The beautiful bars of Helsinki
Annika Miettinen is a young photographer in Finland's capital. She loves her hometown and knows its coolest hangouts. When she's not snapping pics of Helsinki's cityscape she works with portraiture and commercial photography. Annika was nice enough seek out her favorite Helsinki haunts and give us a visual lowdown on where to imbibe. You can find her blog and website at these addresses:
What? Restaurant, terraces, bars and saunas next to the sea. Beautiful architecture with traditional Finnish sauna and smoke sauna. Very eco-friendly and you can eat traditional Finnish dishes here. Nice place to hang out on a beautiful day. If you want to go to the sauna, you better book beforehand. A Must visit when in Helsinki.
Where? Hernesaarenranta 4, Helsinki
When? Mon-Wed 9.00-24.00Thu-Sat: 9.00-02.00 Sun: 9.00-22.00
What? Trendy techno warehouse club. Famous for it`s Sunday party on the patio with DJ`s during the summer. Partying here starts early, so if you want to avoid a long queue, go early.
Where? Pälkäneentie 13, Helsinki
When? Sun 15.00-24.00. Mostly open only on Sundays. Otherevents and openinghourscheckfrom the website.
What? Probably the most popular club in Helsinki among young people and hipsters. The Guardian's magazine has listed it (12/2014) as one of the best clubs in Europe.
Where? Kaikukatu 4, Helsinki
When? Wed-Sat 22.00-04.00
What? Mix of afternoon chilling on the terrace to open mic nights to gigs and party hardy. Retro living room feeling. Many people also go here before entering Club Kaiku, because they are opposite sides of the same building.
Where? Hämeentie 13B, Helsinki
When? Mon-Thu 11.00-02.00 Fri-Sat 11.00-03.00 Sun 23.00-03.00
What? Amazing cocktails and intriguing dinner. The place to visit if you really appreciate good ingredients and flavours. They just won an international cocktail competition. You can also book a cooking workshop.
Where? Annankatu 21, Helsinki
When? Tue-Wed 17.00-24.00 Thu 17.00-01.00 Fri-Sat 17-02.00
What? Good for enjoying stylish summer days next to the sea. Several bars and street food, sunbeds, sauna and night life events.You can also enter here with your own boat.
Where? Ärtholmsstranden 6, Helsinki
When? Mon-Sun 11.00-01.00/02.00
What? Steam punk style themed bar. Very interesting interior and great cocktails. Small sandwiches for free. If you tip the bartender, they blow smoke from the airship.
Where? Olavinkatu 1, Helsinki
When? Mon-Sat 16.00-04.00
Trillby & Chadwick
What? Secret old school drink bar. They don't give you an exact address, so you have to find the right door. Then go inside a hallway and call with an old telephone to get in. No photos allowed. Very secretive.
Where? Katariinankatu, Helsinki When? Tue–Thu klo 16–0.30, Fri–Sat 16–1.30
What? At top of the Torni hotel there is this great small Ateljee bar with the best view over Helsinki. Go there because of the view but be prepared for a lot of people. Climb a short spiral staircase to get there.
Where? Yrjönkatu 26, Helsinki
When? Mon-Tue 14.00-01.00 Wed-Thu 14.00-02.00 Fri-Ssat 12.00-02.00 Sun 14.00-01.00
What? Spanish style urban bar. Drinks and good tapas. Bar made of green wine bottles and lots of other cool details. Great especially for an afterwork/ early evening place.
Where? Annankatu 15, Helsinki
When? Mon-Sun 16.00-2.00