Absolut Icebar: Ice Bar
The Absolut Icebar was the world's first permanent ice bar. It is located in the Nordic Sea Hotel, just next door to the Arlanda Express train terminal.
The interior of the bar is kept at around -5°C at all times, making it a chilly but fabulous place for a drink! The walls, fittings, tables and glasses are all made of ice, taken from a frozen river in northern Sweden.
When you arrive you are given a big warm hooded coat and gloves to wear. You then enter a door into an air lock, then go through another door into the actual bar.
Not surprisingly, all the drinks are based on Absolut vodka, and there are a variety of tempting combinations to choose from. We were less adventurous and stuck to a good old Screwdriver (vodka & orange juice). You definitely need the gloves to hold your drink - the ice glass is freezing (as you would imagine!) and as you drink it melts a little around your mouth.
It is a crazy place - looks kind of space like with everyone in their silver coats. What a great experience! Your first drink is not cheap - around £10pounds, but this includes the coat/gloves and non-reusable glass.
If you manage to brave the cold for a second drink it is much cheaper. It is best to book in advance, as the bar only has a capacity for 30 people at a time.
You can book using the phone number below, or through your hotel (as we did).
Dress Code: Open-toe shoes are not a good idea!Related to:
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Friday's: good after work
Friday's is one of the places I like going to for an after work drink. It's also the first American bar/bistro I visited both in my country and in Europe and I'm happy to report that they have the same flavors in both places. The last 3 times I've visited Friday's they had these "Ultimate Drinks". I chose their Ultimate Strawberry Daiquirí and it was so yummy! I've also tried their Ultimate Rum Springer which was good but not exactly me.
If you don't want to eat a lot here, you can always go for one of their appetizers, like their potato skins with sour creme or their nachos with salsa.
The picture of my drink was taken with my mobile.
Legend on the map and access:
#1 = Friday's on Birger Jarlsgatan. Take the red line towards Ropsten or Mörby Centrum and get off at Östermalmstorg. One of the exits goes right to the entrance of Friday's.
#2 = Friday's at Hamngatan. Take the blue line towards Kungsträdgården and get off at the end of the journey, or you can walk from T-centralen.
Dress Code: Come as you are
Absolut Icebar: the coolest bar in town, literally
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.Related to:
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Wirstroms: Gamla Stan Irish Pub
We came across this place more by luck than judgement. It looks so quiet and unassuming on the outside - then you open the door and find it's absolutely heaving!!!
It's open 'til midnight Mon-Fri and 1am Sat and Sun, and it really does get busy - so get there early if you are going for the evening to listen to the live music and you want a seat. Oh yeah.... the seats.... downstairs the seats are lets say... comfy, well worn - it all adds to the cavern-like ambience, candle wax and celtic art. The locals are friendly too. A pint of Caffreys is around 48SEKs - but I don't actually drink beer so don't take my word for it :)
Dress Code: Dress Code?? Good grief! wear what you like!
Filmstaden Sergel (movie theater): great movie experience
Movies are best seen on the movie theater (from sf.se) and if you're looking for a great movie experience in Stockholm, then Sergel is where you should go. 14 rooms with a range of number of seats between 49 and 517, all with Dolby Digital sound and nice a/c. One of their rooms have what I call love seats: a seat for 2 without an arm in the middle. Perfect for couples!
Dress Code: Come as you are.Related to:
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The Dubliners Southside: Irish pub "southside"
Finally it’s open!
Dubliners Southside has only been open for less than a week and yet it was crowed!!
The line outside got longer and longer... If you want dinner, make a dinner reservation first!
Just like The Dub downtown, Southside has done it, if felt like The Dub, it was The Dub, a band playing live music various Irish and Scottish songs..
Dress Code: Come as you please
Casino Cosmopol: The only casino in Stockholm
All gaming with money are strictly controlled in Sweden, and you will just find one Casino in Stockholm, Casino Cosmopol.
Age limit is 20 year, and be prepared that they will register and take photos of all visitors.
The casino is open all days between 13:00 and 05:00.
Dress Code: Quoting:
Guests should dress appropriately, and we prefer men to wear jackets. Sportswear and leisurewear are not permitted.Related to:
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Casino Cosmopol: Casino
It is the first and only casino in Stockholm :o)
Dress Code: Quote from Cosmopol website:
Dress code: Guests should dress appropriately, and we prefer men to wear jackets. Sportswear and leisurewear are not permitted.
Absolut Icebar: The drinkers are in the fridge
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.
Norra Brunn Comedy: Stand up at Norra Brunn
Norra Brunn Comedy is the most famous stand up comedian club in Stockholm. Here you can get a good meal and a big laugh. It might be good to know that all shows are given in Swedish.
Entrance 100 SEK.Related to:
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Cafe Opera: Too see or to be seen
Cafe Opera had its glory time in the 80's however Cafe Opera still works..
If you would like to watch the rich and famous, the ordinary folks and not to forget the WANNA be's then a visit to Cafe Opera is a must..
Dress Code: Proper
Stampen: "Happy Jazz Please"
Stampen is a great place to go to, even if you are not a lover of jazz. They play anything from the "American Folk Music of 1910-1959" - traditional jazz as it is known to some - to modern Blues, or Soul R&B acts. What ever day you think of going, there is always something happening at Stampen. There are life acts every day starting at 20:00 in the evening, and also during the daytime on Saturdays. I think the club is closed on Sundays though. But check it out on their website : www.stampen.se. It's a very good website where you can find out which band is playing when. You have to pay an entrance fee, but that's more than worth it, as the bands playing here are great.
The decorations at Stampen are fun! Lots of them coming from the Old Pawn Shop that used to be here before it was turned into the Jazz Club. You can see many antique items, from stuffed animals to instruments. Don’t think Stampen is new, it has been in this place for 35 years. The name 'Stampen' actually has its origin in the old Pawn Shop. Clients would receive stamps for items they had deposited at the pawn shop as collateral.Related to:
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Ice Bar, Nordic Sea Hotel: The "coolest" place for a drink!
The Absolut Ice Bar in the Nordic Sea Hotel was the world's first permanent "Ice Bar".
You enter the bar from the hotel's reception area and, upon entering, are provided with a furry-hooded thermal, eskimo-like coat and gloves.
All the internal walls of the bar are built from ice, as is the bar itself and the tables. Shots of vodka are served from blocks of ice.
Admission is expensive, but does include the first drink. Subsequent drinks are also relatively expensive (even by Swedish standards!), but you're paying for the unique experience and it's worth every penny (or krone!).
New Bowl Center Jakobsberg: Tempin Bowling
This is a very nice spot for a group of friends or a family with children. It is well organized, with a bar, restaurant, and the bowling track. It is great fun & something else for a change! Everything together. Hours is:
Monday till Thursday 9:00 – 23:00
Friday 9:00 - 01:00
Saterday 10:00 - 01:00
Sunday 10:00 - 20:00
Dress Code: Informal
Absolut Icebar: Stockholm Absolut Ice Bar
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 :)Related to:
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