I stopped in here for a quick one after my post dinner stroll by the water.
I had a little jolt to my system on the way back to the hotel, and wanted something to take my mind off it.
69 SEK for a pint of local lager (Bryggmasterens). Pricey by UK standards, but it sure keeps the riff raff out.
Mostly inhabited (at about 9pm) by businessmen relaxing after a tough day.
Dress Code: A Hugo Boss suit & a briefcase?
Belgobaren started as a beer and whiskey bar and progressed into a restaurant with some Belgian and Swedish cuisine. They offer a big selection of Belgian beer (you won't find anything local there) both in draft and in bottles, and with every dish they have in their menu they recommend the right beer for it.
I visited this bar with VT'er iaint and we had dinner there (portions too big for us to eat completely) and good beer, regular and fruity ones. One thing I liked is that the noise level is low enough to carry a conversation without having to shout. They also show big sports events (in this case, the football world cup.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Finest British pub in Stockholm...Now 41 years old.
The Tudor Arms has a special place in my heart and connection
as the owner, Chris Bellows is from the Isle of Wight and even
a barman called Pat was also from Ryde on the Island like me.
Long before I moved to Stockholm in 1979, the stories about Stockholm
and the Tudor Arms were the stuff of legends. Even one of my sisters
old boyfriends from the Island worked in Stockholm for over a year
as a dental technician and I heard all sorts of stories.
I even met the then Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme back in
1980 coming out of the Ostermalm Tunnelbana and asked him
directions to the Tudor Arms. Sadly he was assassinated in the street
in 1986 when coming out of a cinema with his wife. That was the end of
Swedish politicians mingling with the general public.
The ***TUDOR ARMS*** opened it's doors to the thirsty Stockholm public in October 1969 as the first pub of its kind in Sweden. It was a hit from day one and even today, after the opening of countless imitations around town, it retains its reputation for being the only true British pub in Stockholm. Chris and his dedicated staff, now into the 2nd generation, have been running The Tudor Arms for over 40 years, so if you´re looking for a Great British Pint, some homemade Steak and Mushroom Pie, want to watch live Premiership football, need to brush up your English, or just want to feel completely at home, please go for a visit.
It was the staple event every year when I took my English student groups there for an end of term meal and drink where ENGLISH only was enforced for the evening!
Dress Code: Kilts, jeans or whatever you fancy.
Well, you dont have to dress up if you visit this bar. They have some times live music and here you only go to get drunk. It is not the best place, but I had fun here but that is a long time ago. I went here some Wednedsdays and drank with my student friends in Stockholm. That was fun here and all kind of people came here.
Dress Code: It doesnt matter what you wear.
I have been here acouple of times. Snaps is situated on Medborgarplatsen and during the summer it is very pleasant to sit outside and drink beer or what you want to drink. They have many tables outside in the sunshine.
Dress Code: Normal. No special, and during the summer, just summer clothes.
Well, I was only there just for two beers during a Thursday evening, but the staff was great and I liked the athmosphere a lot. I want to recommend this place if you just wanna have some beers and talk with your friends.
Dress Code: Casual.
I liked it, but maybe because I was there with many friends. The guests here were mainly younger persons, and I felt that I was little too old here. But some times it can be nice to be around younger people. I did not feel that I was the party-daddy.
Dress Code: You dress up a little bit here my friend. Here the crowd is under 28 years old i would guess. I was the only old man here when I was here. But I ha fun here and it is a good place to start with.
Bishop Arms are networks of pubs all over Sweden and often they are very good spot for drinking as well as for eating. This particular one in Stockholm is right in the centre not far from the raily station and perfect place to kill few hours with some good local beers you can surely cannot have in the station :)
Currently there are ice-bars in several cities, but the one in Stockholm is the first permanent one in the world. The interior is made with ice from the Torne River, in Northern Sweden. It is preserved by keeping the place at a constant temperature of -5°C.
There is a limit to the number of people who can stay inside at the same time, so one cannot stay in the bar for more than 40 minutes. My impression is that customers are more interestd in taking pictures than in the colourful cocktails.
Opening time is 12.45. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday it closes at 1.00 am, at midnight on other days.
Dropping in for a drink will cost you SEK 195, the price includes one drink, refills cost SEK 95. The price is reduced to SEK 180 if you book in advance, SEK 170 if the reservation is done online. Guests of the Nordic Sea Hotel pay SEK 150.
Dress Code: At the entrance the customers receive a cape and gloves. The cape has a hood, which is actually not necessary. At least one glove is mandatory, because otherwise you would not be able to hold the glasses, which are made of ice.
If you want to go dancing or to a nightclub, you need to be OVER 21! We found this out the hard way, when we went to Sweden. It doesn't matter if you are from another country, this is the rule in Sweden.
We were able to go to a restaurant and order beer, but we couldn't get into a club to go dancing.
Absolut Icebar is as close as you can get from Sweden's famous Ice Hotel in Kiruna. The bar is made of ice shipped from Torneälven (the Torne river) where they also take the ice to build the Ice Hotel. Every year the bar gets a new design.
The temperature inside the bar is -5C. Included in the price (as of Jan 2009, 180 SEK) is a welcome drink in an ice glass and a cape. They have built some sitting places and so that you don't freeze your behind, where you can sit they have put some reindeer skin cushions.
A refill (or another drink) in the same glass costs 95 SEK. My glass leaked and I got a free drink, tho.
Book online at the link below or drop in on Fri-Sat after 9:45pm (then the fee is 195 SEK).
Dress Code: Casual. Bring your own gloves, if possible, as the cape only has a glove.
For a good night out with clubs and concerts, try:
Debaser rock/indie, concert club at Slussen, Karl Johans Torg 1, homepage for scedule: http://www.debaser.se/
Bonden bar, Bondegatan 1, with good clubs, check out on webpage: http://www.bondenbar.se
Have fun, guys!
Dress Code: Anything goes! Indie/rock/goth all depending on the theme of the evening/concert... Just wear something.
Bar Nada has all of this: a great bar (the person who casted the bartenders is worthy of at least one Oscar), great Dj´s, tasty and affordable tapas, frequent and spontaneous dancing and a friendly ambience/audience.
I am always happy on/after a night at Nada! Is is quite a small place, but with a big heart!
Nada also hosts the funny club Rhythm Kitchen.
This bar is really cool and funky. It is located in the Nordic Sea Hotel. Go through the rotating doors, walk past the cool loungers and turn right opposite the aquariums.
There you'll see it: The Ice Bar :)
Show your tickets or pay on the spot, wait for your turn (they limit numbers in the room), put on the warm gear & in you go!
The whole room is made out of ice, including the ice-block chairs, sofas (with hides as throws), not to mention the very glasses you drink from ;)
There's a cocktail list available, and the bar-tenders (donning funky head gear) cheerfully put together your request :)
Then kick back and enjoy. Pose for piccies, enjoy the -5C constantly maintained temperature. Everyone is in great spirits. And I didn't want to leave the place!!!
180 SEK for pre-booked sessions.
195 SEK for drop-in sessions on Fridays and Saturdays (Thu-Sat during summer) after 21.45.
Summer (1/6 - 15/9)
Sun-Wed: 12.45 - 00.00
Thu-Sat: 12.45 - 01.00 (Drop-in from 21.45)
autumn/winter/spring (16/9 – 31/5)
Sun-Thu: 16.30 - 00.00
Fri-Sat: 15.00 - 01.00 (Drop-in from 21.45)
Dress Code: It does not really matter as you are given a thermal anorak/parka with mittens too :)
This bar and restaurant caters mainly to a crowd of older party-goers and tourists. Faux mooseheads and nostalgic American signes adorn the walls, and the usual drinks are served up from three bars. Karlssons also has a large dancefloor, blackjack and roulette tables, and five slot machines.
That's what we read on the Time-Out guide I had with me. What do you think girls? Well, all right, lets see. So we get in, 20.00 (pm). No admission needed (admission ticket should be bought after 21.00 when the place "becomes" a nightclub). Bought a beer, chose a table. Big screens were playing a football game. Wow. Ok this seems that we'll have a boring night but, what would we do around anyway, better than staying in our hotel.
Tables are taken away and a dance floor appears. A disco ball starts turning and the dj comes to the deck. Helena Paparizou on the deck (hey, this is nations pride, the singer has won a 1st prize on the Eurovision contest for Greece, she is half Swedish, so it figures). Good, things sound more interesting. As we, three girls, are sitting on our table, drinking quietly our beers (you know that in places you go for the first time is wise to take a bottle of beer, so you save yourself of bad drinks) and watch around. Middle aged people start dancing.
And the... wonders begin.
A mans comes hurrying to our table, embraces my friend enthusiastically and starts telling her how beautiful she is, and, before she comes back from her astonishment, he kisses her on the cheek. Good Lord! "Go" she says, and he goes.
We were laughing uncomfortably about it, well obviously we got the crazy of the village coming near, lets forget it, lets watch the people dancing. But here comes another one - do you want to dance? Ok I am a polite girl, I'll dance. We get on the dance floor, while "It's raining men" (how predictive) is on the deck. Everybody dances to the rhythm but my partner grabs me to dance a tango or something. Hey, stop that. And he stops, and I sit down relieved. And then on the deck we had 4 Not Blonds singing "And I say, hey hey hey hey I said hey, what's going on?". And I think that the dj is a augur.
To save you for more details: more or less there were something like 7 middle aged men coming close, asking for our numbers and which hotel we stay at. We kept on saying that we stay at Sheraton, I don't know if there is a Sheraton in Stockholm, but ok, this would send them to a different direction, in case they were becoming dangerously a bur. The good thing is that, after all, they were just leaving when realized that we were not available.
And then there was a lady from Stockholm, asked if she could leave her purse on our table, started a conversation (where are you from, aaahhh I love Greece, I go every summer to Skiathos) and then started trying to explain that this club is no typical, it was the first time she was visiting it, no, Stockholmers are not that silly altogether, this is an exception.
Ok, I can accept it, but, for someone who comes to a city and has this only experience of nightlife, there are not many things to change the impression. It was a bit frightening but, since there was no real problem after all, we just remember this as an amusing thing. So much for the cold Scandinavians reputation.
***We realized that all these people were drunk. And many of the other people in the club as well. One was jumping on the dancefloor reminding us the baby bears we saw the same afternoon in Skansen park. Then, suddenly he stopped, closed his eyes, crossed his arms, and stayed there almost sleeping for more than 5 mins. Ahahahaaaha.
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