The gay (LGBTQ+) revolution in the 2010s has changed the party scene in Helsinki, Finland. You’ll now find more LGBT-friendly tours, gay bars, popping up, with spaces dedicated to LGBTQ+ crowds.
Here are some of the most popular in Helsinki, so put some glitter in your hair, go out and be fabulous!
Located on Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 21, Hercules is one of the biggest gay nightclubs in the region; it can fit almost 500 people. The basement bar hosts theme evenings every weekend, and the upper floor has a trippy dance floor and lights. The club has its own disco currency so you can leave your wallet safely in the cloakroom.
Don’t Tell Mama is the oldest gay club in Helsinki. Originally known as Gay Gambrine, it changed its name to DTM when it moved to Annankatu. DTM hosts the Mr and Miss Gay Finland competition annually and the crowd is usually pretty spruced up. In small doses, DTM can be a thrilling experience.
Fairytale is a traditional gay bar, one of the last of its kind in the city, with tinted windows. Located close to the city centre, Fairytale is packed especially when it is sunny. This cosy bar offers a chance to mingle with the crowd and is the perfect spot for a secret rendezvous.
This gay bar and restaurant in Helsinki has already become a popular meeting place for the city’s LGBT+ crowd. The restaurant boasts a large selection of special wines, the most expensive of which – Penfolds Grange from Australia – costs 554 euros a bottle! Fortunately, BLVD Room also has more affordable wines.