There are a good choice of nightclubs right in the center of Helsinki. The cost to get in varies, but is usually between 5 to 10 € + wardrobe payment (2-3 €). There are a few places to get without cover charge, but you still have to pay for the wardrobe. Note that you may have to pay the wardrobe charge even though you have nothing to leave at the wardrobe.
Opening hours for nightclubs
Most nightclubs open their doors at 9 PM and are open until 4 AM. Kallio district is an exception, allowing bars and clubs to be open only until 2 AM. Regular bars are not allowed to stay open after 2 AM without a special permission.
After 4 AM it is impossible to get served alcohol anywhere, and hence there is no afterparty scene in Helsinki. Some attempts have been made to create non-alcoholic after parties, but they are usually only organized on limited occasions during summertime.
How to get in to a nightclub in Helsinki?
There is no face control in any of the night clubs in Helsinki. The only thing required is paying the cover charge, and waiting in the queue. Note that in popular clubs, the queue usually gets unreasonably long after midnight, so if you show up an hour earlier than you normally would, you will get in straight away, and oftentimes can even enjoy some early specials.
Getting home from a nightclub
Taxis are heavily regulated in Finland, and in short supply during weekends when the clubs close. Your best bet is to either patiently wait in a taxi queue (and this may take up to an hour), or try to use public transportation to reach your home.
Our top picks for clubs in Helsinki
Kaarle XII is a place for older taste. They are quite strict on their 24 year age limit and rarely let young people in without checking ID. There’s no cover charge, but the drinks are very expensive, pint of beer costs about 8 €. The place consists of different sections with different music. The most popular area is the Finnhits -section, which is always packed. Absurdly popular on Thursdays.
Baker’s is another place with no cover charge. It’s located right in the center of Helsinki so it’s easy to change to another club or bar. Bottom floor is a standard bar and on the second floor there’s a disco. During weekends it’s usually so full that dancing is nearly impossible.
Tiger, occupying the two penthouse floors at Kamppi shopping centre, is a high class nightclub with costly drinks, glamorous people and a superb terrace over the lights of central Helsinki.