Uniq Ice Bar Although the temperature in this ice-box bar is five degrees below zero, Uniq (below centre) is one of Helsinki's hottest night spots. Twenty centimetres of ice line its walls and the bar and tables are nothing but frozen water. Snuggle up in the cape, moon boots and gloves provided before entering, then chill out with a perennially popular Sea Breeze (vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice) or Ice Breaker (vodka, lime and grapefruit juice). Bookings are essential: there is usually a queue to pay the Euro10 ($102) cover charge for entry and a drink. Yliopistonkatu 5, Helsinki; www.uniq.fi . Mecca A hip bar-restaurant, the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the staff at Mecca (below left) adds to the atmosphere; each night, they adopt a different theme and sport name badges of movie or television show characters. The second floor is a 'living-room' bar where oversized lounge chairs beckon and cool music from around the globe plays in the background. The cocktail speciality is the Berry Bossanova (Euro8.50), a combination of vodka, cranberry and raspberry juices, vanilla, ginger, lemongrass and chilli. The bar's signature Real Long Drink (Euro40) consists of a whopping 1.5 litres of vodka and fruit juices. On Saturdays, this place hums until dawn. Korkeavuorenkatu 34, Helsinki; www.mecca.fi . Super Bar Inspired by the movie Superman, Super Bar is a comic-book lovers' refuge and a delight for the anti-social bar-goer. Sip cocktails such as Kryptonite, Dream Girl II, Barbie & Ken and Gotham City beneath a giant painting of superheroes flaked out in the lounge. Dream Girl II (Euro5.50) is a zesty, vodka-based concoction containing lime, apple, cranberry and grape juices. A video-game machine blasts away in a corner and comic books are freely available. Frederikinkatu 57, Helsinki. Mockba This bar is testimony to Helsinki's Russian past and a reminder of the archetypal spartan Soviet drinking den. Gruff Russian service, faded curtains and red velvet benches are accompanied by crackling Russian records and multicoloured pieces of neon stuck to the back wall. A board next to the cashier says: 'In Lenin we trust, others pay in cash.' Despite its best efforts at anonymity, there is seldom an empty seat because it has become a favourite with tourists keen to sample a bygone era. 11 Eerikinkatu, Helsinki. Zetor Meaning tractor in Czech, Zetor (below right) is located in the heart of the city. Old tractors, straw, giant cow statues and aged bicycles are artfully arranged to create a rustic time capsule. Waiters dressed as farmhands scamper around busily as patrons munch away, tapping the occasional foot to a rock 'n' roll soundtrack. Zetor serves hearty Finnish fare such as frizzled elk stew with bacon and onion cooked in traditional sahti beer (Euro14) and Baltic herring (Euro12), with cheese, salmon, boiled potatoes and red cabbage as side attractions. Mannerheimintie 3, Helsinki; www.zetor.net . Kaivohuone Once a spa for Russian tsars, this magnificent old building is one of Helsinki's hippest party venues. During the 19th century, the upper echelons of Russian society ate, drank and enjoyed relaxing treatments here. Recently renovated, the building maintains an air of heritage while pulling in the punters to the biggest dance floor in Finland - a floor watched over by glittering chandeliers. Of its seven bars, the Attic is the only quiet nook or cranny and, along with the dance floor, the blackjack table is given a constant work-out. Kaivopuisto Park, Helsinki; rkh.mmi.fi.