Monday, April 20, 2009


When I'm not painting, writing, or enjoying home time, chances are you'll find me working at Vakiopaine, one of the more interesting Finnish bars that you will find. I consider myself lucky to be working at such an unusual establishment. Vakiopaine aka "Vakkari" provides patrons with a multitude of beverages, both alcoholic and non. We don't serve food, although you can feel free to bring in your own, provided you clean up after yourself. We do serve up a healthy portion of culture and cultural events. A fresh art show every 3 weeks. Live music, spoken word, stand-up comedy are frequently on offer several nights a week. The basement theater is home to our own theater company, and also features productions by several of the other fabulous theater groups from the Jyväskylä area.

Here's a photo tour of Vakiopaine, taken just moments before opening.

A view of Vakkari from the street, looking towards downtown.

If you look up and to the left as soon as you walk in, this is what you will see.

Upstairs, looking towards Kauppakatu.

Another shot of the upstairs seating area.

If you walk down the stairs...

...and turn left you will find the men's room.

The bar. We don't have table service, so head in this direction
when you know what you want to drink.

One of the taps has been modified with Lenin's head.

A view of the bar, looking towards the street.

Turn around if... are looking for the ladies room.

The corner where musical/spoken work/stand-up performances take place.

Head down the basement stairs if you are looking for the theater.

The theater. Between productions, hence the mess.

A few videos of live entertainment at Vakkari.

Matti Perälä and Matti Ekman playing "Tulisuudelma" (Kiss of Fire)

Orkestar Business Class Duo playing "Rosmariini" (Rosemary)

Ville Leinonen and Tuomas Luukkonen performing "Tähtityttö" (Star girl)

Vakiopaine-open 7 days a week from 2 p.m. til 2 a.m.

If you are in Jyväskylä for Vappu (Mayday) make sure to check out our Päivätanssit! We open at 10 a.m. to serve pickled herring sandwiches. The dancing starts in the afternoon.

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