May 11, 2018
Set in a beautiful heritage building knocked up in 1838 (initially as an aristocratic spa), this venue has had several incarnations. But after all these years, it’s still called Kaivohuone the new leaseholder simply kept the name and spiced up the entertainment. Complete with a swimming pool, the terrace is the star attraction here, which in part explains why this club is closed throughout winter it’s just too cold to be oudoors. But as the snow thaws and the daylight hours stretch to oblivion from May-September, Kaivohuone comes to life. While an age limit of 20 from Wednesday to Friday and 24 on Saturdays deters the youngsters, this is still very much a bar/club dominated by a 20-something crowd. As the beer flows, a DJ spins the hits of today, be it house, R ‘n’ B or candy pop. Upstairs, the Finnish music bar adds another dimension, and, if you’re from out of town, it’s a great way to get an introduction to the local music scene keep your eyes peeled for the musos themselves. While the venue is huge boasting no less than seven bars prepare yourself for queues. Kaivohuone is a popular hangout for visiting sports teams, musicians and a healthy dose of local posers, and gets pretty busy on balmy summer days. There’s a cover charge, and drinks are a little dear, but many would say it’s worth paying for the location alone. Being the closest thing Helsinki has to a beach bar, the dress code here is all about exposed flesh don’t forget your bathers.