Stag Do City Guides: Tallinn, Estonia
Outrageously photogenic and bursting with history, Tallinn is one of Europe’s most booming capital cities. An array of ancient churches line the medieval streetscapes of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, while a thriving restaurant and bar scene really do make the Estonian capital one for a couple’s bucket list.
But when you consider that per capita Estonia produces more supermodels than any other nation on the planet and it also has 2km of pristine sandy beaches, it’s hard to ignore Tallinn as the ideal destination for one big blow out before he gets married. With that in mind, here’s our stag do city guide to Tallinn.
Flights to Tallinn
Tallinn Airport is the largest airport in Estonia and pretty much any flight you can get into the country heads into the airport. If you’re looking for a direct flight, you’ll find the best choice of flights from Luton and Stansted, though Gatwick does occasionally have some direct flights too. You can get transfers from the likes of Manchester but we found flights from Luton as cheap as £18 in September and £25 from Stansted.
The Airport itself is located on the eastern shore of Lake Ülemiste, which is about 4 km from the centre. This means making your way into the city is easy enough with taxis and buses running regularly. We should say, if there’s a large ground of you on the stag do, book your transfer ahead of time. Prices can get steep when there’s a lot of you.
Once you arrive in Tallinn, getting around is easy. Basically everything is walkable and public transport is inexpensive should you need it. If you need to use transport, we’d recommend a Tallinn Card, which gets you unlimited free public transport, as well as free admission to museums and sights.
Another thing which should be known to anyone who’s ever been on a night out before; make sure you book any taxis in advance and always agree a fare when you get in. Estonians love to haggle!
Where to Stay in Tallinn
Now this is where you have choices. Like most major cities, there are plenty of options when it comes to places to stay. But seeing as you’re going to be on a stag do, chances are you want something cheap and cheerful, and something in the livelier part of town. Here are a few options;
Tallink Express Hotel might not pack loads of character, but it’s located perfectly and is certainly functional. There are 166 rooms in total, so great for a big party and also a restaurant in the hotel which seats 130 people for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s also a bargain at around £50 per night.
Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn is just a 5mins walk from the city centre and has 245 rooms, making it ideal for a large group. There’s all your usuals like high-speed WiFi and cable TVs, and there’s also the Restaurant Kompass on site, which offers a buffet breakfast, as well as lunch and à la carte dinner menus. Available from £70 per night.
Hostels are always a good idea for stag groups and depending on the size of your group, Red Emperor Hostel & Bar is a real winner. A public bar is attached to the hostel so you can drink on the cheap, as well as meet locals and other travelers. Shared rooms start at £8 per night.
Best Bars in Tallinn
Now you’ve arrived and dropped your stuff off at the hotel, it’s time to hit the town. Thankfully, Tallinn is perfectly sized and brilliantly simple when it comes to finding the party – just head to the old town. We should warn you now, Tallinn isn’t actually as cheap as many assume. It’s certainly not London prices and still is cheaper than most cities, but you’re still looking at £3-4 a pint.
Who doesn’t love a brewery? Well Tallinn has a cracking microbrewery bar with over 200 seats called Kochi Aidad. It’s located a little bit out of the centre by the harbour, but it’s only a 15min walk and you’ll be greeted by top booze when you arrive. A must on any stag do list.
While it’s obviously aimed at tourists and the likes of your rowdy crew, III Draakon is a must-visit when in Tallinn. The old-fashioned medieval-themed pub into one corner of the historic Town Hall and has waitresses in period costumes serving you tankards of ale and traditional Estonian schnapps.
Hell Hunt is probably the most popular pub in Tallinn. Offering over 60 beers at reasonable prices, the atmosphere is always great and they stay open until 2am most nights (3am at weekends), and features live music, a smoker’s room, darts, and a summer terrace too. The perfect stag do mix.
If you’re with a smaller group and want something a little more relaxed but still with a great selection of beer, the aptly named Beer House is a gem for a meal and some local brews.
Best Clubs in Tallinn
There aren’t any super-clubs in Tallinn but there’s still plenty of choice if you want to hit the dancefloor after a few. Cafe Amigo, located underneath Hotel Viru is one of the city’s most popular and promises your usual club fare, while Rockclub Tapper is one for the metal-heads in your party.
Kultuuriklubi Kelm is a favourite among Tallinn’s students, while Vabank is one of Tallinn’s more upmarket bars. The exclusive bar is the hang out for Tallinn’s most beautiful and best dressed people, with House DJs accompanying dancers, acrobats and musicians. Just bear in mind entry is for over 21’s only and costs €10+ (girls get free entry before midnight… obviously).
Venus Club is also popular and open seven days a week in the summer, while Club Studio is one of the main destinations in the city when it comes mainstream beats mixed with alternative electro music.
Things to Do in Tallinn
If you’re looking for things to do around town, as well as doing the usual Tallinn stuff like Kiek in de Kok (an old tower worth visiting purely for the pronouncement hilarity) and Toompea (a hill in the centre of the city that’s perfect for hangover cures), the city packs numerous activity opportunities for your stag party.
The usual go-karting and bubble football are all available in Estonia, but we recommend you upgrade your standard paintballing to Motor Paintballing! Exactly as it sounds, motor paintball is a paintball battle with cars in Harju County, on the territory of a former Russian military base. As bonkers and fun as it sounds!
The Estonians also offer stag parties the chance to wreck some cars (and your stag) at a Demolition Derby. You don’t need a driving license, all you know is some aggression! You can also order a T-34 tank to crush the cars after the derby because… it’s eastern Europe. Target Shooting is also extremely popular!
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