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How To: Go Dancing in Helsinki, Finland

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Helsinki, Finland has a busy nightclub scene, an enthusiastic salsa scene, and even places for good old ballroom dancing.

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Ballroom Dancing in Helsinki

The centrally located in Wanhan Tanssikellari (Kaivopiha, Mannerheimintie 3) has a restaurant and offers ballroom dancing with DJs or live orchestras. From Tuesdays to Saturdays, you can waltz to live music or try the very popular (and very unique) Finnish tango. Popular Finnish artists often play here and on Saturdays the music is, according to the restaurant’s website, more “youthful”. A DJ replaces live bands on Mondays. On Fridays and Saturdays the Tanssikellari is open until 4 in the morning. Entrance fees vary and age limit is 18. Dance lessons are also offered on Monday evenings.

Helsinki Nightclubs

Many Helsinki nightclubs have several dance floors and most clubs stay open until 4 in the morning.  Club YK (Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu 21) has two floors and some of the best DJs in Helsinki. DTM, or Don’t Tell Mama (Iso Roobertinkatu 28), is a hugely popular gay club but accepts straight clients too. There are two dance floors and on Saturday nights the second floor is for ladies only. Lost & Found (Annankatu 6) used to be a hetero-friendly gay club but is now more a gay-friendly hetero club, and has a busy dance floor. Manala and Botta (Dagmarinkatu 2/Museokatu 10) have several dance floors and bars and are popular with students and a young crowd.

Latin Rhythms

If you like salsa and Latin rhythms, there are lots of salsa club nights and Latin events around Helsinki. The website has a list of events and salsa nights (the website is in Finnish but the club and event listings are easy to understand).

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Venere Travel Blog writer satu rommi

Satu was born in Finland, but moved to London in 1996 and lived there for 10 years working as a journalist. She has spent the last couple of years mostly in India, practicing yoga and travelling.

4 responses to “How To: Go Dancing in Helsinki, Finland”

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  1. Tuija Ollila says via Facebook:
    April 26th, 2011 at 18:23

    Nothing like that, I rather dance AC/DC or somthing like that :) Luckily in Helsinki, you can find that too. At “On the rocks” for example.

  2. Isabel M Correa Parker says via Facebook:
    April 26th, 2011 at 18:26

    “Estocolmo!” by D.J. Mendez !

  3. Cem Ozan says via Facebook:
    April 26th, 2011 at 18:28

    Helsinki mıght be good place for warmıng up yourself with musıc..

  4. Kathrine Nielsen Gundersen says via Facebook:
    April 26th, 2011 at 18:51

    Definitely”Just can’t get enought” by Depeche Mode <3

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