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Stockholm Nightlife Guide (Top Nightclubs)

by Drew on March 26, 2014 51 comments

Oh boy..  I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to write a blog post in my life!

The nightlife in Stockholm is just that damn incredible.  This city rages hard.

My buddy and I visited Stockholm during the week (not on a weekend), and believe it or not, we had so much fun every single night on the town.

The EDM scene in Stockholm is massive, which is why the clubbing scene is so huge. Even when I was just chilling in a random coffee shop around Stockholm, I heard some Avicii tunes and some of my favorite house songs being played!

As you may or may not know, Stockholm is home to many of the world’s most famous house music DJ’s (Avicii, Alesso, Steve Angello, Dad Life, etc.).  Several of these DJ’s have residencies at the nightclubs, so they frequently play shows throughout the year.

Speaking of clubs — they are on par with the best in the world.   Almost all of the best clubs are located in the Stureplan district, which is a big public square in Central Stockholm.

The only downside to the clubbing scene that many of the big nightclubs in this district close at 3AM (with the exception of a few).

IMG_4314But regardless, they are so much fun!  The music is mainstream house/techno, the people are all sexy, and the energy is contagious.

If you are in Stockholm during the summer months (like I was), then you’ll see the sky staying bright 24/7 because the city is so high in Latitude.  It’s so trippy to stumble outside a club at 3 AM and see blue skies!

Another note on Swedish beauty — it’s not even fair how attractive the Swedes are.  They all have perfect styles and they dress to impress –tall, blonde, skinny, and stunningly beautiful faces.  It doesn’t do any justice explaining it to you in words.   Having the most beautiful people in the world makes the nightlife THAT much better.  Trust me!

One thing to keep in mind about Clubbing is that the bouncers are extremely picky.  Make sure to dress nice –  no gym shoes, hats, jeans, etc., and don’t get too hammered before you enter or else they won’t let you inside.  If you roll into a club with a bunch of dudes, then good luck getting in because they will deny your entry in a second.  Try to go with some beautiful girls in your group, and you’ll have a much better chance to get inside.

But what if you don’t have any local Swedish friends?

Perfect! This is your excuse to have some courage and make new friends! This is exact strategy that my friend and I did, and we the only foreigners let into this club called K44.

Alright, before I get carried away, here is my list of the best clubs in Stockholm!

Disclaimer: The following list of clubs was put together mostly from my own personal experiences, but also with the addition of my friends recommendations.  Things may have changed over the years, so I am trying my best to keep this list updated.  If I missed something, please comment so I can add it to the list!  Enjoy :D

#1. Sturecompagniet

This is the biggest and most amazing nightclub in Stockholm.  If you only have 1 night to party in Stockholm, then do it here!

Not one, or two, but THREE floors make up this club with 5 rockin’ dance floors that stay busy until the sun rises.

It’s located right smack in the center of the Sturenplan district.  It looks more like a ballroom than a nightclub — with the interior made of marble and roses.

The music in this clubs is all house, mostly by Sweden’s finest DJs.  Lots of energy from the crowd makes this place a blast to dance! However, it is pretty difficult to get inside, so make sure to show up early (before 11:30) so you have a better chance. Don’t miss out on the fun of this club!

Address:
Sturegatan 4, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

#2. Hell’s Kitchen

One of the most stylish and trendy clubs in Stockholm is not to be missed.

Hell’s Kitchen is actually known as one of the hardest clubs to get into in Stoclhom, but if you play your cards right, then you can get in 😉

Hence the name of the club, the interior of Hell’s Kitchen a “death” theme, with bones and skulls hanging from the walls.   What’s cool about this club is the unisex bathrooms, which you probably don’t see everyday!

As one of the most trendy clubs in the city, you will see champagne bottles flowing at the swanky tables surrounding the club.   The music is mainstream house/techno and the crowd is made up of young, social partygoers.

Address:
Sturegatan 4, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

#3. Rose

As a new club, Rose has quickly emerged into one of Stockholm’s hottest nightclubs.  In the summer months, there is no better place to party the night away!

Rose

With its giant windows, gold-framed mirrors and a beautiful terrace, this place will keep you going all through the night.  It is one of the most popular nightclubs in Stockholm.

Rose is always packed with a beautiful Swedish crowd and it continues to provide a party-ready weekend for all you dance music lovers.   It’s impossible to have a bad time raging at this club!

Address:
Hamngatan 2, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden

#4. White Room

White room is THE classic and premiere club in Stockholm.  It’s the place to be seen (where celebs hang out) and it stays open past 3AM!

The crowd is very good looking and the music is an awesome mix of house hits  Yes, you will hear Avicii, Tiesto, Alesso and more!

White Room attracts people on the dance floor until 6 in the morning.   However, I recommend getting to the club early (around 11) because the line usually gets really long.  Try to make local friends in line (preferably with hot girls) and you will be let inside easier.

Address:
Jakobsbergsgatan 29, 111 44 Stockholm, Sweden

#5. Laroy

Laroy is where you will find the young and sexy crowd on a Friday of Saturday night.

This club regularly attracts people with money and anyone in Stockholm that wants to be seen.  If you decide to go here, make sure to dress to impress (otherwise you will get rejected in a second).

The atmosphere inside this club is uplifting and exciting.  The music is even better- especially when everyone is dancing with smiles on their faces.  It really has an awesome vibe inside that’ll make you never want to leave.

Make sure your wallet is full before you go here, because it’s not cheap.  But it’s totally worth the experience!

Address:
Biblioteksgatan 23, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

Where to Stay in Stockholm?

From cheap hostels to luxury condos, Stockholm has a large variety of places to stay that will satisfy your budget needs.  Below is a list of some of my favorites places around the city.

For a more comprehensive list of hotels in Stockholm, check out Agoda.com and book your stay today!

1) For Budget Travelers – Rygerfjord Hostel (Book Online Now)
*rates – $60/night for a cabin on a boat with breakfast

Rygerjford Hostel is awesome because you are literally sleeping on a boat! It’s near the city center, and has a nice staff and clean (but small) rooms.

2) For Mid-Price – Brommavik Hotel (Book Online Now)
*rates – $153/night for standard twin room with breakfast

Brommavik Hotel is clean, fresh and new.  The breakfast is yummy and you even have access to a fitness center next door!

3) For Luxury – Nobis Hotel (Book Online Now)
*rates – $277 for a standard queen room

Nobis Hotel is an exceptional hotel and a great value for the money. Everything about this place is nice — the central location, tasty breakfast and charming internal patio. The rooms are very clean and beds are very comfortable.

Thanks for reading! Have you ever partied in Stockholm? Comment below!

Photo Credits:
Sturecompagniet – found via simplystockholm.org
Hells Kitchen – found via stureplan.se
Rose – found via finest.se
White Room – found via stureplan.se
Laroy – found via hg2.com

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  • Vaz - November 29, 2016 reply

    Hello Drew! First, thanks for this page, there are a lot of information, very helpful! I am from Portugal and i will visit stockholm with a friend (31 and 32 years old) between 15-18 december. We like to go to places where we can drink, dance and talk with girls. I have difficulties to choose the best zone where i will rent our apartment. We should like to stay near a zone of bars/clubs where we can go walking (easy to get girls home). Can you recommend me a good zone to stay? I read about ostermalm, gamla stan and sodermalm. In internet, there are a lot of diferent information and i want to choose the best place! Thanks!!

  • Brinley Shaw - October 25, 2016 reply

    Where do you recommend going for New Year’s Eve? 3 American girls, staying at Nobis.

    George - December 14, 2016 reply

    So I will be in Stockholm 15th to 20th December.any one want to enjoy the night life with me then get in touch 😊

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  • Mandy - September 17, 2016 reply

    Hi Drew, I am planning to 23rd Sept to 25th. I will be just by myself. do you think being a tourist I will stand any chance of getting into any of these clubs. As I read the review, even if you dress to impress bouncer choose only local to get in.

    David - October 3, 2016 reply

    Hey! I’ve been living in Stockholm for the last 4 years. I’m a little late in the year with this comment as this club is closed for winter but for anyone coming here during the Summer months the best club for me (by a mile!) is Trädgården. It’s an outdoor club under an overpass with incredible music and a very bohemian atmosphere. Entry price goes up in increments as the night goes on but the dress code is pretty relaxed. Every time a friend comes from Ireland to visit I take them there (season permitting of course!) and they’re always amazed.

  • Alex - September 13, 2016 reply

    I need to know which are the best nightclubs on tuesday/wednesday/thursday on stockholm this week. Thanks

  • Drew - August 29, 2016 reply

    Hey Drew, I am studying abroad here in Stockholm until mid November. I just wrapped up my first week here and had a lot of success during the week, but more difficulty on the weekends. I have a mixed group containing both guys and girls, all of us dress well, and are looking to make Swedish friends over the course of our stay in order to increase our chances of entry to the big clubs. What do you recommend in terms of winning bouncers over? Also, do you think showing up earlier to some of the larger clubs will increase our chances of being let in? Thank you, your page is very informative and I appreciate you relaying your advice.

    Loire - September 23, 2016 reply

    It looks like Belle already answered all but 1 of the questions you have lol, so I will try to answer that. Since you still have like 2 months left, I recommend you use Meetup dot com to search for people with similar interests in your area then attend the Meetup (events you selected). There are thousands of groups with many interests, hobbies, activities and all that so it is rare not to find something you like. If you are social, it is not too hard to start conversation in night clubs, bars or social environments like that. You have to put yourself out there because Swedes are generally more reserved especially in public and around unfamiliar faces but they are very social once you break the ice. You can also look in your school to see if they have clubs or activities where meeting local students is possible or ask a fellow classmate.

  • Belle - August 8, 2016 reply

    *UPDATE: White Room is no longer in business.

    My top tips (in addition to what has already been mentioned) for visitors trying to get into a Swedish club in Sweden especially Stockholm are:

    1. Don’t act like a tourist. Yes, your ID will give it away when it’s time to determine your “fate” (get in or turned away). However, you don’t want to let the world especially the bouncers know from a distance that there is a tourist on the loose. That usually leaves a bad taste in their mouth. That can also make you vulnerable to scams such as being overcharged. How do you act? Well, if you are not in a tourist trap, look around and observe the typical behavior of those standing in line especially those with stereotypical Scandinavian features. Locals get turned away often at some clubs, so it’s not always a racial/anti-foreigner when that happens. Some clubs truly want to build and (or) maintain their reputation as the happening places and in order to do that, they have to enforce a code of being very selective. It’s really a great business move after all is said and those: those who get in feel great and rave about it to everyone and also tend to spend spend spend while inside. Those who don’t get typically try and try and try till they get in or give up. Some clubs however are simply ridiculous and discriminate openly but mask it as being selective. Best advice, is to take it in stride and find elsewhere to spend your precious coins if you don’t get in.

    2. Arrive early. That way, you’ll have time to check out other places if one spot doesn’t work out. If you are a newbie or visitor, don’t show up at 2AM because you heard that’s when the party really kicks off. Show up an hour or slightly earlier than the noted time because you don’t want to scuffle in line with locals who know their way around… chances are if there is a local and a foreigner in , the local will likely get picked even if you dressed better than the local. Locals keep most of these places in business, so turning away a bunch of fun seeking tourists (who are in town for few days) in favor of locals who live there will not put them out of business.

    3. Dress to impress: A lot of clubs/bars have a laid back atmosphere so you can get away with very casual hangout clothing in many of them but research first and research well. That said, the really happening places will not even look in your direction if you show up looking okay, sort of okay, average or anything less than impressive. It doesn’t mean show up in Gucci, Prada and co, it simply means wear something stylish that looks great on you, act accordingly and chill out while waiting in line.

    4. It’s just a club! If you don’t get in, it’s not the end of the world. Besides, did you spend hundreds or thousands of *whatever currency you use* to leave your country just to come and party in that particular club? If yes, then oops. I have nothing to say to that lol. If no, then why the heck would you allow the experience of not getting into a club sour the rest of your night/vacation? Cheer up because there is A LOT OF FUN to be had in Stockholm both in and out of night clubs, so cheers to that!

  • Adi - August 6, 2016 reply

    Hey there fellow badger. Thanks for this post. I am staying in stockholm for a night and want to checkout a nightclub. Hopefully I can get in

  • The Partying Traveler - June 25, 2016 reply

    Wish me luck. Going out in Stockholm tonight. Luckily on a Euro-trip with 3 girls and just myself so hopefully we can get in!

  • Shannon - May 28, 2016 reply

    Stockholm nightlife blows. Been to 40 European countries and they are the most choosy here. Even if you are dressed up they choose only locals for clubs. Not a tourist area at all. We should have stayed on our ship all night instead of tried to enjoy the Stockholm nightlife. Definitely not as friendly here as any other country we have visited. Most choosy and stuck up! Lame night life for sure!

    Drew - June 14, 2016 reply

    Ok thanks

  • Andrew - May 18, 2016 reply

    Had a disappointing time trying to attend these clubs. I was dressed to impressed. I guess locals only. I the rest if the week here. I hope to try again with more friends

    Drew - May 20, 2016 reply

    Yes… some bouncers are very strict and only accept locals. It’s the same in other cities like Berlin. Hope you still had fun!

  • Josef - April 16, 2016 reply

    Hello. Thank you for the blog. Stockholm clubs are very choosy and you don’t know when you get rejected. And the guest list do nothing…

  • Ivan gaudron - April 15, 2016 reply

    Hi Drew
    Which are the most trendy and select club in Stockholm.
    Thanks
    Ivna

  • Andrew Mensah - April 13, 2016 reply

    I’m going Stockholm from Monday to Thursday. What is the clubbing/bar scene like during the week (May 23-26). Is there any places you can go wearing trainers (like converses), any hipster places.

    Drew - April 15, 2016 reply

    It’s obviously more crowded on weekends, but in the summer months, everyday is party time in Stockholm. You cannot get into any of the big clubs with converses — I am not sure about hipster places. Enjoy!

  • Shaina - March 17, 2016 reply

    Hi,
    My friend and I will be in Stockholm for a couple days this summer. The age limits are pretty high and we are 19, will we have a lot of trouble going out and finding places to go? We are two girls 🙂
    Thanks

    Drew - March 18, 2016 reply

    You are just fine — especially beacuse you are girls!! Enjoy 🙂

  • tracey - March 5, 2016 reply

    are there any late night restaurants and clubs in stockholm on a tuesday night? i have a long layover and want to get out and do something…

    Drew - March 11, 2016 reply

    Yeah there are! Depends when you visit (Summer or winter) — when are you going?

  • jack - February 19, 2016 reply

    Hey!nice blog!I’ll go with two friend in Stockholm next week from Friday to Monday.Whats the best club/bar to go where we can find some nice and open people?We don’t want to go in places where there are people older than us!we are all 21.Thank you!

  • Emily - February 16, 2016 reply

    Hey! Love the blog! Me and my bestfriend are going to stockholm in july! Tuesday morning-friday morning! Is there any bars and clubs open during the week? And how is dress code for girls and for us to get in? Thanks!

    Drew - February 17, 2016 reply

    Awesome! It’s winter now, so many of the bars and clubs will be closed.. but try them anyways!! Dress code is nice — like you’d wear to any fancy nightlclub. Enjoy!

    Jay Mills - April 17, 2016 reply

    ‘Local’ sidenote: Whilst it’s true certain bars/clubs are closed in winter, those are generally just the outdoor places i.e: nowhere that you mentioned.

    Also, since you (Emily) are visiting this July – then they will all be open and you’re visiting at absolutely the best time of year. In summer, almost everywhere is open everyday and again, since it’s summer, the dress code is a little more relaxed. Most of the places you mentioned, Drew, are in the sort of wanky part of town and sure they are fun, but that’s definitely not the ‘best’ place to go out. Emily – check out Södermalm; in particular a place called Södra Teatern (a theatre turned club) and also Trädgården (probably the #1 spot in summer to party late into the night), just ask anybody how to get there – or take the Subway to ‘Skanstull’ and you will find it.

    (Also check out ölbryggan – outdoor beer bar – at Spritmuseet [again, ask somebody], it’s about the most beautiful place to have a drink in the whole city in summer – waterside open air bar – amazing!).

  • Emily - February 16, 2016 reply

    Hey! Love the blog! Me and my bestfriend are going to stockholm tuesday-friday morning! Is there any bars and clubs open during the week? And how is dress code for girls and for us to get in? Thanks!

  • James Barnes - February 13, 2016 reply

    Hi dude amazing blog!! this has helped me just book a long weekend with my 2 best mates middle of march cannot wait! when you say dress to impress.. jeans and a shirt okay or we talking suit trousers blazer etc? thanks buddy! defo going spy bar ;D p.s how are the females? haha

    Drew - February 16, 2016 reply

    Thank you!!! The females are amazing 😉

  • Carl - January 29, 2016 reply

    Hi, me and a friend may be in Stockholm on a Monday night in February. Is there likely to be much happening? If clubs are closed will there be bars open with locals in?

    Drew - January 30, 2016 reply

    Hey Carl, because it’s Winter, it will be slow. In the summer months, there is a party on every night of the week. But it’s still worth a shot! Enjoy

  • Husain - January 12, 2016 reply

    Hello Drew! Me & my friend planned to visit Sweden (Stockholm) in Feb’16. Glad that I came across your blog. What club would you recommend to have fun & easy for one night stand?

    Drew - January 14, 2016 reply

    The three that I recommended in this blog post are best 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Eric - November 26, 2015 reply

    Hi Drew! I’m planning to go to Stockholm with two more friends to spend new year’s eve and maybe 2 or 3 more nights! Do you have any place to recommend us for spending new year’s eve? and also can you tell me about prices in general for clubbing and VIP bottel services?

    Thanks a lot!

    Eric

    Drew - November 28, 2015 reply

    Hey Eric! Any of the clubs will be insane over new years, it’s your pick! Prices for VIP and bottle services can be quite expensive.. upwards of $1K per table. If you have a big group of people, then it can be worth it.

    Have fun!

    Drew

  • johne - November 22, 2015 reply

    hey man, awesome blog.We’re Considering Stockholm in July. I have a buddy, an American athlete who will be going. He will definitely be doing VIP bottle service every night. With that being said will we good as far as getting into the best clubs?? And the dress code thing. I live in Miami, so no stranger to the trendy nightlife. But no jeans? sport coats and slacks type attire?? That’s kinda ummm behind the times..isn’t it? We wear cool jeans, not baggy in the least. U saying that’s an issue for clubs??

    Drew - November 23, 2015 reply

    Hey man! Thanks for reaching out. If you are getting VIP bottle service, then you don’t have to worry about anything. They will love you and let you in no problem. It was just for the randos (like myself) who were trying to get in general entrance.

    Cool jeans will be fine, and make sure your shoes are nice as well. Have fun!

    Drew

  • Reka - October 9, 2015 reply

    Hey, i will have my bithday in stockholm this weekend. Can you offer me a good party place?

    Drew - October 9, 2015 reply

    Awesome! ALl of the best places to party I wrote in this blog post! Check out Sturecompagniet AB! Happy Bday!

  • alistair - October 9, 2015 reply

    Any tips for traveling by yourself and going out ?

    Drew - October 9, 2015 reply

    I was with a few friends, but you shouldn’t have any trouble getting into places alone! Just make sure you’re dressed to impress 😉

  • Dan - September 19, 2015 reply

    Hi Drew,

    Do you have any recommendations regarding what’s the best time to get into a club in Stockholm? Do you think it’s better to be there early to have a chance to get in?

    Thanks for your support 🙂

    Dan

    Drew - September 19, 2015 reply

    Hey Dan! I wouldn’t show up before 12 midnight. The clubs go all night unti 6-7AM, and they peak hours are from 2-5 I would say. Enjoy!

  • anth - May 18, 2015 reply

    hi drew,

    Im going on a stag do next week and am a bit worried that I am going with 15 men, all black guys to.

    We will be dressed to impress but will we have issues getting in clubs, I have no problem pulling ladies but if all else fails are we stuffed and due for a boring night.??

    cheers mate

    Drew - May 19, 2015 reply

    Anth,

    I would definitely say not to show up with all 15 guys at the club at the same time.. I would break the groups up into 3 guys and show up at different times. That would be your best bet.

    Have fun!

    Drew

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  • Dave - March 10, 2015 reply

    Hey, I am going to Stockholm in April and I am looking for some nice Clubs . Luckily I found your blog and some of these Clubs you have listed now are on my to-do-list! 😉

    I look forward to hearing from you in regard to ask some questions.

    Yours faitfully,
    Dave

    Drew - March 13, 2015 reply

    hey Dave, I am glad that you found my post useful! Have fun raging in one of the best cities to party in the world !

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