The Best Live Music Venues In Helsinki

Billy Poon

Besides Scandinavian folk music, Finland is also renowned for its contemporary rock music. There are numerous Finnish rock bands with exceptional music talent, and these musicians have helped this Nordic nation build its status as an international music hub. Here we explore some of the best music venues in Helsinki, the Finnish capital.

1. Nosturi


Experienced music organizers bring you the best concerts

If you love to watch and experience an exceptional live concert with a large crowd, Nosturi is surely the best place to be. Nosturi is situated in Hietalahti district, and is a very popular place among the locals. The venue was established by the experienced music event organizer Helsinki’s Live Music Association (ELMU). More than 120 acts perform here every year, and the variety of music genres is impressive: from pop to hip-hop and from hard rock to black metal, there must be a performance that amazes you.

Opening hours: depends on the event

Telakkakatu 8, 00150 Helsinki, +358 9 681 1880

Nosturi © Ville-Pekka Vainio/FlickrNosturi © Ville-Pekka Vainio/Flickr

2. Happy Jazz Club Storyville

Happy Jazz Club Storyville

One of the best jazz bars in Europe

A big shout out to jazz lovers, Happy Jazz Club Storyville is surely a heaven for you. It is situated behind the Finnish Parliament House, which is a great location for many tourists. This jazz club is considered one of the best live jazz bars in Europe. Not only do they invite the best Finnish jazz musical talents to perform, they also invite international artists to bring their guests a fantastic atmosphere for a great evening. Local snacks are also available to keep you energized all night long.

Opening hours: Wed-Thu 7pm-3am; Fri-Sat 7pm-4am

Museokatu 8, 00100 Helsinki, +358 50 3632664

3. Le Bonk

Nightclub, Pub Grub

Le Bonk
© Juska Wendland/Flickr
Bonkart to create a fashionable ambience

If you are looking for a music venue in which you can enjoy a drink whilst listening to quality live music, Le Bonk is a place that you should not miss. This fascinating bar spans three floors, and there is also a rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of the city. The interior of the bar is fashionable and was designed by Finnish artist Alvar Gullichsen, who is commonly known as Bonkart. The chic and edgy design of the bar is well complemented with the live bands. There are also special performances at times, which you can check and make a reservation in advance.

Opening hours: Tue 7pm-12am; Wed-Sat 7pm-4am

4. Allotria


Live theatrical performances in a former production house

Situated right in the heart of Vallila District, Allotria is a place where you can enjoy quality food and exceptional live music performances. The restaurant was once a film production house; it was built in the 1950s and the interior has remained the same. The nostalgic and vintage interior is a perfect complement to the elegant music. The restaurant is directly linked to the Music Theatre Kapsäkki, which offers high quality international live performances. You should check out the performance schedule before you visit this fabulous restaurant.

Opening hours: Mon 11am-3pm; Tue 11am-10pm; Wed-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-12am; Sat 5pm-12am

Hämeentie 68, 00550 Helsinki, Finland, +358 50 579 1400

5. Bar Loose

Bar, Pub Grub, European

A wide selection of music genres

Located in the center of Helsinki, Bar Loose probably has everything you are looking for: a fantastic atmosphere, superb live music, chic decorations, and a great selection of wine. Bar Loose is an elegant lounge in the afternoon and a popular meeting place in the evening. The bar is divided in to three sections, namely the bar, the club and the café. This bar features music ranging from pop to rock, and from jazz to dance.

Opening hours: Wed-Sun 5pm-4am Bar Loose © Alberto Garcia/Flickr

6. Apollo Live Club & Café

Apollo Live Club & Café

A variety of performances ready to impress you

Situated in an old movie theatre, the Apollo Live Club is a fascinating place for you to spend an evening in. The club started its operation in 2007, and its atmosphere has been applauded by many guests. This venue offers a great variety of entertainment for you, ranging from theatre arts to dance pop, so there must be a performance that impresses you. Scandinavian pop music is also performed for those who are interested in experiencing the local music scene. There is also an area for karaoke in the basement, where you can perform your favourite tunes.

Opening hours: Fri-Sat 10pm-4am

Mannerheimintie 16, 00100 Helsinki

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