There are many boats witch are used as restaurants, at the river Aura. You can go for a beer, and some of them have quite good food menu also.
We have only visited Papa Joe, and stayed only for one beer. But at a sunny day it is a nice place to spend your time.
Here´s more of them:
And as you may have noticed, we are allways trying to find some beers we haven´t tasted before. So here´s one restaurant more to cxhoose from. Check their list at here:
Sadly many really interesting ones were very expensive. One pint and 11e was little too much for us, so we couldn´t buy the most interesting ones. Maybe we should have taken something to share to two glasses. Good ideas come to late..
But I think we will visit this one again some day. Hopefully not with as little money we were this time.. ;)
Dress Code: Again.. No dress code!
We have had Klubi in Tampere for ages, allthough it was "Tulliklubi" when I was younger. Now they do have Klubi at Turlu also. It´s a place dor live music. Kind of rock club (=klubi) , place of live music and no seats, so you can dance a little while watching the band.
I like Klubi at Tampere and in Turku much better than famous Tavastia at Helsinki for example. They have better air condition and reasonable prices. If you want to see a good rock club, check who is on the stage and visit Klubi. If the name of the singer doesn´t say nothing to you, go to you tube. Finns are very active putting songs in there. Many gigs can be sold out before, at least at weekends.
And they do have some beers to choose from. Some rock clubs in Finland seem to think it´s o.k. to have ONE beer at the tap.. And usually it is some poor brand witch comes cheap. Not nice if you are interested in beers like us. I rather drink water than Karhu-beer. ( The most sold Finnish beer, but I hate it!)
Dress Code: No dress code!!!!
It´s a pub. One of famous local pubs, witch are made to old pharmacy, old school, old public toilet and this one..As you might have guessed: To old bank.
They have great selection of beers in here. This is one of must places if you like beer and go to Turku. Check the list by clicking: "Olutvalikoima" at their page. There is also changing beers.
Dress Code: Anything goes!
This brewery restaurant (= panimoravintola) is made to old school (=Koulu). That´s why it´s very different from many others. And it´s very big to be a pub. You can usually find a quiet spot if yu want, or stay at the most crowded area, where the most "life" is.
They do have big beergarden at summer, and they really do brew own beers. And the beers are good!! By the way, their names are also different types of teachers :)
They do have food also, but we haven´t taste it, we come here for the house beers!
If you have seen Finnish Vares-movies, or read the Vares books, this is one of the places where detective Vares goes for a beer. ;)
Dress Code: No dress code. There are all kinds of people!
It´s called cafe, but it is a pub. And a pub with great selection of changing beers! I don´t remeber seeing so many "new" ones for a while (new for me). Staff knew a lot about their beers and helped us to find interesting ones. We were going to have one bottle, but because of the good staff and selection, we found ourselves staying for three bottles ;)
There is lots of comics, Finnish and international. Finnish comic-drawers have drawn something at the walls also and have written somethin also.
Colors of the place are not so usual, quite colorful place! And I even liked the music. the Doors, Sisters of Mercy, Billy idol, Rolling Stones..
And it was reasonable priced!
I´m glad my friend told us to go here.
Dress Code: No dress code (you won´t see me going to place with dressPhotos of the bottles are poor, I felt stupid taking photos of them, so I did it very quick ;)
This is a pub located at old pharmacy, and it´s called new pharmacy because of that. They have those old pharmacy furniture at there and the place looks like old Finnish pharmacys do. Turku is known about these funny restaurants, made in old scholl, pharmacy, old toilet(!)...
Best think about this place is of course the great selection of beers. It´s a place where we beer-tasters still find something new every time. Some beers change, some are allways on the menu. The restaurants page is on Finnish only, but I choosed the list of beers. You can scroll it down and see tens of beers!
If you happen to have red Finnish Reijo Mäki´s "Vares"-books, this is the bar where detective Jussi Vares likes to drink with his friends. You can also meet the writer Mäki there, if you happen to be there at the right time.
Dress Code: What ever you want! If it would have a dress code, we wouldn´t like it!
Old bank is located in what was used to be a bank. It is in central location in the city and in summer they have a nice terrace for almost all day long. They have some nice beer selection from the tap as well as many more in bottles.
This is the local brewery, its name is Koulu which means school, it is fantastic old building and inside you can see the actual brewery and try few very interesting own none filtered lager and bock beers.
Apteekki Pub is located in an old Apteekki which means, Pharmacy. It is a classic style pub with few local annd import beers and in there west side room you can actually have a view of the river. This pub is suitable for people in every age and the music is not play too loud.
This is one of the several boats docked at the Aura's riverbank that have been transformed into bars/restaurants. They're very popular among the locals because it's almost the only place where they can hang out, have a drink and meet friends, etc. There are bars located in other spots, of course, but these are fun because they're ships and it's cool to be near the water when the weather is nice.
We just had a cider here and it was ok, that's pretty much what you will find here (wine, beer, cider, and water of course but NOT for free...! Even a native Finn complained about this LOL). That's what Finns like to drink, and it's good!
We chose this place over the others because the weather was rather cool that day and they had these nice gas heaters all over the place (except the upper level) and the deck was roofed/covered. It was packed for this very same reason, but we got lucky and found a free table and had a good time without getting frozen!!
Dress Code: No real dress code, but I do suggest that you take something to cover yourself (sweater, jacket) because it can get windy and chilly in the evening, even during the summer!
Well, I couldn't really have any nightlife in Finland because THERE WAS NO NIGHT TIME!! I didn't get there during the midnight sun season but it never really became totally dark, so you could stroll the streets even at 11 PM. However, I found this activity very funny: there are several bars located in boats which don't move, they're just docked along the Aura River and people go there to drink some beer or Cider (it is yummy!! especially the PEAR flavored cider) and listen to music and talk... it's quite relaxed but cool! When it gets later the city lights are reflected on the river and it's a beautiful view.
Dress Code: No dress code really... you can dress anyway you want! This is my dear friend Kalle and me on the "sun deck" (!!!!????) of one of these boats... who would ever think of Finland as sunny?? This was quite funny :)
Note: last time I went to Turku I searched for this place and I couldn't find it anymore...! Maybe it's gone out of business?? Who knows..... but there are many other options to choose from...... just walk along the riverbank and hop on the boat/place that seems to be the most fun!! Most of them are usually full of people so you will have a good time anyhow....
Well how many people could say they had a drink in a public toilet drinking beer out of a pottie. Turku seems to have an array of unusual drinking places. One of them Puutorin Vessa is an old public toilet from 1933 that has been converted into a bar, showing some relics of the old past where it was a place of "relieve" for bus drivers.
Every night (except Monday) Pepe offers live music. If there is no special band presenting anything, everyone may go on stage for making the show. If still nobody, Pepe himself takes the guitarre and plays nice pieces, depending on the audience. 19.5.2004 evening on the stage was "Bonsu Drums"-band.
Update (2006): Pepe has sold the place, but for sure you may find Pepe playing in some bar or restaurant in Turku!
This bar 10 is a kind of a sports bar, it is a place where you can send your Lotto, Toto and other gambling forms and well as to watch sports TV, play some darts and of course, drink some beer, and its cheaper here ;-)