The LGBT guide to Stockholm's best gay venues
Updated 30 Jun 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
Stockholm has an ever-growing and well-reputed selection of gay-friendly nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cafés. In this guide we follow the rainbow flag and lead the way to great places around town with an open mind and an LGBT-friendly crowd. You'll find everything from famous gay cafés and restaurants popular within gay circles, to open-minded bars and "Stockholm's gayest gayclub". In other words, all the best gay spots in Stockholm!
MälarpaviljongenNorr Mälarstrand 64, Kungsholmen
Lush summer oasis
Mälarpaviljongen is a favourite Stockholm summer spot and a well-known gay hangout with a gorgeous floating jetty and pavilion. You can sit here, eat, sip wine, party and enjoy one of the city's most awesome waterfront locations. Count on a friendly, flirty atmosphere.
Urban Deli3 addresses
Gay restaurant of the year in 2015
Urban Deli was named restaurant/bar of the year at the QX gala in 2015 and was one of two official Pride festival restaurants that year. The inclusive philosophy is combined here with an organic mindset and it's a buzzy place to hang out whether you're gay or straight.
Urban Deli Nytorget
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Side TrackWollmar Yxkullsgatan 7, Södermalm
LGBT people, bears and everyone else welcome
Open-minded and slightly hidden gaybar by Mariatorget with a restaurant, lively club nights and a flirty atmsposphere. Side Track is in the cellar right next door to Half Way Inn and is a popular watering hole for the city's queer crowd and everyone with a non-judgemental attitude. Plenty of leather and latex.
The Secret GardenKornhamnstorg 59, Old Town
From dinner to clubbing
You'll find this gay-friendly spot on Kornhamnstorg, a snug restaurant and bar which transforms into a lively nightclub later on. Open all days of the week, they also have a small "secret garden" if you prefer a more peaceful pace.
Spisa hos HelenaScheelegatan 18, Kungsholmen
Neighbourhood restaurant with a mixed crowd
A popular neighbourhood restaurant on Kungsholmen which is just as popular among the gay crowd. Spisa hos Helena serves a selection of Swedish and European food for lunch and dinner. Lots of people come for the lunch and relaxed atmosphere.
Whippet LabRutger Fuchsgatan 5, Skanstull/Södermalm
Social justice in focus
Eat small dishes and drink microbrewed beer from their own brewery at Whippet Lab in Skanstull. The concept focuses on social justice, which means they arrange events with organisations working against homophobia, sexism, racism and other injustices.
SLM StockholmWollmar Yxkullsgatan 18, Södermalm
Leather, rubber, uniforms, skinhead or sports gear - SLM on Mariatorget is the gay club for men with fetishes. They arrange pub evenings, club nights and fetish evenings.
PatriciaSöder Mälarstrand Kajplats 19, Södermalm
Legendary Sunday night club on the water
Sundays are particularly spectacular on Patricia when the boat transforms into a floating gayclub. The legendary Sunday club is 20 years old. Count on a disco, bar and slightly lower prices than usual in the restaurant. Minimum age 18, open 6pm-5am on Sundays.
HeraArenavägen 75, Johanneshov
Every payday Friday
Once a month, Hera puts on a club for all lesbian women over 20 years old. Various DJs play during the evening and there are often surprises. All the security and bar staff who work on the club nights are female or non-binary. Bigger, better and even more lesbian - as they put it themselves.
Club BackdoorArenavägen 75, Johanneshov
"The best gay club north of Ibiza"
According to the club organisers themselves, this is the "best gay club north of Ibiza" and if that sounds attractive just get yourself along to Tolv Stockholm at the weekend. On Fridays they play hits, hiphop, R&B and Nineties music, while Saturdays are all about dark-house and techno.
TrädgårdenHammarby Slussväg 2, Skanstull/Södermalm
Summer club with open attitude
This popular summer club in Skanstull has drawn in the city's club kids who appreciate late-night parties and great DJs and they've hosted several Pride festivals. Even if it's not a purely gay club, the atmosphere is guaranteed gay-friendly.
ChokladkoppenStortorget 18, Old Town
Popular gaycafé in the middle of Stortorget
In the middle of Stortorget in the Old Town you'll find this big-hearted café with a warm and welcoming living room feel. If you're hungry for something substantial they serve a soup of the day and fresh sandwiches made to order. In the summer you can sit outside in one of the best people-watching spots in the Old Town.r.
Eat with JonnaFolkungagatan 95, Södermalm
Colourful spot for open sandwiches
Fancy a Danish-style open sandwich, or smörrebröd? This colourful Södermalm joint serves a range of varieties, with craft beers alongside. Perfect for lunch or just a tasty mid-afternoon snack.