The guide to the best cocktail bars in Stockholm
So many cocktails, so little time. Cocktails have sure come a long way from the classic old-fashioned - and although we are die-hard fans - 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.
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.
Hornsbruksgatan 24, Hornstull/Södermalm
Grill's reworking of a Tiki bar does the trick. The bartenders at Koko-Mo serve classic rum drinks and modern Tiki-inspired cocktails spiked with tequila, mescal and pisco. Its sibling Köttmästarn, just round the corner, fuses influences from Europe, Cuba and the USA. If you're in the mood for an Old Fashioned or Paw of the Wolf mixed with vodka, cranberry and punch you've come to the right place.
Award winning cocktail bar
Tradition meets innovation; Reisen prides itself with artisanal cocktails made from scratch with fresh fruit and berries, without any concentrates. Apart from outstanding drinks, the hotel bar offers a unique location upon the waterfront with enviable views.
Skeppsbron 12, Old Town
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.
Riddargatan 6, Östermalm
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.
Strömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
Reminiscent of the Caribbean
Supper's Cuban and Latin influences are apparent in both the menu and decor. Bartenders mix rum-spiked drinks and refreshing coolers as well as serving champagne and beer. The relaxed ambiance is perfect for casual after work hangouts reminiscent of the Caribbean.
Tegnérgatan 37, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
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.
Götgatan 78 (Skrapan), 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.
Hornsgatan 82, Södermalm
A hidden gem
Duvel Café's rather drab exterior juxtaposes its immaculately stylish interior complete with beautiful blue wood-panelled walls, leather chairs and brass fittings. Its cocktail bar surprises with beer cocktails and other drinks with an experimental edge. Beer-lovers are bound to find their way next door to Pressklubben.
Vasagatan 50, Norrmalm/City
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.
Mariatorget 3, Södermalm
The bustling upstairs bar at Hotell Grand Central by Scandic takes style cues from both Paris and New York. Its central location and warm atmosphere appeals to locals and hotel guests alike - perfect for after work drinks.
Kungsgatan 70, Norrmalm/City
Luxurious Southeast Asian vibes
The city's coolest Asian fusion restaurant fuses sleek industrial-style interior with distinct metropolitan vibes. The Southeast Asian influences are apparent from the menu to the cocktail bar. Innovative artisanal drinks with a twist are mixed behind the bar.
Tulegatan 7, Vasastan
Cocktails à la NYC
Enjoy innovative cocktails at award-winning Vassa Eggen. This restaurant has had multiple guises over the years, the most recent an industrial NYC-style steakhouse. During the summer the outdoor terrace is perfect for casual after work drinks.
Birger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Cocktails and waterfront views
Mister French fuses 1920's glamour with enviable waterfront views and boasts a large outdoor terrace. If you’re in the mood for colour-popping drinks, a flute of champagne or an artisanal beer you've come to the right place.
Tullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, 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.
Lilla Nygatan 5, 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.
Lilla Nygatan 16, Old Town
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.
Tulegatan 24, Vasastan