Washington Post loves music clubs in Stockholm

"When the sun goes down in Stockholm, the music heats up thanks to a collection of intimate venues and a hip fan base dedicated to pop music appreciation" says the Washington Post in a cool article on Stockholm nightlife.

"But this is Stockholm, a global beehive of 21st-century pop, where Swedes treat their music with the reverence it deserves. In recent years, Scandinavia's largest country has churned out some of the most finely crafted, detail-oriented pop on the planet, produced by artists such as Stockholm sensations Lykke Li and the Knife.... When I visit the land responsible for all these fantastic sounds, it makes perfect sense. In Stockholm, the nightclubs are clean and intimate, the sound systems are loud and lush, the DJs are encyclopedic, and the bands can be brilliant"

Read all about the Stockholm music scene at Washington Post

All the places mentioned in the article:
Hornstull Strand, Södermalm
Nada, Södermalm
Indigo, Södermalm
Petsounds record store on Skånegatan, Södermalm
Södra Teatern, Södermalm
Snotty, Södermalm
Debaser Slussen, Södermalm
Scandic Hotel Malmen, södermalm
Louie Louie,Södermalm
Berns Salonger, Östermalm/City
Riche, Östermalm/City

Even more on nightlife in Stockholm

Photo: Washington post at Strand in Stockholm

The best bars in Stockholm

Where does the locals go? And which bars are the best in Stockholm? These are frequently asked questions. Here are the nominees and winners of Stockholms Bartenders Choice Awards.
Photo: Mikael Sjöberg/Stockholm Visitors board

Best Coctail Bar
Kåken, City/Norrmalm
1900, City/Norrmalm 
Le Rouge, Old Town

winner: Bageriet, Old Town (which is closed)

New commer of the Year
Orangeriet, Kungsholmen 
Sjuans Champagnebar, Mosebacke, Södermalm 
1900, City/Norrmalm
Duvel Café, City/Norrmalm 
winner: Little Quarter, Södermalm

Best atmosphere
Kåken, City Norrmalm
Lydmar, City Norrmalm
Grill, City Norrmalm
Vassa Eggen, Östermalm
winner: Le Rouge, Old Town

Best places for Live music in Stockholm

Where can I go for some live music in Stockholm? This is one of the most frequently asked questions at the Stockholm Tourist Center. The November-December issue of What's On lists one venue from every district:

Lilla Hotellbaren
Live music every evening from both established and less well-known performers and bands. You and your friends will have a chance to recharge your batteries and find your rhythm after shopping and big city life in the trendy Sofo-district
Address: Scandic Hotel Malmen, Södermalm.

Hellsten Earth Bar (image)
Every Thursday the bar is transformed into one of Stockholm's most important jazz venues. There are also extra performances some nights.
Address: Hotel Hellsten, Luntmakargatan 68, Vasastan.

Nalen Bar
A popular bar with influences from the American South and melodies from classic club jazz and soul to funk and slick blues.
Addresss: Nalen, Regeringsgatan 72, City.

Wirströms Pub
A sports bar in a unique setting where people get together to talk soccer. Live music five nights a week.
Address: Wirströms Pub, Stora Nygatan 13, Gamla Stan (Old Town)

Södra Bar & Kök
Mosebacke Square, in the neighborhood of Stieg Larssons's Millennium triology, is the setting of a bar that offers unexpected music and an unbeatable view of Stockholm.
Address: Södra Bar, Mosebacke Torg 1-3, Södermalm

12 trendy hotel bars in Stockholm

Photo: SVB/Nico Södling
Coctails in a hotel bar is not only for visitors. Its become quite trendy for Stockholmers to enjoy the hotel bars as well. Dagens Nyheter lists their favorite hotel bars in Stockholm - from calm relaxation rooms to office atmosphere and, from loud after work to trendy clubs. Here are Dagens Nyheters selection of 12 Hotel bars:

Hotel Rival - attractive water hole for trendy crowd.
Mariatorget 3, Södermalm

Cadier bar -  the most elegant hotel bar
Grand Hotel, Södra Blasieholmshamnen

First Reisen Hotel - Mixed age group, relaxed but with competent coctail makers
Skeppsbron 12, Gamla Stan (Old town)

Story Hotel -  Designconcept with a industrial twist in exclusive area
Riddargatan, Östermalm

Lydmar Hotel - Enter the home of Mr Lydmar, relaxed chic.
Södra Blasieholmshamnen

Scandic Hotel Malmen - SoFo feeling and live music almost everyday.
Götgatan 49, Södermalm

Scandic Hotel Anglais - The bar that started the trend. Still cool.
Humlegårdsgatan 23, Stureplan, Östermalm

Berns Hotel bar - Large and exclusive environment, with affordable prices.
Näckströmsgatan 8, Berzelii Park

Radisson Blu Strand Hotel - Calm enviroment with a water view
Nybrokajen 9

Diplomat Hotel - Classic elegance, calm jazz and stylish wine list.
Strandvägen 7 C

Nobis Hotel - Rookie of the year is maybee the upcoming golden bar at the new hotel (opens Dec 1)
Norrmalmstorg 2

Summer hot spots

The summer period has entered Stockholm with some favorite hot spots - and some new. Here are some places for a drink and for a view....

Josefina on Djurgården offer some 1 000 out door seats viewing the beautiful Strandvägen Esplanade and the Nybroviken bay.  They offer a "loungy" atmosphere in their comfy sofas with prominent dj:s. This is a perfect place to cool down or getting in a party mood...

Debaser Humlegården is the latest addition to Debaser music club. Humlegården city park is situated in the posh area of Östermalm by Stureplan. Former Floras Kulle in Humlegården is now runned by Debaser, a great open everyday from 11.30 to 01.00 with different dj:s every night. This is debasers latest addition. Their two other popular clubs are situated in GamlaStan/Slussen and at Medborgarplatsen.

Opera bar, Strömterassen, with a view of the Royal Palace from the roof of the Royal Opera adds glamour to the amazing view. The Strömterassen bar, Strömgatan, Operahouse, is open from 11.00-20.00 until August 14. The bar is closed between June 26-July 16.

Like home, but out

The latest trend in Stockholms' nightlife is "the at home-feeling". The idea is to dine with the feeling of home. Bookshelves, comfy chesterfield sofas and odd lamps seems to be the concept.  Here are the three new initiatives, interpreting the theme in their own way.

The luxury restaurant F12 opened its new bar and lounge Salon named Salongen this week. A wide range bar menu and drinks is offered in a comfy trendy grandmother atmosphere. Heavy draped curtains, dark orange and dark petrol coloured walls and seats all mitched and matched. The restaurant have also had a facelift, but keeps the light green spring atmosphere.
F12 and F12 Salongen, Fredsgatan 12, City

Cloud Nine is the name of a new restaurant in an upcomming city area (Norra Bantorget). There are actually two concepts connected together. First the Restaurant Cloud Nine which offers great tasting french colonial style food, with inspiration from New Orleans as well as with african and west indies influences. Great food in the mid price segment. The idea is for people to dine at the restaurant and then eat the dessert at the Cloud Nine desserts and drinks, which is a comfy and really nice looking dessert restaurant and bar. The dessert part has a separate entrance and serves advanced desserts as well as "7 sort of cookies", which is a typical swedish farmers concept.
Cloud Nine, Lilla Bantorget/Torsgatan 1, City

Hotel Lydmars opened in october 2008 and has also got the comfy concept in their restaurant.
Hotel Lydmar, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, City

Best hotel bars

A hotel bar in Stockholm is a great way to meet the locals. Some of the hotels have made an effort to make their bars the best ones in the city. No wonder that the City daily newspaper lists their hotel bar favorites in Stockholm

1) Scandic Hotel Malmen are opening three new bars. The first one, Lilla Hotelbaren, is the first one and will offer live music performances and pop, rock and soul music. Folkungagatan 47 by SoFo on Södermalm
2) Scandic Hotel Anglais is a popular place for trendy business people on Östermalm. The 101 bar upstairs is a new great alternative. Humlegårdsgatan 23
3) Hotel Reisen on Skeppsbron in Gamla Stan with a great view over the waterfront with music and dj:s. Skeppsbron 12.
4) Cadier bar at Grand Hotel is a sober luxurious livingroom bar for coctails and drinks.  Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8.
5) Clarion Stockholm on Södermalm has two bars a typical lobby bar and the cooler Upstairs bar. Trendy design atmosphere. Ringvägen 98
6) Absolute Ice bar at Nordic Sea Hotel is a bar made of ice with cool drinks in a cool environment. Vasagatan 4.
7) Eken Bar at Hotel Hilton offers a great view over Gamla stan and the water. Gullgränd 8.
8) Lydmar Bar at Lydmar Hotel is a newly opened hotel with a homey atmosphere for the trendy person. Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2.
9) Amaranten Drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Kungsholmsgatan 31 .
10) Aqvavit bar at Clarion Sign offers great drinks and a cool atmosphere. Norra Bantorget.

New clubs

Thirteen new clubs in Stockholm this autumn 

  1. T - four different electronic clubs on thursdays at Berns
    Stockholm Zoo - techno and international djs at different locations
  2. Baba Sonic  - indie club at Rocks on fridays
  3. "En afton med" club with star themes at Debaser medis 
  4. Ess - techno wednesdays at Marie Laveau  .
  5. Flyktsoda - Pop club with live performances at Debaser Slussen.
  6. Licking Fingers - Concretes record company club at Debaser Medis
  7. On Our Honeymoon - pop club once a month at Alcazar, Nalen
  8. Playgirlz - french house at Berns one friday every month
  9. Rymden - club at Debaser Medis
  10. Stash - fridays at Marie Laveau
  11. Svenska Musikklubben - bar club with live performances and dj at Debaser Slussen
  12. What we do is secret - rockclub with live performances at Debaser Slussen
  13. Yes! - hip hop djs at Mosebacke

Scandic Malmen turns chic

Concerts five days a week, international dj:s and a cosy bistro and bar will turn Scandic Hotel Malmen on Götgatan by Medborgarplatsen into a new centerpoint. Scandic Hotel Malmen is perfectly located between the popular SoFo-area and Slussen. The "new" hotel lobby will open in the autumn.

Absolute Ice bar - double size

The world's first permanent Absolute ice bar is now twice the size. You can now hold brief, effective and cool meetings here at Nordic Sea hotel. The venue can accommodate 60 guests, and tailor-made solutions are available: why not consider freezing your products in blocks of ice, projecting your presentation onto a screen of ice, or ordering the ultimate ice experience, with an ice menu and a three-team ice sculpting competition? Reed more about new mood meeting areas

Eat and drink by the waterfront

uteserveringen på sosefina

The weather forcast this weekend promises hot and sunny weather. What can be nicer than a drink by the waterfront? Here are nine favorites in all different areas.
Restaurang Kungsholmen, Norr Mälarstrand, Quay 464, Kungsholmen. Great food and nice drinks, close to the City Hall.
MS Gerda, Boat on Norr Mälarstrand, Kungsholmen. Popular, trendy and crowded.  
Mälarpaviljonen, Norr Mälarstrand, Kungsholmen. Café, bar, restaurant and club. Well Mälarpaviljongen has it all. Some evenenings are for gays. A great place to go after sunbathing in Rålambshovsparken.
Flyt, Boat at Kornhamnstorg, Gamla Stan (Old Town). Lively bar and restaurant.
Strandbryggan, Strandvägskajen 27, Djurgården bridge. Bar and restaurant. Get that archipelago feel.  
Josefina, Galärvarvsvägen 10, Djurgården. 1000 outdoor seats, palmtrees and a great view over the waters of Stockholm. Bar and restaurant.
Loopen Marina, Hornstulls Strand 6, Södermalm. Close to Street market and the nice Tantopark. This is a great place to finish of your sunbathingday on Södermalm.
Thaiboat, Ösgötagatan, Quay 300, Södermalm, Thaifood on a vikingship. This place is everythiing but the ordinary. Great food, good drinks on the beach.
Sjökrogen Pampas Marina, Karlbergs Strand 4, Vasastan.  A bit of the beaten track, but a good restaurant and a great place for a view over all the boat houses in the marina.

Outdoor clubs this summer

Photo: Stureplansgruppen
has done a great job listing all the outdoor clubs this summer. Here goes:

Kulturhustaket (roof at Kulturhuset), Sergelstorg 3. - progg, worldmusic and jazz
Terassen F12, Fredsgatan 12. - Gourmet restaurant with cool clubs every day. Dancemusic, Weekends with house, wednesdays for gays etc.
Trädgården, Fleminggatan 2-4. - Indie, electro and hiphop.
Berns, Berzelii Park. Hiphop. - disco and rock
Ljunggrens, Götgatan 36. - Disco and rock
Spymlan (Spy Bar), Humlegården. - drinks and mature rock.
Debaser Slussen, Karl Johans Torg 1, Slussen. Rock n roll and indie and wellknown dj:s. 
Debaser Medis, Medborgarplatsen. Rock and indie wellknown dj:s
Babylon, Björns Trädgårdsgränd.
Sjöfartshotellets terass, katarinavägen 26. Hotel with soul and jazz.
Mälarpaviljongen, Norr Mälarstrand 64. Club friday-sunday
Boule & Berså, Sjökvarnsvägen 13, Nacka. Play boule and club.
Floras Kulle, Humlegården/Karlavägen. Dj thursday-saturday. 90:s hit hop on saturdays.
Street, Hornstullsstrand 9. Dj and live bands fridays and saturdays.
Lasse i parken, Högalidsgatan 56. Music all days, Jazz mondays from July 7.
Restaurang 1900, Regeringsgatan 66.
Mosebacke & Södra bar, Mosebacke torg 1-3. Popular bar with a view.

New winebar on Östermalmstorg


Photo: Nobiscellar at Operakällaren
Östermalmstorg square in Stockholm will soon have its own exclusive winebar. Primewine Bar opens March 6 on Östermalmstorg 5B, and will offer 90 wines on glass and 600 bottles on the wine list. They will also offer a membership.
The most exclusive wine membership in Stockholm will still be, I believe, The Nobis Club at Operakällaren. Included in the 8000 SEK fee you will get a personal key to the wine cellar and be able to stall your wine there.  
According to Dagens Industri Grevgatan, which is close to the winebar, is the number one winestreet in Sweden.

New ambient bar at Nordic Light Hotel



Photo: Nordic Light Hotel
Every Wednesday Stockholm's designer hotel, the Nordic Light Hotel, will host fLiM Stockholm, "the capital's only ambient bar" according to Nordic Light Hotel. Resident DJ kliin will present a number of guest DJs and video artists this spring. The idea is to create a permanent meeting place for people who like to go out, have a cocktail and some good food and chat with their friends while enjoying soft, ambient electronic music.
keep updated at Myspace. Other news at nordic

Programme in january:
  • 16 Jan - Knivflickan  -  Hanna Österberg, aka Knivflickan, invites everyone to "sit yourself down, have a glass of wine and listen to my electronica with an edge". She has previously played at Färgfabriken and provided the warm-up for The Knife.
  • 23 Jan - Mats Almegård (P2 Ström) (Water-inspired Set) - Together with Andreas Tilliander and Håkan Lidbo, Mats Almegård is one of the guys behind Sweden's best radio programme on electronic music, Ström (P2). He plays mostly minimal techno, electronica and ambient. On this evening he will be playing a special kind of water-inspired ambient set, while fLiM's own Håkan Ullberg displays H20 projections.
  • 30 Jan - Finn of Tomland (resident at Culture-Box Dk) - Finn lives in Malmo and has been resident DJ at Culture-Box in Copenhagen for some time now. He previously ran his own electronica club in Malmo and there are plans afoot to open a new one

Amazing view from new sky bar


Photo: Ahrbom & Partner

It's not everyday that Stockholm gets a new viewpoint, but it happened last week. Well, well, the building itself was built in 1961 and has been used by the Swedish Tax Agency but has now turned into a departmentstore called Skrapan, an officebuilding, studentapartments, apartments and the restaurant Imperiet. A new giant glass box has been built on top of the old skyscraper - and is now the home of Stockholm's skybar with the name "och himlen därtill" (and heaven too). For curiosity: The Skybar is named after the 40s movie "All this, and heaven too" starring Bette Davis and Charles Boyer. It opened on Lucia, thursday December 13, and the view is amazing!!! 

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