Stadin Panimobaari opened its doors yesterday amid spring showers in Suvilahti, but the rain didn’t deter a sizeable crowd from coming to check it out. I arrived just before the advertised opening time of 16:30 to find the place already full–not difficult, as it’s one of the smaller bars in town, with seating for 42 people–and there was a steady influx of visitors after that, the bar queue stretching out the door for at least the next hour.
The bar has a shabbily cozy feel, with its reclaimed furniture and selection of retro mismatched glasses. There’s a good selection squeezed into this small space, with eight taps, all serving StaPa’s own brews, and a fridge full of Belgian goodies. 2cl & 4cl serving sizes (snadi and buli, apparently) at around 4 and 7 euros respectively. Adding to the coziness was the attitude of the bar staff, who exuded a natural warmth and cheerfulness as they tackled the never-ending queue of customers.
Also notable: no televisions, no music. The focus here is on the beer.
There’s no shortage of options if you’re around Sörnäinen and thirsty, but it’s well worth the few minutes’ walk to get here. Cozy spot, friendly staff, good beers. What more do you need?