South Karelia drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Coffee in Lappeenranta

Lehmus Roastery

Crowned Finland's best coffee roastery at 2017's Suomen Paras Paahtimo awards, Lehmus occupies a red-brick former warehouse overlooking the lake. Behind the gleaming espresso machine, passionate staff roast four typ…
Top Choice Bar in Lappeenranta

Prinsessa Armaada

Built in 1902, this tar steamship, which once transported timber to St Petersburg (and briefly served in the Russian Imperial Navy in 1914) has operated as a bar since 1959 and has great ciders and craft beers. Its …
Bar in Imatra


Close to the rapids, in leafy surrounds overlooking a splashing fountain, this stylish Arctic-white bar opens to an umbrella-shaded terrace (heated in winter) and hosts live music on weekends.
Bar in Lappeenranta


One of the swankier bars in town, Birra has a shaded terrace, cosy booths and a great range of beer (over 100 by the bottle) and cider (20 varieties) with more rotating on the taps.