Stockholm's best bars
Updated 15 Jun 2021
Craft beer, wine or a well-mixed cocktail with a twist. Finding a good bar in Stockholm isn't exactly hard, but where are the real gems? We've checked out the selection and rounded up some great bars that hit the right spot. The guide to Stockholm's best bars is divided up into several different guides (see the links below) depending on the bar's speciality, for example cocktails, wine bars and pubs. In this guide we list the bars which are good all-rounders. You'll find old nightlife favourites alongside slightly newer places worth exploring. The next bar you visit might just become a new favourite!
Brasserie BalzacOdengatan 26, Vasastan
This place oozes New York and Parisian bistro vibes. The restaurant's long cocktail bar serves both wine and fabulous cocktails and, if you happen to be hungry, snacks and small dishes are also on offer. From the same stable as Stockholm favourites such as Boqueria, Bistroteket and Mäster Anders.
PharmariumStortorget 7, Old Town
Wild flowers and snake oil
This cocktail bar in the Old Town stands on the site of first apothecary, which opened around 400 years ago. Fresh ingredients, medicinal herbs and nutritious cocktails take centre stage on the cocktail menu. Drinks are the star of the show and you choose your food according to what you're drinking, rather than the other way round.
GemmaGrev Turegatan 30, Östermalm
Care and precision
Passion and creative expression take centre stage at this cocktail bar, run by award-winning bartender Johan Evers along with rising star Oscar Drigoris. As well as craft cocktails, you can also drop by for a beer or a refreshing non-alcoholic drink after work.
ParadisoTimmermansgatan 24, Södermalm
Paradiso on Mariatorget combines an ambitious neighbourhood restaurant with a Miami-scented bar overflowing with rum. You can also find cocktails here and cold beer. The concept is from the same people as the prizewinning cocktail bar Linje Tio i Hornstull.
FotografiskaStora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
Exhibitions, DJs and well-mixed cocktails
The bar at Fotografiska is perfect for anyone looking to combine their organic cocktail with a new photographic exhibition - or just to meet people and listen to DJs. They tend to have a pretty tightly-packed schedule, so keep your eye out for upcoming names and events.
Cane Rum SocietyNinni Kronbergs gata 1, Solna
A taste of the Caribbean
The atmosphere, food and drink at Cane Rum Society all have a distinctly Caribbean flavour, with a special soft spot for rum. The huge library houses around 1200 different kinds of rum from all over the world. Come by for a fascinating rum tasting or an evening of Caribbean cocktails and food in the restaurant.
GrodanGrev Turegatan 16, Östermalm
Whether you're a businessman, DJ or just an ordinary bar-hopper, you'll probably end up at Grodan sooner or later. These days the restaurant is something of an institution on Grev Turegatan. The upper floor bar is a lively haunt that's collected numerous regulars over the years. Lots of punters have a drink here before dinner, and there are plenty of stragglers late into the evening.
Två små svinÅrstavägen 49, Årsta
Czech beer and aquavit
Två små svin in Årsta serves smørrebrød (Danish open sandwiches) with various toppings and Czech beer. They stock Konrad and Primator, among other beers, as well as spiced brännvin (vodka) from Möja bränneri which is served all day. Champagnes and wines from France, USA and Germany can also be found on the drinks menu - many of them organic.
TjogetHornsbruksgatan 24, Södermalm/Hornstull
Tjoget is without doubt one of Hornstull's and Södermalm's most popular meeting places, with a wine bar, cocktail bar, beer café and restaurant all under one roof. In the evenings, the place is often filled to the brim with groups of friends and anyone who appreciates a well-mixed cocktail as much as they do oysters, charcuterie and rustic dishes from the Mediterranean.
AGKronobergsgatan 37, Kungsholmen
Hip industrial hideaway on Kungsholmen
AG isn't just famous for its excellent meat dishes and cool industrial decor. The friendly bar has attracted a regular nightlife crowd over the years. A large part of the experience (and hipness factor) is down to trying to find the right entrance in the seemingly empty backstreet and then find your way up to the hidden-away industrial locale.
StyrelsenHantverkargatan 31, Kungsholmen
Five metre-long marble bar
Alongside the white linen tablecloths and gilt mirrors, Styrelsen has a five metre-long marble bar, from which well-mixed cocktails and a wide range of bar snacks and food are served. Enjoy a decent glass of wine and somthing to eat, without feeling as though you've been robbed when you get the bill.
O'LearysArenavägen 69, Johanneshov
Bar with its own activity centre
O'Learys Event Center at Tolv Stockholm is one of the largest sports bars in Europe and the place to come for anyone who wants to eat, drink and have fun under the same roof. As well as watching sports, you can combine a bar visit with a fun activity such as bowling, billiards, shuffleboard or adventure golf. The menu includes American dishes that go well with the beer and other drinks they serve.
Icebar Stockholm by IcehotelVasaplan 4, City/Norrmalm
A taste of Lapland in the heart of the city
For a unique drinks experience, book in a visit to the ice bar in the Hotel C Stockholm. The bar is made from natural ice from the Torne river in Lappland and even the glasses are made of ice. Choose from various colourful cocktails with or without alcohol. Guests are given warming thermo-capes and gloves to wear for the duration.
HallwylskaHamngatan 4, City/Norrmalm
Magnificent inner courtyard
This Continental restaurant and bar is hidden away in Hallwylska museet's stunning inner courtyard. Open all year round, they serve cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine and champagne in gorgeous surroundings. Stop by for a pre-dinner cocktail, post-work drink or a whole night out in the heart of the city.
NalenRegeringsgatan 74, City/Norrmalm
Relaxed bar in historic musical surroundings
Since it opened in the days of the old dance palaces, Nalen has been a bar, concert and club venue as well as an organic restaurant - all at the same time. Burrow into the building for a relaxed bar scene and great music in an historic setting.
GuteBrunnsgatan 6, City/Norrmalm
From micro-brewed to moonshine
Gute isn't just worth a visit for its grilled meat; the restaurant also has a great bar to hang out in. You might come here for a serious after-work session or just to have a micro-brewed beer, a glass of wine or a good-looking cocktail near Stureplan. Or why not have a whisky?
Bongo Kök & BarBirger Jarlsgatan 37, City/Östermalm/Norrmalm
A drink at the movies
Within the foyer of the Zita Folkets Bio cinema, you'll find Bongo Kök & Bar, an intimate little restaurant which has a real buzz in the evening when it fills with dinner guests and post-work drinkers. As well as food and drink, they put on live music performances, stand-up comedy and DJs.
Spitting BulldogBirger Jarlsgatan 33, City/Östermalm/Norrmalm
During the day, The Spitfire is a friendly neighbourhood pub perfect for having a beer or two and a simple dinner. Sample their wide selection of beers and other drinks among the leather sofas, dark wooden panels and old photographs. When the clock strikes midnight, the place tranforms into a lively party inferno. If you prefer a party bar with a great atmosphere, this is the time to come.
Grus GrusKarlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan
Grus Grus means "crane" (the bird) in Latin - fittingly, as it's the sister bar to Tranan (which means "the crane" in Swedish) right next door. They serve wines from small-scale producers who care about the environment and ethical working conditions. The atmosphere is warm and intimate and they hold wine tastings almost every day if you're keen to learn and try something new.
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Morfar GinkoSwedenborgsgatan 11, Södermalm
A safe bet on Södermalm
Well-loved Södermalm bar and restaurant with unpolished vintage vibes and a crowd packed with regulars. Or, as they describe themselves; "a pleasure palace and champagneria" with an adjoining barbershop one floor down.