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Best Nightlife



Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Stockholm nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Stockholm Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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Condo


A new addition to Il Conte, Östermalm's most popular Italian restaurant. Condo's interior is elegant with a dark, sober look, but it's the cocktails you should come for. Innovative and sensationally well made, these could rival the drinks at Harry's Bar any day. Try the deliciously spicy Thai Mojito, spiked with cilantro, ginger and chili; for the sweet-toothed, the unusual Rabarberpaj (Rhubarb pie) and lovely Chocolate Martini are both better than desserts. Quite pricey, but then the quality of the cocktails is truly superior. Minimum age of entry: 23 years.

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Literally the coolest place in Stockholm, the Absolut Ice Bar is made entirely of ice, with a below-zero temperature all year round. The cover charge includes the loan of a warm jacket and gloves and, for adults, your choice of a frozen vodka cocktail served in a glass made of, you guessed it, ice. Run by the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Metro T-centralen, exit Vasagatan.

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The White Room

Opened in 2005, The White Room has a spacious, modern look, is painted a crisp white and adorned with fresh flowers. It actually looks more like a restaurant than a nightclub, but around 1am there's no doubt that serious partying is the order of the day. The White Room was an instant hit with the city's younger, moneyed circles. Metro –stermalmstorg, exit Stureplan. Minimum age of entry: 23 years.

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Sturecompagniet


Opened in 1989, glamorous nightclub Sturecompagniet is the most important stop on the "Stureplan round," the Friday or Saturday night tour of the neighborhood's nightclubs. Thanks to its loyal regulars, Sturecompagniet managed to stay in business after the Stureplan massacre of 1994, when two men who had been denied entry to the club shot and killed one doorman and three guests, injuring many more. The 829 square meter club, with its several bars, winding staircases and intimate rooms, was completely refurbished in 2003. Very mixed crowd in terms of age, style and nationality. Minimum age of entry: 23 years. Metro –stermalmstorg, exit Stureplan.

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Right next door to Casino Cosmopol is Fasching, hailed as the best jazz club in Scandinavia. As opposed to the majority of Stockholm's bars, it has a grungier, more relaxed vibe. The best club night is long-running Soul on Saturdays, where Magnus Räms and Robert Baum play their definition of soul: '60s, '70s, funk, rare grooves, soul-jazz and more. The club's most ardent fans look like they've stepped out of Quadrophenia. Minimum age of entry: 18 years at concerts, 20 years on club nights. Metro T-centralen, exit Vasagatan.

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Berns, a palatial mansion opposite the Royal Dramatic Theatre, has been dedicated to entertainment since 1863. Strauss, Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker and Marlene Dietrich, to name a few, have all entertained the crowds seated under the enormous crystal chandeliers. A venue like this would normally be used as an opera house or a concert hall, but what's so unique about Berns is how well it has adapted to the demands of today's young crowd. Successfully mixing the old grandeur with modern minimalism, Sir Terence Conran has given Berns a real edge, and the club nights could rival any in the world. The extravagant restaurant is open for dinner Sat-Sun until 3am. Also an award-winning boutique hotel with conference facilities. Metro Kungsträdgården. Minimum age of entry: 23 years.

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Södermalm


This historic blue-collar tavern is currently one of the hottest late-night pubs in Södermalm. Its beer hall doubles as a restaurant which serves traditional Swedish dishes at a fraction of the price of high-end venues. Price for a set lunch costs from SEK89-127(USD13.8-19.8), and a main on the à la carte menu will run you about SEK165(USD25.6). Noteworthy items include steak tartare, rye fried herring, pan fried reindeer with mushrooms and oxcheek bourguignonne, among others. The restaurant runs an extremely popular weekend brunch for about SEK210 (USD33) which serves classic Swedish fare Västerbotten Pie. And as an affiliation of a bar, the venue provides a good beer selection including 11 brands on tap and eight by bottle.

Recommended for Best Nightlife because: This down-to-earth restaurant and bar offers proper, traditional Swedish food at a wallet-friendly price (which equals to very cheap in Stockholm). It's also one of the most popular late-night pubs in Södermalm.

Local Expert tip: Previous customers reported that the restaurant charges an extra but mandatory coat-checking fee.

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Café Opera


The first stop for movie stars, artists and royalty staying at Grand Hôtel across the square is always Café Opera. It's a VIP place all the way, where selective bouncers take their time to pick those deemed good-looking – or wealthy-looking – enough to enter the palatial rooms, so dress to impress! Moving on from champagne cocktails to magnum bottles of Moët is de rigeur after midnight, when the party really starts to heat up, the limos arrive and guests strut their dancing skills on the bar. Minimum age of entry: 23 years. Metro Kungsträdgården.

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The first real casino in Stockholm is straight out of a Bond movie. Previously called Palladium, it was built in 1912 and has previously been used as a movie house and ballroom. It comprises four floors and has several restaurants and bars; Restaurant 21 is located on the former cinema balcony. Bring ID – for security reasons, all guests are registered and photographed. Minimum age of entry: 20 years. Metro T-centralen, exit Vasagatan.

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Patricia


Party boat Patricia, with five indoor bars and two bars out on deck in the summertime, has been going strong since the '80s and shows no signs of fatigue. It has a fascinating history: from conducting secret missions in Normandy the night before D-Day to escorting the British royal family's yachts on holidays and official duties. Both Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II have been aboard Patricia, although it's probably safe to say that the Queen wouldn't approve of the wild partying at the now-legendary Sunday gay nights. Very mixed crowd. Minimum age of entry: 20 years. Metro Slussen, exit Stadsgården.

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