A homely if very quiet bar squirreled away in Helsinki apartment land. Atmosphere was one of hushed tones, almost library like. But give me that any day over raucous drunken racket! Service was snappy and friendly. All in all a good start but the beer list was a major disappointment. Ended up drinking 2 beers from Hull. Things were brightened somewhat by 2 Fin beer enthusiasts willing to share some Dark Horizon 4.5. Perhaps I caught this bar on a quiet beer day, but as comfortable as it is, there are far juicier beer choices in Helsinki central.
21 nov 2015 med Isabel. Förvånansvärt lätt att hitta hit med tanke på vad jag hört. Ta Metro och kliv av i Botby. 3 min promenad därifrån. Härlig atmosfär. Vi är där när dom öppnar men snabbt kommer det in stammisar på löpande band. Alla Cantillonrariteter är sedan länge slut men här finns en del trevlig craftbeer. 20-talet kranar med blandat kul. Maten består av Estrella chips och ölkorv så inget ställe man besöker för maten direkt. Kul att ha varit här och personalen är trevlig.
Well that was an odd trip to eastern parts of russia. Or Norway like others claimed. Anyway, me who wasn’t lost in Moscow metro, got completely disoriented here. But once we got out, pub was very close. I was expecting a castle, but all I got was cafeteria-type moloko-kitchen. Weird. Absolutely packed on Friday night, but to our fortune some people left so we got a table. Nice place. Not quite cozy, but safe. Countless numbers of fridges, line of taps is selection. Very nice. If you are in this part of town you must visit this place. If you are not, take a raid with crazy train and go. No excuses.
Olutravintola Pikkulintu is nowhere near the centre of Helsinki, but can be accessed rather easily by the metro. Should take you around 20 minutes to make the journey there, which is well worth it. It is located within a fairly dodgy-looking building, but looks can be deceiving! Inside it has a rather nice local vibe to it. Service was friendly and attentive from the word go. They offer the most interesting tap selection of any pub in the Helsinki area, with plenty of one-offs made exclusively for the pub. Everything I drank here was pretty tasty. We didn’t delve into the fridges for bottles, as we were already content. Rather good whisky selection as well. A pretty enjoyable venue all in all and well worth the trip outside of town! Not a world-class place in my opinion, but still rather good.
21/11/14 Can’t say enough good things about this place. Just about the nicest place for a craft that I’ve been in. Superbly nice and knowledgeable service, nice atmosphere, can get crowded in the evenings. Great selection. Just a world-class place and definitely a must if you’re visiting Helsinki.
07/07/12 An out of the way beer place, but probably the best one in Helsinki, maybe whole of Finland. Excellent selection, rotating taps, knowledgeable and friendly bartenders that’ll go out of their way to oblige you, if you just ask them. Will talk shop if not too busy. Value is good for a Helsinki-situated place. Ambiance is a bit lacking though. It’s a bit of a dank area, the place itself is small, filled to the brim and loud. At least on a Friday evening. Probably better during the day.
This is THE place to be in Helsinki for beer enthusiasts. The prices are low enough to make the trip worth your while even if you count the subway tickets on top of your first two beers. The selection is awesome, there’s plenty of taps and the staff know what they’re doing (and selling). The best whiskey bar in the country too if you’re interested in that kind of thing.
You really have to get out of your way to visit this pub as it is quite a metro ride outside of Helsinki city centre (20mins). But it’s well worth the visit. When you get of the metro and walk through the district you pass a brown pub and have to turn left into the alley to reach this place. When you get in it’s alot smaller than you thought it would be. Reminds you abit of the local pub where strangers aren’t welcome but here you are wrong! :-) It might be small but the quality of beers on tap is awesome. I am from Norway and Stavanger and they even had a Lervig on tap I haven’t tasted from the brewery in my home town! Now that tells you something. Anyway alot of finnish craft beers but also some english quality crafts on tap when I visited, danish, norwegian, swedish, dutch. But if you are into single malts and whiskey, this is the place to go, over 500 different kinds and if you are lucky the whiskey expert is working. Anyway there is a small fridge with some very interesting beers in it, when I asked the bartender he didnt have a bottle menu apart from a small seasonal menu but you can have a peek at the fridge as you go for the bathroom. The seating is very limited here like 6 tables and the bar counter but when we visited on a saturday we still got a table, might be cause its along way from the city center so you gotta be a real beer geek to get here :-) Anyway the place is small but the quality of the beers (and the single malts) is more than well worth a visit! Staff is also well educated and know alot about beer and whiskey!