very nice and classy nightclub, drinks are quite high price aswell as entry fee after 11pm 11€. but it does give the feeling of one of the elite hotspots. also another big minus of this nightclub is often not enough seating and if you come with friends you ALL must go to the bar to get the drinks as they have a rule 1 person can only buy 1 drink at a time which is a very silly idea as how many people buys rounds for friends!
Dress Code: smart casual
Karaoke bar owned by a radio company. the bar is very pretty with sofas however there is not nough seating, and the karaoke queing system is quite poor! you pay 3 euro per head to get in and you are lucky if you get to sing as the reqest papers are often mixed up and same people sing many songs and others dont:-(
Dress Code: smart casual
For a tourist not speaking Finnish that well (or not at all), don't go there. The doormen are acting like gorillas on steroids if they don't understand you... The music is okay but you have to hang you coat in the room for 2,50 euros! And you can only pay cash. No cards. Beer is the same as every where but the place it not very clean...especially the toilets. Not recommended for tourists.
Dress Code: No dress code.
This is a nice casino with a good show, meal and fairly relaxed atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Helsinki and stays open until 4.00 am.
Not being a professional card or roulette player I am not sure how serious punters would rate it but from a tourist and occasional gambler perspective it was ideal. Not intimidating if your a first time player.
You can do a special overnight deal with the Radisson SAS hotel. They have a good web site see address below.
Dress Code: Smart Casual is probably acceptable but jacket and tie to be on the safe side.
Very nice place with cool people and concerts every evenings. Mainly punk, the venue proposes also lot of different kind of music: ska, reggae, dub, dubstep, electro, hip-hop, drum'n'bass.
The main thing it's no commercial music.
The drinks are also very sheap. The beer pint (60cl) is at 4 euros. The coffee is free and fair trade.
Dress Code: No dress code. You need just to be yourself.
Around the midsummer in northern Finland the sun doesn not set for several weeks. In Lapland this "longest summer day" lasts for over two months. Even in more southern places the night does not get dark at all, days beeing separated by a couple of hours of twilight. It was the first time when I saw white nights:) Amazing!
As in every big city, also in Helsinki the nighlife venue changes all the time and there is always some new nightclub where people go. It also depends much of a weekday where u should go. Every day there is a party with many people somewhere. Here are the present tips (december 2006):
Monday- Helsinki Club
Tuesday - Baarikärpänen (sider and beer for one euro, rnb, top20)
Wednesday - This is the so called "little saturday" so there are people, specially students, in many places. Cannot name any special now.
Thursday - Kaarle XII alias Kalle
Friday and Saturday - Any nightclub
Sunday - Onnela (cheap drinks, three areas with different types of music: rock, finnish music and rnb, hiphop+ top40)
It was the only city where we saw some "nightlife" because it is an university city.When we were there it was the last day of school, so the students had a lot of fun.Them whowere finishing school, they wear a "Fredrikson " had, like a captains had.
It was nic eto be there at that moment
Dress Code: In the center , there is an old warehouse rebuilded in a café: very nice!
Eventhough winter is cold and therefore rather effectively preventing people from being outdoors too long one cannot help and wonder what some silly folks sometimes do.
As the picture reveals winter doens't keep us from being outside, no it doesn't!
You just got to face the your limits from time to time and stand the pain like a man, uah - that doesn't sound too convincing....
Anyway, the point I am trying to make here seems to be that you have to try extreme things at times...
Dress Code: next time nude?
You are able to go bar and drink alcohol at age 18 in Finland. Most bars and clubs in big cities have higher age limits, usually something between 20 up to 24.
You may have heard some horror stories how Finnish drink etc...but most people can use alcohol very moderately and have fun with it. There is also many who doesn't drink att all, like our prime minister...
Going to bar in Finland can be very nice experience. Depends where you are of course. In Helsinki some clubs can be very trendy and they might have own VIP -areas. In my opinion, avoid these 'i want to be shown' places and search something more relaxing.
Dress Code: Dress code depends but main rule is wear clothes that are comfortable for you. Some places want men to use something else than snickers, even if they are trendy one.
I have received some e-mails here in VT from guys who think that Scandinavian girls 'give' easily. That they are very free with comes to sexual attitude...and some people has asked me that is it common in Finland to just go bar and ask somebody to come your room and have some sex. Generously I don't know. It depends so much a person. Finland is not very conservative sountry att all and many girls/women do same things as guys and feel very free what comes any moral rules etc.
But I don't know any bigger turn-off than a guy who comes in bar to talk to you and the first sentence is 'fancy a ***?'
That is so disgusting and rude, even if you would like to have some fun that kind of 'discussion' gives definetely 'no-no'.
If you are sober you will highly appreciate our dear Finns going out from night club to look for a place selling junk food. In Oulu there is numbers of cheap pizzeria. And I bet you will see many drunk bike riders, so be careful and keep your eyes open to not get into a crash.
Dress Code: Woolen hat, gloves, red eyes and shouting ununderstandable words in finnsih, such as "Perkele.. Vittu.." ;-)
Age is the way not to let everyone get in and select.
most night clubs do not accept perones under the age of 24 but some nights would be 22 or less it depends on what kind of people they want to have.
so do not forget your ID when you go out.
Most of the time if you are a foreigner they would not bother asking for ID.
In helsinki, even in the best places there is no entrance guard telling you who can get in and who cant!
but democratic lines where evryone is going to get in. The only reasons not to get in is if you are to drunk ( it happens quite often) or if you are under age.
now some places have two lines, the other will be called the VIP line where it is people they know that come quite often. the VIP line will go faster than the other one that is the difference.
In most places even restaurants after a precise hour you have to pay for the cloak room even though you have nothing to leave there or you do not want to leave anything there. do not be upset it is the rule.
Especially during the summer a nice pub with outside tables in a lively shopping and car-free street.
Try the city's own beer: Stadin panimo "Witte"
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