kermis (551) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | August 4, 2017
Visited during RBESG ’17. Fairly dark English style bar located somewhere in the middle of a central shopping center. Beer selection is a couple of interesting local taps, some English stuff and some fairly expensive bottles. Worth popping into but nothing too special from a beer point of view.
Not easy to find, its located inside a maze called a shopping center across from the railway station, but not inside the building, more freestanding in one of the squares inside. When I entered, i got that jolly good feeling, kind of Deja Vu, this is a proper pub, with a central placed square bar. Grotty feeling, with comfy booths where you can allow your shoulders to sink below your ears again after wandering in the shopping hell.Calm music played in the background, relief. Beer selection on tap is 50% Finnish, some from UK as well, Fullers. Panini available if you want some snack to your beer.I liked the beer selection, it was not as streamlined as the chain pubs. Very good service at my visit, the woman behind the bar did her job with joy. There was some bottles as well. WiFi was strong and worked well.
As others have mentioned - it looks like a proper pub. Convenient location in the city center and a fair, but not to exiting selection on tap at least. Didn’t check out all the bottles. Worth popping by, but not on the top of my list when going back to Helsinki.
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.