Stockholm Nightlife

A late-evening summer sun combined with long winter nights translates into a highly active nightlife agenda. Expect strong jazz traditions, smart bars and a thriving club scene (often Spanish in flavour). The area around Stureplan is the most happening place for night owls, but you’ll generally find something worth exploring wherever you are – the cultural scene is incredibly vibrant and eclectic. There’s a wide stream of cultural productions, ranging from art exhibitions, dance and theatre performances to jazz and classical concerts.

Tickets to cultural events can be booked via the central ticketing agency, Ticnet (tel: 077 170 7070; www.ticnet.se). Online information is available on Swedish music festivals at www.musikfestivaler.se. The official Stockholm tourism website, www.visitstockholm.com, is also an excellent source for information on cultural events and nightlife.

Bars in Stockholm

Café Opera

This spot draws an eclectic crowd of all ages and tastes to its fabulous chandelier-laden interior, playing to fun-loving partygoers with cutting-edge sounds. Its location, directly under the Opera House, is a big part of the draw. The venue has been open since 1980, and counts the likes of Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lopez and Robert de Niro among its past guests.

Address:
Operahuset, Karl XII:s Torg, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 676 5807.
Kvarnen

Something of a Stockholm institution, Kvarnen has long been hugely popular thanks to a typically rootsy Södermalm charm, a closing time of 0300 and a hugely atmospheric main beer hall dating back to 1907. It draws a mix of young and old.

Address:
Tjärhovsgatan 4, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 643 0380.
The Spy Bar

Achingly trendy – and with the prices to show for it – the Spy Bar is an intimate and stylish place with excellent DJ entertainment, where a media crowd mixes with fashionistas and alternative sorts. It gets seriously crowded past the witching hour, so it’s a good idea to arrive early.

Address:
Birger Jarlsgatan 20, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 5450 3701.
Tudor Arms

Recently named the ‘best pub in the world’ by a panel of British voters, the Tudor Arms is the best of Stockholm’s numerous expat-centric traditional boozers. It’s an old-style local with pints, live football, a quiz night and yes, even steak and mushroom pie. Also a popular spot with locals.

Address:
Grevgatan 31, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 660 2712.

Clubs in Stockholm

Absolut Ice Bar

This renowned drinking hole in the Nordic Sea Hotel, while not unique, is still a special place, with its year-round temperature of -5°C (23°F). Drinks are served in hollowed-out ice cubes from a bar – also made of ice. Even the walls and tables are carved from frozen blocks, which are taken from the Torne River on the border between Sweden and Finland.

Address:
Vasaplan 4, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 5056 3520.
Sturecompagniet

The biggest club in the city, comprising a number of different bars and dancefloors, Sturecompagniet is well established as one of the best known nightspots in Stockholm. The venue itself is spread across four halls on two levels, centring on a spectacular atrium that combines modern touches with a show-stopping grandeur.

Address:
Sturegarten 4, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 5450 7610.

Live Music in Stockholm

Debaser Media

Arguably the best place in Stockholm for top-notch Swedish and international live pop and rock music, Debaser Medis has – since its inception in 1982 – played host to everyone from The Strokes and Bob Dylan to Dizzee Rascal and Arcade Fire. The venue’s name, taken from the title of a song by cult legends Pixies, says it all.

Address:
Medborgarplatsen 8, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 694 7900.
Fasching

The kind of jazz club needed by every city with a cultural pulse, Fasching is a legendary joint that’s been doing its thing since the 1970s. The concert hall generally stays open until 0100, although on Fridays and Saturdays the doors only shut at 0400. A good range of international acts take to the stage.

Address:
Kungsgatan 63 , Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 5348 2960.
Nalen

Nalen is run by the Swedish Artists and Musicians Interest Organisation in a wonderful old building with four concert venues where you can hear pop, rock and jazz from big international stars as well as obscure Swedish bands.

Address:
Regeringsgatan 74, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 5052 9200.

Classical Music in Stockholm

Drottningholm Court Theatre

Billed as ‘the world’s most genuine early opera experience’, the lovely antique Drottningholm Court Theatre hosts summer opera and ballet seasons. Its stated aim is to perform new productions of 17th and 18th century opera in original settings – something it pulls off with aplomb.

Address:
Drottningholms Slott , Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 5569 3100.
Riddarhuset

The Stockholm Sinfonietta, one of the world's best chamber music orchestras, performs at the beautiful Riddarhuset, built in 1641-74 to accommodate members of the Swedish aristocracy for meetings in Parliament. The name translates as the 'House of Nobility'.

Address:
Riddarhustorget 10 , Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 723 3990.

Theatre in Stockholm

ABF-Huset

The city is home to The Stockholm Players, Sweden's oldest English-language theatre company, based at ABF-Huset, which also boasts a full calendar of lectures, seminars and debates.

Address:
Sveavägen 41 , Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 453 4100.
Dramaten

The Dramaten is Sweden's highly respected national theatre. It was founded as long ago as 1788 (although has been on its present site only since 1908) and has various different stages – full guided tours of the building and theatre are offered.

Address:
Nybroplan , Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: (08) 667 0680.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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