Meeting up with friends or co-workers for an After Work usually means heading to the nearest pub for a beer to celebrate the end of another demanding week at the office.
Cheap drinks, enough room for your group, and great music is all it takes to kick-off the weekend’s festivities.
The best AW’s don’t require much planning and with the list below you don’t have to. This is for those of you who want to break out of your Friday rut and are looking for an alternative to the norm.
There is something for everybody, whether your co-workers are craving a change of scenery or if you simply want to impress someone special.
Hope to see you out there on Friday!
Instead of Gondolen try Fotografiska Museum.
Many say that the view from Fotografiska is the best in the city. Fotografiska unfortunately has only a small selection of wine and beer but Paul Svensson and his team make up for it with a wide variety of bar food and snacks.
The crowd is diverse, music is great and there is more than enough room for your entire department to relax and wind down. You have to pay for a ticket to the museum so I would make sure that the exhibitions are of interest to you before you go. This is definitely for those of you who want a little more out of an AW.
Gamla Stan: Le Bar
Instead of O’Leary’s try Le Bar.
This is a solid neighborhood bar in the middle of the tourist traps. Le Bar stands out from the other AW hangouts for three reasons:
1. The music is at a reasonable decibel level so that you can actually have a conversation.
2. The service is dependable and friendly.
3. To put it simply, they offer really good bar food.
And if you like it enough to explore what else their kitchen has to offer then try their sister restaurant Brasserie Le Rouge.
Instead of the Nordic Light Hotel try the newly opened Scandic Grand Central Hotel.
T-Centralen is a convenient spot to meet friends who work in different corners of the city. However until now, the surrounding area hasn’t had much to offer the AW crowd. The newly opened Scandic Grand Central Hotel fills that void.
This bar has got something for everyone including classic cocktails for traditionalists and trendier concoctions for your more daring colleagues. Want to make a night of it? Stay for dinner in the Teatrebrasseriet followed by live music in the Acoustic Bar.
Instead of Storstad try Köttbaren.
Köttbaren is the latest in the F12 group of restaurants. They don’t take reservations which means that snagging a table here on a Friday night is a game of “how long can you wait until you give up and grab a hot dog on your way home”.
Thankfully you don’t need to actually get a table to appreciate what Melker Anderson and his team have created for meat loving carnivores. Their butcher stand by day turns into a bar by night. Bring 2-3 friends and order your favorite glass of wine along with the charcuterie platter (185 kronor).
Östermalm: Brasserie Elverket
Instead of Sturehof try Elverket.
Elverket is one of the best options in Östermalm if you are searching for an alternative to the Stureplan scene. Elverket is a true neighborhood bar and restaurant. Whether your drink of choice is beer or champagne, everyone feels at home here.
They kick -ff AW on Fridays with free tapas starting at 4pm.. If you are an oyster lover then this is the place for you! The last Friday of every month is “Ostronrally”. Oysters start at 12 kronor each and the price increases by the hour. The party continues until they run out of oysters which is usually around 7 pm, so get there early.
Kungsholmen: Wijnjas Ost och Vinkällare
Instead of Orangeriet try Wijnjas Ost och Vinkällare.
Alf Wijnja purchased this gourmet food market in 1993. The location has since then been resold and fashioned into a wine bar and restaurant, but the charm of this turn of the century building still remains.
For a wine bar, Wijnjas Ost och Vinkällare is as unpretentious as they come. They have a lengthy wine list with wines by the glass starting at 65 kronor. Don’t overlook their wines by the bottle either. If you see something you like then they are more than happy to open it, even if you just want to buy a glass. AW on Friday is your opportunity to try their extensive selection of cheeses.
Each glass of wine is paired with a carefully chosen cheese, compliments of the house. There is lots of room for the entire gang but both the bar and lounge fill up fast so get their early to secure a nook for your group.