The best places in Stockholm for after-work drinks and fun
Updated 9 Jun 2020
Stockholm is full of great places to go for a post-work drink after a hectic working week. Perhaps a drink in a local bar, a beer on the other side of town or why not a game of boules or a bit of round-robin ping pong? Follow our guide to the best after-work joints in town, for work colleagues and groups of friends alike, with options for all tastes. In our guide to the best after-work places in Stockholm you'll find fab bars, drinking spots and pubs perfect for hanging out at once the working day's done.
NalenRegeringsgatan 74, Norrmalm/City
The historic, organic-certified Nalen restaurant is inspired by the classic Italian aperitivo and they serve snacks, bubbles and reduced-price drinks every weekday from 4-7pm.
AubergineLinnégatan 38, Östermalm
The neighbourhood restaurant Aubergine is well-established in Östermalm and a sure thing for anyone looking for a nice vibe and relaxed atmosphere. There's always a great buzz about the place and it's a perfect place to meet up with friends. The restaurant has happy hour in the bar every day from 4-7pm, with friendly food and drinks prices.
UsineSödermalmsallén 36-38, Södermalm
Hot meeting spot in office block
Usine, in the office area of Fatburen, has a bang up to the minute concept, offering everything from food and drinks to a gallery and conference room. Slink into the bar and make yourself at home with a glass of something and perhaps a bite to eat while you drink in the industrial bistro setting. It's even harder to resist, of course, if you happen to work in the building.
StorstadOdengatan 41, Vasastan
Regulars' haunt in Vasastan
This classic Nineties hangout has recently undergone a serious facelift and, with its long bar counter and cosy lounge area, it's a perfect spot for a post-work drink or two. Sip creative cocktails with your work buddies, share charcuterie platters and take in the laid-back atmosphere as you recharge for the weekend.
XarcuteriaHantverkargatan 40, Kungsholmen
Just like an aperitivo in Milano
This place oozes with the relaxed atmosphere and food culture of bars in Spain and Italy. Charcuterie, tapas, wine and micro-brewed beer are the main events. Round off your working week with a drink or dinner.
Urban Deli2 addresses
Popular meeting place
Urban Deli is a popular meeting place with a restaurant, bar and deli all under the same roof. In the evenings it's full of people gathering over something to eat or drink. During the summer months, the al fresco dining area on Nytorget is naturally a major draw, as is their huge rooftop terrace on Sveavägen.
BleckKatarina Bangata 68, Södermalm
You'll find Bleck, which opened in 2015, next to Lilla Blecktornsparken in Skanstull. The place has been a huge hit since it opened thanks to its inviting al fresco area with DJs and cold beers in the sun. They also have a glassed-in room now where you can eat and hang out at the bar all year round. Everyone is welcome, including four-legged friends.
For cocktail fans
SupperHumlegårdsgatan 17, Östermalm
South American flavours
Supper used to be on Tegnérgatan, but it's now inside the Sturegallerian shopping arcade. Food and drinks with South American flavours are the order of the day. A popular meeting place which works as well for dinner as a quick post-work drink.
Mister FrenchTullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
After-work à la Gatsby
Skeppsbron and Tullhus 2 have long been a favourite drinks stop. Mister French has updated the entire place in the spirit of Gatsby and installed a stylish cocktail bar in the centre of the restaurant. When the sun's shining, the outdoor seating area by the harbour is an popular meeting place with a relaxed atmosphere and lively events.
TakBrunkebergstorg 4, Norrmalm/City
If you fancy drinking Nordic/Japanese fusion cocktails while admiring the views over the city, just get yourself up to Tak Bar, Izakaya and Tak Terrassen on the fourteenth floor above Brunkebergstorg. Food and drink has a sustainable ethos. Don't miss their club nights and exhibitions.
Alma TrägårdhNybrogatan 8, Östermalm
For cocktails and electronic music, get down to this creative bar next to cool co-working space Alma on Nybrogatan. Club veteran Lill Lindqvist and bar boss Andreas Basile run the show and the bar, with its cosy 1930s vibes, is a great place to round off the day.
GemmaGrev Turegatan 30, Östermalm
This ambitious cocktail bar within Helio, a co-working building on Grev Turegatan, is run by award-winning bartender Johan Evers along with rising star Oscar Drigoris. Drop by for a beer after work, a craft cocktail or an alcohol-free drink to combine with a light meal or a few snacks.
360 RestaurantTegelbacken 6, Norrmalm/City
This French brasserie, part of the city centre Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, has a cosmopolitan bar perfect for gathering friends or colleagues. Come by for a cocktail is stylish but relaxed hotel surroundings. They also arrange events such as live jazz evenings and Gin and Tonic evenings.
NaboTegnérgatan 34, City/Vasastan
Cocktails next to the park
This Scandinavian neighbourhood restaurant right next door to Tegnérlunden park is popular with locals, and you can either have something to eat here or just drop by for a drink in the bar. The decor is modern, and discerning post-work drinkers can choose between cocktails with unusual flavour combinations and selected wines.
Brasserie BalzacOdengatan 26, Vasastan
Soak up an atmosphere that combines the big city vibes of Paris and New York. The bar serves cocktails and fizz, among other drinks, for a nice post-work drink in buzzy surroundings. Why not order a few oysters to go with your bubbles?
Kung Carls BakfickaNorrlandsgatan 28, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Cocktails meet food
In 2016, Kung Carl opened a new bar by the lobby with a combination of Parisian elegance and a modern atmosphere, a stone's throw from Stureplan. This is the place to come for what is still quite a unique combination in Sweden, innovative cocktails and well-executed small dishes.
Nosh and ChowNorrlandsgatan 24, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Mingle in Manhattan
The mega-hyped Nosh & Chow looks a little like a classic Manhattan townhouse. Its setting is one of its main, but far from only, plus points. Have something to drink in the gorgeous bar or chill in the inner courtyard with its open fireplace. A lovely way to shake off the working day.
LYKKEVasaplan 7, Norrmalm/City
This Nordic restaurant within the Nordic Light Hotel in the city centre serves serves wine, beer, bubbles and great food. They have special prices for wine and DJ performances and you can book a table for your post-work gathering.
Tiki RoomBirkagatan 10, Vasastan
Stockholm's only tikibar, in a cellar beneath Mellow Bar on Sankt Eriksplan, is tropical, fun and lively. Huge rum cocktails are served to the sounds of live DJs and nice Pacific vibes.
Las BrasasRoslagsgatan 6, Vasastan
Tapas and a buzzy bar scene
What used to be Le Nom on Roslagsgatan is now a modern restaurant oozing with South American and Spanish influences. The dark green-tiled bar area is perfect for relaxing with a drink and perhaps a tasty tapa or two.
TjogetHornsbruksgatan 24, Hornstull/Södermalm
With their award-winning cocktail bar, Tjoget in Hornstull is a real Södermalm favourite. Groups of friends flock here to round off the day with a cocktail or something to eat. Tjoget also has a wine bar and beer café under the same roof.
Pubs and beer bars
AkkuratHornsgatan 18, Södermalm
Masses of beer and whisky
Browse among 200 types of beer and 400 malt whiskies. Beer comes from both small breweries and their own production and is definitely something for the beer connoisseurs. Their famous mussels are another reason this place could easily become a regular haunt.
Beer at Bara
The Bara family includes several different joints on Södermalm which attract a large after-work crowd. Relaxed pubs which suit everyone keen for a beer after work, to stay on in town and maybe have something to eat.
BallBreakerLindhagensgatan 114, Kungsholmen
The city's largest activity centre
A wide-ranging activity centre for adventure-hungry gangs of friends and psyched-up business groups. Here, you can take part in everything from neon-lit bowling alleys to state-of-the-art golf, hunting and football simulators. Or why not chill out in the private spa area with sauna and jacuzzi? There's also a restaurant.
Boule for everyone
Combine a game of boule with some rustic French food and hire an instructor if you need one. Boulebar is great fun for novices and pros alike, and it's a popular place for both corporate fun and groups of friends.
TolvArenavägen 69, Johanneshov
One-stop activities destination
You'll find everything here, from activities to food and masses of beer. Invite your colleagues along to O'Learys and challenge them to a pentathlon including bowling, racing simulators and "adventure golf", for example. At the next door Boston Grill you can also drink craft beer, relax in front of the huge screens showing sports or have a bite to eat. Bambino's is also right next door.
Minigolf and a dip
Golfbaren in Kristineberg and Aspudden is a real summer oasis with green minigolf courses, leafy surroundings and places to get something to eat and/or drink. Both courses are close to bathing spots - perfect for when you want to round off your post-work drink with a refreshing dip. The sister spot Swing by Golfbaren in Vasastan has a Twenties-inspired indoor course, food and cocktails and is open all year round.
MälarpaviljongenNorr Mälarstrand 64, Kungsholmen
Open-minded beach hangout
Make like the rest of Stockholm and end your working day on the loveliest pontoon in town on Norr Mälarstrand. An idyllic summer spot and very gay-friendly. They sell their very own rosé wine here, part of the profits of which go to HBTQ rights charities around the world. Only open during the summer months.
HumlanHumlegårdsgatan 24, Östermalm
This outdoor restaurant opens up in the heart of Humlegården park each summer. An oasis for anyone who fancies a drink and perhaps something to eat in leafy surroundings. The past few years it's been run by Surfers, who specialise in fruity cocktails and Sichuan-inspired food.
Stureplan 1Stureplan, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
In the heart of Stureplan
Take a seat in the middle of Stureplan - literally - and have a drink at this seasonal outdoor bar. Open all day, from breakfast to cocktails and dinner. The atmosphere is gorgeously summery, with flowers and plants covering the bar.
Soul TrainKarl XII:s Torg, Norrmalm/City
Soul Train, legendary after-work spot
Soul Train has been a popular night at Café Opera since it began in 2012 and is a favourite Friday party spot for in-the-mood after-workers. Around 1 600 visitors each Friday create perhaps the largest and jolliest after-work event in town - reckon on dance music and a great atmosphere until 10pm.
Out of Office
Network and party at the same time
Out of Office started in 2015 and it draws in thousands of visitors each pay-day Friday. The concept, a mix of networking, festival, concert and club, takes place in various places around Stockholm and serveral other cities. Entry is free, but you have to download their app to join (see their website).