An informal, British-like, brown pub in a pedestrian street at the entrance to the red mountain (Rödbergen) area of town. Medium sized pub split into different seating sections and with a patio outside. The tap menu is shown on a huge blackboard to the right of the main bar. Among the tap lines there are quite a lot of craft ales form Finnish breweries. Satisfying pop-rock music in the background with Blur, Cure and Clash. Posters on the walls of Motörhead, Anthrax, Slayer and so on underlining the rock attitude. Black Door promotes a good pub feel and should not be missed. A cozy and friendly place with attentive service offering different sample sizes of the pub’s draught beers. Good red wine for Frau Eva (visited on a Saturday afternoon, 26.09.2015).
This pub is very close to Kaisla, I got the English feeling as soon as I entered this one, dark interior, worn floorboards, MOR music at low levels, comfortable seating groups. 2 Finnish beers amongst the 12 taps, the rest was from EU.
Black Door was our first port of call in Helsinki due to the central location and rather good opening hours (in comparison to other bars in town). It has quite an authentic English pub style going on with a obvious focus on draught beer, including a couple of hand-pumps. Kegs were all from Finnish microbreweries and casks from the UK. Small, but decent selection of bottles. Service was friendly and attentive. Plenty of locals enjoying a beer or two during the day. A pretty pleasant place to consume some golden nectar.
FatPhil (611) Tallinn, Estonia | June 18, 2007| Updated February 28, 2017
Small, and has a "local" feel to it. OK, yes, that means it’s not at all pretensious and even a little scruffy. Very friendly and helpful staff. Always an interesting selection, occasional festival, and almost always a real ale. Occasional entz too, but I’ve not been to one since seeing Bryn Jones play there years ago.
jjsint (578) Cambridge, England | September 20, 2016| Updated September 22, 2016
OK, it’s a trifle gloomy. But the friendly vibe supersedes my first impressions. Feels more like a local haunt than, say, Kaisla or BrewDog. Rest assured however, you’ll receive a warm welcome. Selection isn’t quite equal to Helsinki’s best, but you’ll find about 12 taps with Finnish and international beer. Not all the taps are proper craft but hey ho. Anyway, worth giving a go at any rate.
Nice pub with a lovely patio. Great place to enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon in Helsinki. Nice selection of beer and friendly staff. Nice selection of Finnish brew including the Malmgård Black Door H.O.D.A. 20th Anniversary. Wouldn’t mind going back here.
kermis (481) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | April 24, 2011
Not a huge selection, but very friendly and helpfully staff. Unfortunately out of the Huvila Black Door during my visit
My favourite place in central Helsinki, the feel of a proper pub with a more than interesting selection of stuff on tap. The house beer was rather nice.
Tim Webb (474) Bristol, England | October 3, 2015| Updated October 4, 2015
Less mainstream Anglo-imitative than when I visited it four years ago. Would still have given it a higher rating were it not for the incessant loud music that drowned out conversation. Mainly lower strength beers (to 5.5%) and very central.