Tops is one of those places that opens one day and becomes crowded the next day and stays popular for years. It is a bar at the beginning of Kalamaja district, about one kilometer away from the Old Town. Kalamaja is a bohemian district of Tallinn, where young creative people live and gather and Tops is their little “baby”.
It is a place where I would not eat (it is rather hard to fill your stomach with bruschettas), but it is a perfect place to drink some beers and meet interesting people. A good collection of vinyls allows anyone to put on the music of their choice. So far I have never got an evil eye here, even though it was not always an uplifting and popular music that I would put on, but TOPS visitors and staff respect everyone’s choice.
TOPS is always crowded on the weekend evenings mostly with the people who live close by. TOPS is situated in a so-called “Lender house” (typical houses in Tallinn that were built between 1904 and 1913) and its interior reminds me of some old school salon. An old piano offers the possibility of live music that’s played here almost every evening but I have never found out when exactly, as it seems to depend on the mood of the pianist. I would recommend to come here on Friday when a party series called ‘Femme Fatale’ (girls DJ night) is held and politically in-correct dressing and topics are welcomed.