The guide to Gothenburg's best cocktail bars
Updated 24 Sep 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
A really fabulous cocktail is so much more than just a drink, it's a complete experience. Interest in cocktails is growing and Gothenburg has several bars which focus on mixologically advanced cocktails with exciting new flavours and trends. We guide you to Gothenburg's best cocktail bars, bars where cocktails take centre stage and the bartenders reign supreme. Take a deep dive into the world of Old Fashioneds, garnishes and bitters, or just enjoy the luxurious feeling a well-mixed cocktail in a stylish bar provides.
AvalonKungstorget 9, Centrum
Avalon's bar is known for being one of Gothenburg's first cocktail bars and it's also been named as one of best in the country by the prestigious White Guide. The buzzy atmosphere is international and luxurious, just as it should be in a hotel bar, and muted music sets the tone. Service and craftsmanship are the watchwords here.
NordaDrottningtorget 10, Centrum
Clarion Hotel Post has a number of strings to its bow and Norda, on the first floor, is one of them. They can proudly claim to have won the Bartender of the Year award in both 2014 and 2015. The drinks list is regularly updated and includes their own twists on classic cocktails along with modern cocktails with edgy flavour combinations. A treat for the eyes and the tastebuds.
Steampunk BarKungsgatan 7 A, Kungshöjd/Centrum
Steampunk and smoke-shrouded cocktails
You'll find Scandinavia's first steampunk bar in Kungshöjd. The term and subculture are influenced by 19th century Victorian industrialism and staff wear classic steampunk costumes. The bar specialises in cocktails, and don't be surprised if your carefully mixed cocktail arrives shrouded in dry-ice vapours, served by someone wearing goggles and a top hat.
BrukFriggagatan 4, Centrum
Bruk is run by a bartender duo with a passion for service, food and drink. The cocktail menu includes both well-loved classics and Bruk's own creative interpretations. The atmosphere is intimate and homely and attracts a mixed crowd.
LocatelliKungsportsavenyn 36-38, Avenyn/Centrum
As cheerful as a colourful tropical cocktail
This semi-circular bar on Avenyn, with its year-round outdoor dining area, is a true cocktail mecca. Experience the big city buzz while you sip on a fruity, cheerful cocktail. Upbeat electro tones create a great atmosphere with chilled Ibiza vibes. The bar has been named by the New York Times as one of Europe's top To-Do spots.
OGBG Bar & RestaurangSkeppsbroplatsen 1, Centrum
Urbana vibbar i kärleksfull miljö
Kungstorget är en levande plats för span och förströelse, och var avnjuter man det bättre, om inte från en bar. Två korta kliv upp för stentrappan och du befinner dig vid en generös bardisk. Här fokuserar man på hantverket, och resultatet kan du läppja på medan du betraktar folklivet utanför. Förutom grymma drinkar i cool atmosfär, erbjuder köket modern husman.
FamiljenArkivgatan 7, Centrum
Rag rugs on the floor and portraits of the staff on the walls give this place an inviting, homely feel. The bar serves cocktails with Swedish flavours and names inspired by forests and nature. The restaurant has won prizes and awards from the Michelin Guide and White Guide, among others.
Drinks 20Södra Vägen 20, Centrum
Cocktails among the foliage
During the summer months this is a real oasis, where you feel as though you're sitting in a garden rather than the heart of the city. Top quality cocktails with sophisticated flavours fill the drinks list and if you're hungry you can order snacks from the bar menu. In the winter you sit in light, airy cellar rooms. Run by the same team as the restaurant Dinner 22 right next door.
Dorsia RestaurantTrädgårdsgatan 6, Centrum
Rich tones and abundance
What could be more delightfully decadent than champagne and cocktails? This luxurious, colourful hotel happily combines both components, resulting in a drinks list filled with bubbly cocktails. During the warmer months, head out to the roof terrace to drink cocktails under the city's summer skies.
Mercado MexicoSödra Vägen 18, Centrum
Cocktails with Mexican influences
Mercado is the Spanish word for market and Mercado Mexico's light, lively surroundings feel just like being in a busy, colourful marketplace. As well as Mexican food with a twist, the team here are experts in creating well-balanced cocktails. Unsurprisingly, many of them have Mexican flavours and are made with a base of tequila or mezcal. Why not cool off with a refreshing Frozen Margarita?
Elite Plaza HotelVästra Hamngatan 3, Centrum
In surroundings reminiscent of an English gentlemen's club, this stylish cocktail bar is next to the hotel restaurant, Swea Hof. Sink into a comfy armchair and order something from the bar's own Martini menu, or choose a refreshing long drink. Drop by and relax for a while in the warm, classic setting.
Stranger GothenburgKungstorget 14, Centrum
A "secret" bar which you can only get into by ringing the doorball. A place for real dyed-in-the-wool barflies. The concept is influenced by the USA's Prohibition era and the emphasis is on both classic cocktails and their own creations.
BarabicuRosenlundsgatan 4, Centrum
Big city vibes with New York influences
This bar, in the corner of the restaurant, is large and roomy with plenty of space to hang out. They're passionate about skilfully mixed cocktails, both popular classics and innovative creations. Craftsmanship is the name of the game. There's also a bar menu that follows the restaurant's rustic North and South American style.
Cuckoo's NestLindholmspiren 4, Hisingen
One of Europe's best-designed bars
This bar hasn't just won the prestigious "European Hotel Design Awards 2013", it can also boast several skilled bartenders who compete on the international stage. Their primary passion is gin-based cocktails, but their drinks list is long and includes many mixologically exciting creations.
Puta MadreMagasinsgatan 3, Centrum
Mexican bordello style
Hidden behind the doors of Puta Madre is an entire world from a bygone age. The decor oozes early 1900s vibes and culinary and cultural influences come from Mexico. The bar shelves house Gothenburg's largest selection of tequila and many of their cocktails are built around this agave-based spirit.
Heaven 23Mässans gata 22, Centrum
High up in the skies
Right at the top of this building you'll find a bar with one of the best views in the city. Every imaginable cocktail is mixed here and at the weekend prices are particularly reasonable during cocktail hour. Guest DJs pop up several evenings a week to create nice vibes.
Made in ChinaTredje Långgatan 9, Linné
Raw and elegant
With a menu full of dim sum, dumplings and other Chinese dishes, it's not surprising the cocktail list follows the same lines. The bar takes the restaurant's flavours and runs with them, resulting in some really fantastic flavour experiences. You may even get your cocktail served in a Chinese takeaway box, complete with chopsticks.
RubyKungsportsavenyn 24, Avenyn/Centrum
Cocktail bar with a view
Right at the top of the Scandic Rubinen in the middle of Avenyn, this rooftop bar serves up cocktails and a great view over the rooftops of Gothenburg. A central oasis for thirsty guests keen to admire the view with a clinking glass in their hand. The restaurant on the hotel's second floor also has an elegant bar.