The best bars in Stockholm

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Are you looking for a nice bar in Stockholm? Then, you’ll have an almost infinite number of places to choose from. The city is full of great bars, whether you want to sip a fresh drink, have a good beer, or enjoy a glass of fine wine. There’s something for all tastes and wallets – from elegant cocktail bars to relaxed budget bars. Bring your partner, friends, or favorite colleagues for a great hangout at Stockholm’s bars.
Last updated: February 23, 2024
There are plenty of occasions when you want to hang out in a bar with good company – a date, unwinding after work, a birthday celebration, or just a regular Tuesday. And Sweden’s capital is the place to be when you’re in the mood for your favorite drink, a delicious vintage wine, or just a large beer.

Find the right bar in Stockholm


Stockholm is a paradise when you want to have a drink (or two) out on the town. All over the city, there are great places for all preferences. Want to get fancy with craft drinks at an elegant cocktail bar? Gaze out over the city from a rooftop bar? Feel the international flair of a hotel bar? Try an exclusive Rioja at a wine bar? Or have plain, no-frills draft beer at a budget bar? Stockholm has it all.

But with all these options, finding the right place can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve created a guide to great bars in Stockholm. Perfect to have on hand next time it’s time to hit the town bars.

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Pharmarium

Pharmarium is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a great bar in Old Town. At the cozy Stortorget, you’ll find this acclaimed cocktail bar housed in an old pharmacy. It was once home to Sweden’s first public pharmacy, which opened in 1575, and perhaps the spirit of medicine inspired the bar’s unique drink mixes. Imagination has no limits behind the bar, and skilled bartenders mix 10/10 drinks with names like Whisky For The Holy Ghost, I Sat By The Forest, and Purple Haze.

If someone in your party doesn’t want cocktails, there are beer, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic drinks. And if you’re in the mood for something to eat, there are plenty of snacks and small dishes. Sit down on the bar stools at the stylish green marble bar, or take a seat on the comfortable sofas. Beautiful old pharmacy cabinets and wooden boxes on the walls, plus the checkered floor further enhance the interior.

Add impeccable service and a fabulous atmosphere, and you can see why Pharmarium is super popular. It’s wise to book in advance (but there are also some drop-in spots).

Stortorget 7, Old Town

Oummi

Have a magic cocktail in a magical environment at Oummi in Old Town

How about a heavenly cocktail in a super cozy setting that takes you on a journey to Lebanon – right in the middle of Stockholm’s historic Old Town? Then you should head to the Lebanese restaurant Oummi. Here, you can sip drinks in a magical world of beautiful textiles, velvet sofas, brass lanterns, and atmospheric lighting.

At Oummi, a drink isn’t just a drink. It’s a work of art. The skilled bartenders mix innovative cocktails from fresh ingredients with a large dose of passion, love, and craftsmanship. And, of course, the taste is delicious. The drinks menu includes plenty of fabulous signature cocktails and superb gin & tonic drinks. There’s also an excellent selection of wine, beer, and many other beverages.

And should you get hungry, you’re in the right place. Oummi is one of Stockholm’s best Lebanese restaurants with fantastic food and impeccable service.

Lilla Nygatan 11, Old Town

Alegria Tapas Bar

An enticing range of drinks and lots of delicious tapas at Alegria Tapas Bar

Alegria Tapas Bar at St Eriksplan is not only a destination for great tapas but also an oasis for drink enthusiasts. At their welcoming bar, you can explore an impressive collection of wines with an emphasis on Spanish producers, from robust reds to seductively fresh whites. In addition, good beers are available, both on tap and in bottles. Don’t miss their Sangria, a true classic. The bartenders at Alegria are also masters at creating classic and innovative cocktails.

Indulge yourself with one of their popular Frozen Daiquiris, which put a modern twist on traditional flavours and are reminiscent of Barcelona’s sunny beachfront terraces, or round off the evening with a tasty coffee drink. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, and the bar is the perfect place to go before an after-work drink, to relax with friends on a Saturday night, or to enjoy a romantic date with someone special. Let’s raise a glass to an unforgettable evening!

St Eriksplan 2A , Vasastan

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A bar called Gemma

The best childhood memories, feeling madly in love, or high on life – that’s the feeling that the award-winning A bar called Gemma wants to convey to its guests. So they’ve certainly set the bar high – but when you step into the cozy space located in the Helio co-working building on Grev Turegatan, you’ll understand why this place attracts. It’s clear that the highly skilled bartenders Johan Evers and Oscar Drigoris run their bar with passion, soul, and heart. Here, you don’t just get a bar visit but a whole experience.

For cocktail fans, A bar called Gemma is heaven. From afternoon to late evening, you can enjoy creative and carefully crafted cocktails with imaginative names (the signature Gemma is a guest favorite). If you want something else to drink, this Östermalm bar also serves beer, wine, champagne, and non-alcoholic drinks. And if you’re hungry, there are light meals and snacks on the menu. In addition, A bar called Gemma also offers catering if you want a high-class drink selection at a party or event.

Grev Turegatan 30, Östermalm

Grappa

Fancy a glass of fine grappa at the bar and restaurant Grappa?

If you want to have a drink (or two) at Sankt Eriksplan in Vasastan, Grappa is a great choice. This Italian restaurant has a nice bar and lounge area where you can either sit at the bar or by the window and watch the crowds outside. Both the walls and furniture are red, and together with the long fancy bar and the checkered floor, it creates a cozy and pleasant atmosphere that’s perfect for everything from dates to after-work hangouts.

The bar has an extensive range of beverages with something for everyone – wine, champagne, beer, cider, whisky, gin, rum, liqueur, alcohol-free, and much more. Plus a large number of tasty cocktails and, of course, (as the name tells) the Italian spirit grappa. Should you get hungry, you can move to the restaurant, which serves a broad menu including à la carte, pizza, and pasta. The atmosphere is high night after night, and sometimes Grappa also offers live music, which guests more than appreciate. In addition, the restaurant has a chambre separée and a large outdoor terrace in summer.

Sankt Eriksgatan 86, Vasastan

TAK Baren

If you’re in the mood for a cool, high-rise bar in the middle of Stockholm city, you’ll love TAK Baren. This stylish rooftop bar is located 52 meters in the air above the square Brunkebergstorg. Stockholmers and tourists alike come here to enjoy the stunning views, great atmosphere, and delicious drinks with Nordic and Japanese flavors.

No matter what time of year you visit this Stockholm bar, you can count on a great atmosphere. In summer, the windows are open, and you can enjoy your favorite cocktail in the evening sun. In the colder seasons, the festivities move inside. And to turn up the heat and add to the cozy autumn and winter evenings, there’s good music and drinks that are a little warmer and fuller.

In short, TAK Baren is always a highlight. Perfect for after-work hangout, as a starting point before heading out into the Stockholm night, or an entire evening. In addition, you’re very close to cinemas, theaters, nightclubs, and everything else in the city’s entertainment world.

Brunkebergstorg 2–4, Norrmalm/City
Bars Stockholm
Stockholm has a lot of excellent bars if you’re in the mood for a drink

Coquetel Social

The stylish cocktail bar Coquetel Social is right in the middle of the action, more precisely in Stockholm’s vibrant bar and restaurant hub, Stureplan, and next door to Spy Bar, one of the city’s most famous nightclubs. This is the place to go if you want to sip drinks and mingle in a stylish and atmospheric environment. Skilled bartenders mix heavenly cocktails made from scratch with premium ingredients according to the rules of the art.

The luxury of the 1960s inspired Coquetel Social, and they have brilliantly mixed it with South American influences from Havana and Rio de Janeiro. The extraordinary space is combined with super-friendly staff and an incredible vibe (the bar has won several awards for best atmosphere).

Here, you can hang out after work, have an after-dinner drink, or stop by on your Stockholm night tour. And with the generous opening hours, it’s a great place to end the evening. In the summer there’s also a nice outdoor terrace.

Birger Jarlsgatan 20, Östermalm

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Lagerbaren

The friendly Lagerbaren at Skanstull has an impressive range of beers on tap

Lagerbaren on Södermalm is a bar that is the heart of the place. You come here for the bustling atmosphere, the flavours, and the community. The impressive range of beers on tap is complemented by a wide range of drinks to satisfy every taste. From fine wine and well-composed cocktails to carefully selected, exclusive spirits, their beverage selection offers something for everyone. Of course, there are also good non-alcoholic options. For those who are hungry, there is also a delicious menu of classic pub dishes and, not to forget, the iconic plank steak, which is available in several different variants.

Lagerbaren is also a sports bar and here, in the heart of Bajenland, Södermalm residents and visitors come to see all the big sporting events and football matches. The atmosphere is good, the staff professional and the food and drink both delicious and affordable, so what are you waiting for? Head to Lagerbaren for an evening with friends!

Götgatan 97, Södermalm

Hernö Gin Bar

Hernö Gin is a popular and award-winning gin producer from Härnösand, and as it should, this craft gin producer from northern Sweden has its own cocktail bar in central Stockholm – Hernö Gin Bar. And they’ve gone big – this renowned bar in Södermalm spreads over two floors in a beautiful old building where Götgatan meets Hornsgatan. In other words, a golden location where you can enjoy world class gin drinks, including several signature cocktails and perhaps Stockholm’s best gin & tonic.

Everyone is welcome at Hernö Gin Bar – the atmosphere is relaxed and inclusive, with friendly staff. The decor is also top-notch and has beautiful marble floors, high arches, and large windows – plus a nice view of Slussen. In addition to the bar, there’s a lovely restaurant and a gin-tasting room with a living room feeling. In short, it’s the promised land for all gin lovers (if you want gin-free drinks, go elsewhere), but if you’re craving something other than cocktails, there’s beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Snaps

Snaps is a popular bar, restaurant and nightclub at Medborgarplatsen in Södermalm

Snaps is a good option if you’re looking for bars in Stockholm with a nightclub vibe. Conveniently located at Medborgarplatsen in Södermalm, the queue is often long – the generous opening hours have made it a popular party spot every day of the week. It’s housed in a beautiful building with a long history, dating back to 1679. Throughout history, much has happened within these walls, but today, it’s a restaurant, bar, and club.

Snaps has two party-filled floors, with the downstairs resembling a castle cellar with fancy crystal chandeliers on the ceiling. There’s also a pleasant wooden bar where you can order everything from classic cocktails to draft beer. During the warmer seasons of the year, Snaps takes it up a notch. That’s when their large, lovely outdoor terrace is open. Here, you can sip a good drink, hang out with friends, or just get some fresh air. If you get hungry, you can visit the restaurant, serving snacks, burgers, and pizza.

Götgatan 48, Södermalm

Omnipollos kyrka

Omnipollo is one of Sweden’s most popular and innovative beer breweries, and since 2021, their brewery operations are housed in a beautiful old landmark church in Sundbyberg. Here, you can not only watch beer brewing in action, but this modern craft brewery also offers an excellent bar hangout in the church’s taproom, a cool room with incredibly stylish decor, to say the least. In the summer, they also have a large outdoor terrace.

Of course, craft beer plays the leading role in the bar at Omnipollos kyrka, and it’s the more exclusive kind of beer. There are around 15 different craft beers on tap (some of which come straight from the fermentation tanks), so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. The beverage is best matched with one of their ambitious burgers or snacks.

So hop on the metro or commuter train to Sundbyberg station, then it’s just a short walk to the beer church. And if you want to stay in Stockholm, there’s also Omnipollos hatt in Södermalm with beer, pizza, and other goodies.

Sturegatan 41, Sundbyberg

The Flying Horse

Sit down, have a beer and enjoy the good times at the British pub The Flying Horse

Do good beer, sports on TV, and a friendly atmosphere sound like something for you? Then, you’ll dig The Flying Horse, a relaxed and casual pub, sports bar, and restaurant in Vasastan. Here, you’re offered a traditional British pub environment in a stylish package that attracts guests from both near and far. They have after-work hours with good prices every day, and if you like football, this can be your new home. The room is full of TV screens that show games from the Champions League, European Championship, World Cup, Premier League, and La Liga.

The bar at The Flying Horse is more than well-stocked. Beer lovers can enjoy 80 different beers, including 19 different draught beers and several exciting guest taps that are regularly changed. So whether you’re after a lager, IPA, porter, stout, or wheat beer, there’s sure to be something for you. And if you’re a whisky fan, there are 120 single-malt whiskies to choose from. Order an old favorite or try something new and look forward to an enjoyable evening in the company of good friends.

Odengatan 44, Vasastan

La Casa

Have a drink and perhaps a bite to eat at the Italian trattoria La Casa in Södermalm
If you’re near Hornstull and fancy a glass of wine or a drink, the bar at the Italian restaurant La Casa is a nice option. You’ll find it close to Söder Mälarstrand and Långholmen, and when you enter, you’ll be greeted by a lovely trattoria atmosphere. Sit down in the cozy and modern bar in light wood and order your favorite drink. There’s a wide selection of wines from all over Italy, beer, cider, whisky, and non-alcoholic beverages. And, of course, great drinks like Negroni, Bellini, and Aperol Spritz.

Should you get hungry, La Casa offers plenty of Italian goodies – starters, main courses, and desserts made from quality ingredients. The menu has something for everyone – pasta, meat, fish, and not least, a wide range of delicious Neapolitan wood oven pizzas baked with San Marzano tomatoes and fior di latte mozzarella. In summer, there’s a nice outdoor dining area where you can enjoy good food and drink in the sun.

Långholmsgatan 12, Södermalm

Fooli

A rich Châteauneuf-du-Pape, an elegant Pinot Noir, or perhaps an exclusive champagne? If high-class noble drinks are on your wish list for your next night out, head to Fooli, one of Stockholm’s finest wine bars. You’ll find it at the far end of eastern Södermalm, and the concept is run by two of the city’s top sommeliers. The fact that the bar is multi-award-winning and recommended by the New York Times makes things even better.

At Fooli, you and your party can chill and chat for a few hours over a glass of red wine, bubbly, or any other drink (note that there are no table reservations, so come here early). Pleasant music plays in the background, and the atmosphere makes anyone feel good. Just take a seat at the tables and find something exciting on Fooli’s extensive wine list with an impressive range of wines from all over the world. Almost all are served by the half glass, full glass, half bottle, and full bottle.

For those who want something to eat, there is a good restaurant serving tasty bistro food in the same venue. They also arrange popular wine tastings.

Erstagatan 21, Södermalm

The Meat

Have a South American-inspired drink and perhaps some barbecue at The Meat in central Stockholm

The Meat, a grill restaurant and bar in the middle of Stockholm city, a stone’s throw from the central station, offers a South American barbeque theme. Everyone is welcome, and when you step into the room, you’re greeted by a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Brown leather sofas, dark wood panels, and beautiful Latin American motifs on the walls create a cozy rustic environment where it’s easy to feel comfortable.

This cozy bar in Stockholm serves delicious drinks inspired by South America. How about A Mexican Shipwreck or Old Don Julio? There are also familiar classics like Whiskey Sour and Caipirinha for the more traditionally minded. The drinks list is complemented by a good selection of beer, wine, champagne, and other beverages. And if you want some food at The Meat, there’s a vast menu with a Latin American touch, emphasizing meat. It includes tapas, fajitas, burgers, several grilled dishes, and more.

Vasagatan 7, Norrmalm/City

ICEBAR Stockholm

If you want your bar visit to be an extraordinary happening, you should head to ICEBAR. This bar is in a class of its own when it comes to unique bar experiences. It’s the world’s first permanent ice bar, and undoubtedly, it offers the coldest bar hangout in the city. Located in the Hotel C in central Stockholm, it has been a popular attraction since 2002 for both tourists and Stockholmers who want to drink and socialize in the Arctic cold, more precisely -5°C (23°F).

Besides the bar itself being made of ice, the glasses you drink from are also made of this cold material. Sculpted from 40 tons of natural ice from the Torne River, the spectacular interior of ICEBAR takes you on a quick visit to northern Sweden’s polar magic in the heart of the Swedish capital. Just put on your thermo-cape and gloves (available to borrow) and get ready for a memorable evening. Whether you want to get your friends together for an after-work drink or invite your partner on a different kind of date, you’re in for a fantastic mix of wow and brr.

Vasaplan 4, Norrmalm/City

Kellys Bar

Bring your besties to Kellys Bar for a fun night out
Could an easygoing rock bar in Södermalm be for you? Then you should go to Kellys Bar. This relaxed place has been part of Stockholm’s nightlife for many years and attracts party people of all ages. The venue is spacious, with plenty of room for everyone. You’ll meet workmates hanging out after work as well as large groups of friends having a night out. And since this pub restaurant is open until 3 am daily, you can keep the party going for a long time.

If you come here during the after-work slots, you can look forward to happy hour with great prices on drinks (and food) at the bar. You can order everything from Irish Coffee and Vodka Red Bull to cava and champagne. And, of course, bottled beer, draft beer, and wine. The decor is red-themed, and the rustic wooden tables and cave-inspired decorations feel just right for a rock bar. Hang out at the bar, sit down at one of the tables, try your luck at the casino, or spontaneously dance on the spot. Everything can happen at Kellys Bar.

Folkungagatan 49, Södermalm

The Laughing Duck

The Laughing Duck in central Stockholm is the bar that never sleeps
If you’re on the hunt for a pleasant and relaxed bar with a good atmosphere in central Stockholm, you can hardly find a more central spot than The Laughing Duck. This pub-style bar and restaurant is right by the Central Station and has become known as the place that never sleeps. It kicks off at lunchtime, and then it’s busy until 3 am every day of the year. In other words, you can drop by whenever the mood strikes. Everyone is welcome, and you’ll feel right at home.

If you want a more affordable evening, you should visit the bar during their after-work hours. Then the prices at the bar are a bit cheaper, and they also offer light snacks. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed – DJs play the songs we all love (mainly rock, pop, and hits), the eight big screens show sports, and if you want to gamble, there’s a casino corner. In short, it’s pretty much everything you could want. So stop by The Laughing Duck during your bar hopping or stay all night.

Vasagatan 7, Norrmalm/City

Retro Bar & Restaurang

If you want to hang out at a great sports bar you should head to Retro

Retro Bar & Restaurang is a well-known chain of bars in Stockholm and now has five locations in town – two in Vasastan, two in Södermalm, and one in Kungsholmen. Their combination of bar, restaurant, music, and sports has earned them a loyal following. Here, you can hang out with friends, colleagues, or classmates in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Whether you’re looking for a starting point for the evening or want to stay until closing, Retro’s bars deliver.

The bar offers drinks for all tastes – from classics like the Cosmopolitan and Old Fashioned to fresh cocktails like Mojitos and Daiquiris. And don’t miss Retro’s popular Candy Drinks, which mixes a tasty drink with your favorite candy.

If you come here during the afternoon, it’s happy hour with really good prices on both food and drink. A big favorite among guests is a beef burger with fries and a large beer at a great price. In addition, Retro’s places are some of Stockholm’s most popular sports bars – perfect for those who want something to drink while watching their favorite team’s game.

5 addresses (click to see)
Sveavägen 120, Vasastan
Sveavägen 55, Vasastan
Sankt Eriksgatan 22, Kungsholmen
Hornsgatan 136, Södermalm
Bondegatan 25, Södermalm

Hirschenkeller

Hirschenkeller is a friendly and welcoming pub for everyone
Hirschenkeller is one of the veteran pubs in Stockholm, and people have been socializing and enjoying themselves here since 1976. In other words, the concept of good food and drink at reasonable prices in a classic, straightforward pub environment works very well. Today they have four pub restaurants at attractive addresses in the city – two in Södermalm, one in Vasastan, and one in Kungsholmen. The idea is to be pleasant meeting places for everyone where you can drop in for a cold beer whenever you feel like it.

Of course, Hirschenkeller offers after-work hours where you can eat and drink on your way home from work with good friends. The bar serves well-known draft and bottled beers as well as cider, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. The food is pub-style, and the menu includes hearty classics such as steak on a plank, burgers, and fish’n’chips. The premises are cozily decorated with dark wall panels and wooden furniture, and the relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to feel welcome.

4 addresses (click to see)
Hornsgatan 136, Södermalm
Götgatan 46, Södermalm
Sveavägen 61, Vasastan
Sankt Eriksgatan 22, Kungsholmen

La Botanica

Skilled bartenders make cocktails for all tastes at La Botanica

Delicious cocktails for all tastes and styles. Stockholm’s (and Sweden’s) largest dining experience if you’re also hungry. And lots of entertaining activities to make your bar visit extra fun. That’s what you get at La Botanica in Mall of Scandinavia. It’s a unique establishment that offers a mix of food, drink, and fun in a great tropical environment full of flowers and greenery.

The bar serves a wide range of cocktails for all tastes and moods. There are several types of mojitos, classics such as Negroni, Whiskey Sour, and Margarita, plus several of their own delicious creations. Should you also want to eat something, La Botanica is the place to go. The restaurant has set up a giant buffet with dishes from around the world where everyone can find something they like. And don’t miss the large dessert, ice cream, and candy section. If you want to take it up a notch, there’s an extensive range of activities from bowling and billiards to bumper cars and pentathlon. Get ready for a fun evening!

Stjärntorget 2, Solna

Bar Nombre

Bar Nombre Stockholm
Easy-going and super-friendly with an excellent selection of drinks – that’s Bar Nombre
Bar Nombre is a popular bar in Vasastan that’s usually packed with people. And that’s no surprise. This Spanish cerveceria in a Stockholm costume has a lovely atmosphere that makes anyone feel at home. There’s a great mix of excited after-work people, couples on dates, and joyful dinner guests in the mood for a high-class culinary experience.

The cozy and rustic venue has a cheerful and fancy interior with red walls covered in colorful and southern motifs, stylish wooden furniture, and barrels that serve as tables. Plus a long, pleasant bar counter with an excellent selection of cava, brandy, and well-made drinks. The wine list, which changes frequently, isn’t long but top-notch.

If you want to eat, they serve modern food that combines Spanish influences and Swedish ingredients. Enjoy a Spanish platter, a charcuterie board, or go big with a chef’s table and a three-course menu. In short, Bar Nombre is easy-going, personal, and super-friendly. But it’s crowded, so you better book a table beforehand.

Odengatan 36, Vasastan

Bar Anglais

Hotel bars have a special atmosphere. The environment often has an international air, and it’s easy to feel like a temporary visitor in the city – even if you’re a Stockholmer. One of the best hotel bars in Stockholm is the one at Scandic Anglais, located in the middle of the city’s hottest entertainment district at Stureplan in Östermalm. Here, you can enjoy a delicious cocktail, beer, red wine, white wine, or sparkling wine at Stureplan’s longest bar counter. It’s simple, relaxed, and vibrant – just like a good bar should be.

Order something to drink, sit down on a comfortable bar stool, sofa or armchair, and soak up the hotel bar atmosphere. Bar Anglais is a busy place most of the time, with everyone from business people with mobile offices to groups of people hanging out after work. And at the end of the week, the temperature rises a few notches. On Thursdays and Fridays there’s a piano bar, and DJs play great music on Saturday nights.

In the summer (May to September), make sure to visit the lovely terrace bar – which Scandic Anglais describes as Stureplan’s most secret rooftop bar. Go up to the seventh floor, and you’ll be treated to a great bar hangout with evening sun, good music, and beautiful views of Humlegården and the rooftops of Östermalm.

Humlegårdsgatan 23, Östermalm

Have a nice time at Stockholm’s best bars


There you have our guide to bars in Stockholm. We hope you’ll find a place that suits you, whether you’re looking for glamour and luxurious cocktails with your best friend, wish to have a glass of wine with your partner at a cozy bar, or want to drag the whole work gang to a relaxed pub for a carefree night out. All of Stockholm’s bars are ready for you – have a great time!

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