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JACKIE BAR, HELSINKI

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While Jackie’s pizza menu – by Antto Me­las­niemi, the in­ven­tive chef be­hind Helsinki stal­warts like Ateljé Finne and Putte’s – is a draw, it’s the DJ that reigns supreme here. De­signed by Stu­dio Joanna Laa­jisto and in­spired by 1970s Ital­ian lounge clubs, the bar has a so­phis­ti­cated, moody aes­thetic. Walls are a steely green, table­tops and floor­ing are mar­ble, and fur­nish­ings are in banded sapele and wal­nut, the lat­ter used to silken ef­fect in Kon­stantin Gr­cic’s origami-es­que ‘Medici’ chairs. The vel­vety brown cur­tains and seg­mented tan leather sofa run­ning the length of one wall are Laa­jisto’s sole con­ces­sions to deca­dence in this aus­tere yet invit­ing space that is part bou­tique ho­tel lobby, part mid­cen­tury Mi­lanese bar. Iso Roobertinkatu 21, tel: 358.40 135 1782, jackie.fi

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