Hello, Helsinki?

Finland, we're coming for you.

Hello, Helsinki?

A few weeks ago we asked you guys to tell us which cities worldwide you would like us to target in 2014 for new bar locations, and you did not disappoint! One of the massive stand out suggestions nearly crashed our blog with the amount of times it occurred, so we decided we had to nudge it up our list a little. Helsinki, we are coming for you.

We are confident you guys are giving us a pretty solid suggestion with Helsinki, and our bar in Stockholm is doing amazingly well, so why don't we expand our presence in Scandinavia? There's just one thing...we need your help!


As you may or may not know, we normally launch our international bars with awesome, passionate local partners, so naturally we need to find the ideal candidate to help us set up shop in Finland. Can you help?


What do we want?

- We are looking for a partner with strong local knowledge in Helsinki. That means a very solid grasp of the local beer and bar scene, an understanding of what is current around the city and a decent awareness for the districts and areas around town.

- Operational experience within hospitality is also very high on our list of priorities, so having run a bar before is pretty handy.

- Lastly, you will need to be mega passionate about craft beer and really want to build a successful business with us!

As long as you tick all of the above and are keen to make this project kick ass, we want to hear from you!

Awesome! How do I apply?

Email Neil Taylor (neiltaylor@brewdog.com) with the following:

Subject line:



- 3 ways you would make this bar the best place to go for good beer in Helsinki

- 3 facts about you and your experience

- Your current favourite beer (from any brewery)

What are you waiting for? Let's take over Helsinki!

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Comments (114)

Cleber the Finn 17th January, 2014 8:07pm
Hell Yeah! Bring it on baby!
Antti 17th January, 2014 12:54pm
Yes, yes, yes!!!
Antero 17th January, 2014 10:07am
Yes, yes, YESYESYES. Ahem. Please do and honor us.
Rabbe 17th January, 2014 7:57am
Happy Days!
Kiwi21 17th January, 2014 7:51am
Good luck in one of the toughest markets in the world.Hope youve done your research ;-)
Fennoscandian Female 16th January, 2014 10:08pm
Oh, we kindly forgive you the minor lapse with Scandinavia and whatnot if only you bring your beers and asses here immediately.
Fausty 16th January, 2014 5:47pm
What are you waiting for? Get in here!
DeeBee 16th January, 2014 12:55pm
You are most welcome!
lallu 16th January, 2014 12:11pm
Oh yeah. Bring me good times and excellent beer and I will bring my wallet :)
Gordon 16th January, 2014 9:22am
Looking forward to this!
Antti 16th January, 2014 8:50am
Great news, welcome!!!
beersoldier 16th January, 2014 8:15am
Once opened I will invest all my savings to Brewdogs beers!
Slowfood 16th January, 2014 7:59am
Shug: Well I guess it is true, but on the other hand you have JAM sake bar which is one of the best craft sake bars I have visited.
johan 16th January, 2014 7:56am
can i use my kilt in helsinki when u open :)
Petteri 16th January, 2014 7:53am
Exciting, what a news! Cant wait to get crafted Brewdog in Helsinki. We are ready, thirsty and waiting, open quickly!
The Pope 16th January, 2014 6:42am
Excellent news, welcome!
Korppu 15th January, 2014 11:35pm
Id love to see you here in Helsinki!
Caggie 15th January, 2014 10:49pm
This sounds very lovely indeed. Had I the required credentials I would apply instantly.I think the timing is hugely in your favor in establishing a bar in Helsinki as the beer awareness is increasing massively in Finland as it is.Currently my favorite in your stock is the Tokyo Imperial Stout. The depth in the flavor is outright magnificent. It takes its rightful place with some other fairly nice Imperial Stouts out there.All in all, thou art welcome indeed. One enthusiastic customer, right here.
aziz 15th January, 2014 9:36pm
Id love to have a presence of brewdog in helsinki! especially as me and my friends are shareholders.. Hope to see you guys soon in a nice relaxing bar in Helsinki rock city... Cheers!
Buffalo Sampo 15th January, 2014 9:31pm
The bar scene in Helsinki is blowing up, night clubs are struggling. I think youll do well with a good location and well connected partners. Plus Finns looooove beer. Welcome!
emh 15th January, 2014 9:10pm
awesome me and my tartan tam will be waiting for you
Brewdog to Tampere! 15th January, 2014 8:58pm
You should already start to plan a branch in Tampere too. :)
xxxxxxx 15th January, 2014 8:32pm
Welcome.Be prepared for hard competition as Helsinki gas probably best selection of beers around the world, including Brewdog.Im missing specialized beer houses German or Belgian style.
Vandal 15th January, 2014 8:21pm
Meh, Helsinki is full of hipsters. Place the perfect bar in Vantaa, near the airport and Flamingo. Hint hint! ;-)
Aaro 15th January, 2014 8:06pm
Yes yes yes, lets make it happen!
Hopper 15th January, 2014 8:03pm
WELCOME! Weve been waiting :)
Officeworker by the day 15th January, 2014 7:54pm
You just made my day with the news! Thank you!
Viking 15th January, 2014 7:51pm
Oslo next, pretty please! :)
Homer 15th January, 2014 7:34pm
This was best news today!Just a thought: we would definitely have a demand for a proper gastro pub. You know, there are plenty of places you can get sandwiches and other basic stuff, but pubs with short ribs - pulled pork - handmade hotdogs - kind of awesomeness would we VERY welcomed in the Helsinki bar scene.Welcome!
Niko 15th January, 2014 7:27pm
Cool! Welcome!
Outi 15th January, 2014 7:06pm
Welcome! Good news, truly. Funny though how the conversation rapidly turned to whether Finland is part of Scandinavia or not... I somehow new it would :) Well, its not (however it is part of Fennoscandia or Fenno-Scandinavia) but in any case we love good beer :)
soothern helsinki 15th January, 2014 7:03pm
If Helsinki is Scandinavia, en Tallinn is Soothern Helsinki an qualifies tay, awe rite ?! ;-)
jussi 15th January, 2014 6:36pm
Me and the dog are ready for the brew, bring it on!
triinu 15th January, 2014 6:22pm
Yay, superb news! Not living in Helsinki atm, but this piece of news makes me extremely happy indeed! Finland salutes you!
Anu 15th January, 2014 5:57pm
AWESOME! So cool!!!:) its not Tampere but close enough;)
Jake 15th January, 2014 5:47pm
Looking forward to visit this new place when it opens! Make it fast.
5-am-Finn 15th January, 2014 5:30pm
This deserves a thumbs up, hats off and cheerleaders bouncing around. The best news of 2014 so far, cant wait!
oneforMenow 15th January, 2014 5:29pm
Great piece of news!!
kinkel 15th January, 2014 5:27pm
Yes! I will come and drink your beer.
Juha 15th January, 2014 5:24pm
Please make sure you have gluten-free beer as well. K? Thx. Bye
Taavi 15th January, 2014 5:20pm
Nice! Welcome! Just dont join forces with SOK, theyre the evil Empire, who want to rule and own everything in Finland.
riinau 15th January, 2014 5:11pm
Oh my god! Finally! I guess I have to visit home more often now..
Sahis 15th January, 2014 5:10pm
Wu-huuuuuu! Welcome!
Brew Balowski 15th January, 2014 5:08pm
Screw downtown areas, head straight to Kallio district! Cant go wrong.
Harri 15th January, 2014 5:00pm
Best news of the year!
H 15th January, 2014 5:00pm
FANTASTIC NEWS!! Exactly what Helsinki needs! You wont be disappointed :)
PP 15th January, 2014 4:54pm
To Punavuori, please!
One more Punk 15th January, 2014 4:48pm
Dont come. Kids here are obviously mor concerned with geographic nitpicking than getting wasted on fine hops. In all seriousness, we need a place with good beer and moderate prices here, just so we can get along in the cold with these pedantic fucks.
Beer lover 15th January, 2014 4:42pm
Cama! Brilliant news! All the best for the launch in new territory.
toka 15th January, 2014 4:24pm
An applicant 15th January, 2014 4:06pm
Hi! Whens the DL for applications?
Equity Punk Suvi 15th January, 2014 4:05pm
Yeaaahhhh! Im huge fan of BrewDog. I visited BrewDog Edinburgh and Brewdog Aberdeen last summer while on vacation in Scotland, and have now been trying to save some money for a chance to visit BrewDog Stockholm. Even though we luckily have plenty of chances to drink BrewDog beers in Helsinki bars, even the thought of having a chance to visit a BrewDog bar inside the borders of my home town makes me so excited my head will soon fly away! I mean I dared to wish my dream might come true within, say, the next ten years, but it just took a huge leap closer to fulfillment. Keep up the great work guys!
MOTS 15th January, 2014 4:05pm
Great news! But please make sure that you dont overprice your beers (like most of the famous beer places in Helsinki eg Kaisla). I know that the taxes are one of the reasons why we have so high prices in bars and restaurants. But IMHO the biggest reason is greediness that makes prices ridiculously high. Theres no more true passion about beer and brewering, its all about money. So I would really like to have a new, true pub-stylish and mentality beer loving paradise in Helsinki!
juovo 15th January, 2014 4:04pm
Awww yisss! Cant wait! Make sure that you focus on quality guest taps as well! Would love to taste e.g. some of the great Swedish beers that are available at your Stockholm location (Brekeriet, Beerbliotek, Mohawk, Omnipollo etc.)
Dp 15th January, 2014 4:02pm
Nice, indeed! Just dont forget to send some beer too. Last summer i went to Manchester and London Brewdog bars, and quess what....in one of the bars here in helsinki has much larger collection of your beers.....kind odd I think.All the best!
Tuomas 15th January, 2014 4:01pm
An excellent addition to capital areas beer scene. Welcome!
Lamppu 15th January, 2014 3:58pm
Great! Come!And you saying Finland isnt a part of Scandinavia would you stop, pls. Norway and Sweden and also northern parts of Finland are situated on the Scandinavian Peninsula, Denmark and Iceland not. So it is a cultural thing, my wife is a Swedish speaking Finn. BUT ANYWAY, WELCOME!
Antti 15th January, 2014 3:55pm
Awesome! Please open a branch in Tampere too once you get started!
svante 15th January, 2014 3:45pm
Most welcome!
Pohjoismaat 15th January, 2014 3:36pm
Finland is considered part of Scandinavia in almost every part of the world - its more of a cultural than a geographical term.The Nordics would probably please everyone...
Kaarlo 15th January, 2014 3:35pm
Mega gay 15th January, 2014 3:35pm
Ville, do you think a 50m line in front of Burger King is a tempting sign for someone whos planning to open a new bar ? Actually, it reminds me of Soviet Union etc. Welcome to middle of nowhere and pay an oversize rent of a minimum size business premises !Anaways, we warmly welcome you to Helsinki :)
prkl 15th January, 2014 3:33pm
Where can I sign up as a future loyal customer?
laama 15th January, 2014 3:33pm
Awesome! Welcome!
Andi 15th January, 2014 3:32pm
Totally brilliant news. Ive only ever visited the Edinburgh pub but fully intend to visit more whenever I get the chance. A brew Dog in Helsinki would be fantastic and only five and a half hours drive from home. Perfect for a saturday visit :)
Brew dog fan 15th January, 2014 3:19pm
Hi guys. Splendid idea, welcome to Helsinki. I have visited your bar in Stockholm a couple of times and i know it would be a success in Helsinki also.
Jasmiina 15th January, 2014 3:14pm
This is great news! Cant wait to see a bit of Scotland here in Finland too!
Ville from Helsinki 15th January, 2014 3:10pm
Wow! Awesome!! Massively looking forward to thisI am a huge fan of Brewdogs beers, especially the I.P.A.s. Select varieties are readily available in many beer connoisseurs bars in Helsinki, but I am sure a dedicated Brewdog bar would be a very welcome addition! I am sure Finns will warmly welcome you to our city. People here are always excited about everything new in cuisine from abroad. Recently, Burger King (like it or not) opened their first restaurant in Helsinki. People are so excited even about it, that theyve had continuous long queues ever since their so far only joint was opened in mid-December. People are actually waiting in line outside in the freezing winter weather just to get a bite of something new! I hope you will do just as well!
pilkunnussija 15th January, 2014 3:01pm
Finland isnt part of Scandinavia, but it would be great to get you guys over here anyways.
The country where I quite want to be 15th January, 2014 3:00pm
Great news - instant success!
Pyry 15th January, 2014 2:59pm
YEA! We already love you!
Pintwoods 15th January, 2014 2:53pm
Looking forward to your bar in Helsinki! I love many of your beers!!! Unfortunately not occupied with bar / restaurant business. I am pretty sure you will find excellent partners though, just take your time... ;)
Maxim 15th January, 2014 2:52pm
Hi,I ve posted info about your plans in our group in vk.com (russian copy of facebook). Our main goal to provide russian speaking people with good quality info about Helsinki city. http://vk.com/prohelsinki?w=wall-14837503_14413good luck! hope to see yr bar soon on our streets
Flyin Finn 15th January, 2014 2:47pm
Hell to the Yeah!
Good luck 15th January, 2014 2:45pm
Every year there is less people in pubs since taxes go up.
Eleanor 15th January, 2014 2:45pm
Good luck, but Finland isnt actually part of Scandinavia.
bearfinn 15th January, 2014 2:45pm
Fanboy Puppy Lover 15th January, 2014 2:44pm
How about brewing a dark beer for our Scandinavian friends and calling it Nordic Noir?
Suti 15th January, 2014 2:44pm
Great! Looking forward! Will spread this....
Abner 15th January, 2014 2:44pm
Great news!
Lauri L. 15th January, 2014 2:41pm
Cool, greetings from Helsinki! I hope you get this in motion shortly!
MN 15th January, 2014 2:40pm
Oh YES! This is gonna make Helsinki doublefun!
eeppis 15th January, 2014 2:30pm
Awesome, need to share this!
Mutte 15th January, 2014 2:25pm
EXCELLENT!! When is the opening party? :)
Cheers! 15th January, 2014 2:24pm
Just to expand the geographical knowledge as well: Finland is not really part of Scandinavia. ;)
Kaivosukeltaja 15th January, 2014 2:11pm
Awesome news! Tervetuloa!
Liberty or Death 15th January, 2014 2:10pm
I got this, Hold my beer
Jussi 15th January, 2014 2:08pm
jaosorior 15th January, 2014 1:57pm
I live in Helsinki. And I would damn love it if you could put a bar here!! (Specially near the Kallio area, since its the bar area in Helsinki)
Solid rock 15th January, 2014 1:56pm
Come to Kallio in Helsinki! Punavuori used to be hip, now its declining due to excessive rents and property prices. Youll be most welcome, just be prepared for some serious crap with the alcohol sales authorities.
Ulverinna 15th January, 2014 1:55pm
Aw goddamnit Helsinki always gets the good stuff. Ah well, we have Cosmic Comic Cafe on Turku which will probably have almost all the same beers as the upcoming place in Helsinki... with added comics! So HAH!
Panu Jansson 15th January, 2014 1:52pm
Hi there, and welcome to Finland! Im sure you will find good local partners.Im working for the urban media City, with focus on restaurant, food and drink culture. I put the word out for you in our pages, hopefully right people see this offer.http://www.city.fi/opas/ravintoloitsija+nyt+olisi+tarjolla+ravintola+jolle+on+valmis+kysynta/7728Feel free to contact me, if u have any questions about your conquest of Finland: panu@city.fi
MikkoN 15th January, 2014 1:51pm
I am a shareholder in Helsinki...but not in bar biz.Not sure if I should give this a stab...:-P Prolly not...
Cool 15th January, 2014 1:49pm
Antti_hki 15th January, 2014 1:47pm
Great news, but that wont expand you presence in Scandinavia... Like opening in Dublin wouldnt expand UK business ;)
Jussi from Helsinki 15th January, 2014 1:33pm
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
J-P 15th January, 2014 1:33pm
Esa 15th January, 2014 1:32pm
Finn 15th January, 2014 1:27pm
By the way, Finland isnt part of Scandinavia :)
Drikku12 15th January, 2014 1:25pm
Great news!
Inz 15th January, 2014 1:24pm
Dublin! (And Oslo)
DA 15th January, 2014 1:24pm
F*cking hooray!
Miikka 15th January, 2014 1:15pm
Damn, this is some good news!
Jani H. 15th January, 2014 1:15pm
Hoddamn... I like this idea!
akique 15th January, 2014 1:10pm
I know many people think that Scandinavia includes Finland, but Finns dont :)
c0fein 15th January, 2014 1:08pm
Yeah! Superb!
kurli 15th January, 2014 1:03pm
Finally! o/
Tomi 15th January, 2014 12:57pm
Great news! Welcome to Helsinki!
wazzamatazz 15th January, 2014 12:52pm
I have a few Finnish friends who will be bristling at your claim that Finland is part of Scandinavia...
Shug 15th January, 2014 12:45pm
Kyoto! Can get some Brewdog stuff here, but the choice is very limited. Would be great to have a Brewdog Bar over here :)
Roope 15th January, 2014 12:40pm
Awesome! :-D
brew_jack 15th January, 2014 12:25pm
I have friends in Helsinki! Ill ask them!
eloise 15th January, 2014 12:24pm
Cant wait!
Anders D 15th January, 2014 12:24pm
Good start - now Copenhagen please!