Located on the periphery of central Stockholm, Vasastan is an area used mainly for residential purposes. Vasastan is an historic neighborhood, named after King Gustav Vasa, and is often considered as a hidden gem of Stockholm. The area is often overlooked by tourists, but the neo-renaissance architecture is impressive and is a good representation of the history of that era. The buildings are well preserved, and the area is one of the most popular places to spend an evening. Vasastan has many bars, and we will guide you through the best of them.
Hawaiian bar with tropical drinks
‘Aloha’ to the first bar on our list, and this is the perfect place for those looking for a tropical vibe in this Nordic nation. With wooden sculptures and Hawaiian patterns as furniture decorations, Tiki Room has successfully created an exotic ambience which allows guests to sit back and relax. Many tropical drinks served in the bar are rum-based, and they only use rum from several tropical nations to make sure you get the best and the most authentic Hawaiian flavor.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 4pm-1am
Watch out for: the Mai Tai, or the Test Pilot
Birkagatan 10, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 08331555
Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, $$$
50s and 60s cocktail bar with a modern twist
Inspired by a bar in Oslo, the founder of Erlands established this bar in 2013. The bar interweaves its vintage interior with a contemporary touch. The decorations are kept in the 1950s and 1960s style, giving you a nostalgic feeling. The work clothes and the background music are modern and urban. The bar features cocktails and beers, perfect for you to chill out in this vintage meeting place. Starting from this year, Erlands also serves a wide selection of international cuisine.
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 4pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 4pm-12am
Watch out for: the Passionsfrunk cocktail, the wines
Gästrikegatan 1, 113 62 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 30 41 07
IceBar by IceHotel
IceBar by IceHotel
Icy cocktail experience at -5 degrees
You don’t have to travel north to Jukkasjärvi, where IceHoteloriginated, to have a drink in IceBar: you can get the most authentic Arctic experience from IceBar in Stockholm. You are invited to enter a freezing bar, and appreciate how the lights strike and reflect on the icy surfaces. The cocktails served in IceBar are inside an ice-crafted cup. Many guests have praised this experience as once-in-a-lifetime, and, for those going to Vasastan, make a reservation in advance to enjoy this icy bar experience.
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11.15am-12am; Thu-Sat 11.15am-1am
Watch out for: vodka-based cocktails
Vasaplan 4, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 505 630 00
One of Stockholm’s most beautiful courtyards
Situated next to the Hallwylska Meseet, Hallwylska Innergården is one of the most beautiful courtyards in Stockholm. The impressive palace building was built in 1898 and was the home of the Dutch von Hallwy family. Now the courtyard is open for the public to have a nice drink and admire the historic architecture and under the Nordic sun. The cocktails Greven and Museet are exclusive in this bar. They will surely freshen up your taste buds and keep you hydrated for an afternoon visit to the nearby museum.
Opening hours: Tue 10am-11pm; Wed-Sat 10am-2am
Watch out for: Greven and Museet cocktails
The Hallwyl Museum, Hamngatan 4, 111 47 Stockholm, +46 8 402 30 99
A night with Stockholm’s skyline
Located on the top floor of the Radisson Blue Royal Viking Hotel, SkyBar is the best place to chill out with the skyline of Stockholm. The elegance is highlighted in the dark wooden furniture and mood lighting. The glittering skyline of Stockholm will only get brighter with a cocktail that has been exclusively made for you by the creative and professional bartender. If you are looking for some light bites, the fresh oysters area nice addition for a luxurious evening.
Price: fine dining
Opening hours: Sun-Tue 4pm-12am; Wed-Thu 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat 2pm-2am
Watch out for: Pisco and coriander smash, the fresh oysters
Vasagatan 1, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 50 65 40 00
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Mexican styled bar with original Latino cocktails
Are you ready for some Latin flavors for your evening? Yuc Mexican brings you the most authentic Mexican dining experience in Vasastan. You don’t need to travel to Mexico, as the the room is filled with Latin music and South American patterns. You can get a glimpse of Mexican flavor when you order cocktails and spirits in Yuc Mexican. The drinks are original in the bar as the bartender has mixed classic cocktails ingredients with Mexican spirits, giving you the extra flavor for a tropical and joyful evening.
Opening hours: Sun-Mon 5pm-11pm; Tue-Thu 5pm-12am; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
Watch out for: Yuc! Mexican originals, tapas
Norrtullsgatan 15, 113 27 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8-30 00 81
Restaurant, Asian, $$$
Restaurant and cocktail bar with Oriental flavours
Berns Asiatiska is one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Sweden, and was established in 1940s. The restaurant is elegantly decorated with dark wood furniture and dim lighting, providing a relaxing yet luxurious atmosphere for you. The Chinese cuisine served here is impressive and authentic, and is well complemented by the beverages. Their signature ‘Saucy Citronella Yamasaki’ is irresistible. Combing elderflower and lemon grass with Japanese whisky, this cocktail is surely a fusion between the east and the west.
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11.30am -1am; Fri-Sat 11.30am-3am
Watch out for: the Saucy Citronella Yamasaki
Näckströmsgatan 8, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 566 322 00
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Contemporary bar with Spanish hospitality
With Spanish influences, Bar Nombre serves you with Iberian passion and hospitality. The contemporary and soft tone decoration may not make a clear statement of Bar Nombre’s origin, but if you take a close look at the menu, you will realize you’ve just embarked on a journey through authentic Spanish cuisine and wines. The menu highlights the theme of simplicity in this bar. The variety of wines may not be the greatest, but they serve you genuine wines imported from Spain, giving you the most exotic and authentic Spanish bar experience.
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 5pm-11pm; Wed-Thu 5pm-1am; Fri 4pm-1am; Sat 5pm-1am; Sun 5pm-10pm
Watch out for: baked trout and Spanish wines
Odengatan 36, 113 51 Stockholm, +46 8 612 14 20
Award winning hand crafted cocktails
A big shout out to meat lovers. Svartengrens totally understands how important meat is in a dining experience. Svartengrens doesn’t agree with the operation of the meat industry, and has decided to source ingredients from small meat producers to make sure you are served with the most premium meat. They prioritize craftsmanship in preparing cocktails, and their bartenders have won awards for their professional and creative mixing skills. Beers from local microbrewery are also available for your enjoyment.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5pm-1am
Watch out for: the smoked scallop amuse bouche, and the hand crafted cocktail
Tulegatan 24, 113 53 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 612 65 50
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Timeless Italian cocktail bar
Buco Nero prioritizes the timeless beauty of the authentic Italian dining experience, despite of the evolving culinary cultures of the world. Using black and white as the main colors of the restaurant, Buco Nero is a modern bar with minimalist design. Perhaps this design has created a perfect atmosphere for rendezvous, as this bar has more than 1,500 regular guests who come to visit and enjoy a cocktail. The cocktails serves in Buco Nero are masterpieces of the bartender’s craftsmanship, creativity and professionalism.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm; Sat-Sun 9am-10pm
Watch out for: the cocktails, the carne di maiale
Roslagsgatan 4, 113 55 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 22 19 35