Despite its location in a shopping centre, Kitty’s have nailed that British/Irish faux-pub-that’s-almost-a-real-pub feel. Friendly and with a number of taps, however it focuses on UK beer. Some great names such as BBNo represented here but it’s about twice the price of local craft. If you want to avoid the UK beers then you may wish to opt for the larger bottle choice.
It starts unpromisingly by being in a shopping mall, though it is the first building you see on your way into the mezzanine floor from Keskuskatu. I recommend sitting away from the windows - gawping at gorm-free shoppers backed down with stuff they will neither wear nor use depresses me. The rear has no windows, wood, brickwork and green leatherette seating. Come here for the impressive range of UK beers - better than 99% of British pubs, due to the concentration on bottled beers, though there are cask too. Note the big bottles in the fridge out in the drinking area.
One of my favourites, in particular when Petteri’s serving. But all the staff are good. They know what they’re selling and are very friendly. Very good selection, but the fancy stuff costs more than my poor estonian wallet can justify. Nice cosy feel, I love the little booths. Real ale is always a plus. No trip to Helsinki is complete without a stop here. Very central location, so there’s no excuse to miss it. Easiest way to find it is to come out of the central railway station, under then stone men with the balls, and just cross the road, and walk straight on into the shopping centre. As you pop out the other side in a courtyard, you’re basically there. If coming from stockmann, cross the road and enter the courtyard - you’re there!
Pub in a middle of a shopping mall. From outside it looks like a typical tourist trap. But once inside it just typical english-style pub. Quite noisy despite of early hours (noonish). We did had our "last tick before your train leaves" which I was told is Helsinki tradition. Friendly staff.
A deceptively large English style pub in the city centre. A decent tap selection including one real ale. The remainder of tap beers are dominated by British and Finnish brews. The bottled selection had some of my favourites and was pretty decent for this part of the world.Great service and good wifi. I feel at home here.
Centrally located, but a bit tough to find, in a corridor between the railway station and Stockmann (called Citykäytävä). A nice selection of bottled beers, a couple of rotating taps and one cask available as well.
OK bottle selection, Finnish micro beers on tap. And usually real ale as well. Knowledgeable staff, quite OK prices for being Helsinki. Good place to drop in for a couple of beers, good situation near the central railway station.
A place that’s a quite hard to find. It’s inside the shoppinge centre called City Center. The pub serves real ale, the beer of the month of the Oluthuone pub chain, one rotating Finnish micro brew and varying bottle selection. The staff normally know what beers they have available and are friendly. Food is next to nothing: bags of crisps and some pieces of salami.