I would without any hesitation say that the Möllevången (aka Möllan) area in Malmö is the best place for a night out with mates. The bars and pubs are relaxed and people here real friendly. Prices has gone up a bit the last few months but its still cheaper around here then other areas in the city.
The top pubs are:
- RESTAURANG MÖLLAN
Since the smoking ban in all public places most pubs got an outdoors area that is open all year round. Gasheating and thick blanketts will keep the guests warm.
Pubs are open all day until 1am and serve good food until approx 10pm. All 6 places above serve great food. Best priced is Ölcaféet but Volym is my personal favourite with a fine selection of vegetarian dishes.
Dress Code: Relaxed. Casual. Be sure not to overdress...
Tempo has been around for ages and always been one of the top spots for drinking around Möllevången. It started out as a tiny bar with only a handfull tables and a DJ in the corner scratching those vinyls.
Today it is a bar / restaurant and although I never had food there I have heard only good things!
My favourite thing about Tempo - its one of only few pubs (in Sweden) serving Belhavens Best, my favourite ale in the world! :)))
Kulturbolaget, or KB for short, is known all over Sweden and is THE place for major gigs not held in huge concert halls but still intimate. Everyone from Emmilou Harris to Morrisey seems to have played here and when stars get too big for this 700 or so club, KB still arranges their gigs in Malmö's bigger arenas. This is the place to go for a bit of star spotting too as the Cardigans and others from Malmö's music life come here occasionally. Weekends are more devoted to their own nightclub where you have to be 22 years old to get in. Next to KB itself is Vinylbaren (the "Vinyl bar") which is a great meeting place when you are hungover from the night before as they serve brunch and things in their American style bar. A true "must" in the Malmö night. Their website below will tell you all you need to know to have fun.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
Möllevångstorget (also just known as "Möllan", meaning windmill in the local dialect) is a square around where most things happen in Malmö's nightlife. Kulturbolaget ("KB"), Jeriko and loads of other places are well-known venues for live music and in fact members of the Cardigans live just around the corner. The area is also full of ethnic food to satisfy your hunger after a good gig and plenty of bars with lower prices than "downtown" and with a cheerful crowd. Read more on some of the clubs in separate tips below, This is just to focus your attention to the area as such so that you can walk around and follow the music :)
Dress Code: Anything goes
Debaser is a club which started in Stockholm and now has three locations there. It has since spread to Malmö due to the city's music associations in later years with The Cardigans, The Ark and other well known bands based here. Summertime is the best period to come since you can benefit from being in Folkets Park with its other amusements earlier in the evening and with the lush environment this gives to the club and especially its terrace.
You can see the list of gigs on the website below. There is also quite an ambitious kitchen for being a club if you get hungry, and this includes a Sunday brunch for tired music lovers. Wednesday-Saturday are perhaps the most lively days but anything goes.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
Jeriko takes its name from the fact that it is housed in a former church as you can see in the picture. There is a lot of variation here with no night like the other so call them or check billboards in the area. Some nights are dedicated to folk rock, others to soul and latin and yet others to jazz and blues and often there are live gigs. But yes, there is also house and R n' B. Surprisingly it is not open Saturdays (nor Sundays but that's less strange). There is a restaurant serving Mediterranean inspired bar food for hungry listeners too.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
Apart from "Extra Allt", the aptly named "Willy Wonka" is perhaps the most well-known and frequent amongst the clubs housed here in the old chocolate factory (hence the name of the place, although the clubbing actually takes place in the former brewery) in the Möllevången area. At least it is the one I see most billboard posters about but there are plenty of others too. Almost all share a preference for hip hop, soul and funk and almost all are from midnight to 4.00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Just like many other places in town, Fridays start from 20 years and Saturdays for 23-year-olds and upwards. I have no personal experience of this one since it's not my kind of music but it's in such a nice place and a definate part of Malmö's nightlife. Try it before it becomes a brewery again as there are some lose plans...
If you want to be in a place where you can meet people from all over the world, then Möllan is the place to be. Within just 2-3 minutes walk, you can visit something like 15 pubs, all of them with their own kind of clientel.
This is the place where you see black dressed goths sit next to an arabic gentleman...It's exciting, and you should be a bit carefull going home.
Dress Code: No dresscode, but be careful not to overdress..