Don't miss Helsinki's live music scene - it's rather lively and almost every week (or day) there's a metal band playing somewhere in the city's many live venues. Facebook pages of clubs and meteli.net give a good idea what's happening where and when.
Lot of places offer both - a decent watering hole and live music. For the popular ones, play it safe and buy the tickets online beforehand from Tiketti or Lippupiste, to make sure you won't be left out when the moshing starts. Smaller clubs usually sell the tickets from door. Note that cloak room charge is usually not included in the ticket price.
Helsinki metal night life is a good combination of live venues and bars, so for the ultimate experience check the category "Heavy Night Out" too!
Nosturi is a concert venue in Hietalahti district. Over 120 events are held annually, though not only metal - music can vary from hip hop to black metal and everything between. However, keep your eyes open when searching for metal lives in Helsinki, as many of them are held in Nosturi.
The place is easy to spot after getting off from tram at Hietalahti market square - a big old crane stand in front of the building. That's where the place got its name - Nosturi is Finnish for "crane". Bar downstairs (Elmun baari) offers also food during lunch and dinner times. And in summer, nothing beats few drinks before the concert at their seaside terrace.
This old venue plays a big part in the Finnish rock history and might just be the most famous one in the city. Tavastiaklubi offers music and events few times a week, something for every taste - so keep your eyes open and check the schedule before arriving, if your favorites are playing. Get the tickets beforehand; otherwise you can be left out disappointed!
Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, 00100 Helsinki
Sun-Thu 20-01, Fri-Sat 20-04
On the Rocks
Although their street bar is very rock for mid-week drinks and some pool, On the Rocks is more recommended for live nights when the downstairs venue opens and bands hit the stage.
Everything from smaller rookies to big names, the place also offers stand-up comedy nights every now and then. And don't miss their terrace in summer. You might spot a rock celebrity or two.
Mikonkatu 15, 00100 Helsinki
Street bar every day 16-04
Club Wed 19-02, Thu 20-01, Fri-Sat 20-04
Virgin Oil Co.
Serving Italian daytime, Virgin Oil Co. transforms into a popular club and nightlife spot after dark. Music varies a lot, but metal and rock shows happen quite often too. As it's located in heart of the city, close to other interesting bars and clubs, it's easy to continue metal bar tour after concerts finish.
Mannerheimintie 5 (Kaivopiha), 00100 Helsinki
Lepakkomies is located right next to Sörnäinen metro station in the Kallio bar district and it's easy to spot with the orange bat signs hanging outside the bar.
Small bar on street level is good for few drinks or more, before heading downstairs for some live action. Lot of bands play here and live music is offered often, couple times of week.
Helsinginkatu 1, 00500 Helsinki
Mon-Fri 12-02, Sat-Sun 09-02
The little sibling of Tavastia, Semifinal is also worth checking out for some live music. Semifinal is known as a springboard for new talents, who are taking their first steps in the music industry.
If it's not happening in Tavastia, Semifinal might be the answer.
Urho Kekkosen katu 6, 00100 Helsinki
Sun-Thu 20-01, Fri 21-03, Sat 20-04
Gloria is a performing arts venue where all different type of events take place. It has been known for hosting lot of j-rock bands' shows, but every now and then there is something for an average metalhead as well. Keep your eye on their calendar and you might find something worth to see.
Pieni Roobertinkatu 12, 00120 Helsinki
Depends on the event.
Suvilahti | Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Suvilahti, now a venue for performing arts, used to be a power plant back in the days. It's worth visiting in the summer, when annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival takes over the 2.5 hectares and transforms the area into a heavy metal playground.
In 2016, Tuska will be taking place from 1st to 3rd of July and 3-day tickets are from 125 €. Ghost, Gojira, Testament, Anthrax, Behemoth and Cattle Decapitation among many others will be playing this year. Don't forget to check out Tuska's after parties & clubs as well.