I know I’m behind on getting this up, but Budapest was an absolutely amazing city with so much to do that I was too consumed to do anything but experience Budapest. Trust me: you want to see my pictures and videos from there. But first, a look back at the nightlife (and hostel atmosphere) in Tallinn!
So Tallinn has a disproportionate pub and club scene because of its proximity to (the much more expensive) Helsinki. The Finnish people come down in droves for the weekend, party in Tallinn, and then bring alcohol purchased in Estonia back to Finland with them when they leave on Sunday. They’re both on the Euro, so it’s kinda strange there’s such a large difference in price just across the water, but it makes for a fun nightlife in Tallinn (and reputably a poor one in Helsinki).
No discussion of my time in Tallinn would be complete without a strawpedo video. What is a strawpedo, you ask? It’s when you put a straw into a Breezer and proceed to consume the beverage as quickly as possible; the straw enables you to drink much faster than normal. Like this:
Every night the hostel would host some drinking games in the social area prior to a free pub crawl. I joined on a few occasions, like the one seen below. You might notice the guy on the right with a box on his head. In the Estonian version of ‘Kings Cup’, the rule for drawing a 9 is that you become “Boxhead” and must drink whenever anyone else has to. Sadly, I was Boxhead for a short while once:
The pub crawl visited a couple cool pubs that I probably wouldn’t have found on my own, including my favorite: The Red Emperor. The Red Emperor had cheap prices, good pool tables, a lot of locals, and this bad boy:
The crawl ended up at their main club, which featured a bunch of Russian break dancers amid ridiculous lights and chandeliers. It almost felt like a Vegas club without the Vegas prices.