The best places in Stockholm for after-work drinks and fun
Updated 27 Jan 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 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.
Hornsbruksgatan 24, Hornstull/Södermalm
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.
Regeringsgatan 74, Norrmalm/City
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!
Linnégatan 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.
Södermalmsallén 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.
Odengatan 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.
Hantverkargatan 40, Kungsholmen
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.
Birger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
"Vassa", as locals call it, is a favourite watering hole for thirsty Stockholmers. Though beer, wine and classic cocktails generally take precedence over water here. The bar is often packed at weekends and in the evenings and the music and atmosphere get louder and livelier as the evening goes on.Its location makes it the perfect starting point for anyone going on to other bars and clubs around Stureplan, and if you're hungry you can always ask the maître d′ for a table in the dining room.
For cocktail fans
Humlegårdsgatan 17, Östermalm
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.
Tullhus 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.
Tulegatan 7, Vasastan
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.
Grev 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.
Tegelbacken 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.
Tegnérgatan 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.
Odengatan 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 Bakficka
Norrlandsgatan 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 Chow
Norrlandsgatan 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.
Malmen & Lilla Hotellbaren
Hotel hangout by Medborgarplatsen
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.
Kungsgatan 70, Norrmalm/City
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.
Stortorget 7, Old Town
After work in an old apothecary
There are worse ways to round off the day than with a fabulous cocktail. This award-winning cocktail bar in Stortorget in the Old Town is inspired by its premises, which were once the city's first apothecary. Take a deep dive into the world of mixology and try out some of the bar's creative cocktails, combined with bar snacks.
Vasaplan 7, Norrmalm/City
Bleak roe, bubbles and DJs
Löjromsbaren in the Nordic Light Hotel serves wine, beer, bubbles and, naturally, the Nordic delicacy löjrom - bleak roe - in various forms. They're passionate about music and DJs play live every Thursday. You can book a table for your post-work gathering.
Kungsholmsgatan 31, Kungsholmen
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.
Birkagatan 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.
Roslagsgatan 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.
Pubs and beer bars
Hornsgatan 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 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.
Lindhagensgatan 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.
Arenavägen 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.
Cocktails, bar snacks and activities
At Exploria amusement centre you can combine masses of activities with international small dishes and cocktails at the tapas restaurant Pinchos. Why not do a and wind down with some mini burgers and a pitcher of sangria?
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.
Norr 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.
Karl 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).