The Oak Barrel

Lentoasemantie 2, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport by Gate 22
Vantaa, Finland 01531
bar  3.1/5.0 26 reviews
Mo–Tu 7–20, We-Thu 6-21, Fri 6-21:30, Sat 6-18,

Mayor: gnoff (2) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 20
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
AndySnow  (300) Huddinge , Sweden | September 7, 2017
Small pub that tries hard to give the appearance that you aren't at an airport but instead in an English pub. Manages quite well with it, except for all the luggage and travellers. Decent selection of beer, better than expected for being at an airport. Food consists of sausages and pies. Expensive, but airports tend to be that.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
kermis  (551) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | July 25, 2017
Small airport bar located as soon as you come through security at terminal 2. Very wooden interior and a small terrace at the front. Tap and bottles feature a small selection of British, Czech , German, Polish and Finnish brews. Nothing that exciting but not bad for an airport bar. As others have said they don’t come cheap though.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
gnoff  (709) Göteborg, Sweden | July 24, 2017
Been here plenty of times before, seems never rated it though. Latest visit on Wednesday July 19, 2017. Arrived shortly after 11 am, but it being an airport bar of course plenty of drinkers already. Limited selection of taps and bottles, but better than many airport bars. Some craft available, various styles available. Steep prices, as one may expect. Got a 40 cl pour of a Stallhagen I hadn’t had previously, cost me €8.90. Didn’t check the food menu, if they have one, don’t know. Quite a decent place for layover beer. Located between gate 22 and 23. Some music playing. Not the fastest or friendliest service, but acceptable.

As an airport bar the place is great, as compared to more beer focused bars not located at an airport, it is OK.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 1/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Travlr  (2988) Charlotte , North Carolina | July 12, 2017
Not bad for an airport bar. When you’re inside it’s almost cozy, and its wood interior almost makes you forget you’re in an airport, except for the throngs passing by with their luggage. Also has an "outdoor" area which is really indoors. Half a dozen beers on tap but just two local. A few interesting things in bottles. Food is sausages and meat pies. Prices are shocking: beers average 9 Euro. Shots are just 7 Euro. Bizarre. Very friendly staff. I had vouchers since my flight was delayed, which meant I paid just 1 Euro 90 per pint. I can live with that.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking  (253) Copenhagen, Denmark | April 3, 2017
English look-alike pub with a lot of wood and of course some oak barrels used for decoration and for tables. You may sit inside or outside at something looking like a roofed porch. A bit funni as you are inside a building. The beer on tap were uninteresting international macros plus 4 Finnish. 3 of them were Lapin Kulta, the last Stallhagen. Did not eat there. A good deal of bottled beer. Girl at the bar was friendly and quick.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 2/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Nurmis  (6) Oulu, Finland | October 10, 2016
Pricey airport pub, but at least it has a decent selection of beers. But it actually feels like pub which is a big plus in an airport environment.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
Erasmus_ro  (202) Alabama | September 27, 2016
An airport pub. Good selection in that sense, I suppose, and the prices aren’t an actual rip-off, just pricey. But not a place I like to go to and usually there isn’t much to drink here.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
jjsint  (653) Leicester, 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
ramboraffe  (71) Göteborg, Sweden | May 23, 2016
Decent airport British style pub. OK selection. No food. A couple of macros and always a t least one finnsh micro on tap. An OK place to hang out while waiting for your plane.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 8/20
minutemat  (180) , England | January 10, 2016
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.

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