Guide to budget bars in Stockholm
Updated 12 Feb 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
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.
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.
Simple and no-fuss
Baras runs six establishments around Stockholm which have made a name for themselves for their extremely wallet-friendly prices for beer, wine and cocktails. A great place to come for a post-work drink, and you can combine your chosen drink with something to eat from the extensive menu which includes starters, meat dishes, vegetarian options and a bar menu. Best of all? You can enjoy a whole night out here without feeling robbed afterwards.
Far & SonFridhemsgatan 34, Kungsholmen
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.
BeerpotRepslagargatan 27, Södermalm
Right behind Medborgarplatsen you'll find this cheery budget bar which draws in groups of friends of all ages. You can eat and drink cheaply while you hang out in unpretentious surroundings in the heart of Södermalm.
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 Vasagatan 44
Vigårda Vasagatan 14
Restaurang CarmenTjärhovsgatan 14, Södermalm
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.
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.
The Crib by Retro
Lion Bar2 addresses
Happy hour every hour
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. Order a cold beer or a cocktail and eat fish and chips, hamburgers and other similar dishes. The beer selection includes everything from major breweries to microbreweries.
Crazy HorseSveavägen 60, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
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.
HellströmsFatbursgatan 1, Södermalm
Between Mariatorget and Medborgarplats
This budget joint is located behind Medborgarplats, and every Wednesday is party time with DJs, beerpong and special drinks prices. Anyone with a thirst for beer has come to the right place on any day of the week because it's good and cheap here.
DovasHornsgatan 90, Södermalm
Dovas has long been famous for their modest beer prices, which draw in a mixed crowd and masses of regulars. Dovas used to have branches all over Stockholm, but now only their Hornsgatan bar remains.
NeverlandSöderhallarna 309, Södermalm
In the heart of Medborgarplatsen
A classic pub right in the centre of Medborgarplatsen which serves traditional pub food alongside drinks and sports matches on telly. In the summer months they have an outdoor seating area where you can cool off with a cold beer while you look out over the square.
SmaksakGötgatan 67, Södermalm
Eat and drink cheaply while you hang out and listen to live music. The premises near Medborgarplatsen are spread out over two small and intimate floors and during the summer months the outdoor area is the place to be.
Pub KlosterHornsgatan 84, Södermalm
A great spot for a post-work drink if you want to sample some limited edition craft beers or just have a cheap beer. Pub Kloster on Hornsgatan has more than 100 kinds of beer to choose from. You'll also find reasonably priced wine if that's what you fancy.