The next stop on my travels was to visit the DM Baar in Tallinn, Estonia http://www.depechemode.ee/. Upon total amazement of discovering such a heavenly place, I just had to add this particular bar to my travel list. I made a point of planning my travels so that I was able to spend my birthday specifically at the DM Baar, relishing in the delight of listening to Depeche Mode while having a nice drink or three. I really couldn’t think of a pleasanter way to spend an evening. As Tallinn was at the tail end of my month long trip through Europe, I couldn’t wait to get there, but also knowing the fact that I would also be turning a year older didn’t really appeal too much.
I had booked an apartment in the Old Town ensuring it was close to the DM Baar; is a three minute walk close enough? The evening finally approached. I was so excited to finally be on my way. Walking down the narrow lane I looked up and the clouds parted, allowing a ray of sunlight to stream downwards and there it was… the DM Baar sign with the Violator rose. As I approached closer to the open doorway, I could hear Dave Gahan’s silky baritone voice amongst the electronic beat that is Depeche Mode. OMG I couldn’t believe it, I was finally here! Of course I had to take a photo outside the bar as you can see below.
Now just a few facts about the DM Baar. The DM Baar was originally opened in 1999 by a devoted fan but it was in 2001 when on 27 August Depeche Mode members Martin L Gore, Andy Fletcher and Christian Eigner partied the night away in the DM Baar before their Tallinn concert. They also returned to the bar in 2006 during their “Touring the Angel” tour. There were photos capturing these most awesome moments which take on a shrine like ambiance on one of the walls in the bar. How cool is that?
I walked through the doorway and was greeted by red and black décor with the distinctive sound of the pounding beat of “Enjoy the Silence” from Depeche Mode’s 1990 Violator album and also one of my favourite songs! I almost, almost had a tear in my eye….
The cocktail menu was quite extensive where each cocktail was named after a Depeche Mode song. I had to try a number of cocktails as it would have been extremely rude not to. I would have to confirm my favourite were World in My Eyes, Dangerous, Blue Dress and Personal Jesus. Don’t ask me what was in them. They tasted great, end of.
There was a treasure trove of memorabilia on the walls and on the table tops such as signed posters, photos of the band, ticket stubs, album covers, lyric sheets and so on. For any Depeche Mode fan, this can only be described heavenly.
Even the toilets had “Mr Feathers” and “Mrs Feathers” images on the door which was a nice touch. Sorry I don’t have the Mrs Feathers image.
For those who may not be aware of Mr Feathers, he featured on Depeche Mode’s 2005 album “Playing the Angel”.
All the while, there were a number of TV screens playing a continuous loop of Depeche Mode’s live concerts such as their epic 1988 performance at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, captured in D A Pennebaker’s film “101” or simply their “The Videos 86>98” featuring almost two dozen music videos. It really didn’t matter what they played, it was Depeche Mode, no explanation necessary.
Every now and then I managed to drag my eyes away from the TV screen to look around the bar only to find numerous patrons memorised, gazing at the TV screens with a small smile on their face; happy in the fact they were able to relax, have a cold drink while listening to one of the best bands in the world.
As you may have noticed in my previous post, I do like a little bit of merchandise! The DM Baar had a great range of mugs, key rings, t-shirts and DVD’s. I was lucky enough to have my sister (who lives in New Zealand) contact the bar and organised the barman to give me a couple of really cool mugs as a birthday present from her. What a great sister!
The top picture is the front of the mug and the second picture is the back of the mug, but it is only when hot water is poured into the mug, the picture of Depeche Mode appears on the back of the mug. I thought that was pretty cool.
I spent three evenings at the DM Baar and believe me I didn’t want to leave! If you ever find yourself visiting Tallinn, then I would recommend the DM Baar even if you’re not a Depeche Mode fan as the atmosphere is friendly, with reasonably priced drinks and it’s just a little bit quirky.
See you next time when I’ll post a piece on the DM Bar, Riga, Latvia.