Stockholm has a saturated nightlife scene with an endless supply of cosy bars, cheap and cheerful lounges, and upscale clubs –even in the presence of Sweden’s strict alcohol laws to promote responsible drinking. Start your evening at one of Södermalm’s many bars, then head to an inner city club for some serious dance floor action. If live music is more your style, there’s also a handful of decent gig venues dotted around town.
Going out in Stockholm is always a dilemma between going to a concert, dancing in a nightclub, chilling in a bar or getting drunk at a corridor party.
There are a lot of very nice places with good music and a great atmospheres. Stockholm has the cool concept of night clubs with chilling zones that include items such as a ping-pong or and billiards table. It’s an original way to meet people and spend time in the club.
So, you are already wants to go for a clubbing? OK! Just to note. Stockholm is not a cheap city at all and alcohol is extremely expensive at night clubs; you may want to try to get tipsy before going.
Also note that while the legal age for drinking in Sweden is 18, many clubs have an age limit of 20, and sometimes even older. Most clubs also charge an entrance fee. Stockholm’s popular clubs has notoriously difficult “face control” even when the club is completely empty.
However, in the following paragraphs, we prepared some tips that can make your trip to Stockholm’s night life more affordable. If you are a Swedish student or try to be one :) have your dinner at 6 p.m., pre- drinks at 8 p.m and at 9 p.m you can start your way to the club.
Unbelievable, but in expensive Stockholm you can go to some really good concerts and parties for free. Many night clubs provided free entrance during the earlier hours of the evening and oftentimes let the first 200 or so partygoers come in for free. The famous club, Debaser, has this absolutely genius policy that for almost all concerts the entrance is free before 10 p.m. So, if you really want to see a concert for free, you need to be queuing at 9 p.m. Some popular places, such as Sommar! and Bar 54, don’t start charging on entrance until 11 p.m, and while the party may not heat up until a bit later, it’s a great way to save some cash and mingle before the bass drops.
Clubbing on weekdays!
If you are in Stockholm on weekdays you are also have a chance to visit clubs for free. In order to lure guests in during the week, many clubs have free entrance on weekdays. Trädgården, with its legendarily long lines, is one of the hottest summer clubs in town, but if you show up on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays you can get in for free!
If you have a friend with a VIP card you can past the lines and in for free. It also magically lowers the age limit and allows for a friend to shimmy in with you. Spy Bar, Cafe Opera is a hotspots with such a card, and while the rules vary, for most clubs you do need connections to get such a card.
Be the guest!
Another little secret to save you money is the guest list. Not all clubs have them, but do a quick search online before you go out. Putting your name on the guest list in advance can not only save you up to 200 SEK, it can also get you past the lines. Ambassadeur and Collage are popular clubs where this trick should work.
Use websites and Facebook!
All promotions can be discovered simply by “liking” a club on Facebook or Twitter. Most clubs advertise VIP cards, specials, events and discounts and a lot of them have their guest lists on Facebook, making it quite simple to sign up and reap the benefits.
Follow the style!
As with the different fashion styles of Stockholmers, you choose the place to go out according to your clothing style because that defines the crowd and atmosphere the club you seek. In some night clubs you will feel uncomfortable in jeans and Converses next to blond girls with high heels and miniskirts and guys in elegant jackets. Plenty of good, but posh, places are situated on Östermalm.
Visit a corridor student’s parties!
In most of the places you need to be 20 years old to get in. If you’re younger than that, there are always the famous corridor parties at the student residences like Lappis, Kungshamra and Kista. This is one of the best ways to get to know the international students because almost all of them live in student accommodations and everyone wants to meet each other. At the first parties you’re just too excited to meet everyone. However, with time, you will learn that the quality of a corridor party varies with the number of people that come, the volume of the music, and the quantity of alcohol.
Some more clubs:
Hornsgatan 66 118 21 Stockholm
+46 (0)8 668 85 00
Here international DJs come to play a fusion of hip-hop, soul, funk, disco and rock. Whether you enjoy a carefully crafted cocktail, a pulsating dance floor or a pulled pork sandwich at the bar, Marie Laveau has you covered.Hammarby Slussväg 2
+46 8 644 20 23
Famous an open air party place during the summer season and a two-floor night club in colder periods of the year, Under Bron is among the best clubs that Stockholm's nightlife has to offer. Always a good vibe and great crowd. The club is neither posh, nor too shabby. It's a great choice for just having a drink, as well as wild dancing. Good music, a large smoking area and fairly long opening hours for Stockholm – until 5 a.m. Music varies from funky beats, indie and house tunes to harder electronic music and techno. Located literally under the bridge, it's also easy to reach from Södermalm.No dress code, no face control, but the securities are strict on checking IDs.
Bar, restaurant & club
+46 (0)8 643 82 25
Bar is a Söder classic with everything from live music and film and music
quizzes to soul evenings and pop clubs.
+46 (0)8 20 91 55
With fabulously kitsch interiors, a decent handpicked beverage selection, regular live music and club nights on the weekends, KGB is the place to head if you’re after a laid-back, fun night out with friends. In true Soviet style, they have an impressive vodka selection.
Walking through the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm, where open traditional Christmas markets that take place here over the centuries, you feel as if you have become a participant of a scene from Charles Dickens story,“A Christmas Carol in Prose". The air is filled with the smell of roasted chestnuts, ginger cookies and mulled wine.
Stockholm and Sweden host the oldest and warmest Christmas traditions in Scandinavia. You certainly should come here and feel the joy of Christmas that spreads throughout this city.
We will give you some tips on what's going on in Stockholm for Christmas - including Christmas music, choirs, Santas, Christmas lights, ice skating, Christmas shows and other things to enjoy. There is a lot to do during the entire Christmas season.
It is nice to stroll around the Old Town (Gamla Stan) and pop into a cafe and have a cup of hot chocolate. From here - go ice skating in Kungsträdgården or go to the Christmas market on the Main Square (Stortorget) in Gamla Stan. For really nice gifts, do your Christmas shopping on Queen Street (Drottninggatan).
Your first tip is to visit the Stockholm Tourist Office to pick up information about what is going on in the town during Christmas. You`ll find the Stockholm Visitor Center in the city center at Sergels Torg 3 in Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.
Walk through the city is the easiest and low cost way to see Stockholm with its beautiful Christmas decorations and lights. From November 24th, the official Stockholm Christmas lights are lit and decorations revealed. Thirty streets and squares in downtown Stockholm are decorated with thousands of lights.
Walk around Stortorget - Gamla Stan’s main square and the oldest square in Stockholm. Check out Järntorget, the small square that was the city’s most important trade center in the 1300s, and Brända Tomten – the triangular-shaped public square that connects many of the Old Town’s alleyways. While you are in the downtown area, stop by the NK Department Store to get a little more holiday cheer. Not only does this store have the best and most famous Christmas window decorations in Sweden, it is also the place to see Santa! He will be at NK every Friday-Sunday until December 13th plus he also adds weekdays to his schedule (last day December 23rd). Keep going on to Stortorget, where you can rest with a steaming hot mug of spicy mulled wine, known as glögg, and try pepparkakor – the traditional gingerbread cookies that are given as Christmas treats.
There are many Christmas markets on the islands of Stockholm.
Gamla Stan / Old
Town (Stortorget): Daily 22 Nov - 23 Dec 2014.
Daily. Hours 11-18
From Gamla Stan you can take the boat to Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum. There is also a fabulous Christmas market in Skansen and various activities you can take part in, including traditional candle making. Also Sweden’s most famous St. Lucia’s day celebrations take place every year in December in Skansen.
Skansen: At Bollnästorget in Skansen, you´ll find around seventy stands filled with Swedish handicrafts, sweets and Christmas food. The tradition to celebrate Christmas at Skansen began at 1903. Cozy Skansen is full of Christmas decorations. Here you can enjoy Christmas tales by the fire at Back Mats cabin, listen to choirs singing carols, and eat Christmas dinner. After dinner, dance around the Christmas tree, find presents at the local Christmas market, or ride a pony. It is also possible to listen to advent music in Seglora church while eating saffron buns and drink mulled wine.
Opened for Christmas,
29 Nov 2014 - 6 Jan 2015.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10-16.
More information: http://www.skansen.se/enwww.skansen.se
Kungsträdgården, you´ll find a nice Christmas market where you can buy Christmas gifts such as textile and wooden
handicrafts, sausage, fish, hats, mittens, etc. You will also find food and
drinks here. Close by, is an ice rink where you can go skating to music.
More information: www.kungstradgarden.se
Vasaparken contains a large and popular ice-skating rink that is maintained several times a week and open between 8 am - 9 pm weekdays, and 10 am – 9 pm on weekends. This is a mechanically-frozen ice rink, so the quality is not as dependent on weather conditions, as natural ice rinks. It is open between November and March. Note that it is necessary to bring your own skates.
The Kungsträdgården ice rink is open from Nov 1st to the first week of March. A cafe is available at the Kungsträdgården Christmas market that offers mulled wine, coffee and snacks at. Skates can be rented. Closed on Christmas Eve.
Another Swedish Christmas tradition that you should be aware of... many restaurants serve a traditional Christmas smörgåsbord called julbord. Julbord translates as ‘Christmas Table’. It usually consists of several courses.
The first course consists of the cured salmon, pickled herring and eel in sauce.
The second course of a selection consists of cold meats, such as roast beef, and julskinka (Christmas ham). Sliced Cheese, cucumbers and liver pate are often eaten on top of hard bread.
The third course of hot dishes include köttbullar (Swedish meatballs), prinskorv (small sausages), fläskkorv (pork sausages), isterband (smoked pork and potato sausages), kåldolmar (meat stuffed cabbage rolls). Jellied pig’s feet, lutfisk -cod in white sauce, revbenspjäll (oven-roasted pork ribs) and Janssons frestelse (literally “Jansson’s Temptation”, a baked dish of matchstick potatoes layered with cream, onion and sprats). Side dishes include beetroot salad and warm stewed red cabbage.
Julbord desserts include risgrynsgröt, rice porridge sprinkled with cinnamon powder. Apparently an almond is hidden in the bowl of rice porridge and whoever finds it gets good luck. There is also a traditional saying that the one who gets the almond will get married within a year.
Julbord is a real treat and should be tried, but once is probably enough. You might want to find which restaurants don't serve julbord to get a little variety. One great option are the Strömma's Julbord boat cruises through the archipelago - a nice way to combine julbord and sightseeing!
Have some fun and visit the popular gingerbread house competition at the Architecture Museum, right next to the Modern Art Museum (located on Skeppsholmen) And... got a craving for candy canes (polkagris in Swedish)? Stop by Polkapojkarna in the Old Town, where they make the treats in front of your eyes and get your fill!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!