Stockholm nightlife: Elegant clubs, trendy people and beautiful blondes are the ingredients for the nightlife of the freezing Swedish capital. Let's find out together which are the best discos and pubs to spend your nights!
The capital of Sweden offers a lot, not only in terms of landscape and architecture, but in terms of nightlife . Scandinavian style pervades the nights of Stockholm , with its trendy and elegant clubs, where rivers of beer, cocktails and champagne flow. The presence of bars and clubs where you can spend the evening is plentiful, whether you are looking for a little relaxation or want to let loose to the rhythm of the music of the best DJs.
As everyone knows, Stockholm is home to some of the most famous house music djs in the world (Avicii, Alesso, Steve Angello, etc.), and many of them play regularly at the most famous clubs in the city.
Although there are very restrictive laws on the sale of alcohol in Stockholm, the city offers a nightlife , where it is very difficult to get bored!
The options for your entertainment range from simple and lively bars to trendy clubs that play music of the most diverse genres, from jazz to rock, pop, hard core to the ever-present dance music. If you are a lover of live music, in Stockholm there are also numerous concert halls scattered around the city, in addition to the Globen Sports Arena where the big concerts take place.
Stockholm's nightlife starts early in one of the many bars on Södermalm, and then moves on to one of the many nightclubs in the capital. Even if Stockholm's nightlife is fantastic, you still need to know the places to go. You have to find the right place soon, otherwise you risk not finding a place and being left outside to suffer the freezing Swedish temperatures!
One downside to Stockholm's nightclubs is their strict door entry selection. Each club has its own rules but, in general, the bouncers everywhere are extremely demanding: make sure you dress elegantly and stylishly (if you don't want to go wrong, wear black, a color that is very popular here), appear sober and , possibly, in the company of some beautiful girl. This way you will have much more chances to enter. Most clubs are actually bars that turn into discos in the late evening.
Another downside of the Swedish clubbing scene is the fact that many of the big clubs close at 3am! Furthermore, the minimum age to enter the clubs can range from 18 to 20, depending on the place: research well before going.
In Stockholm, the party day of the week is Thursday, which corresponds to the liveliest night: on this evening all the young Swedes gather in front of the entrance to the discos around midnight so, make sure you arrive early if you want to avoid standing in line in the cold since after midnight all the clubs are packed.
Around the city you can find a free Stockholm guide, called “What's On” , inside which you can find the list of main events. Nojesguiden is instead a monthly guide on various events and entertainment in the city, but only in Swedish.
Stockholm's nightlife districts
Stockholm's nightlife is concentrated in two distinct areas where most of the discos and nightclubs are located, namely Östermalm and Södermalm.
Östermalm is the richest area of Stockholm where the most exclusive and elegant clubs are located. This chic and sophisticated area is favored by Stockholm celebrities as well as Swedish royalty themselves. In all this elegance, bars and discos abound in this district, even if it is not easy to get into them: here the evening starts early and there are already endless queues in front of the entrance as early as 11.00 pm, in addition to the fact that the bouncers always apply a strict selection.
Located in the southern part of Stockholm, Södermalm is an alternative and bohemian neighborhood. Here there are many bars, and the clubs are more popular and easygoing. Here you will find fewer queues and the selection at the entrance is less rigid and is made only on the basis of age (usually over 23).
In Stockholm's old town (“Gamla Stan”) there are numerous small traditional pubs with a cozy and intimate atmosphere. These bars usually offer live music and are frequented by an adult audience.
Clubs and discos in Stockholm
(Sturegatan 4, Stockholm) Open Thursday to Saturday from 10pm to 5am.
Sturecompagniet is Stockholm's largest nightclub , spread over three floors with 5 dance floors that stay open until the sun comes up. Having survived the tragic event of 1994, when two men who had been denied access to the club killed a bouncer and three guests, the Sturecompagniet was completely refurbished in 2003 and features numerous bars, spiral staircases and dance.
The music in this club is all House and is played by the best Swedish djs ! The club is attended by girls and boys between the ages of 23 and 30. Come here early because after 24.00 it is difficult to enter.
(Birger Jarlsgatan 20, Stockholm) Open Thursday to Saturday from 11pm to 5am.
The Spy Bar is a trendy nightclub in Stockholm frequented by beautiful people and VIPs. The club is spread over two floors and is frequented by an international clientele. You'd better come here before 11pm as it's hard to get in unless you're a celebrity.
(Sturegatan 4, Stockholm) Open Thursday to Saturday from 11pm to 5am.
Hell's Kitchen is one of Stockholm's trendiest clubs, decorated in a "hell" theme, with bones and skulls hanging on the walls. Always very crowded, the club is frequented by a young and snobbish clientele, voraciously engaged in consuming bottles of champagne at the tables. The musical selection is focused on House and techno music.
Hell's Kitchen is one of the few clubs in Stockholm that stay open after 3.00am and is therefore a must for anyone who wants to party until the morning. If you are under 23 they will not let you in.
(Hamngatan 2, Stockholm) Open Wednesday to Saturday from 11pm to 5am.
Recently opened, the Rose Club has quickly emerged as one of the hottest nightclubs in Stockholm. In the summer months, there's no better place to party the night away! With its giant windows, gilt-framed mirrors and pretty terrace, this place will enchant you throughout the evening.
(Lästmakargatan 3, Stockholm) Open Wednesday to Saturday from 11pm to 5am.
One of the most popular clubs in Stockholm , the Solidaritet is a modern disco with large interior spaces. Here the best Swedish djs from all over the country play and the music ranges from House to electronic music, up to techno. Enter only if you are at least 25 years of age.
(Kungsgatan 29, Stockholm) Open Monday and Tuesday 11.00 to 24.00, Wednesday and Thursday 11.00 to 2.00, Friday 11.00 to 3.00, Saturday 16.00 to 3.00.
The Golden Hits is a lively club decorated with a cheerful design, lots of colors and a diffused light. Some musical instruments and ABBA posters hang from the ceiling. The place offers live music, excellent food and is frequented by an over 30 crowd who want to have fun to the rhythm of 70s and 80s revival music. The club is also a restaurant: if you come here to eat, avoid the queue at the entrance later!
(Näckströmsgatan 8, Stockholm) Open every day.
Located in a sumptuous building opposite the Royal Dramatic Theater and open since 1863, the Berns Salonger is one of the oldest clubs in Stockholm. The place is very elegant and houses a stage for live concerts, a restaurant, a luxurious lounge bar and a summer terrace.
Among the famous guests who entertained the crowds seated under the enormous crystal chandeliers of the Berns were names such as Strauss, Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker and Marlene Dietrich. A venue like this would normally be a theater or concert hall, but the Berns Salonger has adapted to the needs of today's young audience, blending the splendor of yesteryear with modern minimalism.
Inside the complex there is also the Nachtclub 2.35 , one of the best attended clubs in Stockholm. The club has a futuristic feel, with cutting-edge lighting, red sofas and tables, and minimalist decor. Excellent music played by some of the most famous djs in Sweden. The minimum age to enter is 23 years old.
Snaps Bar & Bistro
(Götgatan 48, Stockholm) Open daily from 11.00 to 3.00.
Located in an elegant 19th century building, Snaps is a club with a decidedly particular and international atmosphere. The restaurant is located underground and has a relaxed atmosphere. Its large summer garden and excellent local food complete the offer.
(Hornsgatan 66, Stockholm) Open Monday and Tuesday 17.00 to 23.00, Wednesday to Saturday 17.00 to 3.00, Sunday 13.00 to 21.00.
Stockholm's renowned club located on two floors with several bars and a floor for dancing, with disco and live music.
(Mosebacke Torg 3, Stockholm) Stockholm 's historic nightlife , Mosebacke offers a wide selection of music covering all genres, from jazz and salsa to rock and contemporary music. Its stage has hosted all the best Swedish artists at least once. There is also a restaurant and bar with a wonderful summer terrace that offers spectacular views over the city.
(Folkungagatan 49, Stockholm) Open daily 4-3pm.
Kelly's is a famous and very popular pub located in Sodermalm , which offers rock music and beer at reasonable prices . The place organizes live rock music concerts with local artists and musicians. Here you can also have dinner enjoying the typical dishes of the city, but also international cuisine.
(Hammarby Slussväg 2, Stockholm) Open Wednesday to Saturday 5-3pm.
The Tradgarden is a very famous nightclub in Stockholm, always well attended and located in the Sodermalm district . This place becomes an open-air club during the summer season and a two-story club during cooler times of the year. At Tradgarden there is always a good atmosphere and lots of people who gather here for a drink or to dance. Here you can also attend live concerts or play table tennis!
Fasching Jazz Club
(Kungsgatan 63, Stockholm) Open since 1977 and located right next to the Casino Cosmopol, the Fasching Jazz Club is regarded as the best jazz club in Scandinavia. This famous club organizes jazz music concerts, as well as being also a bar and a restaurant. The place is renowned nationally and internationally thanks to its important jazz concerts. In addition to jazz, the Fasching also offers soul music from the 60s, 70s, funk, rare grooves, soul-jazz and more.
(Karl XII:s torg, Stockholm) Open Wednesday to Sunday 10pm to 3am.
Located behind the Opera House, the Café Opera and Stockholm's most famous club , an elegant place divided into two rooms, a larger one with a bar and tables for dining, and another with a small dance floor.
The Café Opera is the first stop for movie stars, artists and nobility who stay at the Grand Hôtel facing the square. The strict selection at the entrance allows only good-looking and elegantly dressed people to enter, and the entrance fee is 100 kroner, excluding drinks. To be sure of being able to enter, try to book for dinner. Minimum entry age: 23 years.
Södra Bar & Kök
(Mosebacke Torg 1, Stockholm) The Södra Bar is a theater and a concert hall, but at the same time also a bar and a disco. The bar also has a beautiful terrace where you can enjoy excellent cocktails and chat with friends. In the evening the bar, mostly frequented by Swedes, turns into a huge club with DJs and live music.
F12 Terrassen Club
(Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm) Very renowned club, with numerous bars and a huge dance floor divided over several terraces, where there are several DJs and different musical genres.
(Dag Hammarskjölds väg 3, Stockholm) The Berwaldhallen mainly features live music, including classical concerts by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as concerts by the Swedish Radio Choir or other artists.
(Djurgårdsslätten 43-45, Stockholm) The Cirkus is so called because numerous circus shows were organized inside. Furnished in the style of the time, today the building hosts various performances such as pop and rock music concerts, theater performances, musicals and magic shows.
(Stora Nygatan 5, Stockholm) Open Tuesday to Friday 17.00 to 1.00, Saturday 14.00 to 1.00.
Furnished with various objects hanging from the ceiling and with strange stuffed animals, the Stampen is a club that offers jazz, rhythm and blues and soul music, with live performances. Frequented by a mature clientele, around 40 years of age.
(Kungsgatan 65, Stockholm) Open daily from 13.00 to 5.00.
very first casino , straight out of a Bond film. Previously called Palladium , the casino was built in 1912 and was previously used as a movie theater and dance hall. The Casino Cosmopol consists of four floors and has several restaurants and bars. Restaurant 21 is located on the balcony of the old cinema. Bring your ID card: for security reasons, all guests are registered and photographed. Minimum entry age: 20 years.
(Söder Mälarstrand, Kajplats 19, Söder Mälarstrand, Stockholm) Open Wednesday and Thursday 17.00 to 24.00, Saturday and Sunday 18.00 to 5.00.
With five indoor bars and two deck bars in the summer, the disco ship Patricia has been going strong since the 1980s and shows no sign of fading. The ship has a fascinating history: it conducted secret missions in Normandy, during the night before D-Day, to escort the yacht of the British royal family on public holidays and official duties. Both Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II have been aboard Patricia, Minimum age of entry: 20 years.
Bars and pubs in Stockholm
(Norr Mälarstrand 464, Stockholm) Open Monday and Tuesday 17.00 to 23.00, Wednesday and Thursday 17.00 to 1.00, Friday 16.00 to 1.00, Saturday 12.00 to 1.00, Sunday 12.00 to 18.00.
The Orangeriet is a traditional yet trendy cocktail bar, with creatively decorated interiors and orange and lemon trees. This is a relaxing place, ideal for sipping one of the excellent drinks offered, before starting the evening.
(Götgatan 36, Stockholm) Open every day.
Bruno Gallerian shopping center , the Ljunggren is a lounge bar and restaurant ideal for an aperitif or just to have a quiet drink during the week, inside or on the delightful terrace. On the weekend the place offers djs and music until late at night.
(Regeringsgatan 66, Stockholm) Open Wednesday to Saturday 18.00-2.00.
Located next to Niklas restaurant and frequented by trendy people who come here after work, Kåken offers food, relaxing music and classic cocktails. The bar is decorated in dark wood in a 1940's American style.
(Scheelegatan 8, Stockholm) Open Tuesday 17.00 to 1.00, Wednesday to Saturday 17.00 to 3.00.
Small bar with a welcoming atmosphere and frequented by a very varied clientele. The Lemon Bar mainly plays Swedish pop music to make people dance every day of the week.
(Swedenborgsgatan 13, Stockholm) Open Monday to Thursday 17.00 to 1.00, Friday 16.00 to 1.00, Saturday and Sunday 12.00 to 1.00.
Morfar Ginko is one of the busiest bars in Stockholm, ideal for meeting friends or socialising: it is also possible to play table tennis. The bar also has a nice open summer courtyard with a large bar downstairs.
Pet Sounds Bar – PSB
(Skånegatan 80, Stockholm) Open Sunday to Tuesday 17.00 to 1.00, Wednesday and Thursday 17.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 16.00 to 1.00.
The Pet Sounds is a relaxing bar located in the Södermalm district and managed by the homonymous record store. This bar is ideal for sipping a drink in company or for dancing and listening to music played by live DJs downstairs.
(Stureplan 13, Stockholm) Open Monday to Saturday 11.30am to 3am, Sunday 5pm to 3am.
The East Bar is a place with an international atmosphere which is also a restaurant. Ideal for spending an evening with friends and listening to different musical genres. Admission is free.
(Sturegallerian, Stureplan 2, Stockholm) Open daily from 11.00 to 2.00.
StureHof popular bar and restaurant in Stockholm (it has even been awarded a Michelin star). The bar area, with a welcoming atmosphere and soft lighting, is mainly frequented by young people over the age of 25. Admission is free and the place fills up early in the evening. The restaurant, on the other hand, offers refined haute cuisine dishes. The StureHof also hosts some artistic events and concerts.
Himmel där till
(Folkungagatan 49, Stockholm) Open Monday to Thursday 11.30 to 1.00, Friday 11.30 to 3.00, Saturday 12.00 to 3.00.
Stylish sky bar located on the 25th floor with 360 degree views over the city of Stockholm, Himmel där till is a modern bar and restaurant that transforms into a cocktail bar after 10pm.
(Götgatan 49-51, Stockholm) Open every day.
Located inside the homonymous hotel, the Scandic Malmen is a very large bar, frequented by an international clientele and which offers different musical genres depending on the evening.
(Birger Jarlsgatan 4, Stockholm) Open Monday to Friday 7.30am to 2am, Saturday 11am to 2am, Sunday 11am to midnight.
very large place with two separate rooms, the Riche is a restaurant by day and a bar that is always very crowded in the evening.
Absolut Ice Bar
(Vasaplan 4, Stockholm) Open Sunday to Thursday from 15.45 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 15.00 to 1.00.
Literally the coolest place in Stockholm, Absolut Ice Bar is made entirely of ice (including tables, chairs, glasses and sculptures), with the temperature kept consistently below freezing all year round. A warm jacket, a pair of gloves, shoes and a drink are included in the admission ticket. Here you can choose between different types of vodka-based cocktails served in ice glasses.
Mondo Tapas Bar
(Odengatan 47, Stockholm) Open Monday to Thursday 17.00 to 23.00, Friday and Saturday 16.00 to 24.00.
This place contains within it a bar and restaurant, a club with a dance floor, a concert hall and a small cinema. Every week, the World organizes shows of various kinds.
Grodan Grev Ture
(Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm) Open Monday to Friday from 7.30 to 24.00, Saturday from 12.00 to 1.00, Sunday from 12.00 to 22.00.
The Grodan Grev Ture is a Baroque-style pub that offers elaborate cocktails and House music, played by Swedish DJs. This is one of the busiest places in Stockholm's nightlife .
(Tjärhovsgatan 4, Stockholm) Open Monday and Tuesday 11.00 to 1.00, Wednesday to Friday 11.00 to 3.00, Saturday 12.00 to 3.00, Sunday 12.00 to 1.00.
Open since 1908, the Kvarnen is a historic tavern and, currently, one of the most popular pubs in Södermalm. His brewery and restaurant serves traditional Swedish dishes at much lower prices than high-end places: on the menu you will find typical dishes, including steak tartare, fried herring or fried reindeer with mushrooms. The place has a good selection of beers, including 11 brands on tap and eight in bottles.