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Hidden Gems in Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia
19 – 21 November 2012

Sorry for the long silence. I am still bumping around in Belgium. Got me a new job but everything else is almost the same. And now I found myself in Tallinn AGAIN but this city keeps surprising me. Even after a looong day at work.

This night, we ventured into three different places, thanks to our dear Estonian friends.

Gloria Wine Cellar
Muurivahe 2, Tallinn 10146, Estonia

tallinn_winebar

First was this unassuming hidden wine cellar. Upon entry, the quietness and racks of wine sort of intimidated me as I am not a real wine connoiseur (I drink everything that is alcoholic!). This place is for serious wine lovers. My colleague stood there looking amazed and yet in akwardness. I told him, yeah, we’ve got to choose a bottle and drink by the street. Estonian style. I was kidding, of course.

I have been here. I recalled upon my previous visit, the hidden part of this cellar bar – a lovely 1930s underground back rooms. We selected a bottle of Bianchi, Argentinian red from 2007 and settled down in one of the rooms, surrounded by wine bottles, dim lights and classic Sinatra numbers. It’s a place for romance!

I took some pictures which will not do this place justice. Blame it on my crappy blackberry. I need an iPhone!!!

Porgu
Ruutli 4, Tallinn 10130, Estonia

tallinn_hell

Next, we went to, what literally is called HELL. And it’s just next to a church. How adapt! Our Estonian friends were raving about this bar with great food. It was said that there live in this bar a great cook. So we went to check it out! And lo behold, not only great beers (I think I had the Estonian beer called Munich) but yummylicious food. I had a bowl of borsch (my no.1 fav soup!) and a perfectly cooked medium well fillet mignon with mushrooms.

Lastly – 1960s Bar

tallinn_1960sbar

I didn’t get the real name of the bar. It was said that the time stopped here since 1960s. And I can attest to that! As I was complaining quite a bit about the cold outside, our Estonian friends suggested a little shot to warm things up. And oh.my.god, it burnt me! A shot made up of anis liquor, tabasco and vodka. Can you imagine downing that? I almost sweat my way home. And also weirdly, on my way out, an old man was calling to me, “kiss me, kiss me”.

tallinn_jellyshots

And oh yeah, if you are ever here, don’t hesitate on Swissotel. So lovely. I want to bring the bed home.

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