mr pickwick pub: a very local hangout.
mr pickwick pub is located in the northern suburbs of helsinki and a very nice little local joint to start the evening with a few moderately priced beer before hitting helsinki nightlife.
you are pretty sure to be the only tourist there as it's a very local place in a part of town that sees few tourists.
Dress Code: not exactly the kinda place that has a dresscode.Related to:
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Nightlife in Helsinki is most active in weekends and holidays. The pubs and bars in the city centre fill up with urban citizens. The minimum age limit to get in in Finland is 18, but to most places (and to the best places) 20 or 24.
Typical to Finland, everything is quite expensive in bars and pubs, so if you're just planning to get drunk, a better way is to buy drinks from grocery stores...
Around the railway station you'll find many popular bars and pubs like Public Corner , On the rocks, Baarik?rp?nen, Eatz (these next to each other), Molly Malone's, Sports Academy (especially for sports addicted men who can't leave the tv at home), Lady Moon (for older women) and Wanhan tanssikellari (for middle-aged persons).
For younger people, who like to dance: Mr. Sedu Koskinen owns many popular nightlife places in Finland and Helsinki. Places run by him are for example: The Club, Kaivohuone (open in summertime), Studio 51, Soho and Onnela.
If you want to try something Finnish go to sing karoke to Jone's in Kaisaniemi (metrostation).
If you want to see Finnish actors and actresses, head for Juttutupa in Hakaniemi (metrostation). From Hakaniemi it's easy to explore the smaller pubs and bars in Kallio (Rytmi, S?vel, Cafe Mascot, Kuudes linja, Kettunen etc.)
Dress Code: Usually there are no dress codes in Helsinki but I guess everyone can use their brain when dressing up....Related to:
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Arctic ice bar: cold wodka mmm
This bar is a must see in Helsinki. It cost 15 euros when we visited and you get a vodka dirnk in that price. The cocktail with cranberries is very good! You must put on the furry cape thing, gloves and even boots if you want to so it is an experience! However the bar is small and when more people arrived it was crowded. Still, if you like ice it is an interesting place to drink! The floor is not ice (obviously). You can also access the ice bar through a nearby restaurant in the afternoon if you dont feel like facing the club at night!
Dress Code: noneRelated to:
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Esplanadi Boulevard@ the swedish theatre: going out - free of charge
low budget but thirsty for a few drinks?
Just copy the local residents.
At the end of the Esplanades infront of the Swedish Theatre men from eastern Europe and young finnish adults meet there with bottles of sparkling wine and liquors they have bought in a shop before. They have partially quite a lot of fun and it is not uninteresting watching them for a while.
Dress Code: clochard to formal - everything is acceptable as long as it keeps you warm.Related to:
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Kallio Bars: Kallio District
Bars in this district serve cheaper beer than other parts of Helsinki. They are quirky and very much embrace a stong drinking culture so may not be to everyone's liking. Among the most popular are Tauko and the Stellar Pub but there are lots of bars to choose from. You can even select your favourite from your armchair before you travel on the virtual tour at www.baarikierros.com.
Dress Code: anything goes !Related to:
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Esplanadi Boulevard: Walking along the Esplanadi at Night
Even if you are not bar hopping, you can still enjoy relatively good music along the streets. For a couple of coins to the street musicians, you can hear a good deal of Jazz and even some African drum beats. These buskers can be seen all along the street.
Limón: Tapás in Helsinki
There is a wide range of cold and warm tapas and some very affordable (by Helsinki standards) red and white wines. The décor is trendy but welcoming and far from sterile. Background music is unobtrusive and the service is friendly and quick. I would particularly recommend the cheeses - with a drop of olive oil and chopped herbs. If you arrive later in the evening you will have to make do with cold tapas, but nevertheless there are plenty of things to choose from, so you'll not be struggling to find something that you like!
Dress Code: There is no real dress code - it is a very informal place so whatever you wear you'll definitely not look/fell out of place here.Related to:
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General advice concerning age limits
For those of you who still lack in age and wisdom, a word of warning is in order: the bars and clubs in Finland are very strict when it comes to the age limits, so you should take your ID (passport or driving license should do the trick) with you when you go out. The legal drinking age is 18, but most of the places have their own higher age limits, altough how they reinforce depends on the bar, on the client, on the day, on the bouncer etc.
The whole district of Kallio: The cheapest beer and the friendliest people
The district of Kallio as a nightlife area is cherished by the locals. It has been said that around these neighbourhoods there are more bars per square metre than anywhere else in Finland and perhaps most of them only serve as a cheap place to pour a beer down the throat (2euros/pint being a reasonable price), but there are also bars that are genuinly nice although slightly pricier. Here are some of my favourite bars:
Exodus: the only reggae bar probably in whole of Finland. nice atmosphere
Liberté: occasional live music. young, slightly alternative crowd. the same owner as of Exodus
Kola: looks dangerously trendy from outside but is actually an easy, laid-back place. a good selection of board gamesRelated to:
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SoHo: Middleeuropean and homesick?
When i first came in the nighclub I thought, thank god, finally a club which looks like a highclass south/middle european nighclub. In finland there's aren't many of them you see. This is a bar with three rooms, three bars, and different themes in every room. The first room is only for drinking and haningout. The second is dance floor and the third a hangout room for non-smokers. The interior is lovely, I just love it, a little bit oriental but still not too much. The age limit varies from 18-24, but girls get in easier than boys, it's usually like that here.. Club Soho plays alot of hpuse but also hiphop, Rn'B,disco and other hitlistmusic.
Dress Code: Dress properly, no sneakers please :)
Labyrinth: Go swedish
This is a bar, it's not a nightclub, it closes at 2.30 am. Aanyways, thsi bar is where all the swedish-speaking-finns hang out. There's almost always someone swedish-speaking there. The bartender working there is also swedish, but he speaks finnish and english aswell. The bar it's self is decorated with modern paintings of famous moviestars, and has big sofas and wonderful big pillows. Really nice bar to start the evening in. They have a large screen so when there's football or icehockey the bar shows the games,a nd then the whole bar is full..
Dress Code: No dresscode, but don't come in sweatpants though, coz all swedishpeople dress pretty nicely when thier going out.
Highlight: Old church, now a club
Thsi club is build inside a old church. It has three floors. The middlefloor is where you dance and there's a big bar. The music is everything from trance to commersial pop to finnish music. There's also foamparties organized every wednesday from april to august (I think). The downstairs is called Darxx and is a rock-bar. Upstairs is a no-smoking floor with a few casinotables and places to chill out. A lot of young people go here, there's hardly anyone above 25 there, but it's a lot of fun, and one of the bartenders loves to play with fire :)
Dress Code: No dresscode.. The doormen might take bribes so if you want to skip the line, talk to them :)
Kallio: Off the beaten nightlife path
If you want to have a taste of some local nightlife, you should check out Kallio. In this area, various pubs are serving beer and cider for really cheap prices (around 2,5) and so of course a magnet for a lot of people. You'll find mostly local Finns here. A good pub is Om'pu, another one is Rytmi. It's very close to the city centre (metro station Hakaniemi).Related to:
Vltava: Czech pub right next to the railway station
Located in the old Finnair city terminal, this (huge) Czech bar and restaurant opened its doors in the beginning of March. I have been here once and it was a lively place. Not comparable to a real pub, but still, a good place to be. I haven't tried anything from the menu yet (next to a pub, it is a restaurant as well), but the menu shows some real Czech dishes. Since the location is very central (right next to the railwaystation and taxi lines) it is a good place to start or end your night :)
OuJee & Åbo: For the lounge lizards
Oujee & Åbo are new trendy loungebars next to eachother under same management as the late club Kerma (RIP) and its successor Club Rosegarden. Åbo has a funky old dusty air to it with Russian style furnishings, they sport a jukebox with a quality set of tunes selected by Dj Lil' Tony. OuJee (meaning Oh Yeah! in Finnish) is a smaller and cosier venue with dj decks and sofas. Both venues are very laid back with a sort of living room feel. Crowds are young and a bit artsy. Bar hopping between these sites is encouraged!
Dress Code: Casual, relaxed, bohemian.Related to:
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