Generally considered the definitive live venue in Helsinki, Tavastia is conveniently located, right by the main bus station in Kamppi. Live artists, local and foreign, are featured on many nights every week. The club is open on other nights as well, and since the place is owned by a university student organisation, special events are frequent. Short music festivals focusing on certain genres are also common, and twice a year record fairs draw in a crowd. In terms of acoustics, Tavastia is one of the best live venues in town, though it is relatively small. Its maximum capacity is less than a thousand people, only just over half of whom can fit into the actual live side of the club. Therefore, many artists playing there sell out, even when they play for two or more nights in a row.
Located in Etu-Töölö behind the National Museum and next to Parliament, St. Urho's Pub was opened over 20 years ago, making it one of the most popular of traditions with locals. A wide selection of bottled ale and beers on tap are available and the menu has everything from small to huge meals. There is never a cover charge, even during live music performances.
Salve is one of Helsinki's oldest pubs. Located next to the Hietalahdentori summer flea market, with views to the shipyards where luxury cruise ships are built, Salve was originally a pub where the sailors came to dine and drink. Nowadays it is in high favor with the local inhabitants and workers, show-business artists and (especially in the summer) tourists. Many come here to have a beer, whether on the sunny summer terrace, or inside, where the marine, timeless interior creates a nice atmosphere. Salve also has much more to offer, including traditional and excellent basic Finnish food at moderate prices.
The best-known jazz club in Helsinki, Storyville resides in a basement where the red brick walls scream New Orleans. This is a place for those who like to sit down, enjoy drinks and listen to a band playing light, easy jazz; you can always pop in and expect a live performance. Guest musicians are often from abroad. Storyville is especially popular on weekends, but you can wait in the upstairs pub if the club is full.
Located right opposite to the central train station, lady Moon is one popular nightclub. Flocked by a crowd of youngsters everyday, this nightclub simply provides a reason to party for many. The club features a DJ after 10p who causes a mass dance revolution on the floor. Come here for a great night out when in Helsinki, Lady Moon is sure to please!
Warning: all 24-year-olds are a no-no in Hesperia, but if you're over 24, the skies the limit here! Check out the long bar or the parallel dance floor or chat up your neighbor or just hang out - no charges for bird watching. Live jazz, blues, soul and pretty Helsinki head turners will definitely make your night an owl's delight!
Henry's Pub was opened in 2006 and is well known for great music. The larger section of the pub is where the events take place and the lower half has a wine bar and pub. Likewise, the crowd is clearly divided into the older generation-found sitting around-and the young and students-found partying! There is live music everyday including Mikes Monster Jam Night, acoustic evenings and live bands. Henry's Pub is a good place for local bands and individuals to perform solo. Food served here is basically snacks that go well with drinks. The place can be booked for private, business events and musical events as well. Log on to their website for program details.
Dining at Loiste means more than a breathtaking view of Helsinki. Located on the 10th floor of the Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, this trendy restaurant offers a cozy getaway from the busy streets. Sip wine and nibble on bistro-inspired cuisine. Go for the Olive crustd Lamb Filé or the Pan Roasted Pike Perch. Something to drink? no problem, the cellar is stocked well with wine from Europe, South Africa, Chile, Australia, and America. Round it all up with Choclate & Pistachio Cake. Eat to live? that is the question!
Virgin Oil Co is a three story bar, restaurant and club. The ground floor houses the Italian-American restaurant that serves pizzas and other cuisines that are unparalleled in taste by any other restaurant in Helsinki. Baked items are all prepared in wooden ovens, ensuring that the food doesn't lose it's natural taste. For all wine lovers: wines here are served directly from the barrel, giving it a distinct flavor. The second floor is the place to shake a leg on weekends, when the DJ takes over and crowd goes crazy!
If you are craving for authentic Irish cuisine, then come to Kaivopihan Dubliner. Located in the heart of the city, it is a pleasant and cozy eatery and serves tasty dishes. If you are not hungry then check out their bar that has a large and varied collection of beer, ales and other alcoholic drinks. While television screens are mounted for sports fan, there are also dart boards, Nintendo games for gamers. You can also surf the internet for a nominal fee. Space is also available for private events. Come get a feel of Ireland at this Helsinki eatery.
After a long and triring day in the city, if you wish to party like there's no tomorrow, then Milliklubi is the place to be. A gorgeous amalgamation of a bar and a nightclub, Milliklubi is a haunt for youngsters, locals and travelers alike. The place is always pulsating with music and their talented DJs know just the right beats to get you in the groove. Drinks keep your spirits high while the ambiance makes you oblivious to time.