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.