Rote Fabrik

With a fabulous lakeside location, this multifaceted performing-arts centre stages rock, jazz and hip-hop concerts, original-language films, theatre and dance performances. There’s also a bar and a restaurant. Take bus 161 or 165 from Bürkliplatz.


A leftover hut from the area’s industrial days, the Helsinki attracts people of all tastes and ages for its low-lit, relaxed band scene. On Sundays, catch house band Hollander Trio from Hell (country, rockabilly, rock, blues, even polka!); other nights, the eclectic mix ranges from soul and funk to hip-hop and tango. From Hauptbahnhof, take any train to Hardbrücke.

Bogen F

This vibrant performance space, attached to its eponymous cafe in Kreis 5’s Viadukt complex, brings in indie bands from all over the world (recent performers hail from as far away as the US, Canada, Sweden, South Africa and Japan).

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