The LGBTQ scene in Finland is mostly focused in Helsinki but we have gay clubs and bars also in Tampere and Turku. Finland and above all Helsinki area is safe and liberal these days. Finland is one of the most stable and safest countries in the world also when it comes to the safety of LGBTQ people.
Bars, clubs and coffee places
The biggest gay nightclub in the entire Nordic region, Hercules, opened last year at its new address in Kamppi. The club is in three floors and can fit almost 500 customers. The basement bar has theme evenings on weekends, while the upper floor has a dance floor and light show. The club has live DJs every night and very often bands, drag shows and other performing artists. The audience is mostly men over 30 years old.
Don’t Tell Mama is the oldest gay club in Helsinki, originally know as Gay Gambrine. The club is located in the heart of Helsinki, opposite to Stockmann department store. The DTM hosts clubs, parties and karaoke nights. The audience is more mixed than in Hercules and slightly younger.
The newest gay restaurant Room Bulevard in Helsinki has already become a popular meeting place for LGBTQ people. The interior is modern and casual. In summertime it has a large terrace inside the courtyard. The restaurant boasts a large selection of special wines.
Mann’s Street is a gay karaoke bar close to dtm by the street Mannerheimintie. This is a meeting point for middle-aged gay men. The place is filled with Finnish exoticism. You can drop in for a bear already in the afternoon. Absurd and definitely worth experiencing!
Café Cavalier is an elegant Gay bar & café in the middle of Helsinki near the Kamppi Metro station. Enjoy the nice atmosphere with live performances, cold drinks and delicious pastries.
Bear Park Café
Bear Park Cafe “13” is a super cute gay cafe in the heart of Kallio, in the corner of the Bear Park. The welcoming owner Mikko is a true personality. You can’t avoid socializing in this place. This is also a good place to get more information about Helsinki gay scene. Mikko is more than helpful. You must visit this coffee place when visiting Helsinki.
Fairytale is a traditional gay bar with tinted windows – perhaps the last of its kind in Helsinki. Located slightly further from the city centre in Kallio, Fairytales has a terrace that is always packed when it’s sunny. This small and secluded bar is perfect for secret rendezvous.
Saunas and cruising
There are three places for cruising in Helsinki. Keltainen Ruusu (Yellow Rose) and US Video are close to each other in Kamppi in downtown Helsinki. They both have a large cruising area with separate private rooms, slings and a common area for relaxing. Sauna Vogue is located slightly further away from the city centre. There is a bar, three saunas, one of them steam sauna, cruising area and private rooms.
Helsinki Gay Theatre
The Helsinki Gay Theatre HGT association was established in autumn 2007. The purpose of the HGT association is to support the theatre field of the sexual minorities, and enhance equality in the society through the art of theater performing. The productions of gayartists are popularised by the HGT association. HGT doesn’t own a permanent venue, yet the location is chosen depending on the production. HGT prepares 2-3 premieres per year.
Turku and Tampere
Bar Suxes in Turku and Mixei in Tampere
Tampere´s own Mixei is the oldest gay bar in Finland, having first opened its doors in 1990. You’ll find it by the railway station in the city centre. Mixei welcomes all open-minded people over the age of 18, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The club is on two floors: upstairs is the bar and the dance floor can be found downstairs.
Bar Suxes is the only gay bar in Turku. It is located on Yliopistonkatu just two block away from the market square. The audience is mixed.
LGBTQ Map Finland
Below is the Google map of Gay clubs, bars, cafés, cruising and saunas. Click on the icon in the upper left corner to display the list of the companies and click on the icon in the upper right corner to open the map in Google.
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