Sweden is the perfect place to head for a late summer getaway. The busy mid-summer tourist season is winding down. That means fewer crowds and more opportunities to get out and really experience the country. This is especially true for the capital city of Stockholm. It’s a modern metropolis, but with plenty of history and culture to take in too. And Stockholm is also well-known for its after-hours nightlife.
When it comes to the nightlife, Stockholm sure knows how to party. Sure it’s famous for its expensive bars, high-end clubs, and VIP rooms, but there’s also a large variety of options beyond those choices as well. Bars and clubs tend to blend together in the city. Many restaurant/bars will even morph into a dance club in the early morning hours. Stockholm definitely comes alive after midnight!
There are two key zones for Stockholm nightlife. Sodermalm and Ostermalm tend to be where most of the action can be found. But you’ll also find some good options in Norrmalm, Vasastan, and Gamla Stan too. If music is your thing, Stockholm is known for its eclectic music scene…from hip-hop to reggae, rock, and everything in between. Here’s a look at a few ideas to consider if you find yourself looking for something to do for a night out on the town in Stockholm…
It may be a mouthful to say, but Sturecompagniet is one of the oldest clubs around…and also one of the most popular. It’s also the largest club in Stockholm. This huge venue has two levels consisting of four halls. There are an array of different bars and dance floors to choose from. Each dance floor even has its own style of music. The club is a definite must do for those looking to experience a true piece of Stockholm nightlife.
It was originally opened in the late 1800s as a brasserie with a nightclub. The current Café Opera was opened in 1980 and is still a legendary place to be seen when it comes to the Stockholm nightlife scene. It’s still one of the most famous clubs in the city. And it’s been known to attract the likes of royals and even international celebrities. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to be a celebrity to get in. And with four restaurants, wine cellar, and a cocktail bar, there will be plenty to keep you occupied long into the evening.
If you’re looking for a more laid back evening, the Cadier Bar is an excellent choice. This contemporary cocktail bar is located in the Grand Hotel. Patrons will find the ambiance relaxing with the bar’s piano music and great views of the Royal Palace, Old Town and the harbor. Fans of cocktails will definitely appreciate the drinks here, as they’ve garnered many awards for their cocktails. The bar is also open for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea as well.
For a true Scandinavian bar experience, check out the Absolute Ice Bar. They definitely take their ice seriously here! That’s because it truly is an ice bar…the world’s first permanent ice bar, to be exact. The entire interior of the bar is made of ice…even the glasses. Don’t worry…despite the cold temperatures inside, guests are provided with gloves and capes to help keep them warm. And the signature Absolut cocktails are sure to warm you up anyway!
DRAMATEN (ROYAL DRAMATIC THEATER)
If you’re looking to take in a bit of culture for the evening, head for the Dramaten. It’s Sweden’s national stage for stage drama. Fans of theater will definitely want to try to catch an evening show here. Before you head to your evening show, be sure to take a tour of the theater in the daytime. It’s an Art Nouveau style of architecture that sits on the waterfront. Guided tours are available and take you through the main stage area and backstage too.
OPERAN (ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA)
Another great option to take in the artistic side of Stockholm is to take in a show at the Operan. It was built in 1898 and is known for its beautifully ornate interior and vast theater. The Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet companies both perform here. And there’s usually a show of some type all year round. Private tours of the opera house can also be arranged upon request.
If you’re in the mood for a night of gambling, check out Stockholm’s international casino: Cosmopol. Here you’ll find plenty of gambling opportunities. Slot machines, blackjack, poker, and roulette are among the many options to keep you entertained on into the night. There’s also a restaurant, several bars, and usually live music options as well. It’s a great way to change things up if you’re looking for a nightlife option different from the regular club and bar scene.
Stockholm definitely has plenty to offer visitors looking to make the most of its nightlife scene. The few examples above are just the tip of the iceberg to help put the wide range of options available into perspective. One thing’s for sure…there’s something for everyone in this Scandinavian capital city!