As well as Rovaniemi's restaurants, where many locals and tourists will eat, drink and socialise in the evenings, the capital of Lapland has a nice smattering of pubs and nightclubs. You won't be short of somewhere to go after mealtime is over, and there's even a famous concert hall that'll keep you happy later into the night.
Visit the cultural centre of Lapland right here in Rovaniemi. The building, which was constructed in 1975, is itself iconic. It was designed by the famous Finnish architect, sculpture painter, and minimalist designer of furniture Alvar Aalto, and is worth visiting just for its style.
However, as well as being a restaurant, this complex is home to the world's northernmost professional theatre, Rovaniemi Theater Company, plus the Lapland Music School and Chamber Orchestra of Lapland. There are performances going on throughout the year, apart from July and August, so it's worth looking into what's going on when you're booking a holiday in Lapland.
If you're after a bit of nightlife and high life, Doris Disco is a great place to dance the night away. It's a popular venue, with a stylish red and black interior, where the young and happening crowds congregate. You can mingle with your friends in the large canopied-booths by the bar and then take to the dancefloor until the early hours of the morning.
The venue hosts well-known and aspiring Scandinavian bands, rappers and DJs on the circuit. Opening hours are Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 4am.
For a pint and a snack, Uitto Pub is equipped with a decent selection of beers as well as a wide selection of drinks to suit most palates.
Grab your drink and a menu with a selection of bar snacks and meals and relax in the comfort of the Nordic style interior. Given that this is one of the few bars of its kind in the area, it has something of a legendary status. The attractive interior, very welcoming staff, live bands, themed nights and DJs have elevated it, so it attracts many visitors as well as locals. Additional entertainment includes a dartboard, board games and TVs screening the latest sports.
Lapin Hullu Pub & Bar is a venue that's great for all the family. The interior is infused with wood, while reindeer antlers adorn the walls – a nod to the city's wildlife heritage.
After a day among nature, take a seat on the cosy sofas with family or friends and choose from the selection of drinks. And if your Lapland holiday activities are giving you an appetite, you'll also discover Lappish food on the menu. On less chilly evenings it's nice to sit on the terrace and watch the world go by.
Has an area really made it unless it has an Irish pub? At Oliver's Corner Irish Pub, there's a huge selection of Irish whiskys and beers including Guinness and Kilkenny beer, as well as Scottish malts. Indulge in the latest sports action displayed on the TV screens here or enjoy a game of pool. The pub is located on the ground floor with a terrace area that spills out into the street when busy.
Meanwhile, the basement holds an unexpected surprise – in the true Irish spirit of fun, there's a nightclub here. Oliver's is open from Wednesday to Saturday, featuring a fun karaoke night and live bands, with DJs the rest of the time.