Helsinki is Finland’s capital and was originally founded in 1550. Known as the “Daughter of the Baltic”, it has been the nation’s capital since 1812. At that time the tsars of Russia began rebuilding the city, giving it the appearance of a miniature St. Petersburg in some cases. Helsinki is a popular tourist destination, especially during the comfortably warm summer months when the locals frequent the many outdoor bars and cafés.
However if there is one thing that travelers soon realize when visiting the city, it’s how the Helsinki nightlife is the best in Scandinavia and a European favorite. Before venturing out into the Helsinki nightlife, be aware of one thing. The Finns love those late nights and are known to party into the wee hours of morning. The following is a list of the favorite spots to visit while in Helsinki, both with the locals and tourists.
The Lux Nightclub
If you’re looking for classier nightlife, the Lux is the place to be. With its big terraces, 5 different bars, and a suitable dress code, this is a must-visit nightclub.
Helsinki’s Arctic Icebar
If you’ve ever heard of an ice hotel, this is the nightclub equivalent. They do keep it cold inside and even hand you a pair of gloves when you enter, but the Icebar’s uniqueness is what makes it a worthwhile stop on your evening agenda.
The Tavastia and Semifinal Nightclubs
This is basically one nightclub made from two, although they have different crowds. The Tavastia side caters to a more mature audience than the Semifinal, but both feature some great live rock music from Europe and the US.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
Situated near the central rail station in Helsinki, this Irish-style pub features live music and is a favorite of locals. It has been ranked in the top 50 European Irish-style pubs.
Nightclub Kaarle XII
The key characteristics of this younger crowd venue is that it has 6 separate bars and two big dance floors. It is one of the largest nightclubs in Helsinki and features a pop music and dance venue.
The Lost and Found in Helsinki
Rated the best gay-friendly bar in the city, it is not uncommon to encounter celebrities as well as a large mixed crowd most nights of the week.
The Redrum Nightclub
The pulse of this nightclub is what attracts the young crowd it is well known for. It features four different music styles – hip-hop, house, indie, and reggae. Be advised that the minimum age for entry into this club is 24.
Ateljee Baari at Torni
Very popular but pricey as well, the café-bar at the Hotel Torni offers the visitor a classy atmosphere and provides an excellent view of the Helsinki rooftops.
Photo of a corner in Helsinki’s Ice Bar by silgeo.