Helsinki Nightlife 5x5

Conveniently-sized Helsinki has a ton of bars and clubs within walking distance from another. Pick your favourites from our listing and plan your preferred bar crawl around the Finnish capital.

Finns might seem a bit quiet and reserved at first, but meet them in a bar and you’ll discover a whole new dimension to the people. Finns love to party, and weekend nights in central Helsinki is where it’s most evident. From sweaty rock shows to classy cocktail lounges, there’s enough supply in night-time Helsinki to cater for all preferences.

The minimum age for clubs and bars is 18, though some set the minimum age limit at 20, 22 or even 24. Young people are advised to carry ID, as bouncers in bars and clubs strictly observe age restrictions. Entrance to bars is mostly free, but at clubs, a fee is often charged. Counting out special cases, bars stay open until 2 a.m. and clubs until 4 a.m.

See below our top five in five categories – bars, night clubs, live music venues, cocktail bars and karaoke bars – on where to have a good time. Cheers, or kippis, as we say in Finland!


Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.