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The 8 Best Things To Do In Helsinki At Night - Updated 2020

things to do in helsinki at night
Jen
Jen
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Helsinki is a great place to sight see but besides markets what is there to do? Don’t worry! Us to the rescue! Here are the top things to do if you want to have a drink, and then indulge in the Finnish culture!

1. Ateljee Bar

View from Ateljee Bar
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A perfect spot for a date or hanging out with friends, this popular rooftop bar has it all; spectacular views and delicious alcoholic beverages. Enjoy your view and evening over a cocktail in the Ateljee Bar on the top floor of the 14 story Hotel Torni, which locals refer to as the highest “skyscraper” in Helsinki! They specialize in their Bellinis which start around 11 USD a pop, but offer a full bar as well if that’s not your drink of choice. Many locals love this spot for its casual and lounge vibe, then afterward they usually head to a nightclub for some more fun!

Ateljee Bar

Address: Hotelli Torni, Yrjönkatu 26, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Website: Ateljee Bar

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2. Kulttuurisauna

Kulttuurisauna 20140704 panorama
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A weekend tradition among locals here in Finland is heading to their saunas, and their newest one, the Kulttuurisauna, does not disappoint. It is a place for relaxing, meditating and you can even take a dip in the Baltic here! People love that it is an energy-efficient sauna and only costs about 17 USD for entry, and here they also practice minimalism! So come here if you are stressed, had a long week and really just need to wind down. It’s the perfect spot to relax and make some new Finnish friends!

Kulttuurisauna

Address: Hakaniemenranta 17, 00530 Helsinki, Finland

Website: Kulttuurisauna

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3. A21 Helsinki Oy

Cocktail Bar
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Calling all hipsters! Here you will find your typical cocktail bar for hipsters, but with a twist. This place is more of an experience then a partying night out. They craft all of their cocktails by hand and are known here for quality over quantity. That quality comes with a price though, starting at around 10 USD per drink and up from there. They are constantly holding drink making competitions, and trying out recipes from all over the world at this top notch establishment. If you check out their website (in Finnish and English) you can see what is going on every week. Stop in for some global drink exploration!

A21 Helsinki Oy

Address: Annankatu 21, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Website: A21 Helsinki Oy

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4. Bar Bäkkäri

the Rock Bar
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This rock bar for locals is a long standing establishment with entertainment for everyone! If you love rock music then you will enjoy the many bands they have throughout the night, every night. Locally, Bäkkäri is known as an institution for all rock and music enthusiasts in Helsinki. It has been open now for eight years and in that time has gained a following to include rock stars in their after or weekend parties. Members of Nightwish, Mastodon, and Korn, among many other celebrities, have partied here - and for good reason! On the weekend the nightclub upstairs showcases new and unique bands in all genres of heavy metal and rock. Bäkkäri has also been known to offer stand up comedy, metal karaoke, and tons of other music related night activities for your enjoyment!

Bar Bäkkäri

Address: Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 21, Helsinki, Finland

Website: Bar Bäkkäri

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5. Suomenlinna Island

Suomenlinna Island
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Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque lounging site. You can easily access it from early in the morning until as late as 2am by utilizing the Finnish ferry system to get across. Once you take the ferry from Kauppatori to Suomenlinna Island, you can feel free to spend your evening uncovering Finland’s past and exploring this stunning natural beauty of an island! You can explore the island fortress, take tons of photos against the seaside backdrop and finish your night star gazing and enjoying a picnic dinner or drinks!

Suomenlinna Island

Website: Suomenlinna Island

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6. Finnish National Opera House

Finnish National Opera Helsinki
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Looking for a more cultural weekend in Helsinki? Then head here to the Finnish National Opera house to enjoy a beautiful ballet, exciting opera performance or just bask in the glory knowing that you are in a famous worldwide opera house!

Finnish National Opera House

Address: Helsinginkatu 58, 00250 Helsinki, Finland

Website: Finnish National Opera House

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7. Finnish National Theatre

Teatro Nacional de Finlandia, Helsinki, Finlandia, 2012-08-14, DD 02
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The Finnish National Theatre, established in 1872, is the oldest theatre house that is still running in all of Finland! Many flock to it because of its central location in the middle of Helsinki City (on the North side of the Helsinki Central Railway Station Square). The national treasure and architectural gem houses the most quality theatre in the country, says all attendee’s reviews!

Finnish National Theatre

Address: Läntinen Teatterikuja 1, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Website: Finnish National Theatre

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8. Cable Factory - Kaapelitehdas

Kaapelitehdas Helsinki Finland
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Art and culture lovers rejoice! The Cable Factory encompasses all of the culture Finland could possibly offer! Covering a total area of 56,000 square feet (5,202 m2), the Cable Factory is the biggest and most diverse cultural center that Finland has (for now, anyway!). The Cable Factory includes three different museums, twelve distinct galleries, multiple dance theaters, and an art school.

The venue has hosted several famous artists, bands and companies involved in the creative industries for events or other performances. You can head here to explore some of Finland’s most unique culture, people and art. This venue used to be an industrial complex that produced cables, but now offers events to see, do and experience every day of the week for culturally inspired people of any age. The space is also well known to be used for famous and popular local fairs, festivals, concerts and exhibitions year round, so be sure to check out their site below for the most current information!

Cable Factory - Kaapelitehdas

Address: Tallberginkatu 1 C 15, Helsinki 00180, Finland

Website: Cable Factory - Kaapelitehdas

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Finnish the night on a high note!

Winter in Helsinki, Finland
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Finland has a ton to offer any and all tourists coming through for a weekend! If you are a partier or music lover we have you covered with local bar options, a culture lover can be satisfied with theatre options, and the outdoorsy type will be happy at the brand new sauna in town or a trip to Suomenlinna Island!

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