkester / Tallinn Chamber Orchestra | Tallinna Muusikakeskkooli noortekoor / Youth Choir of Tallinn Music High School | Tõnu Kõrvits | Tiiu Kiik | Tiiu Sisask | Toivo Tulev | Trio Madrigale | Trio Sooäär-Vaigla-Ruben | UMA | Unna Torm | Urmas Sisask | Väljasõit rohelisse | Viljandi Guitar Trio | Virgo Veldi | Vox Clamantis | Woodpecker Project (LV) | Zahir |

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