The most successful and one of the biggest football clubs in Finland is HJK – Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi. And the resemblance of the name of this gastropub is not an accident. What first might appear like an ordinary hipsterish corner bar turns quickly into a sports bar whenever there’s a game. Last summer, with the world cup in Brazil, that was basically every night.
And it’s not just about the world cup, like true football fans always say. This bar shows football all the time from its TV’s and one big screen. A week before the world cup it was a retrospective with Mexico’s 1986 Quarter Finals Spain-Belgium.
This bar is way smaller than for example Sports Academy right across from the central railwaystation. It can be more relaxed as well. We were on our way to see the 2014 World Cup opening, but the place was packed 1.5 hours before the game. So have a plan B, just in case.
There’s a decent selection of drinks, and only small minus comes with the food menu. It’s provided by the next door neighbour Street Gastro. I’d expect just a little bit more effort with this price range. So it’s not even the size of the portion I’m talking about here. Maybe it’s because I ordered the veggieburger. That genre is quite often neglected.
Helsingin Jalkapallopubi | Bars, Snacks, Restaurants | Beer & burger from € 16
Mon – Thu 17:00 – 00:00, Fri 17:00 – 01:00, Sat 14:00 – 01:00, Sun 15:00 – 00:00