jjsint (460) Cambridge, England | September 21, 2016| Updated September 22, 2016
Enjoying a final beer in Finland before my flight. Well I say ’enjoy’ but due to the lack of space - my muscles are tense from being encroached upon in all directions - it is more like ’endure’. It’s a shame, because the Oak Barrel is a really decent and attractive boozer, unlike most airside pubs. Again with the ’British’ thing for some reason though (about 30% of pubs in Finland seem to be ’British’ or ’Irish’), you can get many different UK beers on tap although nothing earth shattering. Of more interest is the lovely hodge-podge of a bottle collection, with beers by Kona, Traquair, lots of Fullers (bottle of ESB for 11 € anyone?) and more than a smattering of Finnish micros. I’d recommend this establishment for all your beery needs before your flight.
Small English-style pub in T2. About 5 or 6 taps, all quite safe. Bottle fridge has Ayinger weisse beers, Fullers ESB, Finnish lager (including one fermented with Champagne yeast) and a couple of American craft options. 9.60 a pint, bottles are 8.50. The lady there is helpful & knows the range well. Head a bit further round the corner and the smart-looking wine bar there has a full range of Maku, Leffe and some US bottles.
#200 rating! British like pub in Terminal 2, near gate 22. Most taps are boring, but there’s few local micros. Very pricey - I paid 9.6 euro for a pint. Only if you have to kill some time at the airport.
(Visited Nov 2014) Actually quite a nice airport pub. The pub itself is quite small, but there’s plenty of seating outside in the airport. Service was friendly and efficient. Can get crowded when it’s rush hour, so there can still be a queue to the bar. Selection is quite good. Of the ten taps, half of them are less interesting, but the remaining half seemed to be guest beers from good micros. Small but interesting bottle selection. Food is mainly sausages and snacks. As usual with airport pubs, however, prices are quite high. Worth a visit if you have some time to kill at Helsinki airport.
10 taps and a well selected bottled menu, about 30, some of them from Finnish micros, Fullers and Brooklyn. British look-alike, corner pub located at terminal T2, close to gate 22 and a duty free store. The “outdoor seating” was much airier and comfortable than inside. Knowledgeable service with recommendations and spontaneous offering of tasters. I ended up with a pint of Suomenlinnan Piper Wit freshly served from tap and listening to the music of Kate Bush while waiting for my plane back to Norway (visited early on a Monday, 18.08.2014).
This is actually a descent Airport Pub given the selection of beers. I only had one beer duirng my visit on a Tuesday afternoon in April 2014, a Stallhagen IPA2. (a pint cost 9.60 EUR)
The place is a bit dark and not that big, it seems to be a popular and crowded place at least during the afternoon rush at HEL Airport.
The service was friendly and fast, and yes, the bartender tried to sell me a Jägermeister. ( I don’t drink that kind of junk)
Possibly the best airport pub I have been too. Makes you feel that you’re in a pub and not at an airport. Quite decent selection to given it’s location. Got a chance a try a few more Finnish micros before I left. Friendly, but a bit pushy staff, but a quite relaxed atomsphere. Nice place to kill some time at the airport.