Finland is one of the most gay friendly countries in the world and one of the safest countries for LGBTQ travelers. The LGBTQ scene in Finland is mostly focused in Helsinki but we have gay clubs and bars also in Tampere and Turku.
Keltainen Ruusu sex store and cruising / Helsinki
Keltainen Ruusu is the iconic sex store and meeting point for gay men. It is the largest sex store and cinema in Finland. Gay clubs and restaurants come and go but Keltainen Ruusu stays. Keltainen Ruusu is located in Helsinki downtown, in Kamppi close to the Kamppi Mall and bus terminals. The product range includes both products for making your sex live more exciting and pleasurable but also one of the widest range of Tom of Finland products in Finland. Next to the store you can find the biggest cruising area in Finland: two floors of private cabins, slings, non-stop cinema and a lounge area for relaxing. The price for an all-day ticket is 15 euros. You can visit the cruising area, leave and come back later with the same ticket.
Bars, clubs and coffee places
Hercules nightclub / Helsinki
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.
dtm nightclub / Helsinki
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. Right now dtm is closed and looking for new location.
Room Bulevard / Helsinki
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 / Helsinki
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!
Bear Park Café / Helsinki
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 bar / 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. A bit outside the city center between train and bus station you find XXX Paradise, a sex store for with area for cruising as well.
Pride events and other events
The biggest Pride event in Finland is Helsinki Pride which takes place in the end of July. Other bigger Pride events are organized in Turku and Tampere as well as some winter Pride events in Lapland, for example Ruka Ski Pride and Border Pride which takes place on the Finnish-Swedish border.
For leather gays Finland is offering an amazing weekend in August called Finlandization. Over 3 days in August, Helsinki will bring together the hottest Mr Leather contestants from around the world! Events include themed fetish parties, tourist trips around the beautiful city of Helsinki, fetish brunches, meet and greet parties and more.
Fo more information on Pride events and other events click here.
Gay Travel Finland Map
Below is the Google maps version of the Gay Travel Finland map. Click on the icon in the upper left corner to display the list of the companies. When clicking on the icon in the upper right corner you open the Gay Travel Finland map in Google.