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Get comfortable on the couch or step up on the dance floor ‘cause there’s music to be heard at Mbar almost every night of the week. It’s Iskelmäkesä or ‘pop music summer’ on Mondays with Dj’s Timo Santala and Harri Hertell who dig deep to find traditional Finnish music that gets the crowd going. Acoustic Tuesday sees the likes of Haywalkers and other exciting bands while the weekends keep you rocking until 4 a.m. with house, disco, funk, you name it. Here’s a closer look at their schedule: http://mbar.fi
Paksu means ‘thick, chunky, fat’ and the name says it all. Studio Restaurant Paksu combines great food like fish platters and beef steaks with live music from heavy metal to gentle melodics featuring groups like Hammerhed doing a warm-up concert for their Asian tour, and photography. This is a place where you can see exhibitions, take part in them, rent space for your own studio, or just sit at the bar tapping your feet or get those hips moving. It’s a multi-purpose joint set up for partying and having a great time in the cellar-type surroundings.
Be there or be square, Circus is the place to be for world-class live music. The lights are flashing and the venue is heaving with fans moving to the sounds of metalcore from Bring Me The Horizon (UK), rap artist Asap Rocky (US) and alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins (US) amongst other not-too-shabby acts. Booking is essential since you’ll be competing with 1,499 other spectators for a glimpse of the action. Here’s the line-up: http://www.thecircus.fi/ohjelma.
For your one-stop spot of entertainment, Casino Helsinki is where it’s at. Elegant and stylish, try your hand at the tables, eat at one of the four restaurants, watch a top quality cabaret show, or take a turn on the dance floor. Look out for the Scandinavian Hunks who’ll make you drool or prog rock group Pandora from Sweden. They’ll keep you entertained here, that’s for sure.
Between the short winter days and long summer evenings, nights in Helsinki can seem endless — which means there’s always a lively nightlife scene. Much of the party is centered on drinking in the Kallio neighborhood, but for something a bit more unusual, Forbes Travel Guide’s editors recommend heading to A21 for sea buckthorn sours and rhubarb martinis. Alternatively, Ateljee Bar in the Sokos Hotel Torni offers classic cocktails with breathtaking views of the city and sea below; we think it’s a wonderful place to watch the sunset — whatever hour that may be. If you haven’t experienced an ice bar yet, we also suggest bundling up in a cape and gloves and doing a few vodka shots at the Arctic Icebar, which is carved completely out of ice for a cool (figuratively and literally) experience.