Famous beer hall loses licence

One of Stockholm's best-known traditional beer halls faces an uncertain future after city councillors took away its licence to serve alcohol. Kvarnen lost its permit after reports that the bar served customers who were already drunk.

The bar and restaurant, in the city’s Södermalm district, has been a firm favourite among tourists and locals since it was founded in 1908. But the latest ruling threatens to bring that history to an abrupt stop.

The council’s licencing committee made the decision after reports of rowdiness at the bar, which is known as a haunt for supporters of Hammarby Football Club. The councillors also took into account complaints that the bar served people who were already drunk and that one of Kvarnen’s owners was convicted last year of handling stolen goods, according to Dagens Nyheter.

Kvarnen will be banned from selling alcohol as soon as it receives the council’s decision in writing. The bar can appeal to the district administrative court, and can apply for an interim licence to serve alcohol while the appeal is being considered, Dagens Nyheter reports.