Stockholm's best bars
Updated 17 May 2018
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!
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.
Odengatan 36, Vasastan
Lilla Hotellbaren at the Scandic Malmen hotel doesn't just have one of the longest bars in town. You also get DJs and live performances into the bargain every day of the week. Combine your cocktail with a little international street food eaten at the bar. Looking for even more international vibes? Have a drink in the hotel's cocktail bar and mingle with the hotel guests.
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.
Odengatan 26, Vasastan
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.
Grev Turegatan 16, Östermalm
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.
Timmermansgatan 24, 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.
Götgatan 36, 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.
Stora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 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.
Ringvägen 98, Skanstull/Södermalm
Intimate regulars' haunt along American lines
The neighbourhood restaurant Kommendören gets its inspiration from New York bistro culture. You'll find an intimate bar built to American design guidelines, bringing you closer to the bartender. This is the genuine article, with a great bar scene for proper local regulars.
Kommendörsgatan 7, Östermalm
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.
Södermalmsallén 36-38, Södermalm
Strandvägen 1 is Stockholm's swankiest address and the restaurant here has pulled in the crowds since its opening. There's a large and popular bar in the restaurant which, despite the smart address, always has a relaxed, lively atmosphere. The art-bedecked little sister restaurant Milles is right next door and is as cosy and intimate as it is buzzy.
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.
Kronobergsgatan 37, Kungsholmen
Inspired by house parties
"At parties it's always most fun in the kitchen", was the reasoning behind Vinköket ("the wine kitchen") which is right next door to its sister restaurant Le Rouge in the Old Town. Delicious wines are paired with small- and medium-sized dishes surrounded by brick vaults and stylish interiors. Perfect for hanging out, whether you just want to have a quick glass of wine or to stay all night.
Brunnsgränd 2-4, Old Town
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?
Brunnsgatan 6, Norrmalm/City
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.
Birkagatan 10, Vasastan
Japanese pub culture
Inspired by izakaya, Japanese pub culture, Lokal Izakaya serves food and drinks in a happy combination. Share some Japanese-Nordic small dishes while you have a beer in the Asian-influenced bar.
Scheelegatan 8, Kungsholmen
Riche, Sturehof, Teatergrillen and Taverna Brillo are all part of the group of obligatory restaurants that make up many Stockholmers' absolute favourite places to hang out. Classic, buzzy and always on-trend!
From the heart
Hearts is inside the Nordic C Hotel and its open, buzzy atmosphere attracts Stockholmers and tourists alike. They serve everything from creamy milkshakes to cocktails and beer pitchers to share.
Vasaplan 4, Norrmalm/City
Housed in a former printing works in Liljeholmen, Boulebar serves up French thirst quenches such as Pastis and cider in friendly, South of France-style surroundings. Combine your drink with a game of boules and keep an eye out for events and live music.
Liljeholmsvägen 14, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
Cocktails, tapas and DJs with a buzz
Boqueria Torg in the centre of the Mood gallerian shopping centre is just made for after-work socialising or a drink after shopping - you can combine a glass of wine or a beer with Spanish tapas and listen to guest DJs after work. The tempo and party mood rises as the evening goes on.
Jakobsbergsgatan 17, Norrmalm/City
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.
Swedenborgsgatan 11, Södermalm
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.
Upplandsgatan 2 A, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Party atmosphere on Stureplan with a waft of sake
With Asian-inspired food and a clubby atmosphere under the same roof, East has been one of the best places on Stureplan to hang out for many years. This is the place to go to socialise, listen to music and drink your alloted measure of beer, wine, champagne or sake.
Stureplan 13, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Classic bar magnet in the middle of Odenplan
Tranan's cellar bar has long been a favourite place to meet in the middle of Odenplan. Cocktails, bar food, DJs and photographic exhibitions, as well as an old pinball machine, are just a few of the ingredients that make up this packed restaurant. One floor up you'll find the dining hall's characteristic red-checked tablecloths and Swedish home-cooking classics.
Karlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan
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.
Regeringsgatan 74, Norrmalm/City