Get the Party Started: Nightlife in Stockholm
Collected by Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström, AFAR Local Expert
Stockholm has some of the hippest nightlife in Europe—from live bands and nightclubs to cocktail lounges where you can hobnob with local celebrities. A variety of lounges and cocktail bars cater to young after-work professionals and culture vultures as well as nightlife revelers and clubbers prepping for a long night out.
Stora Gråmunkegränd 7, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden
Head into Stockholm’s historic old-town Gamla stan to find this cozy little dive, which spotlights live bands every day. Stomp your feet to American blues, sway to jazz music, and twist to Dixie-style swing music and 1950s to 1970s rock-n-roll...
Medborgarplatsen 8, 118 26 Stockholm, Sweden
This club is so hot, it once had two locations within walking distance of each other in Stockholm. With some of the best live stages in town, Debaser Medis in Medborgarplatsen spotlights live local and international acts almost daily on its three...
Stortorget 7, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
A mixology bar located in Gamla stan's main square, Pharmarium is housed in the very building that was Sweden's first pharmacy in 1575. Its cocktail menu is composed of seasonal ingredients and traditional medicinal herbs. Think tons of gin and...
Drottninggatan 45, 111 21 Stockholm, Sweden
While many clubs and bars readily serve alcohol and hard liquor, it’s more challenging for you to just buy a bottle off the shelf at a store. The government heavily regulates the sale of alcohol and hard liquor, so you must buy liquor from one of...
Sturegatan 4, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden
You know you’re in a trendy part of town when clubbers who rock its streets have earned their own moniker, “stekare”—from the word “steak”—used to describe their greasy sleeked-back hair and sometimes ultra-tanned looks. Stekares often congregate...
Linnégatan 18, 114 47 Stockholm, Sweden
Put on your square-rimmed glasses or buy some quickly if you want to rub shoulders with Stockholm’s attractive business professionals at this posh happy-hour spot. You’ll probably feel out of place if you show up in jeans or screaming bold colors....
Medborgarplatsen, Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
From hipsters, fashionistas, and bohemian chic youngsters to executives in business suits, dads pushing strollers, foreigners in ethnic garb, and guidebook-wielding tourists, a true cross section of Stockholm’s diverse residents populates...
Götgatan 49-51, 102 66 Stockholm, Sweden
When I got into Stockholm to meet my friends, they were staying at Hotel Scandic Malmen and it served as a central location for our crazy times and my first visit to Sweden. This hotel was a great home-away-from-home with a funky lobby to top it...
Stadsgården 6, 104 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Located on the island of Södermalm and boasting arguably the best panoramic view of Stockholm—including the harbor, Gamla stan (old town), Riddarfjärden, and Djurgården—Gondolen’s trendy cocktail bar is perfect for unwinding with a glass of red...
Vasaplan 4, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
A visit to Stockholm is not complete without a night spent at the Absolut Ice Bar. Yes, this is very touristy and you can find one of these in almost every major European city, but Sweden is the land of Absolut vodka, and some time spent in the...
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