The best places in Stockholm for after-work drinks and fun
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 boule 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.
Popular Vasastan joint with a friendly feel
Old after-work fave with a great atmosphere and mixed crowd of regulars, pals and suit-clad after-workers. The beer and wine selection is varied (suits everyone) and the bar is just a really nice place to hang out. In the summer you can park yourself outside on Odengatan.
Odengatan 41, Vasastan
Wind down at a welcoming wine bar
Hornstull's first wine bar, Hornstulls Bodega, which is part of Tjoget, is run by pair of sommeliers with experience from places such as Djuret, Pubologi och Fäviken. Guests with a thirst for wine or cocktails drop by in the evening to relax in the delightful atmosphere and maybe have something to eat.
Hornsbruksgatan 24, Hornstull/Södermalm
Greener and more pleasant
The historic Nalen restaurant is now certified organic, and their new, greener status can even be felt in their after-work sessions on Thursdays. Combine organic wines with snacks - mainly vegetarian - to go with. "Greener and more pleasant" is the vibe, but don't forget that their after-work sessions are only once a week!
Regeringsgatan 74, Norrmalm/City
Everyday luxury after work
This welcoming neighbourhood restaurant on Kungsholmen is run by the people behind Aubergine and it has a slightly exclusive air. A perfect meeting place for groups of friends and colleagues of all kinds who want to eat, drink and have a good time; they also have good bar prices and DJs at the weekend.
Fleminggatan 39, Kungsholmen
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.
Linnégatan 38, Östermalm
Paradise for beer lovers
Warm and friendly and full of journalists, Pressklubben is a great place for beer lovers and cocktail sippers alike to hang out at the bar - and it's right in the heart of the city. Get stuck into the some 750 different types of beer or sip on Old World wines.
Vasagatan 50, Norrmalm/City
Cocktails en masse
Pressklubben's charming adjacent sister caféhas lots to offer anyone looking for somewhere to hang out after work. Behind the marble-clad bar, experimental drinks are created with finesse - why not test a beer cocktail or another exciting combo? Park yourself in one of the armchairs and order something light from the bar menu, like oysters or mussels.
Vasagatan 50, Norrmalm/City
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.
Södermalmsallén 36-38, Södermalm
Just like an aperitivo in Milano
This place oozes with the 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 the after-work buffet that's served on Fridays, just like an aperitivo in Milano.
Hantverkargatan 40, Kungsholmen
For cocktail fans
Yummy cocktails and Caribbean vibes
Popular post-work hangout with great cocktails, Latin American bar snacks and Caribbean vibes in the retro-styled bar. DJs play and a whole array of funky live gigs that go with the theme. The place fills up quickly with just hip enough, nicely polished office workers after work.
Tegnérgatan 37, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
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.
Tullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
Gorgeous after-work bar at luxury Asian restaurant
Farang's cocktails are at least as imaginative as the restaurant's innovative and luxurious Thai food. Try a Singapore Sling, it's said to be the best in town, or why not a flaming Mai Tai? There are even comfortable armchairs, perfect for thirsty after-workers.
Tulegatan 7, Vasastan
Lauded hotel cocktail bar halfway along Skeppbron
This prizewinning cocktail bar on Skeppsbron is a great after-work hangout for anyone with a thirst for a cocktail. Count on a relaxed but sober atmosphere and the odd DJ session. In the summer you can take a pew along the wall outside, so grab a spot in the sun.
Skeppsbron 12, Old Town
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?
Odengatan 26, Vasastan
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.
Norrlandsgatan 28, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Fusion restaurant with a club feel
East on Stureplan is as famous for its party atmosphere as it is for its Asian fusion dishes. They're open until 3am all week and DJs mix with everything from sake to cocktails in the bar. A great spot for anyone who likes their after-work drink to go with a real swing.
Stureplan 13, 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.
Norrlandsgatan 24, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
There's plenty of space here to mingle with international hotel guests and have a drink after work. For anyone after a slightly more fancy joint, we recommend Malmen Bar, otherwise Lilla Hotellbaren is a popular choice with its focus on live music and cocktails. Drinks can also be combined with bar food.
Sophisticated cocktail joint in the heart of the city
After-work hangouts don't get much more central than this. The cosmopolitan hotel restaurant has a buzzy cocktail bar with regular DJ sessions which draw in a large post-work crowd. Sip cocktails in a stylish continental setting with plush carpets, brass details and a hint of New York and Paris.
Kungsgatan 70, Norrmalm/City
Cocktails on tap
For an after-work drink with an authentic Mad Men feel, head towards Kungsholmen and try cocktails on tap. Tap Room is part of the Clarion Hotel Amaranten and it oozes Sixties vibes with a modern twist. The bar is also the first one in town to embrace this American cocktail trend.
Kungsholmsgatan 31, Kungsholmen
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.
Birkagatan 10, Vasastan
After-work in the heart of Södermalm
Imperiet has after-work sessions from Wednesdays to Fridays in the dimly lit bar at the bottom of the Skrapan skyscraper building. Cocktails are served at reasonable prices, and anyone with a bit of a hunger on them can combine drinks with a little charcuterie - also at nice prices.
Vartoftagatan 49, Södermalm
Pubs and beer bars
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.
Hornsgatan 18, Södermalm
Beer at Bara
The Bara family includes five different joints on Södermalm which attract a large after-work crowd. Relaxed pubs which suit everyone keen for a beer after work, stay in town and maybe have something to eat. In the summer, Bara Ute in Drakenbergsparken (Hornstull) is a great spot for an outdoor after-work.
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.
Lindhagensgatan 114, Kungsholmen
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.
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.
Arenavägen 69, Johanneshov
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.
Sunny terrace on Djurgården
With one of the best terraces in Stockholm, surrounded by leafy parkland and with a sea view that reaches all the way past Skeppsholmen to the Royal Palace, Josefina is the obvious choice for countless Stockholmers in the mood for an after-work drink in the sun. Soak up the rays, have a cocktail and listen to the summer hits playing from the DJ booth. You can order simple dishes such as pizzas and hamburgers from the bistro if you're peckish.
Galärvarvsvägen 10, Djurgården
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.
Norr Mälarstrand 64, Kungsholmen
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.
Karl XII:s Torg, Norrmalm/City