Stockholm's best bars
Updated 22 Sep 2020
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.
Bar NombreOdengatan 36, Vasastan
Popular bar with modern Spanish influences
Bar Nombre opened in 2011 and is Stockholm's answer to a Spanish cerveceria (beer bar). The bar section, which tends to get full to bursting in the evenings, is also known for its selection of cava, brandy and well-mixed cocktails. A popular spot for thirsty city-dwellers who aren't afraid of a bit of a squeeze.
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.
LjunggrenGötgatan 36, Södermalm
Social hangout in Brunogallerian
After you've finished dinner at Restaurang Ljunggren the cocktails aren't far away, and neither's the fab bar atmosphere. Bring your dinner companions with you and move into the mingling oasis that is Brunogallerien's open atrium. Ljunggren delivers yummy cocktails, DJ sets and a great buzz.
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.
Eatery SocialRingvägen 98, Skanstull/Södermalm
Tequila and mezcal galore
At Marcus Samuelsson's Mexican-Peruvian meeting place within the Clarion Hotel you can party hard on a huge selection of tequila, mezcal and pisco, or their signature drink, margaritas. The bar is open every day and you can combine your drinks with Latin American small dishes (or vice versa). One floor up you'll find the South American cocktail bar Vatos, with panoramic views over south Stockholm.
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.
UsineSödermalmsallén 36-38, Södermalm
Hot hangout near Medborgarplatsen
The Fatburen office district has become a hot food and bar destination since the opening of the bistro-inspired restaurant concept, Usine. Everything from wine and champagne to cocktails and beer is served by the light of the industrial lamps in the concrete bar, and it's a great place to meet friends as well as colleagues from the building.
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, Hornstull/Södermalm
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.
Icebar Stockholm by IcehotelVasaplan 4, Norrmalm/City
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.
Nomad Swedish Food & BarUpplandsgatan 2 A, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Snaps and Swedish tapas
A happening bar on Norra Bantorget that serves "snapas" - snaps and Swedish tapas, combined with DJ performances, quiz nights and nice vibes right next door to one of the city's most popular youth hostels.
Alma TrägårdhNybrogatan 8, Östermalm
This creative concept is named after the famous Swedish textile designer Göta Trägård and it's part of the cool co-working space Alma on Nybrogatan. Well-known restaurateurs Lill Lindqvist and Andreas Basile run the show, serving up cocktails and electronic music.
FoliiErstagatan 21, Södermalm
Laid-back wine bar
This little hole-in-the-wall joint in Södermalm serves a wide selection of wine and is a popular spot for wine nerds and keen amateurs alike. Sommeliers are happy to give recommendations and if you're hungry you can choose something from the small food menu. For a rustic dinner, head next door to their sister restaurant, Voisine.
NalenRegeringsgatan 74, Norrmalm/City
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, Norrmalm/City
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, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
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.
Tiki RoomBirkagatan 10, Vasastan
A must for anyone pining for the Pacific. Tiki Room is Stockholm's first tikibar and it oozes influences from Hawaii, Polynesia and the American west coast. Enormous cocktails, often based on rum from Jamaica and Cuba, combine with live DJs, Hawaiian shirts and nice vibes in the cellar of Mellow Bar.
Spitting BulldogBirger Jarlsgatan 33, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
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.