The Swedes are a stylish bunch. Widely regarded as one of the world’s more handsome nationalities, they enjoy getting decked out in the latest fashions and busting moves to the latest tunes.
If you want to join them you want to be heading for Sodermalm, the island south of Gamla Stan. Each bar has its own characteristic, and each bar is brimming with young Swedes on weekend nights, regardless of the time of year.
While Sodermalm is hopping regardless of season, Gamla Stan isn’t. During the summer the tourists who throng its streets in the day time, don’t move very far and can be found in the old town’s numerous Irish bars and underground caverns. But during the winter, even at 10pm on a Saturday night, its streets can be all but deserted.
North of the Gamla Stan on Norrmalm nightclubs rule the roost, although so do hefty beer prices and unapproachable doormen. If you do plan on going clubbing for the night, make sure to wear your Sunday best.
4-7 Vasaplan, Stockholm, Sweden
Icebar is, well, an ice bar! The temperature is kept at -5°C all year round. Everything here is made of ice – the seats, the counter, even the cocktail glasses! There really is no other bar in the world like this one.
Kungsgatan 63, Vasastaden, Stockholm, Sweden
If you enjoy live music, particularly jazz, Fasching is calling out for you! Since it opened in the 1970s it has attracted top jazz artists, both local and those from abroad.
Sturegallerien, Stureplan, Stockholm, Sweden
Sturecompagniet is one of Stockholm's best venues and caters for all types. Those dancing on the main dancefloor are usually doing so to the beat of the latest dance tunes, while not far from here you will find an area with revellers bobbing their heads to jazz.
Götgatan 40, Stockholm, Sweden
If you find yourself coming across more trendy bars than casual ones, Fenix will change all that. Its best feature is the basement which oozes character and it is a great place to meet people.
Regina Theater, Drottninggatan 71A, Stockholm, Sweden
The Regina Theatre isn’t only the only English-speaking theatre in Stockholm, but also in Sweden. It stages everything from musicals to modern plays to works of Shakespeare and is a great place to go if you want to take in some Swedish culture.
Tjärhovsgatan 4, Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
Upon first shuffling your way past the burly doormen of this historic bar (it dates back to 1907) you'll think you just stumbled across a traditional beer hall. But keep on shuffling and you'll discover a stylish bar out back plus another downstairs popular with movers and shakers. Get down early on weekends to avoid queuing.
Open daily from 5pm-3am.
Stora Nygatan 21, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden
A devoted Irish contingent keeps most of the stools warm in this Irish bar. Don't be fooled by the small front bar though - go down to the cellar bar where this pub really comes into its own.
Open Mon-Fri 1pm-1am, Sat & Sun 12 noon-1am.
Gotgatan 93, Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
Visit this ultra-slick bar deep in the Södermalm district and you may have to weave your way in and out of a few tight situations to get a vacant spot. Locals decked out in the most fashionable trends shake their booties to the latest tunes so if you want to fit in delve into your backpack for your coolest gear.
Open daily from 5pm-2am.
Mosebacke torg 3, Sodermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
Popular in summer thanks to a large open-air terrace that boasts great views over the Gamla Stan, Mosebacke Etablissement is one of the most popular bars in Södermalm during summer.
Open daily from 5pm-2am.