The Best Bars In Uppsala, Sweden

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Katalin I | © Franklin Heijen/Flickr
Jasmina Kanuric

Uppsala is a charming Swedish city, hosting important historical buildings and education centers and offering wide green areas for recreation and relaxation. The city is most lively around the old city center, where Uppsala Cathedral stands. The surrounding area is brimming with restaurants, cafes, shopping centers and entertainment venues. Read on to discover the 10 best bars in the city to properly experience Uppsala’s night life.

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1. Agave

Bar, Restaurant, Beer, Swedish

Situated in the heart of Uppsala, and around the corner of the mighty Uppsala Cathedral, is Agave, the city’s premier Mexican restaurant and bar. Popular with locals of all ages, Agave offers an intimate atmosphere and tequila-based drinks of all kinds. Stop by on Wednesdays for a music quiz night, or to quench your thirst at Thursday’s event – Thirstday. Enjoy the relaxing environment, try their Mexican dishes, sip on a beer or taste quality liquors from the continent.

2. O’Connor’s

Bar, Pub, Beer, Pub Grub, Irish

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O’Connor’s is a funky Irish bar, located on Uppsala’s main square. Chill out with a glass of beer and listen to live music concerts hosted every evening in the bar. Pick your drink from an extensive menu featuring more than a thousand beers and 300 varieties of whiskey. If you can’t decide, ask the friendly staff for help. Check out their calendar for information of upcoming beer tasting sessions.

3. Katalin

Music Venue

One of the country’s most popular music venues, Katalin is a renowned jazz bar. Located next to the main train station, this spacious and airy bar is a favorite local hideout for many locals. Despite its size, the bar has a cozy atmosphere, created by simple design and an open fireplace. During summer months, you can chill outside on their large terrace. Stop by earlier in the day and try their distinguished goulash, before settling in with a drink for a great concert of both Swedish and international music stars.

4. Magnussons

Bar, Wine Bar, Wine, European

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Magnussons is a charming wine bar with a tavern interior. Serving good quality food, from small appetizers to full meals, Magnussons offers something for everyone. Come by in the late afternoon to have a snack and a glass of wine, while watching the place slowly fill up with those indulging in an after work drink. The laid back atmosphere in the simple interior is a perfect backdrop for a great evening of fun.

5. Flustret

Bar, Restaurant, European

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A long-standing bar and night club, Flustret has been an entertainment venue since 1842. Flustret combines a restaurant, bar, and club, where you can spend a whole day or night. The restaurant area overlooks the nearby park where Uppsala Castle is located. Chill out in the bar lounge or dance away the hours on one of the two dance floors in the club. As Flustret is a popular place and attracts quite a crowd, come earlier in the night to avoid waiting in line.

6. Palermo

Bar, Restaurant, Italian

A small restaurant and bar with a local neighborhood tavern feel, Palermo is a popular spot with guests of all ages. The bar is located on two floors – the main area is on the ground floor and an additional seating area is located in the basement. Palermo is known for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. One corner is unofficially reserved for the bar regulars, while it also attracts student crowds later in the night. Don’t forget to try their pear cider, or enjoy a glass of local Swedish beer.

7. Dryck

Restaurant, Bar, Swedish, Contemporary

Dryck is a quaint little bar with a strong character. Located in an old station building at Uppsala’s central train station, Dryck offers high quality food and rich, delicious drinks. The interior is fairly small, consisting of only a couple of tables and bar area, so it is often crowded or even fully booked. The drink and food menu changes often, introducing new flavors and tastes. Browse through an extensive drink list of beers, wines and spirits, and settle in for a great evening.

8. Sherlock’s

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, American, Indian, Beer, Italian

Sherlock’s is a modern English pub, named after the famous literary detective Sherlock Holmes. The bar combines a restaurant and a pub, offering traditional pub food as well as Indian specialities and an extensive drinks list. The interior is relatively small, however during summer months patrons can enjoy a drink in the pretty terrace outside. With dimmed lighting, a comfortable seating area and relaxing background music, Sherlock’s is a perfect place for a chilled evening out. Order a pint of beer – the menu offers mainly British ales and stouts – and enjoy the good vibe of the bar.

9. Pub 19

Bar, Pub

Pub 19

Great atmosphere, live music and good beer are the main characteristics of Pub 19. The bar hosts live concerts and events every evening, ranging from single performances and DJs to a concert set of five bands. They also regularly host popular music quizzes. Check out their events calendar to keep up to date with announced local and international acts. The interior is comfortable, featuring big windows overlooking the street, a stage in one corner and wooden tables filling up the remaining space.

Pub 19, Svartbäcksgatan 19, Uppsala, Sweden, +46 18 12 26 80

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