What to Drink in Helsinki
Helsinki has plenty of hip places for a drink, but they are uniformly expensive. If intent on getting plastered, follow the Finns and drink up a good "base" at home or hotel before going out on town.
Note that, while entry to bars and clubs is often (but not always) free, you must use and pay for the coat check (narikka), usually around €2, if you're wearing anything more than a T-shirt.
If you're not interested in the more trendy downtown nightclubs/bars, or are on a budget, you might want to head over to Kallio district that has heaps of bars with relatively cheap beer and an offbeat atmosphere. Popular places include Stellar pub, Roskapankki, Kola and Tauko but there are lots more to choose from - walking along Helsinginkatu or Vaasankatu will get you past many of them. The sometimes "decadent" bar culture here might not be everyone's cup of tea, though. You can reach Kallio from the center by walking, by tram (lines 1, 3B, 6 or 7B) or by metro (get off at Hakaniemi and walk uphill, or Sörnäinen, and head west).
In city centre, a cluster for convenient bar-hopping can be found around Iso-Roobertinkatu (trams 3B/T, 6 and 10), with many other options stretching between that area and the Central Railway Station.
Information on clubs and live performances can be found in free, Finnish-language tabloids such as City and V, which can be picked up at many shops.
Modified: 2007-03-04 11:37:21+01