Helsinki

Originally known for its rock and heavy metal clubs, Helsinki has recently developed a suave bar-lounge scene. What began as a love of mojitos is flourishing into a number of carpeted, couch-lined venues combining loungy tunes with magnificent cocktails, some as a separate part of chic restaurants. While the city is generally quiet Sunday–Tuesday nights, a well-dressed, mostly suit-clad clientele begins boozing and schmoozing in earnest on "little Saturday" (aka Wednesday), and you can expect lines at the most popular places starting at 11 on weekends. The compact size of the city center makes it easy to barhop. Almost any place with a terrace or courtyard is sure to be busy in summer, and cover charges, when required, average €5–€10.

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  • 1. A21

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    Finland's finest cocktails are mixed at A21, a cozy cocktail lounge owned by a Finnish duo who learned the trade in London. Ring the doorbell...Read More

  • 2. Angleterre

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    An affluent crowd frequents this cozy English ale house, which is run by a well-known Helsinki cellar master. ...Read More

  • 3. Ateljee Bar

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    Perched atop the historical Hotel Torni, the Ateljee Bar is a modest space that's big enough to serve its purpose: serving innovative cocktails...Read More

  • 4. dtm

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    Short for "Don't Tell Mama," dtm is one of the largest gay clubs in Finland. ...Read More

  • 5. Fennia Salon

    Keskusta | Dance Clubs

    For an upscale evening of cocktails, dinner, and a live show (June–August), head over to Grand Casino Helsinki's Fennia Salon. ...Read More

  • 6. Grand Casino Helsinki

    Keskusta | Casinos

    Chances are you'll find roulette, blackjack, slot machines, and poker tournaments here, as well as dinner shows and restaurants. ...Read More

  • 7. Grotesk

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    Grotesk belies its name with black carpet, an ornate polished-wood ceiling, and well-dressed people sipping champagne and expertly made cocktails...Read More

  • 8. Juttutupa

    Hakaniemi | Bars/Pubs

    Steeped in history, this bar was first opened in 1906 by the Helsinki Workers' Association. It hosts some great jazz nights. At the bar's ...Read More

  • 9. Kaisla

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    Larger than it appears from the outside, this bar offers a huge range of beers, ales, and ciders from across the globe in its snug, redbrick...Read More

  • 10. Kaivohuone

    Kaivopuisto | Dance Clubs

    The dance floor of this old spa structure in beautiful Kaivopuisto is often packed weekends. ...Read More

  • 11. Kappeli

    Esplanadi | Bars/Pubs

    The leaded windows here offer an excellent view of the Havis Amanda statue. There's also a huge outdoor terrace, perfect for summer nights,...Read More

  • 12. Lost and Found

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    This straight-friendly gay bar has a full-scale restaurant attached. ...Read More

  • 13. Manala

    Töölö | Dance Clubs

    On weekends, late night at Manala is an extraordinary cocktail of elegant tango, bebop, and swing in the main hall and frenetic disco on the...Read More

  • 14. Mann's Street

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    Mann's Street is popular among older gay men. There's karaoke daily and dancing on the first Saturday of the month. ...Read More

  • 15. Molly Malone's

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    There's nightly live music at this popular Irish pub. ...Read More

  • 16. O'Malley's

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    This was the first Irish pub in Helsinki. ...Read More

  • 17. Storyville

    Keskusta | Music Clubs

    Helsinki's most popular jazz club has live jazz, blues, rock-and-roll, and dancing Monday–Saturday. ...Read More

  • 18. Tavastia Club

    Keskusta | Dance Clubs

    The university-owned Tavastia Club is one of the best rock clubs for top Finnish talent and some solid imports. ...Read More

  • 19. Teatteri

    Esplanadi | Bars/Pubs

    Teatteri takes full advantage of its sexy in-the-esplanade-gardens locale with a perennially cool (and expensive) nightclub and two bar-lounges. ...Read More

  • 20. Teerenpeli Helsinki

    Keskusta | Bars/Pubs

    The toasted sandwiches are legendary at this family-owned bar, which serves many international beers, as well as their own home brew and Finnish...Read More

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