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Helsinki’s Original Cocktail Spots

Helsinki offers many great spots to sip a tasty cocktail, some of which are more hidden and secret whereas others are out in the open with a generous trifle of elegance and bling. 

Hop along, let’s check out some of the most interesting bars and cocktail spots our capital offers. And remember, that new venues pop up densely. Keep your eyes open: you never know what lies behind a dark glass wall or a modest wooden door.


Goldfish is a new, urban and stylish and cocktail bar beside the Design Museum. It is inspired by library bars of London's luxury hotels and the best cocktail venues around the world. The drink list mixes different seasons, ingredients and flavor combinations in a playful and surprising way. Try for example the refreshing ice age, the snow ball or the sparkling shape of the water cocktails. Enjoy the artworks of the skilled bartenders, spiced with seasonal specialties and fresh ingredients. The goldfish drink menu is an adventure journey around the world, offering both well know classics and fresh & crisp novelties. And in case you won’t find a fascinating alternative on the list, the bartender can mix and tailor something just for you, with love, skill and creativity. At goldfish all drinks are served to the tables. Top notch stirring and shaking at Korkeavuorenkatu 21


There is a secret bar hidden in the depths of the small streets near the Senate Square. On that particular small street you can find a door with no name, number or anything. In the hallway there’s an old-fashioned telephone, with a crank. Soon, a small hatch might open, and a pair of eyes will be staring at you. After a little wait you’ll find yourself in a compact bar with a secretive ambience, a dark wooden interior, lit with fluttery candles. The drink menus are served in old envelopes and the waiter will address you with courtesy. 

Address: One of the small streets between the Senate Square and the Market Square. You’ll need to find the exact location yourself. Good luck, there’s a tasty cocktail waiting for you.


Liberty Or Death

This neighborhood cocktail bar offers seasonal, imaginative, ecological and super tasty cocktails at Erottaja in the core of Helsinki. The entrance is indistinguishable and once you step in it feels like you entered another time. The interior is gloomy, atmospheric and original and there’s a strong old-world vibe in this compact and characteristic place with friendly service. A bit quirky and very tasty drinks in a unique atmosphere wait for you behind the dark window at Erottaja.

Erottajankatu 5


Mattolaituri is a terrace located on Helsinki’s gorgeous seaside, between the islands of Uunisaari and Harakka. Mattolaituri in Finnish refers to a dock where we wash our carpets during the summer. At Mattolaituri you can enjoy the gorgeous sea view with a glass of wine, a summery cocktail or a pick-me-up cappuccino. Relax on the cozy rooftop terrace, enjoy the summer vibes and the admire the glimmering sea and the joyous people around you. 

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Torni Atelje Bar

Torni Hotel in the heart of the city is a classic. Climb the spiral staircase up to the Ateljee Bar, admire the gorgeous views over Helsinki’s rooftops and sip a glass of sparkling or an ice cold grey long drink (Finnish specialty).

Yrjönkatu 26