Ateljee Bar has the best views on the town, or over the town. The bar is located on the fourtheenth floor on Sokos Hotel Torni and there are no obstacles anywhere nearby to block the scenery. If you are a buff of metropolitan landscapes, go up there to see the rooftops of Helsinki.
The bar itself is small and quite crammed, but during summertime the big balcony gives some more room to enjoy the drinks and the vista. Please note that you have to climb steep stairs from the floor below, so you'd better not get too drunk while there.
The toilets have floor to ceiling windows, so you can continue enjoying the view and still have enough privacy.
Belge is a largish Belgian styled restaurant and bar in the very centre of Helsinki, just one block from the Esplanadi Park. The atmosphere, especially in the bar, is very relaxed and the settings make you feel like being in a private club of a sort. One nice perk is the terrace facing to busy Aleksanterinkatu, so you can watch people walking on the most fashionable blocks in Helsinki.
As you can guess, Belge has a selection of Belgian beers. They serve also food, but I haven't eaten there, so I can say much about it. At least they have mussels on the menu.
Belge is not the best place for dancing or partying, but it can be used as the first stop on your journey -- to collect everybody together and have a beer or two to set people on a good mood.
Sir Eino is located at Etela Esplanadi, right in the middle of the centre. It is a great pub to start the night. In the weekends they usually have a live band. The pub is crowded and easy to get to know new people. You also can eat at the back of the pub, see my tip in the restaurant section. All in all a good place to go. Also during the week a nice place to go. Check out the toilets with the glass wall :)
Dress Code: Dress code: Pub style.
Age: 25 and up crowd.
Update...this place changes interior and name a lot. After Cocoon, there was a gay club and now it is some heavy metal bar. Recommend to skip this place and continue to places where is more atmosphere.
Once the place of the great Soda club (and for a while some karaoka bar was here as well) now
since February 2005 a new club opened at the corner of Uudenmankatu - Annankatu. The place is decorated in a nice way it is a club where you'll find people from around 30 and up. The music (with a mini dance floor) is downstairs, including a bar of course. Upstairs lots of seats to chill.
The place is really ok, but quite small for staying a whole night. If it's worth paying 9 Euros in total to get in is up to you. If you don't mind the money, I'd recommend to go there for part of the eve, not the whole night.
Dress Code: Entrance fee 7 Euros
Coat: 2 Euros
This a Belgian (as the name says) bar and bistro. The bistro is on the second floor. Haven't tried that one out yet. The bar, Belgian style is downstairs. Nice interior. Not as lively as an Irish / English pub, but for sure it will do on a cold Helsinki winter night.
A real Belgian touch with Flemish books in the 'library', Belgian posters on the wall, etc.
And of course...Belgian beer :)
Monday to Saturday 11am to 2am (Fri & Sat to 3pm)
Sunday 2pm to 10pm
Dress Code: Pub style
Indeed Unique, Uniq is a nightclub, and also home to the Arctic Icebar. Like stepping into a freezer where you can sample cocktails at a temperature of -5°C all year around.
You can (and you better do, since it is cold) borrow jackets, boots and gloves so you don't have to freeze as you enjoy.
Beware: Drinks in the Icebar are expensive.
Dress Code: Wednesday to Saturday 10pm to 4am. Entrance €5
Dress code: Night club style and as described above, borrowed "keeping you warm" clothes in the ice bar.
Every Thursday, there is @Seven, an after work party.
I have been once in the nightclub itself. At that night there weren't too many people, but the interior and music are really "nightclub" style. In any case, you should try the Artic Ice Bar.
Part of the La Bodega restaurant, this is a loungy cocktail bar, at the other side of Helsinki Club. Next to eating in the La Bodega restaurant, you can chill in the (Spanish) lounge style Breeze Bar.
Cocktails of course available, any kind and a good place to warm up for the night. Also connection to the Artic Ice Bar as mentioned under the Uniq nightlife tip.
Dress Code: Open:
Age limit: 24 and up.
Teatteri is a great place to have a good night out. If you are only one weekend in town go here!
The restaurant in the middle of the place is designed really well and trendy, like the rest of the place. Original and good food. But really, you got to see the nice interior. Furthermore Teatteri has a long bar, a clock bar with several clocks on the floor, a deli place, on the second floor a good and dark nightclub (including terraces (also warmed)!) and outside during the summer the magnet, a really nice terrace on the Esplanadi. Music downstairs is chill/lounge and upstairs pop.
It is not the cheapest place in town, but then again you can drink your cider out of a design glass. Plus as a bonus, lots of nice looking people :)
Dress Code: In the restaurant, club, bars and terrace, the people tend to dress quite nice.
There are two main cinemacomplexs in Helsinki. The biggest is called Tennispalatsi (it has 14 screens, among them Finland's largest screen, with a surface area of 176 m2) and the second one is called Kinopalatsi (it has 10 screens). Both are situated in the centre.
The films are shown in their original languages and have subtitles in Finnish/Swedish. Some children's movies may be dubbed into Finnish but usually there's also a possibility to see those in original language.
Dress Code: Relaxed
This is a small shop size restaurant that provides Spanish style snacks - tapas and pasta, along wine. There are few small tables inside 26 seats. Jolly good if you're on budget. Nice anyway.
Dress Code: Very casual.
New brewery restaurant in Kaisaniemi. It's originins are in Lahti, round 100 km north-east from Helsinki (don't get offended, just a rough estimation). Then, they opened in Tampere where I get used to the place. At the moment, all the beers are brewed in Lahti, but they're planning to open their own brewery in Helsinki, as well. So, usual good stuff: beer is fine and there is plenty of season beers, as well. The place is cozy etc... In this restaurant, 5 ? for 0.4 litre of beer is just plain outrageous. See my tourist trap pages.
Dress Code: Bit 'better' pub than usual.
Pullman bar is a standard pub located at the second floor in the Helsinki railway station. Meaning that it is in the centre as anything can be. The views are splendid. Other direction towards the railway station main hall and other direction to the street. So, if you want to have a nice beer in the railway station, this is the place. Or if you don't want to spend 1 ? for the toilet in the restaurant, this is the place. They have rather good collection of beers, the prices being about the average or bit but no significantly higher. Anyway, the views and location are so good that it could be paid.
Dress Code: It's a pub.
Located in the heart of the Helsinki, this pub offers live music on weekends. Staff and people are friendly. If you're interested bit more on the local rock music and don't want to spend too much money, this is your choice.
There are over hundred pubs in Kallio region. If you are visiting Finland, make sure that you visit some of them. They are way more exotic, cheaper and in any way better than pubs in City center. This is the easiest way to get to know real Finns.
Check out the link to the webpage. It is in finnish, but shows on the map the pub and their names.
Dress Code: Preferably something (not necessary, though )
The Belge is a two story-establishment.
Downstairs it is more like your usual café, with a bar/desk and lots of tables.
Upstairs there's besides two bar desks a kitchen which serves food - foreign snacks and plates. The heart of Belge is a large and high room decorated in a libraryish style.
There a very comfortable couches, sofas, canapés etc. The ambiente is quite cosy - once you manage to catch a soft and deep chair...
some of the beers sold:
and loads of belgian and convent beers...
Chimay and Leffe
Dress Code: No specific, rather mixed - wouldn't recommend to show up in sneakers, though.
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