This cozy, little restaurant is one of the most well-known jazz clubs and certainly one of a kind in the capital of Scandinavia. The restaurant, only 30 square meters of size, has served traditional French food and jazz music of all sorts for several decades, featuring some of Sweden’s greatest jazz players. Glenn Miller Café keeps bringing in talented musicians who perform right next to the venue’s entrance and the only window giving the venue its special charm. There is no entry fee, but a little basket will go around after each set – each listener is expected to make a contribution of around 50 SEK. Make sure to bring cash with you since the basket takes no credit.
Glenn Miller Café, Brunnsgatan 21A, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 76 882 45 49
A traditional tavern-style pub located on a narrow street in Gamla Stan (Old Town), S:ta Clara serves as a meeting point for locals chatting over a beer and for those wanting to enjoy live music. The staircase takes you to the basement floor, where jazzy tunes are being played every night from Tuesday through Saturday. Jam sessions take place on Friday and Saturday evenings, and even if you weren’t into jazz, the venue in itself is a great place for a good beer or two while hanging around in Gamla Stan.
St:a Clara Bierhaus, Lilla Nygatan 15, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 411 30 32
Located in the heart of Stockholm, Fasching has attracted jazz lovers in town since 1977. From the 350 yearly events, 250 are listed to be live concerts, featuring both established stars and new, fresh names in the national and international jazz scene. Besides being a host for a wide variety of concerts, Fasching serves also as a fine choice for dining out in Stockholm, and if you wanted to jump on the stage yourself, the Monday jam evenings are some of the best in town.
Fasching, Kungsgatan 63, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 20 00 66
Wirströms: a packed, noisy and authentic Irish pub in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan makes it to the list for its varying selection of live music five nights a week. For jazz and blues fans, Tuesday evenings are the prime time to come around; Wirström’s nearly secret basement reveals a cave-like room where the pub’s live music scene is located, giving it away to the house band and guest jammers of all sorts. Don’t be fooled by the narrow upstairs bar area where the regulars gather to scream and shout, laugh and talk in front of the TV screens showing football and other sporty events – there is more to Wirströms than meets the eye.
Wirströms Pub, Stora Nygatan 13, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 21 28 74
Lilla Hotellbaren is Hotel Scandic Malmen’s own music bar in the heart of Södermalm and its well-established nightlife center, Medborgarplatsen. This attractive venue hosts different club nights, live concerts and DJ sets several times a week – Tuesdays being traditionally devoted to jazz music. Lilla Hotellbaren offers good acoustics and quality jazz, and the bar fixes you up with everything from local IPAs to crafted cocktails. The concerts commence normally around 8:30 pm, and the entry is free of charge.
Lilla Hotellbaren, Götgatan 49 – 51, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 517 347 00
One of the best live music and art scenes in Stockholm, Södra Teatern, on Mosebacke, introduces weekly jazz brunches both on Saturdays and Sundays. Besides the brunch, Södra Teatern hosts an array of concerts of different styles – from jazz to soul, from Balkan music to old-school rock’n’roll and much more. Experimental and traditional theatre as well as stand-up comedy shows are all featured in the program of this classic venue in Södermalm. Specifically for jazz, try the weekend brunch or see the program for more information on upcoming concerts of your liking.
Södra Teatern, Mosebacke Torg 1, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 531 994 90