You probably won’t be able to nap on the giant double bed or homey sofas inside Laika, a loud industrial-vintage venue with a focus on live acts and DJs. Offering everything from techno and indie to spoken word and stand-up comedy, it’s one of creative Södermalm’s most sociable spots, pulling in twenty and thirty-somethings from across the capital. Be prepared for long queues after 11pm on weekends. During quieter evenings, there are retro board games to keep you occupied. You’ll find Laika on the second floor of a sprawling angular glass building known as Hornhuset, which also houses a tapas restaurant, a pizza-joint-slash-sports-bar and a small rooftop terrace. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s an offshoot of a shopping mall, but do be aware this is a place beloved by bearded hipsters, in case that’s not your thing. There are tasty locally-brewed beers on tap, although the wine list is more limited.
Time Out tip: The giant swing next to the DJ booth is worth queuing for.