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“A Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Storyville

Museokatu 8, Helsinki, Finland
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Ranked #102 of 229 things to do in Helsinki
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“A Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

If you're looking for good food, great jazz, and a terrific ambiance, Storyville is the place for you. Storyville is centrally located, near the new Helsinki Music Centre. There's a good sized outdoor terrace (during the warmer weather), a cozy piano bar on the ground floor, and a jazz supper club in the lower level. The downstairs club is terrific for a night of listening. There's a well-lit stage, the acoustics are great, and the sight lines are good. There's also a dance floor in front of the stage. The club books a variety of jazz groups from traditional dixieland to bebop. The place is usually packed, especially on the weekends, so if you want to have dinner, reservations are suggested. The menu and wine list are pretty much what you'd expect at a jazz club -- good, not haute gourmet. It's a non-smoking room.

People generally listen to the music -- something one can't take for granted at jazz clubs. There's a charge for the coat check - just think of it as a cover charge, something that's standard at decent jazz clubs. It helps to pay the rent and the musicians. The restaurant opens at 8:00. The music starts at 8:30. On the weekends they often have two bands. No extra charge for staying for both shows. If you're a night owl you can stay late into the night.

At a time when jazz supper clubs are closing down, at least in the States, Storyville in Helsinki is a treasure -- a place where people gather, sit back and unwind, have some good food and drink, and listen to great music. Who could ask for more?

Visited October 2012
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“A experience you have to live in Helsinki”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We found this club one night by chance and went to the live concert downstairs. We had to paid 3 euros to leave the coats, the drinks were cheap (2.50 a pint of beer). The music and the group were great, very nice music and a great atmosphere. At the beginning everything was a little bizarre, all the people seemed to be regular costumers and all of them dancing on their way...no inhibition...we felt like in other dimension...but once you forget your prejudices is a great experience to live!!!..... to go in group. It's open until 4 a.m.

Visited September 2011
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“You MUST go have a beer at Storyville!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Storyville is awesome! Everytime I've been there (during summer), there has been a short amateur concert in front of the bar, in their garden. Very nice place, I would absolutely recommend it as a first stop before moving at some actual club.
Downstairs there is a small club with an entrance fee to a different little concert (depending on the kind of concert they're having, the fee changes) but I didn't try it...

Visited August 2011
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