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Zetor

Zetor

This loud and quirky country-themed bar is an assemblage of dilapidated tractors, wonky tables, loud '80s rock, inebriated clientele and plenty of irreverence. There are good sober-me-up meals, served into the wee hours Read More

We Got Beef

We Got Beef

This casual hipster spot goes by the name of beeffi, and is the place to come for a pre-game party. Décor resembles an American diner (or possibly a student cafeteria), but this doesn't deter the hundreds of schmoozers, skateboarders,... Read More

Tiger

Tiger

Helsinki's longest running nightclub is this multi-floored extravaganza, offering a range of black-marble dance floors, large terrace lounges and several of VIP rooms that you'll have a hard time getting into. Set in the penthouse of... Read More

Tavastia

Tavastia

With room for 700, this is the country's premier rock club, and a major showcase for Finnish and Swedish bands Read More

Storyville

Storyville

Often considered the oldest jazz club in Finland, this buzzing joint puts on live Dixieland, swing and bebop every night of the week. In the summer, there are trios and quartets playing outside on the idyllic tree-lined garden terrace,... Read More

Sling In

Sling In

Cocktail-lovers know this very central bar to do the best Read More

Siltanen

Siltanen

This hip little spot, a sort of vintage red brick detached mansion in the middle of the nightlife hub of Kallio, is a favourite with local artists and musicians, though at times the who's-hipper-than-whom vibe can be a bit much. They... Read More

Rymy-Eetu

Rymy-Eetu

Named after a long-running wartime comic strip, this Bavarian beer hall is something of an anomaly for Finland, since the long wooden benches require you to sit down next to (and possibly talk to) people you don't actually know.... Read More

Punavuoren Ahven

Punavuoren Ahven

This low-key place is the perfect dive in Punavuori to wind up an evening after last-ditch attempts to pull at a nearby club. The space calls to mind a large carpeted living room and is filled with quirky Finns of all ages donned out... Read More

Motellet

Motellet

Arrive at this recently renovated chichi corner bar on the early side (i.e. before 7.30pm) and you might have the entire place to yourself, allowing you to lounge out on comfy tweed couches and enjoy free wi-fi and cheap beers. Come... Read More

Liberty or Death

Liberty or Death

Opened just last spring, this intimate little hide-away spot abounds with cosy atmosphere thanks to brick walls, bar candles and super friendly staff, making it feel like something of a pre-prohibition era speakeasy. They do a good... Read More

Kuudes Linja

Kuudes Linja

Set in the buzzing neighbourhood of Kallio north of the city centre, this smallish music club is a great bet for catching up-and-coming Finnish bands and DJs. The type of music can vary, though Read More

König

König

This central club-restaurant does great steaks but is much better known as one of the most happening places in the city for respectable professionals to come boogie on the (admittedly small) dance floor. During the summertime, the... Read More

Kitchen & Co.

Kitchen & Co.

Opened last September in a Renaissance Revival building that was once a school gymnasium, this bistro-style bar is splayed out across four separate, individually designed rooms (foyer, library, butchery and smoking room), meaning that... Read More

Karaoke Bar Restroom

Karaoke Bar Restroom

With no small amount of Kaurismäki-esque irony, this one-time public lavatory has been rebuilt as one of the most popular karaoke bars in town. Featuring large gold-framed paintings on the walls, it is reputedly a favourite stop for... Read More

Kaarle XII

Kaarle XII

This casual bar and dance space, known familiarly as Kaali, is a Helsinki institution for hundreds of local thirty-somethings who hold session here and let down their hair. Inside, several battered, wooden bars are set inside a large... Read More

DTM

DTM

Legendary "Don't Tell Mamma" (or mummola if you're a local) is Scandinavia's largest gay and lesbian nightclub. They put on great house music most nights of the week, plus regular drag shows and special events (NB: some nights are... Read More

Bar 9

Bar 9

One of the Punavuori neighbourhood's long-standing bars is this great little unpretentious spot, known both for its grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and its (relatively) affordable pints and great music. During the daytime Bar 9 is... Read More

Ateljee Bar

Ateljee Bar

Easily the best views of any bar in Helsinki, this thirteenth-floor balcony watering hole sits atop one of the city's glitzy, glammy hotels. The bar manager is well known for his strong mojitos. Don't leave without a trip to the women's... Read More

A21

A21

This much-feted posh bar is renowned for its inventive cocktails, which make ample use of fresh, local ingredients such as cloudberries, rhubarb and herbs. Hipsters in this one-time brothel imbibe from cushioned booths with lacquered... Read More


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