Guide to budget bars in Stockholm

Stockholm is packed with style-conscious bars and expensive hipster hangouts, but there are also plenty of popular budget alternatives for when your wallet's feeling rather thin. Follow our guide to a bunch of budget bars in Stockholm where you'll find cheap beer, as well as wine and spirits at really reasonable prices. Choose from regulars haunts, unpretentious pubs and well-loved, atmospheric "dive bars". Whether you've got a thirst for a cold beer, a budget cocktail or a glass of house red, you're sure to find what you're looking for.

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Happy hour every hour

The Dovas family of pubs has long been famous for their modest beer prices, which draw in a mixed crowd and masses of regulars. If you want to combine having a beer with DJs and a dancefloor, take yourself down to Dovas on Ringvägen. Bear in mind that bar prices can vary somewhat between the different locations.

Dovas Ringvägen
Dovas Hantverkargatan
Dovas Sankt Eriksgatan
Dovas Hornsgatan

Far & Son

An emerging empire?

Far & Son opened their first bar on Rosenlundsgatan near Södra train station in 2016 but an empire is promised within the next few years. And it's a concept that has worked in the past. Drinks and simple dishes are served here for friendly prices. 

Far & Son Rosenlundsgatan
Far & Son Fridhemsgatan


Sports bar with a retro feel

Seventies and Eighties nostalgia combine with USA-influenced dishes and cheap beer at Retro's modern sports bars. Watching a big match is probably the main reason to come here, but it's not the only one. Prices can vary somewhat between bars.        

  • Price: Large beer around 24-29kr (Happy hour price), a glass of wine around 39 kr (Happy hour price), at other times a large beer costs around 35 kr and a glass of wine around 48kr
  • Address:
Retro SoFo
Retro Hornstull
Retro Odenplan
The Crib by Retro
Retro Kungsholmen


Cheap cocktails from the F12 group

The guys behind the well-regarded F12 group complement their hamburger joint with a top-notch budget bar every evening. Some of the city's cheapest cocktails are mixed behind the fast food counter, flavoured with everything from blueberries to ginger. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks are on the menu, accompanied by the evening's DJ.  

Vigårda Barbeque
Vigårda Vasagatan 44
Vigårda Vasagatan 14

Restaurang Carmen

Reliable Södermalm hangout

If you've hung out on Södermalm a lot and are a fan of cheap beer, you'll probably have stumbled across Carmen, a stone's throw from the little park called Björns trädgård. A classic Södermalm hangout with an unpretentious atmosphere and punters of all ages. Relax and forget all about being trendy.  

Lion Bar

Jolly budget joint

A convivial atmosphere and unusually low food and drink prices - Lion Bar is quite simply THE place for anyone looking for an unpretentious budget night out. Up until 8pm there are often even more reasonable offers on both food and drink. The prices can vary somewhat between the different bars, but they're always low. 

Lion Bar Gamla Stan
Lion Bar Sveavägen
Lion Bar Hornstull
Lion Bar Rådmansgatan

Crazy Horse

A bit like the Wild West

Saloon-inspired budget bar on Sveavägen with slightly loftier ambitions. You can combine a cheap glass of wine or a beer with, for example, a grilled hamburger or a few snacks. The bar menu is broad with, naturally, a strong focus on beer. 

  • Price: Large beer around 29 kr, glass of wine around 39 kr
  • Address:

Hirschenkeller Sveavägen, Hirschenkeller Fridhemsplan, Hirschenkeller Hornsgatan & Hirschenkeller Götgatsbacken

Laid-back hangout since 1976

There are numerous Hirschenkellers around town and the name is synonymous with a laid-back pub setting and unpretentious atmosphere, but the bars are perhaps best known for their extremely good-value food and drink. This is the place to hang out with your crew, drink beer and perhaps have a steak, bratwurst or burger. The first Hirschenkeller opened in 1976. 

Hirschenkeller Sveavägen
Hirschenkeller Fridhemsplan
Hirschenkeller Hornsgatan
Hirschenkeller Götgatsbacken


A beer behind Medborgarplats?

The budget joint Hellströms is located behind Medborgarplats, and meat and fish dishes, among other things, are on the menu here, as well as great value specials for hungry guests. Anyone with a thirst for beer has also come to the right place because it's good and cheap here.