This jetty bar is packed with blooming plants and flowers, string lights popping with primary colours and an unpretentious gay-friendly crowd. Floating on the water next to one of the city’s most stunning tree-lined footpaths, Norr Mälarstrand, Mälarpaviljongen also offers incredible views over Södermalm island (look out for iconic red-brick former brewery Münchenbryggeriet).
From medieval cobbled streets to picnic-blanketed park corners and waterfront terraces, Stockholm’s nightlife moves outdoors as the sun comes out and lakes defrost. The range of drinking holes in the Swedish capital is carved up by its island structure: Södermalm is the social epicentre for many locals, while Östermalm’s champagne and seafood bars attract Stockholm’s sort-of rich and famous. And on Gamla Stan, the Old Town island opposite the central station, there’s a host of tourist traps, but for a few little-known side-street gems.
Our list covers bars in Stockholm stretching from the central islands to nearby suburbs, but this compact and well-connected city lends itself to hopping easily between them by boat, footbridge or train, as our public transport guide explains. Be wary, though: with some of Europe’s highest alcohol taxes here, drinking in Stockholm get pretty expensive after a couple of craft pints. But then again, when you can tipple in the company of those breathtaking views, who’s to complain?
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