Kauppakatu is a restaurant street in Kuopio. There are many pubs, bars and nightclubs. We once carry out Kauppakatu pubmarathon. Here's instructions:
Ravintola Bierstube, Kasarmikatu 5
Even though Bierstube is not in Kauppakatu I think You should start your marathon from here. Bierstube has very good pub food with reasonable prices. Eat before the marathon starts so you can manage to the end.
Ravintola Ottopoika, Kauppakatu 63
First stop is Ravintola Ottopoika. If you like heavy and rock’n’roll music, this is the place for you. So relax, take a pint and have a good start to your trip.
|Intro Baari & Grilli|
Intro Baari & Grilli, Kauppakatu 20
From Ottopoika to Intro is some hundred meter walk. You pass by market square where’s few terraces. I recommend that you walk on and don’t stop there, because you still have over ten bars to go. But if you are in danger for languish, there is Mualiman Napa terrace and Salakavala as an oasis for thirsty.
|Pub & Club Apteekkari|
Pub & Club Apteekkari, Kauppakatu 18
Now you are in a bar zone. There’s several bars in same block. Apteekkari is a place where you can dance if you will. On the other hand, just take that drink and move on. There’s lots of places left before goal.
Ravintola Tähti, Kauppakatu 18
This place is open 22.00 – 04.00. If it’s closed, move to the next stop Ravintola Gloria. After all this is a pub marathon, not a nightclub race.
Ravintola Gloria, Kauppakatu 16
So far you have take four or five drinks and world is a beautiful place. Welcome to Gloria. Go in and go to the cellar. There you find karaoke –bar. The only problem is, there is a queue and you have to wait your turn for a hour. If that’s to much, just continue and enjoy the marathon.
Club Passion, Kauppakatu 16
This place is also open 22.00 – 04.00. If you’re takin marathon earlier, you have to skip this nightclub. I don’t know if its a bad thing.
Ale Pub, Kauppakatu 16
Last stop in this block. The cheapest beer in Kuopio. If this marathon takes a bite from your wallet, here you can breathe a little. You have reached the half point. Think that for a moment. You have as many drinks ahead as you have taken so far. Now you realize, that this is not just fun and games. Marathon gets serious.
|Olut- ja viiniravintola Malja|
Olut- ja viiniravintola Malja, Kauppakatu 29
Very nice bar indeed. Now you’re in a terrace zone. When I took this marathon, in Malja I knew I won’t reach the end. Maybe rules of marathon must bend a little and take a water or soft drink. But if you want to find out, how long can you go, take alcohol.
|Ravintola Isä Camillo. Picture taken before terrace season|
Ravintola Isä Camillo, Kauppakatu 25-27
Another fine terrace. Still feeling fine? Maybe little dizzy? Maybe little drunk? Don’t worry, the marathon takes its toll. Sit down and relax. If you have started early, you have whole day to spend in this athletics.
Pannuhuone, Kauppakatu 25
And another fine terrace. That was my last stop. Nine beers (nightbars were closed) and game was over. Old wisdom is true: It’s not distance that kills, it’s speed. I hope you can carry on to the Kuopio harbour. So lets go to the next bar.
Ravintola Sampo, Kauppakatu 13
Sampo advertise that it is the finest vendace restaurant in the world. They’re probably right. Taste smoked vendace in sour cream. It’s delicious! It good to eat in this point of marathon. Now you are ready for the finish. Let’s go.
|Ravintola Sataman Helmi|
Ravintola Sataman Helmi, Kauppakatu 2
Sataman Helmi has most beautiful terrace in Kuopio. Sometimes there is a band playing and you can listen to music under a appletree. Building is from 1850. Very lovely athmosphere.
Cafe Satama, Kauppakatu 1
Cafe Satama opened in 2013, so it’s a new place. Nice terrace too. You’re almost at the finnish line. Now you have to go on. Now you have to use finnish SISU. You can’t stop the marathon here. Goal is no near.
|Ravintola Wanha Satama|
Ravintola Wanha Satama, Matkustajasatama
Now you must be drunk as hell. Ravintola Wanha Satama is a sophisticated place, you’re not. You wonder, where you are and why are you here? Waiter looks at you like you’re a worm. Don’t say anything, just order and drink. One place left to go.
Makasiiniravintola Albatrossi, Makasiinikatu 1
Kauppakatu Pub marathon starts from Kasarmikatu and ends in Makasiinikatu. You have reached the finish line. You see a queue that leads to Albatrossi. You wait and wait, you have to pee. But don’t worry. If you have visited all these places and drank so many drinks, bouncer won’t let you in anyway.