The guide to 13 great wine bars in Helsinki

In Helsinki and thirsty for some wine? Here's the insider's guide to the best wine bars in the Finnish capital!

  1. Address: Tehtaankatu 27-29, Helsinki

    ​Drinkability is the keyword here; BasBas in Helsinki appreciates fresh and easy-drinking natural wines. The food menu is shown on the blackboard and changes often – sometimes daily, or even in the middle of the evening. The portions are on the smaller side, and perfect for sharing if you want to have the whole experience of what the staff in the huge open kitchen can offer. This restaurant is all about feeling good and enjoying yourself while sipping wine and eating well, so remember to bring an open mind when coming here. The wine bar isn’t big, but there’s space enough for you to sip a gla...

  2. Phone: 044 2305900

    Address: Tehtaankatu 27-29 (Telakkakadun kulma), Helsinki

    ​BasBas & Staff Wine Bar is a cosy and small wine bar in Helsinki, run by French-Canadian sommelier Marc-Antoine Marcoux. The kitchen serves simple but tasty food, perfect for enjoying while having a glass wine or three. This bar is the ideal spot both for having an aperitif before dinner and for gathering all your best friends and spending an entire evening.

  3. Phone: 010 3229388

    Address: Eteläesplanadi 20, Helsinki

    Restaurant Bronda is situated right in the heart of Helsinki and is a well-frequented spot amongst the city’s wine lovers. Here you can stop by for a quick glass of wine or a cocktail, or spend the whole evening wining and dining. In the bar, you can order small snacks, and if you want a full meal, you can take a seat in the restaurant and enjoy some wine-friendly brasserie dishes based on Spanish, Italian and French cuisine. After dinner, head over to the cosy bar for some late-night wine-drinking, listening to the DJ’s playing while sipping away.

  4. Phone: 09 27090976

    Address: Mannerheimintie 56, Helsinki

    ​Restaurant Carelia is one of the most classic restaurants in Helsinki and is well-known for its ambitious wine list, based mainly on European wine countries, especially France. The restaurant was established in 1995, in what used to be an old pharmacy. The food is typical French brasserie-style, and this is a place where people often stop by to eat before going to the opera or theatre. Downstairs there's also a private room for arranging wine tastings, and here you can bring your own bottles as well.

  5. Phone: 010 5050900

    Address: Kluuvikatu 2, Helsinki

    Restaurant Emo, located right in the middle of the city, has for many years been one of the best wine restaurants in Helsinki. The kitchen cooks a modern take on European cuisine, taking inspiration mainly from the Nordics, but also other countries throughout the continent. Emo is a restaurant where you can go and enjoy a high-end dinner, or just pop by the small bar, order wine, cocktails and snacks and have a chat with the staff. Summertime there’s also a small terrace where you can enjoy your wine while watching the busy streets of Helsinki.

  6. Phone: 0300 472335

    Address: Fredrikinkatu 41, Helsinki

    Restaurant Muru in Helsinki is one the most acclaimed wine restaurants in Finland and has received several prizes and awards for its wine program, for example ”Best of Award Excellence” by Wine Spectator. Muru opened in 2010, and the food philosophy is to pick the best seasonal ingredients and turn them into high-end bistro dishes that you can either enjoy as a four-course meal or à la carte. In the small bar you’re always welcome to drop in for a glass of wine and something to eat, but remember that it’s a well-known spot for wine lovers, so it might be crowded.

  7. Phone: 09 61285600

    Address: Kanavaranta 7 F, Helsinki

    Restaurant Nokka is located in a beautiful old warehouse, just next to the water in Katajanokka, Helsinki. Nokka has made a name for itself all over Finland for its food, made with ingredients from small local producers. There’s also a tiny bar where you can enjoy wines by the glass or bottle, and in the back of the restaurant, you’ll find a walk-in wine cellar where you can select your bottle, assisted by the sommelier.

  8. Phone: 050 5058643

    Address: Eteläranta 10, Helsinki

    Established already in 1952, Michelin star-restaurant Palace has for long been one of the very best restaurants in Helsinki, with its eclectic high-end food and beautiful roof-top location with a view over the sea. During weekdays Palace is usually packed with business people, and during weekends with foodies and gourmets from all over the world, so make sure to make a reservation if you want to dine here. If you only want something to drink, there’s a small bar next to the restaurant where you can have premium cocktails and top-notch wines, always flawlessly served.

  9. Phone: 0300 472336

    Address: Pieni Roobertinkatu 2

    Pastis in Helsinki is a French bistro-style restaurant, also with a small bar where you can pop in to have a glass of wine or a plate of food. The staff is knowledgeable and always willing to help you with some advice on the wine. Summertime Pastis has a small terrace outside the restaurant, and there’s also a chambre separée where you can have wine-themed events designed by the venues’ sommeliers.

  10. Phone: 040 0344700

    Address: Erottajankatu 4, Helsinki

    “Drink, Dine & Have Fun” – this Helsinki restaurant's philosophy says it all. Pastor opened up in 2014, and the whole idea is to serve high-quality wines, cocktails and food. The restaurant is big enough to pop by with a group of friends, and the food is Nikkei style (fusion of Peruvian and Japanese). Pastor is like an urban living room that offers something for everyone, and on any given night, you will usually find people from ages 20 to 80 hanging out here. A place not to be missed – and just remember: drink, dine and have fun.

  11. Phone: 010 6668459

    Address: Kalevankatu 6, Helsinki

    ​This small, cosy and comfortable living room-like wine bar opened up in 2012 and was actually the first proper wine bar in Helsinki. Apart from the solid wine program, they’ve become famous for their servings of small-producer cheeses and charcuteries to go with the wine. Vin-Vin runs their own importing company, and thanks to that they’re able to get hold of some rare wines without prices going through the roof.

  12. Phone: 050 4702388

    Address: Agricolankatu 9, Helsinki

    This small and cosy bakery and wine bar, based in the suburban area of Kallio in Helsinki, is open seven days a week. Here you can start your day with a high-quality breakfast, and then continue with lunch until late in the afternoon. And, of course, you can drink wine the whole time. The food is based around the bakery’s now-famous sourdough bread, of which you can have one or several to accompany your wine.

  13. Phone: 045 2227745

    Address: Fleminginkatu 11

    Since 2017 Winebar Wino has been a second living room for many people living in the suburban area of Kallio, and they've gained a reputation among all the wine people in Helsinki. The restaurant offers small and mid-sized food of varied styles – always tasty – served by knowledgeable staff. Since the venue is both small and very popular, booking a table in advance might be a good idea.

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