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#36 of 115 Bar in Tallinn
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0.4 km from Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
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Reviewed 27 November 2021

In his excellent book, "The Glass Wall - Lives on the Baltic Frontier", Max Egremont writes about being "in an art pub near Independence Square [in Tallinn]". He continues... "We [then] go to a small bar that dates from Soviet times, with no purpose or...decoration except for drinking and talking, although voices are low, as if on the edge of silence; a sweating barman rushes between customers in heat that's stifling after the cold street, and it takes time to get our Estonian liquor." Although he doesn't say so, I believe Max Egremont is referring to Valli Bar. An Estonian friend told me of this bar about fifteen years ago. I've been to Valli Bar every year since, most recently in September 2021. On that occasion, I asked the barman for the bar's Wi-Fi password. He replied "We don't have one, we expect the customers to talk to each other!" Occasionally, a man plays Estonian music, on an accordion, sitting by the window. Visit Valli Bar before it's destroyed by tourism or so-called development. That suggestion is also for Max Egremont if, in fact, I'm mistaken and he was not referring to Valli Bar in his book.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 18 October 2021

Hmmm. Last visit round 20 yrs ago and the place has not changed! Some changes but still guite unique soviet time experience.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 11 March 2020

Just had this "Millimallikas" coctail. Atmosphere very old. It´s rather small, so people who are not around the bar area need to be standing. Most of the customers are rather drunk :( and unpleasant :(

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 5 January 2020 via mobile

Reallyreally retro bar! Ambiance and the hole place is from the 60's russian style😃so is the service. Must go place in Tallinn.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 19 December 2019

Locals bar where tourists stick out like a sore thumb . You and can be ignored like us or be pestered like the African girl by legless locals who are not asleep on the bar . Extremely grumpy barman which was amusing who did not...tolerate any ignorant Russian who came in . Naff 1970's decor which adds to the likeable oddness of the place . Drinks at realistic prices unlike everywhere else we went in rip-off Tallinn . Just my type of barMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 9 November 2019 via mobile

Terrible service, very rude. No manners. We have visited this bar a couple of times with neutral experience. This time made us feel very unfairly treated. 😢

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 8 October 2019

This is not a place where you go for lunch or dinner just because they offer only sandwiches for 1€. My point is only to get Millimallikas every time I visit Tallinn. The drink includes tequila, tabasco and sambucca so it should be drank bottoms...up! Uuuff, so hot and tasty every time!!!!!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 16 July 2019

We got great seats by the bar. A lot of locals were here and there were a lot of customers even though it was on a monday evening. I drank the millimallikas shot (jellyfish). Vodka, sambucca and tabasco. Thought it would be worse than it...was. Try for yourself if you go there! Drinks were ok priced for being in the city center.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 14 June 2019

The best shot in Tallinn is absolutely "millimallikas" which is only served in Valli Baar! If you got guts enough you can also try an other shot called "pyhä paska" which is a bit overdozed: Just go on and try!!!!!

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 April 2019

This is very much a bar first and foremost. Small bar area and suitably grumpy barman to add to the experience. It is well worth a visit to experience a true non tourist local beer and expect to clearly stand out from the regulars. Personally...i enjoyed it and it was a nice change from the usual Old Toen visitor bars. Basic bar but nothing wrong with that, give it a go.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4