The guide to the best cocktail bars in Stockholm
Updated 15 Dec 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
So many cocktails, so little time. Cocktails have sure come a long way from the classic old-fashioned and over the past few years Stockholm bartenders have made mixology into an art form. Whether you're on the lookout for an artisanal cocktail, cool speakeasy joint or sophisticated lounge, Stockholm's best cocktail bars do it all. So here you are - our guide to the best cocktail bars in Stockholm that will blow your mind. We wouldn't blame you for wanting to visit every cocktail bar in Stockholm on the list – just don't do it all in one night.
GemmaGrev Turegatan 30, Östermalm
Passion and creative expression
Gemma on Grev Turegatan is run by award-winning bartender Johan Evers and rising star Oscar Drigoris. Craft cocktails are blended with passion and precision and you can order light meals or snacks to go with your drink.
Ling LongRiddargatan 6, Östermalm
Ode to the Far East
Ling Long, housed in Story Hotel, pays homage to its Asian heritage with modern cosmopolitan vibes and casual ambiance. The bar offers innovative cocktails with exotic flavours. Guests are frequently entertained by DJs and live bands.
BrasserietStrömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
Chicest bar in the city?
The distinguished Royal Opera House has been transformed into a contemporary melting pot, boasting beautiful interior and outstanding views. The cocktail bar fuses timeless classics with an experimental edge, as well as offering an impressive array of artisanal lager and ale.
HimlenGötgatan 78 (Skrapan), Södermalm
One step closer to heaven
Situated on the 25th floor, Himlen's awe-inspiring panoramic city-views are real crowd-pleasers. Apart from offering a fine dining experience, this urban restaurant appeals to modern connoisseurs with a penchant for artisanal cocktails. The sky bar is a popular destination after hours.
HäktetHornsgatan 82, Södermalm
Häktet, which was once an 18th century prison, now houses a restaurant and three different bars, one with a distinct speakeasy feel. This refined cocktail bar combines living-room style vibes with an experimental cocktail menu and talented bartenders. The menu's theme is constantly updated to cater to a wide audience.
TakBrunkebergstorg 4, Norrmalm/City
Drink cocktails with Nordic and Japanese influences while you enjoy the panoramic views over Stockholm. Take it the atmosphere in Tak's bar or book a table at IMA, Tak's "living room", if you want to be served an entire tasting menu complete with exclusive cocktails. Both bars are on the fourteenth floor.
Kung Carls BakfickaNorrlandsgatan 28, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Food and cocktails with a Parisian feel
You'll find Kung Carl's cocktail bar in the light-filled courtyard next to the lobby and the atmosphere here is turn-of-the-century French charm with a modern twist. Cocktails can all be paired with excellent small dishes and the drinks menu reflects different decades, with everything from classic cocktails to modern drinks with fresh berries.
RivalMariatorget 3, Södermalm
Art Deco vibes
Rival at Mariatorget embodies 1930's art deco glamour, complete with sumptuous red velvet decor and shiny brass detailing. The bar is a popular haunt for its artisanal cocktails and relaxed ambiance. The bar is open almost every night with DJs and live shows.
ParadisoTimmermansgatan 24, Södermalm
A passion for rum
This ambitious neighbourhood restaurant on Mariatorget is run by a team with some impressive restaurants on their cvs. The bar is influenced by the hotspots of Miami and stocks a huge range of rum as well as masses of rum-based cocktails, such as "Jah-Man" with rum, campari, sherry, lime and stout.
Blanche & HiertaBrunkebergstorg 6, Norrmalm/City
Intimate and sophisticated
This intimate and sophisticated little hotel bar is part of the exclusive lifestyle hotel At Six on Brunkebergstorg. Skilled mixologists blend selected cocktails with seasonal ingredients. They also serve a bar menu with large and small dishes if you're peckish.
Alma TrägårdhNybrogatan 8, Östermalm
Creative in co-working space
With club veteran Lill Lindqvist and bar boss Andreas Basile at the reins, you can expect exciting cocktails and electronic music at this creative bar. Part of ubercool co-working space Alma on Nybrogatan, design and drinks inspiration come from famous Swedish textile artist Göta Trägårdh.
LYKKEVasaplan 7, Norrmalm/City
Round off the day in modern hotel surroundings in the heart of town. Lykke & Löjromsbaren at the Nordic Light Hotel doesn't just serve food, it also has a bar that's perfect for an evening rendezvous. In keeping with the restaurant's Scandinavian concept, bartenders in the Löjromsbar mix cocktails with Nordic elements, using spirits such as Swedish gin.
TjogetHornsbruksgatan 24, Hornstull/Södermalm
Cool NYC-style speakeasy
This hip concept combines an award-winning NYC-cool speakeasy bar with a restaurant and barbershop. The bartenders - some of the best in the city - create innovative cocktails behind the ornate bar. The casual, unpretentious ambiance enhances the experience.
TweedLilla Nygatan 5, Old Town
As indicated by its name, Tweed has wholeheartedly embraced is theme, complete with complete with comfortable chesterfields and checkered wallpaper. Adjacent to Djuret, this charming bar serves artisanal beers and old-school cocktails with a distinct twist.
HillenbergHumlegårdsgatan 14, Östermalm
Stylish signature cocktails
This large restaurant isn't just a sophisticated choice for an excellent meal; it's also a great place to come for a drink in their stylish cocktail bar. Sip on one of their signature cocktail such as "Karamell" or choose one of the bar's "new classics". Perfect for an after-work drink or a special date.
Corner ClubLilla Nygatan 16, Old Town
Seasonal cocktail menu
Corner Club is The Flying Elk and Restaurant Frantzén’s slightly more casual sibling. The chic bar complete with marble tables is famous for its ‘burgers & drinks’ concept. Guests are invited to select their poison of choice from a seasonal cocktail list. Perfect for cocktail hour pre or post dinner.
SvartengrensTulegatan 24, Vasastan
A contemporary classic
Although primarily famous for its meaty offering, Svartengrens' artisanal cocktail bar has also made a name for itself. The minimalist decor and sleek bar pays tribute to its NYC inspirations. Svartengrens’ signature Grapefruit Collins is a real showstopper.
Le HibouArsenalgatan 6, Norrmalm/City
Le Hibou is an elegant but relaxed cocktail bar at the top of the Bank Hotel, with Parisian-inspired interiors. Gaze out over the waters of Nybroviken while you sip one of their signature cocktails.
HaymarketHötorget 13-15, Norrmalm/City
Casablanca meets the Caribbean
The former PUB department store on Hötorget now houses the large Haymarket by Scandic hotel, with its restaurant, café and cocktail bar Americain. The atmosphere is classic hotel bar, with touches of the Caribbean and the film Casablance. Take a seat in one of the velvet armchairs and order a stylish cocktail and perhaps something to snack on.
HantverketSturegatan 15, Östermalm
It's not just the food and the interiors here which have the artisanal touch. The bartenders mix cocktails perfect for elegant but relaxed socialising at the bar.