Visiting Helsinki

Helsinki might not be your obvious gay destination, but like other Scandinavian cities, it's relaxed and cool. It's where old Soviet sobriety meets Scandinavian chic. Helsinki has a small but lively gay scene. Unlike other European gay cities, nightlife is not endless. Restaurants and bars are allowed to stay open between 9am and 2am. Night clubs can stay open until 4am with a special licence, but 30 minutes before it's your last chance to order some alcohol.

Where to stay in Helsinki?

<b>Where</b> to stay in Helsinki?

Stay in a hotel in the center, then you are close to everything. Check out our hotel page for a map of the center and the gay places.

Hotel recommendations and map

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Helsinki gay guide

Gay Clubs

On Lonnrotinkatu you can find club Hercules, a spacious cruise and dance bar. But the Helsinki’s main gay club is Don't Tell you Mother, or just DTM. It offers different floors with catchy dance tunes, trance, Finnish folk songs and other campy nights. DTM is Scandanavia's largest gay venue.

Gay Cruising

For those who like to cruise somewhere inside, there are in fact only two choices: Hercules and the only gay sauna in Finland, Vogue. Of course there are more saunas in the Land of the Sweaty, but most visitors there do not welcome your horny moves... When the night falls (which is most often very early this far up north), the grounds around the Olympic Stadium just north of city centre become a big outdoor cruising area! And as soon as the sun does shine, you must try huge gay nudist beach on the island of Pihlayasaari. You can take the ferry ride from the Carousel quayside in the city.

Gay Bars and Cafés

The main gay area is just south west of the railway station with bars, clubs, restaurants and shops all catering a gay or hetero friendly public. Here you can find bars like Bar Stuff, Mann's Bar and Albert Room. Another small queer quarter can be found just north east of the city centre. Here you find bars like Fairytale and the Nalle Pub - a laid-back pub attracting both sexes and all ages.

Gay bars, cafes and pubs

Bear Park Cafe
Karhupuisto
Summer cafe at the heart of the Kallio Bear Park (Karhupuisto). Open from May till September, but not on rainy days.
mon-thu 07:00–19:00, fri 07:00–18:00, sat-sun 08:00–18:00
Fairytale
Helsinginkatu 7
Intimate small bar which you can recognize by the rainbow-window. You need to press the buzzer near the door to get in. [...]
mon-fri 16:00–02:00, sat 14:00–02:00, sun 14:00–00:00
Kulma - KULMA
Agricolankatu 13, 00530 Helsinki
Small, easy and cosy cafeteria.
mon-fri 07:00–19:00, sat 09:00–18:00, sun 10:00–18:00
Mann's Street
Mannerheimintie 12 A (2.kerros)
Bar with karaoke and late licence. Happy Hour from 7 till 9 pm.
mon-thu 14:00–02:00, fri-sat 14:00–04:00, sun 14:00–02:00

Gay cruise bars

Keltainen Ruusu
Malminrinne 2
Gay cruise, video and sex club with over 30 video booths, some with gloryholes, slingrooms, jailroom dark room and cinemas. [...]
mon-sat 10:00–06:00, sun 12:00–06:00
US Video
Malminkatu 24
US Video is a new cruise and video gay sex club on Malminkatu 24, behind Radisson Blu hotel at Kamppi-area in very center of Helsinki
mon-sun 24h

Gay clubs

DTM
Mannerheimintie 6
DTM is the largest combination of Gay Cafe, Bar, Disco and Night Club in Scandinavia and a self called Finish institution! The fully licensed Cafe/Bar on the entrance floor of the building offers daily fresh baked pastry, snacks, a good selection of teas and coffees as well as a variety alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments and cocktails. [...]
mon-sun 21:00–04:00
Hercules
Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 21 B, 00100, Helsinki
Hercules in the heart of Helsinki is the most popular Scandinavian Gay Nightclub. [...]
mon-sun 21:00–04:00

Gay saunas and bath houses

Vogue
Sturenkatu 27a
The only gay-sauna in Finland. Sauna Vogue is located in the 5th floor of the building at Sturenkatu 27 a, Helsinki. [...]
mon-tue 15:00–22:00, wed-sun 15:00–23:00

Gay cruise bars and clubs

Keltainen Ruusu
Malminrinne 2
Gay cruise, video and sex club with over 30 video booths, some with gloryholes, slingrooms, jailroom dark room and cinemas. [...]
mon-sat 10:00–06:00, sun 12:00–06:00
US Video
Malminkatu 24
US Video is a new cruise and video gay sex club on Malminkatu 24, behind Radisson Blu hotel at Kamppi-area in very center of Helsinki
mon-sun 24h

Gay cruisingareas

Pihlayasaari Beach - Pihlayasaari Island
Huge gay nudist beach on the island of Pihlayasaari.
mon-sun 00:00–00:00

Big gay events

Helsinki Pride
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Helsinki Pride is the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event in Finland. [...]

Events

Helsinki Pride
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Helsinki Pride is the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event in Finland. [...]

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