When I mentioned to a friend, I was going to write about Majava, he looked at me with big eyes and said: “No, you can’t do that! That’s where all the REAL rockstars hang out!”. I will have to investigate on that particular statement a bit more, though, but take it as a quote from a Finn who knows his neighbourhood!
Majava (Beaver) Baari is the little hidden livingroom in Helsinki’s Kallio which is sometimes considered a slightly sketchy area compared to the rest of the city, but really is not. It is significantly cheaper though, I think I haven’t paid as little for a beer in any other place in Helsinki.
Majava is a great spot for people watching indeed, you probably won’t get a more genuine impression of Finns elsewhere. It’s a great place if you just feel like having a couple of drinks somewhere and chat with friends, there is some room to sit, it’s cozy and not too loud (although it’s mainly rock music, if you wondered).
Oh and for you Canadian people out there: despite the beaver theme, this bar has no connection to your country whatsoever. Sorry.