1. Yuc, Odenplan
For a taste of Mexico, head to the cocktail bar at Yuc in Odenplan. Named after the Yucatan region on the country’s east coast, here you can inject some sunshine into your life by sipping on a classic Margarita or get a kick from a sour and spicy Jalapino. The venue also serves up a host of hot tacos and ceviche and some mouthwatering desserts to help you cool off afterwards. Live DJs hit the decks at weekends.
Where: Norrtullsgatan 15, Odenplan
Opening times: Sunday and Monday 5pm – 11pm, Tuesday and Thursday 5pm – midnight, Friday and Saturday 5pm – 1am
2. Southside, Zinkensdam
This Irish tavern run by a group of friendly, mostly British, staff is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Boasting a wide selection of lagers and bitters and one of the best quiz nights in the Swedish capital (on Thursdays), Southside provides a refreshing change to the host of hipster bars in the surrounding Södermalm neighbourhood. Major footboll fixtures are shown here too.
Where: Hornsgatan 104, Zinkensdam
Opening times: Monday to Friday 4pm – late, Saturday and Sunday 1pm – late
A range of beers at the Southside pub. Photo: Southside
3. Bierhaus, Rådmansgatan
Take a trip to Germany and visit this large 1930s-inspired beer hall close to Rådmansgatan subway station. Here you’ll find around 20 different German beers on tap and a mixed, relaxed crowd, from international students to Swedish business people. Hungry? There’s sauerkraut, homemade sausages and meat and cheese boards to snack on. You’re guaranteed a chuckle when you go to the toilet as well.
Where: Tegnergatan 10, Rådmansgatan
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 3pm – 1am
4. Le Bar Rouge, Gamla Stan
Forget the square white tiles, concrete floors and metal stools that characterise so many of Stockholm’s newest bars – this French-inspired spot offers a slice of luxury living. Sip on a cocktail inside the rich red interior, nestled on the edge of the city’s cobbled Old Town. Or work your way through the long wine list. There's a chic restaurant next door too.
Where: Brunnsgränd 2, Gamla Stan
Opening times: Tuesday 5pm – 11pm, Wednesday and Thursday 5pm – midnight, Friday and Saturday 5pm -1am
Le Bar Rouge is next to Le Rouge restaurant. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT
5. Hard Rock Cafe, Odenplan
Stockholm has fallen in love with the boutique burger scene, but here’s where you can get a real bite of America. The Hard Rock Cafe has been serving up US cuisine in the Swedish capital since the 1980s. In the relaxed bar area, the lights, music videos and charismatic staff are sure to give you an energy boost. Check online for upcoming special events at Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as during major sports fixtures.
Where: Sveavägen 75, Odenplan
Opening times: Monday to Thursday, 11.30am – midnight, Friday 11.30am – 1am, Saturday 12pm – 1am, Sunday 12pm – midnight
Stockholm's Hard Rock Cafe. Photo: Hard Rock