Best pubs in Stockholm: Think cozy

As the cold weather sweeps across Stockholm what better way to warm up than bundling into a cozy pub and sipping a pint or two with friends and family. Stockholm’s café culture is legendary its pub tradition isn’t quite what you might find in the UK – but it has developed in recent years, so you won’t have to go far to find one.

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Last updated: March 4, 2020

Here are of View Stockholm’s favourite pubs in the city.

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Kvarnen

Kvarnen Stockholm pub

Kvarnen – a classic pub in Södermalm

This is a traditional Swedish pub that has been keeping locals cozy and happy since 1908. Located on Stockholm’s trendy Södermalm Kvarnen is perfect for those times when you’re with a big group and want to know you’ll get a table. It’s on the tourist map these days due to its mention in Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but don’t let that put you off. It’s worth a visit – if only for the incredibly diverse crowd it draws.

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Tjärhovsgatan 4, Södermalm

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Southside

With its expat staff and rough and tumble interior Southside is friendly and warm – and it hosts a great traditional pub night (Thursdays). And while it’s located in the heart of hipster Söder it’s anything but trendy. Catch your sports here with your mates while trying out the excellent selection of lagers and bitters. It also serves top-notch burgers.

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Hornsgatan 104, Södermalm

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Kellys

Kellys

Kellys Bar

It’s not pretty, it’s not glamorous, it’s known for its casual atmosphere – but this Södermalm staple serves some of the cheapest beer in the city, attracts a pretty eclectic crowd and when it doesn’t have live music the soundtrack remains loud and definitely for the rocker in you. The food is decent, the service negligible, the décor raw, and technically speaking it probably can’t really be classified as a pub – so why do we like this place again? Because it’s been around for what feels like forever and sometimes a night of beer and rock’n’roll is all you really need.

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Folkungagatan 49, Södermalm

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Tudor Arms

Tudor Arms, Stockholm pub

Tudor Arms – the first British pub in Stockholm

It’s the oldest British pub in Stockholm (they turned 50 in 2019) that is so very properly English that it actually closes at 11 pm. It’s also been voted one of the best pubs outside the UK and as soon as you enter you understand why: with a good mix of locals, expats and tourists the Tudor Arms is warm, inviting, a bit quirky – and so is the gregarious second-generation owner. The food is standard pub fare, there’s a mix of Swedish and imported beers, and if you can’t get a seat someone is sure to let you share their table.

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Grevgatan 31, Östermalm

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Tennstopet

Tennstopet - Stockholm pub

Tennstopet – a true classic on the Stockholm pub scene

Tennstopet has been a stalwart on the Stockholm scene for more than a century and you feel it as soon as you walk through the door, where you immediately hand your coat over before turning to the left for the lively pub or to the right for the more formal classic Swedish dining room. Since we’re talking about pubs let’s talk: the main bar room is stuffed with tables and the atmosphere is buzzing. Keep walking and you’ll enter a small cozy area with two tables crammed in – perfect for a more intimate moment. Then it’s on to the next room, with features darts and a small bar, followed by a further room in the back. The food is good, the drinks are plenty, and this is where locals really let their hair down.

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Dalagatan 50, Vasastan

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The Queen’s Head

The Queen’s Head is one of Stockholm’s favorite pubs – well located, a great atmosphere, an excellent selection of beer, and a menu that will satisfy. Throw in TV’s scattered about that will show the game of the moment, a friendly staff, a nice mix of locals and visitors, and some pretty funny bathrooms (we won’t spoil it for you) and even a great central location and we can only ask: why aren’t you heading there right now?

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Drottninggatan 108, Vasastan

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Wirströms Pub

Wirströms Pub, Old Town Stockholm

Wirströms Pub

It’s the only Irish-owned bar in Stockholm (and you’ll know it the second you walk through the door) and sits in a fantastic location in the heart of Old Town. Wirströms also offers live sports, free live music in the basement, a stellar mix of Swedish and international craft beer, and some pretty great food. What makes Wirströms really stand out, though, is the staff, which has a reputation for being beyond friendly and welcoming.

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Stora Nygatan 13, Old Town

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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist, Stockholm pub

Oliver Twist – Photo: © Tavallai/Flickr

Known for an excellent selection of craft beer (the selection changes regularly so check their website or Facebook page), a wide variety of whiskey to choose from, and a pretty great menu (try the BBQ Bourbon Burger), as well as a legendarily friendly staff (the chef is known to come out and chat with guests) Oliver Twist is a firm favorite in Södermalm, an area of the city that has its fair share of pubs. The crowd leans local, which means the game on the screen probably is as well.

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Repslagargatan 6, Södermalm

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The Auld Dub

The Dubliner

The Auld Dub

Good food, good drink, good atmosphere – and it’s all found just a stone’s throw away from bustling Högtorget. As the name suggests, The Auld Dub is Irish in flavor, and it’s known for pumping out rivers of Guinness daily. The inside is cozy and warm, while the roomy outside area has plenty of room for your group (and offers some prime people-watching opportunities). The great crowd includes workers from the surrounding offices stopping by for an after-work, locals who have made it their second home, and tourists who stumble upon it after a day of shopping on nearby Drottninggatan.

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Holländargatan 1, Norrmalm/City

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Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman Stockholm

Flying Scotsman – Photo: © Flying Scotsman

Because it’s a bit off the beaten tourist track, the Flying Scotsman is a real local hangout. The menu is limited but tasty, there is always a new beer to try out, and the soundtrack often has people breaking out in song as the night deepens. Did we mention this is a local hangout? We did indeed – it’s the kind of place where the bartender calls out a greeting as people come through the door.

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Fleminggatan 28, Kungsholmen

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View Stockholm lifts as glass to all of you visiting our beautiful city. See you at the best cozy pubs in Stockholm. Cheers!

Find the cozy pubs on the map

Title Address Description
Swedish History Museum
Narvavägen 13-17, 114 84 Stockholm, Sverige

Narvavägen 13-17
114 84 Stockholm

Modern Museum
Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sverige

Exercisplan 4
111 49 Stockholm

Swedish Museum of Natural History
Frescativägen 40, 114 18 Stockholm, Sverige

Frescativägen 40
114 18 Stockholm

Swedish Center for Architecture and Design
Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sverige

Exercisplan 4
111 49 Stockholm

Army Museum
Riddargatan 13, 114 51 Stockholm, Sverige

Riddargatan 13
114 51 Stockholm

Museum of Ethnography
Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34, 115 27 Stockholm, Sverige

Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34
115 27 Stockholm

Royal Coin Cabinet
Narvavägen 13, 114 60 Stockholm, Sverige

Narvavägen 13-17
114 84 Stockholm

Royal Armoury
Slottsbacken 3, 111 30 Stockholm, Sverige

Slottsbacken 3
111 30 Stockholm

Maritime Museum
Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24, 115 27 Stockholm, Sverige

Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24
115 27 Stockholm

National Museum
Nationalmuseum, 111 48 Stockholm, Sverige

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2
111 48 Stockholm

Mediterranean Museum
Fredsgatan 2, 111 52 Stockholm, Sverige

Fredsgatan 2
111 52 Stockholm

Museum of East Asia
Tyghusplan, 111 49 Stockholm, Sverige

Tyghusplan
111 49 Stockholm

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Find the cozy pubs on the map

Title Address Description
Kvarnen
Tjärhovsgatan 4, 116 21 Stockholm, Sverige

Tjärhovsgatan 4

Southside
Hornsgatan 104, 117 26 Stockholm, Sverige

Hornsgatan 104

Kellys
Folkungagatan 49, 116 22 Stockholm, Sverige

Folkungagatan 49

Tudor Arms
Grevgatan 31, 114 53 Stockholm, Sverige

Grevgatan 31

Tennstopet
Dalagatan 50, 113 24 Stockholm, Sverige

Dalagatan 50

The Queen’s Head
Drottninggatan 108, 113 60 Stockholm, Sverige

Drottninggatan 108

Wirströms Pub
Stora Nygatan 13, 111 27 Stockholm, Sverige

Stora Nygatan 13

Oliver Twist
Repslagargatan 6, 118 46 Stockholm, Sverige

Repslagargatan 6

The Auld Dub
Holländargatan 1, 111 36 Stockholm, Sverige

Holländargatan 1

Flying Scotsman
Fleminggatan 28, 112 32 Stockholm, Sverige

Fleminggatan 28

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