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Nightlife in Helsinki

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Helsinki is a small city but has a vibrant nightlife. Most pubs, bars, clubs in Helsinki stay open until 2 to 4 am, and there are late night clubs, concerts, events and gigs almost every night of the week.

nightlife in helsinki

The age limit to enter Helsinki’s bars and clubs can be anywhere between 18 and 24. On weekends many clubs have a minimum age of at least 20. Ordinary bars and pubs generally keep the age limit at 18.

Even though many bars and clubs don’t charge entrance fees, drinking out is expensive in Finland and most locals start with a few drinks at home before heading out. To find out what is going on in Helsinki from events and gigs to the best clubs and bars, pick up a copy of the City, a free newspaper available around Helsinki in many shops, bars and restaurants.

Trendy Cocktail Bars

Start your evening with a drink in a cocktail bar. The Ahjo Bar (Bulevardi 2/4, inside the Hotel Klaus K) is a combination of a lounge bar and a nightclub. The age limit is 24. The A21 Cocktail Lounge (Annankatu 21) is one of the best cocktail bars in Helsinki, and offers unique cocktails in a relaxed but stylish setting. Shaker (Fredrikinkatu 65) has a good cocktail list and impressive bartenders.

Bars and Clubs

If you feel like dancing, head to one of Helsinki’s trendy nightclubs. Club YK (Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu 21) continues to be one of the most popular clubs in Helsinki and has some of the best DJ’s in town. The age limit is 20 on Fridays and 22 on Saturdays and the club is open until 4am.

Tiger, located in the top two floors of the Kamppi shopping centre (Urho Kekkosen katu 1 A) is a recently renovated, modern nightclub. The age limit is 18 to 22 depending on the night, and you’ll have to pay entrance fee. Tiger is open until 4 am on weekends.

Manala and Botta (Dagmarinkatu 2/Museokatu 10) have been going on for years and belong to one of the most popular clubs and bars in Helsinki, especially with the younger crowd.  There are several bars and dance floors and you can dance until 4 in the morning.

Although more a bar than a nightclub, Cuba Café (Erottajankatu 4) is always packed and is known for some of the best parties in town. It stays open until 4am on most nights of the week.

Gay-Friendly Bars and Clubs

Helsinki has a good gay/lesbian nightlife scene. Some of the clubs have become extremely popular and now attract a mixed clientele.

For a drink before heading out dancing, Fairytale (Helsinginkatu 7) is a small and intimate gay bar with good beers and ciders.

DTM or Don’t Tell Mama (Iso Roobertinkatu 28) is one of Helsinki’s most famous gay clubs. These days it has a café/bar that is open during the day and a nightclub for partying on two floors. DTM stays open until 4am on weekends.

Lost & Found (Annankatu 6) used to be a hetero-friendly gay club but now calls itself a gay-friendly hetero club. Lost & Found is open until 4 am and is a popular place for late night drinks. The age limit is 24.

Hotels in Helsinki

Klaus K Hotel room, HelsinkiKlaus K Hotel, Helsinki
The luxury 4-star Klaus K Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just off Esplanadi and Mannerheimintie Streets. Stay 2 nights and save 10% on a double room!

Hotel Helka, HelsinkiHotel Helka, Helsinki
The 3-star Helka Hotel is located in Helsinki City Centre, within 2 minutes’ walk of the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta).

Check out more Hot Deals for Helsinki!

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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.

3 responses to “Nightlife in Helsinki”

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  1. Tuija Ollila says via Facebook:
    November 21st, 2010 at 19:30

    That´s true! We Finns feel it strange when we are travelling, and many towns feel so “dead” at night, if it´s not a weekend!

  2. Roc Malagelada says via Facebook:
    November 21st, 2010 at 21:48

    Great Helsinki!!! Europe’s leading region in sustainable wood energy.

  3. Anna Hanno says:
    June 18th, 2013 at 07:50

    Great vibrant nightlife in Helsinki!!! Most of pubs, bars, clubs in Helsinki have younger crowd . You can enjoy best DJ , cocktail bars and dancing here . I love it .

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