The best bars in Stockholm right now (2024)

The best bars in Stockholm right now (1)

Drinking in Sweden isn't cheap, but worth every øre. These are the best bars in Stockholm that you simply must try

Written by

Maddy Savage
&
Madeleine Hyde

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So let’s get one thing out of the way first: drinking in Stockholm ain’t cheap. The drinks here are mighty delicious and seriously well crafted, but don’t be expecting a night pinching pennies. But trust us, you’re going to feel okay about paying a little more for these surroundings.

In the Swedish capital, you get what you pay for. Beautiful scenery, elegant bars, cobbled streets and waterfront terraces. Oh, and good company. The Swedes know how to have a good time. From outdoor beer gardens to quirky small plates and co*cktails, here are the best bars in Stockholm right now.

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This guide was updated by Maddy Savage, a writer based in Stockholm. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

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As well as ice hockey and shuffleboard, Swedes love a game of boule, which will get your muscles moving on a mild, long Stockholm summer’s night. Most of Boulebar’s locations in the Swedish capital come with a waterside view, opening up just as spring lumbers into summer. Boulebar Rålambshov, tucked in the park of the same name, looks out from Kungsholmen island onto Lake Mälaren. The staff serve excellent French food while you wait for an available pitch.

Photograph: Fredrik Rollman/Häktet
2.Häktet
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • price 2 of 4

This sophisticated venue inside an 18th-century prison building offers inventive seasonal co*cktails in the main bar area, while local artisanal beers are the top draw in the more industrial backroom (Ölbaren), tucked behind Häktet’s restaurant and kitchen. There’s also a giant inner courtyard that comes to life during the warmer months. A separate, sporadically-open vintage-clad speakeasy (Häktet Vänster) is accessible via an unmarked door.It’s one of few places openuntil 3am (from Thursday to Saturday).

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Photograph: Courtesy Morfar Ginko
  • Bars and pubs
  • co*cktail bars
  • price 2 of 4

Pastel-hued neon signs, giant exposed silver pipes and walls lined with white square tiles set the tone atthis industrial-chic bar.Tucked away inthe on-trend Mariatorget district – packed with art galleries, vintage shops and up-and-coming fashion labels – it draws a predictable mix of edgy locals and creative types from across the city.

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In a particularly buzzing area of Södermalm, you’ll find Katarina Bangata, a lush pedestrianised avenue that cuts diagonally through SoFo (the area ‘south of Folkungagatan’). One of a cluster of tip-top bars along the strip, ‘nano-restaurant’ Katarina Ölkafé stands out for its excellent Swedish take on North American grub, from vegan kimchi sandwiches to mini Philly cheesesteaks, and an extensive craft beer selection.

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5.Södra Teatern
  • Theatre
  • Performing arts space
  • price 2 of 4

A staple of Stockholm’s nightlife scene, this buttercup-yellow theatre has been around since the 1800s and is now home to a complex of buzzing bars apt for different occasions. For the best views, head up to the champagne sky bar and terrace on the seventh floor. During summer, Södra Teatern also opens a giant beer garden, Mosebacketerrassen, with space for 1,000. In the theatre itself, you’ll find a range of events, from indie concerts to champagne jazz brunches on Sundays.

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A 15-minute metro from Stockholm’s central station, Telefonplan is an increasingly popular neighbourhood that is home to Sweden’s largest design college, Konstfack. A flurry of gorgeous Swedish cottages surrounds its brutalist centre, where you’ll find this laid-back drinking hole. Upstairs, Landet hosts gigs and open-mic poetry nights (sometimes in English), while downstairs has a Nordic-global fusion menu that takes in everything from mussels to sesame-fried tofu. Drinks are an international selection of wines and beer.

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Photograph: Courtesy Tak
7.Tak
  • Bars and pubs
  • co*cktail bars
  • price 3 of 4

Tak’s sky bar interior is an impressive combination of Swedish and Japanese minimalism dipped in a layer of opulence. Its outdoor terrace, the largest in the city, boasts 14th-floor views over Stockholm’s City Hall, the Gröna Lund theme park and the Royal Palace. In the summertime, Stockholm Under the Stars opens next door with a cinema on Sunday nights, DJ sets and a barbecue menu of contemporary Stockholm favourites like halloumi burgers and sweet potato fries.

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Photograph: Courtesy Himlen
8.Himlen
  • Bars and pubs
  • co*cktail bars
  • price 2 of 4

An unassuming 1960s former office block (which also contains student accommodation and a shopping centre) is the somewhat improbable location for one of Stockholm’s best-loved high-altitude drinking spots. Himlen is on the 26th floor of a skyscraper slap-bang in the middle of artsy Södermalm.

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Award-winning local brewers Omnipollo made their name with Omnipollos Hatt, whose craft beers and artisan pizza have proven a Södermalm hit. Now drinkers are flocking to their summer outpost Flora, which has created a buzzing corner in the otherwise serene Humlegården, opulent Östermalm’s central green space. This address swaps pizza for burgers, fries and beer ice cream and serves some of their best-loved craft brews, plus seasonal renditions like mango lassi and tropical pale ales. Closed over the winter.

Photograph: Kent Wang/Flickr
10.Pharmarium
  • Bars and pubs
  • co*cktail bars
  • price 2 of 4

Overlooking the cobbles of Stortorget, Stockholm’s oldest square, this polished craft co*cktail bar was once home to the city’s first pharmacy. In a nod to its medieval roots, the dark wooden walls are designed to look like a pantry of medicine drawers, each labelled with Latin words for traditional apothecary ingredients.

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11.Mälarpaviljongen
  • Bars and pubs
  • co*cktail bars
  • price 2 of 4

This jetty bar is packed with blooming plants and flowers, string lights popping with primary colours and an unpretentious gay-friendly crowd. Floating on the water next to one of the city’s most stunning tree-lined footpaths, Norr Mälarstrand, Mälarpaviljongen also offers incredible views over Södermalm island (look out for iconic red-brick former brewery Münchenbryggeriet). Mälarpaviljongen is only open in the summer, obviously, the punters would be mighty uncomfortable otherwise, not to mention cold.

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Photograph: Madeleine Hyde
12.Laika
  • Bars and pubs
  • co*cktail bars
  • price 2 of 4

You probably won’t be able to nap on the giant double bed or homey sofas inside Laika, a loud industrial-vintage venue focusing on live acts and DJs. Offering everything from techno and indie to spoken word and stand-up comedy, it’s one of creative Södermalm’s most sociable spots, pulling in twenty and thirty-somethings from across the capital.

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13.Judit and Bertil
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • price 1 of 4

Cosy nostalgia envelops this intimate spot named after its owner’s grandparents, who lived in the bar’s formerly working-class neighbourhood, Hornstull, back in the 1930s. Their names beam out from art deco neon lights on the building’s façade, while inside, you’ll find the food and drink menu crafted from magnetic white letters stuck on a retro black letter board.

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