Pelikan is a classic with notably good traditional Swedish food (husmanskost). Kvarnen (featured in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy) is a casual favourite. Akkurat at Hornsgatan 18 is populated by a low-key, easy-going crowd and the media set frequent Tranan.
For that cosy pub feel? The Tudor Arms. For indie rock? Pet Sounds Bar. Riche is the happening dinner club bar for the trend conscious and those in the know go to the lounge at Hotel Lydmar for a more relaxed vibe. The bar at Bistro Jarl is a Stockholm classic and popular with the 35+ crowd. For a cosmopolitan vibe, hit the bar at Scandic Grand Central. And for a super cool bar with the hip crowd, it has to be Marie Laveau or Kåken at the back of Restaurang 1900.
Freezing vodka is on the menu at the Nordic Sea Hotel’s oh-so-cool -5 degrees ABSOLUT Ice Bar. The Gold Bar at Nobis is the spot for creative cocktails. Sip champagne under chandeliers and frescos at Café Opera or in summer at Veranda. Strike a pose and drink to the panoramic view of Stockholm in sky bar Och Himlen Därtill or Gondolen. And for an elegantly calm classic, go to the Grand Hotel’s chic Cadier Bar. The trendy set love Vassa Eggen, Little Quarter, Reisen, Le Rouge and in summer, Orangeriet and Villa Godthem for a civilized waterside setting.
Catch some live jazz at Berns, Fasching or Glen Miller at Brunnsgatan 21 A. The ultra trendy set get on the list for 2.35:1 in the basement of Berns. The White Room is a popular lounge party bar, and Debaser Slussen or Debaser Medis is where you can rough it up with the rock´n´roll crowd. Live band afficionados must check out Trädgården (summertime only) and Hornstull Strand. But for the all-out diva in you, go to Stureplan’s dance clubs such as Rose, Spy bar, Hell’s Kitchen or Solidaritet.
For a dashing gay bar, it’s got to be Torget or Roxy. Fashionistas must go to 2.35:1+Gay in the basement of Berns (get on the guest list first) and to party on a boat, go to Patricia. Lesbians like Judy’s at Närkesgatan 8 at the weekends, Urban Deli for drinks and casual dinner. And for clubbing, Club KG and Moxy Stockholm at Clustret, Söder Mälarstrand 25 are popular. A traditional spot is Kolingsborg. Or there’s always Lezzie Weekend at Momma. On summer evenings, the GLBT scene is at Mälarpaviljongen on the pontoon. And Högkvarteret at Närkesgatan 8, a self-confessed queer utopia, is a hit for the hip and artistic. Gay Pride week festival is on annually at the end of July/beginning of August. Check out Gay & Lesbian Stockholm for news.
It is handy to know that you can eat at most bars and clubs in Stockholm. Just check with the individual site before you go if you don’t feel like booking in somewhere separate for dinner.