Helsinki is famous for being the “European Capital of Metal” and the city does this title justice. The concert schedules for all imaginable genres around rock music of your preferred heaviness are long and if you’re an enthusiast for live gigs, your wallet will suffer quite quickly.
The Backstage bar, or “Bäkkäri”, is one of Helsinki’s “leading” places where the city’s Rock’n’Rollers, metalheads and alternative people head to (if you’re more of a death/thrash metal kind of person, check out Club Prkl), not only after a concert. The bar is decorated with tour posters, vinyls and all kinds of miscellaneous souvenirs from well-known bands, I really enjoy the atmosphere there.
The upstairs live club (this part is only open on weekends) has recently been completely revamped and is a pretty cool venue for bands to play (mostly local) or release- and aftershow parties (including for example Apocalyptica or Nightwish!), you definitely should check their Facebook or website to make sure you don’t miss out on a nice event.
Also: if you’re a spotter for celebrities of the “scene” (or those that think they are), you might get lucky here! Even on weekdays the bar is popular for an afterwork drink with good company and music, on weekends things go wild upstairs in the club area.
Entrance in the bar downstairs is always free, the upstairs fee is always around € 6 including the wardrobe.