Don't worry about Tallinn's reputation as a stag-party paradise: it's easy to avoid the 'British' and 'Irish' pubs in the southeast corner of Old Town where lager-louts congregate (roughly the triangle formed by Viru, Suur-Karja and the city walls). Elsewhere you’ll find a diverse selection of bars where it’s quite possible to have a quiet, unmolested drink.

Old Town

Every second doorway in Old Town seems to conceal a watering-hole, from old-time beer cellars to sleekly fitted-out wine bars. Check out Gloria for the width of its wine list, Frank for cocktails or Levist Väljas for a glimpse of Tallinn's bohemian late-night scene.

Kalamaja

Tallinn's young and sociable tend to leave the pricey bars of Old Town to the tourists and head to Kalamaja instead. Telliskivi Creative City is the liveliest nook – especially F-hoone and Pudel – but there are cosy local pubs scattered throughout the neighbourhood.

City Centre

Sfäär and Enzo are sophisticated bar/bistros, or gear up for a serious night's clubbing at Klubi Teater.

Organized Intoxication

If proper inebriation is your benchmark of a good night out, Tallinn has quite a few organized options to help you realize that dream.

The Epic Bar Crawl leaves from Red Emperor bar every Friday and Saturday at 10pm, for five hours of bibulous indulgence, taking in at least three bars and one club. Led by dedicated drunkards, the tour's price includes free shots and entry to the club.

Party hostel Monk's Bunk ups the inebriation level on its Mad Monk Pub Crawl with an hour's unlimited beer, cider and shots in its own bar, followed by a free shot in two different bars and club entry. It's priced at €15 and kicks off at 9.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday.