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Spotify is all grand and mp3s on your iPhone are essential for a morning jog, it’s true. But nothing can beat being there and hearing it all live! And guess what? Stockholm is the place to get your live music fix – completely free of charge.

Debaser

We’ll start off with the tried-and-true. Any music fan in Stockholm knows Debaser. Both Debaser Medis at Medborgarplatsen and Debaser Strand at Hornstulls Strand offer some of the best and most interesting live acts in town. A large part of their gigs have free entrance if you come early (before 9 or 10 pm). This obviously doesn’t include international acts or the biggest Swedish names, but lots of great artists are on offer every week and you may discover a new gem! Check the latest listings here.

Lilla Hotellbaren – Scandic Malmen

The hotel bar at this Scandic Hotel situated on Medborgarplatsen offers live music, clubs and DJs several days a week, and the entrance is always free. But it’s a hot one, so expect a crowd! More information on what is on and when can be found here.

You may also like to keep an eye on what Scandic Grand Central has to offer, since they also have live music at their Grand Acoustic Bar as well as other clubs and showcases.

Pet Sounds Bar

The Pet Sounds record store on Södermalm’s Skånegatan has a reputation as one of the best record stores in the world, and their bar on the opposite side of the street offers live music, clubs, DJs and Open Mic nights in their murky cellar.

It’s an international hotspot and you’ll hear accents – and music – from across the globe.

The record store itself also sometimes hosts artist showcases, definitely not to be missed. Latest events can be found here.

Akkurat

Akkurat is a bar on Hornsgatan that offers free live music on Sunday evenings. The emphasis is on bands playing rhythm’n’blues, rockabilly, country, and similar genres with loads of raw live energy. Memorable personal highlights in the past have included Jasmine Kara and Cookies’n’Beans. Check out their listings here, or if you like your rock a bit harder and heavier, try Pub Anchor instead.

Obaren 

Obaren is like a secret little backroom of the Sturehof restaurant at Stureplan, with a totally different vibe and audience. This place offers intimate concerts and DJ sets and quite often also records company showcases. Even the likes of Chris Cornell, Juanes and Glasvegas have played on the tiny stage. So keep your eye out on their Facebook page so you don’t miss the next secret show!

Linda Sundblad by Nina Uddin

Linda Sundblad at Obaren.

100 Live

100 Songs is a record company with a fresh approach to music releases: they concentrate on releasing singles from mostly up’n’coming artists in digital format. They started out a year ago with Miriam Bryant, who went on to become one of the brightest breakthrough artists of 2013 in Sweden and is now gaining international fans.

To complement the 100 Songs releases, they also have monthly live artist showcases under the name of 100 Live. These are usually held at Södra Teatern’s Etablissemanget and truly give you the chance to see fresh new talent. Artists seen on stage have included Ace Wilder and Manda, who were both seen Melodifestivalen 2014. Follow 100 Songs on Facebook to get event information about 100 Live.

 WiMP Sessions – Story Hotel

WiMP is a music streaming service much like Spotify. They arrange their own live sessions with fresh new artists at Story Hotel’s bar. These sessions are also recorded and offered on their streaming service. The sessions usually offer one or two artists playing a few songs each. Highlights so far have included Miriam Bryant, Linda Sundblad and Nicole Sabouné. Events are listed here.

Musikplats Stockholm – P4 Stockholm

This is such a gem of a place that I feel slightly worried about giving this tip away, since it is always first come, first served for these gigs. This is simply public service radio at its best – P4 Stockholm broadcasts live concerts on Fridays at lunch time (12:30 to be more precise) and there is place for an audience of around 150 people in Studio 4 of the Radio House (where Jimi Hendrix and many other legends have played). The intimate concerts here only last half an hour, but the audience may be treated to an exclusive encore after the broadcast is over.

And as a rule the artists hang around afterwards for autographs or exchanging a few words with the fans. The artists featured have ranged from Laleh and First Aid Kit to Jill Johnson and Darin.

The bigger the name the earlier you need to come, as the lines start forming one or even two hours before with the most popular artists. Check the concert calendar often, since the bookings are often made relatively late to keep the  musical offerings up to date.

Images: Nina Uddin

St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday, but the festivities begin on Saturday and last all month! Start by parading in style, hear some poetry, do an Irish jig…What’s the craic? You choose!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The annual Stockholm St. Patrick’s Day parade begins this year, like every year, at the Royal Library in Humlegården at 12:00. It’s rated E for everyone – that is, don’t expect just to watch a bunch of floats and dancers go by. Walk in the parade yourself! The parade ends in Gamla Stan with loads of Irish entertainment – dance, music, face painting, and more. And don’t forget to dress up for the parade – best-dressed get prizes. One year it was a flight to Ireland!

When: Saturday, March 15th, 12:00
Where: Kungliga Biblioteket, Humlegården
Cost: Free

Irish America: Past and Present Perspectives

Note that this one is in Uppsala, so it is a bit of a commute. Still, this conference about the impact of the Irish on the US promises to be intellectually stimulating and fun! The conference is followed by an evening of Irish poetry.

When: ThursdayMarch 20th, 10:15 to 18:00 
Where: The Betty Pettersson Hall in Blåsenhus at Uppsala University
Cost: Free, but register your interest by Tuesday, March 18th, by emailing niamh.nishiadhail@engelska.uu.se

Honoring Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was an Irish poet and a Nobel laureate. The Irish Embassy and the Nobel Museum are getting together to celebrate his life and work on March 21, with guest speakers including his friend Paul Muldoon.

When: Friday, March 21, 17:30
Where: Nobelmuseet
Cost: Free

The Cripple of Inishmaan

Did you know Stockholm has an Irish theatre group? It does. And it’s called Spuds and Sill. And as if the name itself wasn’t brilliant enough, they have a fantastic production of an Irish play on March 21 and 22.  The Cripple of Inishmaan is a black comedy by Martin McDonagh, best known as the writer and director of international box office hits In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths .

When: Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 19:00, also Saturday matinee 14:00
Where: Bristol Theatre in Sundbyberg
Cost: 150 SEK. Members of the Swedish Irish Society get a discount. Get tickets here.

 

Vernissage: Exhibition of Migration

Irish artist Alannah Robins does her work here in Stockholm, and the Embassy of Ireland will be hosted an exhibit with her art on March 22.

When: Saturday, March 22, opens at 12:00
Where: Detroit Collective Gallery, Roslagsgatan 21
Cost: Free

Tommy Tiernan at RAW Comedy Club

Last but certainly not least, famous Irish stand-up comedian Tommy Tiernan is coming to Stockholm! Tiernan will be entertaining at the RAW Comedy club March 28th.

When: Friday, March 28th, 20:00
Where: Hilton Hotel, Slussen, Guldgränd 8
Cost: 345 SEK for the show, 705 SEK for dinner and a show, book here

 

And if organized events aren’t your Irish coffee, why not just head on down to an international pub? Stockholm is an unexpected pot of gold when it comes to Irish pubs. Galway’s and The Liffey are two which are guaranteed to have a blast, with entertainment and drinks all around. Galway’s even has green beer. See the rest of the list here!

Featured Image: Garry Knight/Flickr (file)

With less than a week left until St Patrick’s Day, we thought it might be a good idea to post up a listing of Irish pubs in Stockholm, so that you can plan your authentic style celebrations. Sláinte!

Don’t forget to check out our list of events going on around the city too!

Gamla Stan

The Liffey

A warm, friendly welcome and first-rate service is the hallmark of The Liffey – the best Irish watering hole in Stockholm. Whether you are alone or with a group of friends, we provide the kind of charm and atmosphere we think will keep you returning again and again.

We pride ourselves on our nightly live music sessions, where the best musicians in the city gather to play a wide range of music: Reggae, Blues, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and of course great traditional Irish music. Each night there are different artists and seven nights a week it’s always live and always happening at The Liffey.

Address: Stora Nygatan 40, 111 27 Stockholm

Tel No:  08 21 80 25

Gamla Stan

O’Connell’s

“There are no strangers here – only friends who have not yet met!”

O’Connell’s Irish Bar has a great selection of beer and whiskey along with a fantastic menu serving wholesome and delicious meals. Our sport-mad, international staff will do their absolute best to accommodate all sport fans in their quest for live sport, friendly debate or even, God forbid, a good ‘ol argument! All sport is shown on widescreen, be it Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Hurling, Gaelic football, Aussie rules, Formula 1, Ice Hockey, Tennis, Golf …

With live music, Irish sessions, 112 sports channels and Dart downstairs, we’re sure that you’ll not only feel welcome and well accommodated at O’Connell’s Irish Pub, but that you’ll have great craic too!

Address: Stora Nygatan 21, 111 27 Stockholm

Tel No:  08 22 30 70

 

Gamla Stan

Wirströms Irish Pub

Originally ‘Wirströms Konditori’’ a café and bakery, our premises have been at the heart of Gamla Stan’s hospitality culture for over 200 years! In 1998, Wirströms changed coffee and cakes for beer, whiskey and hearty pub style meals.

We have live music six nights per week! This starts at 9pm and runs through till midnight. All of our music is free to our patrons. Please check this week’s line-up on the board above the bar or ask the staff for more details. If you are a musician yourself then come along on a Monday for ‘open song night’ or Tuesday for the ‘blues jam’. We show all major sports events on our six different screens, including football, rugby, cricket, GAA, and much more. If you are interested in viewing a particular match please ask the staff and we will do our best to show it. Every second Thursday there is the cult Wirströms quiz, hosted by Scotty & Julian it is Music & Film themed. For whiskey lovers we offer private tastings (to a minimum size of 8 with prior notice)

Address: Stora Nygatan 13, 111 27 Stockholm

Tel No: 08 21 80 25

Hötorget

Dubliner

A genuine Irish pub and restaurant with friendly Irish staff and live music most nights. We also show all major sporting events on large screen TVs. Known throughout the city for its free-flowing spirits, not to mention its free-flowing Irish spirit, The Dubliner offers delicious pub fare, live entertainment and a vast selection of beers, ales and whiskeys.

Address: Holländargatan 1, 111 36 Stockholm

Tel No: 08 679 77 07

Hötorget

 

 

Galway’s Irish Pub

An authentic Irish pub with good food, a nightclub and dance till late nights. As our bar staff largely are comprised of genuine Irishmen, you get the feeling of being in Ireland but in the middle of Stockholm City. The bar is also one of Stockholm’s longest Irish bars! We also have a nightclub which is open between 00-03. The age limit is 22 years for both genders. The dance floor is set back from the bar so it’s no problem to stand and hang at the bar and bring a sensible conversation, even if the music pours out over the dance floor.

Address: Kungsgatan 24, 111 35 Stockholm

Tel No: 08 24 75 42

Medborgarplatsen

Shamrock Bar

Enjoy dinner in an Irish environment, with plenty of space in the dining room and at the bar, not forgetting our whiskey room where a group of 10-15 people can hang out after dinner or gather for a whiskey tasting.

Address: Folkungagatan 102, 116 30 Stockholm

Tel No: 08-644 46 45

Rådmansgatan

Limerick

‘The first Irish genuine Irish pub in Stockholm’, established in 1991. The restaurant has a classic interior and a relaxed ambience, where you can sit back and enjoy a beer with friends.

Address: Tegnérgatan 10, 113 58 Stockholm

Tel No: 08 673 43 98

Zinkensdamm

Southside

Welcome to the Southside Irish restaurant and entertainment pub. The Southside Pub opened in 2003 and has firmly established itself as one of the best and most popular Irish pubs in Stockholm.

Young or old, resident or tourist, male or female, single or group, the Southside has that special gift of making everyone feel at home the minute you walk through that door . The vast selection of beers accompany the hearty, delicious pub meals. No evening in the Southside is a dull one whether it be live sports, the city’s most popular quiz night or live music in ’ The Southside Cavern’, where both big names and up and coming bands perform. The locals call it, ”Stockholm’s best and friendliest Irish pub”; we call it ”Southside”.

Address: Hornsgatan 104, 117 26 Stockholm

Tel No: 08 669 50 52

 

Haven’t listed your favourite Irish Pub? Leave a comment below and we can make sure to add it in.

Featured image: Aaron Stidwell/Flickr (file)

Where should you go to listen to some new tunes, while sipping a good öl? Where are the places with THE right music and THE right atmosphere? We know –  and we aren’t afraid to share with you!

The highest concentration of independent venues is on Södermalm, the rockers-island par excellence. It is arty, it is trendy and it is the home of the top 4 venues you may want to check out regularly,  at least if you’re in the mood for a hot gig and the chance to see an up and coming band!

 

DEBASER

It is the  most famous indie club in Stockholm and probably the first name you’ll hear about when looking for live shows. Named after the Pixies’ song, it was established in 2002 in the former flagship venue at Slussen (alas closed in late September 2013) and followed by the opening of two other locations, Debaser Medis, in Medborgarplatsen, which is the site for major events, and Debaser Strand, the newest club in Hornstull and located by the water, making it one of the top places for summer events.

Debaser puts on interesting live shows by both Swedish and international acts. More info can be found @ Debaser website

 

SÖDRA TEATERN

Among the best venues for live music, there’s Södra Teatern, the oldest open theater in Stockholm, and built in 1859. It is located on top of a hill that gives a breath-taking view of Gamla Stan. For long time it has been a cabaret venue, but since 1997 it hosts cultural events, from concerts to philosophical debates and seminars.

With seven stages, its program mainly focuses on international acts, with everything from rock, to folk and jazz bands, but  both emerging and well-known Swedish artists are sitll given the chance to play there. More info @ Södra Teatern website

 

LILLA HOTELL BAREN

For the true indie-rock lovers, this quite intimate venue is a little treasure. Located right off  Medborgarplatsen station, Lilla Hotell Baren is a very cozy venue for intimate concerts of newly discovered talents. It is the bar of the Scandic Hotel and mostly showcases independent and emerging Swedish acts. More info @ Lilla Hotell Baren website

 

FYLKINGEN

If  you are looking for a more experimental sound and unconventional events, you have come to the right place. Fylkingen, established in 1930, is an artist-based organization, located in the Münchenbryggeriet, a vast building which once was a brewery. Its program focuses on experimental works, both connected to the music and the performative arts worlds. Home of the EMS – the Swedish National Electronic Music Foundation – it also owns its own music label and magazine . More info @Fylkingen website

 

Go forth and enjoy!

 

Arianna Bongioanni

 

Photo: Anna Huerta/Södra Teatern

Sometimes your love life doesn’t match up with the calendar and when the big Day of Romance rolls around you might be nursing a broken heart. Not to worry, though. There’s plenty of fun to be had while those coupled up love-sick saps gaze into each other’s eyes. That’s right – it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and dance away the lovesick blues!

 

Golden Hits

Everything was better during the disco days, right? Indulge in a flashback and go wild at Golden Hits, where you with be THE Dancing Queen. Really. Four bars, three dance floors, karaoke, and all your favourite songs from the 70s and 80s. Who needs romance when you can dance? Plus, although it’s located just a brisk walk from Stureplan, it’s laid back and social – not pretentious. Just fun.

Where: Kungsgatan 29, Stockholm
When: Open until 3 a.m.
Damage: Entrance costs 150 SEK Fridays and Saturdays

Contact: 08-50 55 60 00
Email: golden.stockholm@wallmans.com
Age: 25+

 

Le Bon Palais/Candy

Popular club Le Bon Palais is always a great place to dance. It always seems to have a fun crowd ready to throw themselves into the 90s vibe – but on Fridays the place is transformed to the ever colorful gay-bar, Candy. So if you’re a single guy, this is where to get it on. If you’re a heartbroken gal sworn off straight men forever (or at least for the night), then party it up with your more loyal guy friends – the ones who truly understand you, and who will dance like crazy without things getting complicated.

Where: Barnhusgatan 12, Stockholm
When: Fri & Sat 22.00 – +3.00
Damage: Varies

Contact: 08 10 09 32
Email: bord@lebonpalais.se
Age: 23+

 

Tango Amor

Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you can’t have a little steam, a little spark, a little tension, y’know? Fridays are drop-in and social days at Tango Amore. This is for those of you who want to dance away your heartbreak in a more structured way – held tight in the arms of another, slinking across the dancefloor in a passionate embrace with a stranger. Plus, did you know YLC readers get 10% off?

Where: Hornsgatan 75, Stockholm
When: Friday drop in classes from 19:30 to 21:00, then social dance away until 1:00

Contact: 076 12 31 742
Damage: Varies – single time costs 150 SEK, 100 for students. Clip card with six clips costs 750 SEK (500 for students)
Age: All welcome

 

Rocks

Nothing like a little hard metal to bash away that sorrow? Want to headbang so hard you can’t recall he who never called? Rocks is the Stockholm metal club, for when house can’t heal your heartbreak. They frequently have live-bands, too. Mosh pit anyone?

Where: Mariatorget 1A, Stockholm
When: Fridays, 20.00 – 03.00

Contact: 08 644 54 18
Damage: 100 SEK
Age: 18+


Under Bron

Don’t go crawl under a rock – a bridge will do. Under Bron, the club under the bridge at Hornstull, is a hipster heaven where you can dance until 5 in the morning. Get on your coolest gear, grab your coolest friends and go be your coolest self! On Valentine’s Day a nice mix of DJ’s will be playing, including Mr. Tophat and Art Alfie, Slow Blow, and Andreas Bertman.

Where: Hammarby Slussvägen 2, Stockholm
When: Varies; Usually gets going about 23.00 and runs to 05.00

Contact: 08 644 20 23
Damage: 100+

Age:  21+

 

Featured Image: Dennis Skley

Romantic dinner, jewellery, roses…Valentine’s Day can be a great way to break the bank, we know. But it doesn’t have to be. We’ve got a treasure trove of free ways to celebrate!

Valentine’s Lunch Beat

YLC tried out the Lunch Beat last year and you can read about our experience here. But now it’s time for the special V-day edition – a unique collaboration between Lunch Beat, Silent Disco, and Stockholm Central Station. Using dark fabric Lunch Beat will build a secluded “dance box” in Central Station, which will be lit with disco lights. If that doesn’t sound crazy enough, add wireless headphones and DJ broadcasts – meaning only participants can hear the beat. The rest of Stockholm won’t have a clue what’s going on.  Not only is the event free, but if you’re one of the first 100 to show up then you also get free lunch from a loval vendor. Definitely our favourite event for Valentine’s, and singles are of course welcome!

When: Friday, February 14th, 12:00 – 13:00
Where: Stockholm Central Station

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Moderna Museet

The prestigious Moderna Museet has free entrance for all on Valentine’s Day, with free guided tours and workshops as well! Gabriel Orozco’s exhibit “Natural Motion” also opens on Friday, and the artist himself will be there speaking to the curator about the exhibit. There’s a workshop about love letters, and a “singles tour” of the exhibit Dance Machines. And from 17:00 on the bar will be open!

When: Friday, February 14th, first event starts 13:00, see schedule here
Where: Moderna Museet

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Donate Blood

Every year the Ericsson Globe lights up red on Valentine’s Day. But it’s not a symbol of romantic love between partners. It’s a symbol of pure selfish love – giving blood. It’s a symbol of thanks to all the heroes who donate blood to those in need. So why not celebrate Valentine’s the truly selfless way? The Blood Bus, a portable donation center, will be at the Ericsson Globe on Friday for all those who wish to participate. Do it alone, with a friend, or a partner!

When: Friday, February 14th, from 10:00 to 14:00 the bus will be there
Where: Ericsson Globe

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Valentine’s Party at Södra Sällskapet

Party it up with friends the tried-and-true way: with cocktails and dancing until dawn. (Or at least until the bar closes.) You do haev to pay for cocktails of course, but entrance is free to this passionate dance party. The drinks and menu are all made up special for Valentine’s Day, and love promises to be in the air!

When: Friday, February 14th, 21:00 – 01:00
Where: Södra Sällskapet, Åsögatan 111, Södermalm 

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Talk about Art and Politics

Don’t want to succumb to the commercialism of romantic Valentine’s Day? Prefer something more substantial? This one’s for you. Politicians and artists alike will be at Kulturhuset talking about the cultural and artistic challenges political parties are facing, and how a cultural society can be an alternative to a consumer society and all of its environmental problems. Speakers include Gustav Fridolin, Cecilia Magnusson, Jonas Sjöstedt, Ulf Nilsson, and more.

When: Friday, February 14th, 13:00
Where: Studio 3, Third floor of Kulturhuset, Sergels torg, Stockholm

Featured Image: Austin white/Flickr

Decadent, delicious, and all-around delightful…YLC discovered the best place for a high-class but relaxing brunch, tucked away at Melt, in central Stockholm.

MeltNew York Style Brunch – Anti-Prohibition style at Melt.

There aren’t a lot of themed restaurants in Stockholm. Nor are there too many places you can go for Saturday brunch and not have to shout over your fellow diners.

That’s where Melt comes in. If you haven’t been there, chances are you’ve walked by it. Nestled into a side street right by Slussen, at first Melt is remarkably unremarkable. But YLC decided to take a peek and found out it’s anything but.

We popped in for the “New York Brunch” on Saturday about noon. The restaurant is remarkably small, no more than two full-strides front to back and about five side to side. But it packs a punch.

The walls and furniture are all black, and the decor is sumptuous, elegant, and yet effortless. Melt is built on the resurrection of love for the 1920s, and it shows. Anti-prohibition posters and newspaper clippings adorn the walls. Sofia, hostess, waitress, co-founder and owner all in one, wanders between bar and tables in a black flapper dress, complete with faux bob, headband, and heels. Frank Sinatra hums in the background, and although the place is full, it’s still rather calm.

The foggy windows and heavy drapes shut out the cold streets of modern Stockholm and transport us…where else? 1920s New York.

Of course, this is the 20s, so it’s about excess. Classy excess. If you’re going to have brunch, you’re going to do it right. For 220 SEK guests can choose American pancakes, crispy waffles, a bacon omelett, or poached egg salad – but it doesn’t stop there. Each of the options comes with a veritable buffet: a couple of biscuits with sliced cheese and sweet fig jelly, ecological yogurt with homemade granola, freshly-pressed orange juice, a berry smoothie, and a chocolate truffle. Yes, everything in the picture. And tea or coffee, naturally.

Already in an Empire State of Mind, we take the most American route and order pancakes with maple syrup. But there’s a lot to do before we make it to the main dish. The crunchy, grainy dark biscuit is surprisingly flavourful, especially with a dollop of fig jam spread thinly on top. Two tiny baguette slices are topped in melted cheese, honey, and dried cranberries, and while they’re already a bit chewy, the flavours are intact – and awe-inspiring.

The tea arrives in mismatching porcelain teacups still bearing pricetags from the second-hand shop down the street. Accident or not, it’s a charming carefree touch. Daisy Buchanan would be pleased as punch.

The pancakes are indeed American – thick, fluffy and small, tasting mildly of buttermilk, nothing like their thin, spongy Swedish cousins. And in true decadent style the pancakes come with an abundance of butter and maple syrup…more than even an American could use up. Between swigs of tea and fresh orange juice we sip on smoothies…and then turn our eyes to the yogurt parfait.

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How is it possible for anyone to eat so much? But Sinatra continues to serenade, the fog spreads across the windows, and all stress has disappeared from the world for one slow Saturday morning. So picking up a spoon, we lazily delve into fresh berries, crunchy granola, and cool yogurt, presented in a crystal goblet on the table.

You could say Melt was built on an American dream. It’s modeled on an American idea, but it does it much better than an American could. It’s casual luxury at its best.

Melt is not a place to go in a hurry. Melt is a place to lounge away a Saturday morning, whiling away two hours over chitchat, the Ratpack, and dainty, delicious bites. So grab your cloche, your brogues, your long white gloves or bowtie or nearest buddy – and enjoy New York, Stockholm Style.

 

Solveig Rundquist

Solveig is a recently-graduated American cactus who plucked up her ancient Scandinavian roots and transplanted them back to snowy Stockholm soil. When not writing for YLC she can be found cantering about town in search of culture, chai and cheer.

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Whether you’re looking for love, fun or just want to mingle with your LGBT friends, here are the top five spots in Stockholm!

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Stockholm has a thriving LGBT scene but the most fabulous thing about the city’s scene is that everyone, no matter your sexual orientation, is welcome.  Judi Lembke takes a look at the best places to fly the rainbow flag, whether it’s for a great dinner or a night of dancing your feet off. 

 

1. Torget

This Old Town club opened in 2000 and quickly became a fixture on the gay scene. Offering a decent menu that includes starters, great mains, limited bar snacks and some interesting desserts, Torget also has a DJ on duty Friday and Saturday until 1AM.  DJ Leo B is a fixture every Friday and you’ll also find live music on a regular basis.

Where: Mälartorget 13, Gamla Stan

 

2. Sidetrack

Located on Stockholm’s Southside, Sidetrack not only offers a strong menu at reasonable prices it’s also been one of the city’s top gay hotspots for more than 15 years.  Besides the food there’s a variety of entertainment throughout the week, including quiz night, music, and specialty evenings – including the always popular Ginger Pride.  This is one hangout where there’s always something going on and where you’re sure to find a good time.

Where: Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 7, Södermalm

 

3. Paradise Garage          

Another entry from Södermalm, Paradise is more club than pub – in fact it’s considered Stockholm’s biggest gay club and is part of a multi-city party, where Paradise takes over Kollingsborg on Friday nights for a multi-floor experience. The most glamorous place to get your drink is at the Red Bar just above the main floor and you’ll find different styles of music wherever you wander.  Definitely the premier party place for the LGBT crowd on Friday nights in Stockholm.

Where: Södermalmstorg/Katarinavägen

 

4. Zipper

This award-winning club took a hiatus but is back: bigger, better and with more wild fun than ever. The club, open on Friday and Saturday nights, throws open its doors at 11pm and then the party goes on until the wee hours (4AM to be exact).  This is not the place for the gawker crowd; this is where you go to fly your rainbow flag any way you want to.

Where: St Eriksgatan 51

 

5. Patricia

Who would have thought one of the oldest gay clubs in the world would pop up on a boat on Södermalm on a Sunday night?  Well, believe it because Patricia’s is a Stockholm institution: you’ll find multiple bars, dance floors, a restaurant and even a casino on this multi-level vessel. Sweden’s legendary Babson is a regular host and you’ll find theme nights scattered throughout the calendar.

Where: Stadsgårdskajen 152

 

Note that most clubs charge an entrance fee, between 100 and 200 SEK.  Check ahead for prices and times, which are subject to change.

 

Have something to add? Did we miss your favourite? Tell us about it in the comments below or discuss the forums.

 

 Judi Lembke

Judi Lembke is an experienced editor and writer who, when not shackled to her computer, enjoys reading, cooking and sometimes watching embarrassingly bad reality TV.   Judi also works with communications and thinks coming up with clever ideas is about as much fun as one can have without taking off one’s clothes.

 

 

 

If music is your thing the first month of the new year is packed with surprises right from the get-go, with both emerging acts and renowned international bands filling the calendar. 

Kraftwerk @ Pukkelpop 2009 - by  Kristof Acke
Kraftwerk @ Pukkelpop 2009 – by Kristof Acke

January Highlight: KRAFTWERK

21/22/23 January @ Cirkus

A unique occasion to see the pioneering German electro-pop band live. Kraftwerk will perform four 3d-shows over three days, where you will be immersed in a deep flux of electronic minimal music.
Kraftwerk’s musical journey began forty years ago, with their strictly-electronic sound being an inspiration for generations of musicians and a strong influencer on musical genres.  Emerging from the electronic German scene of the late ’60s, their distinctive sound takes inspiration from the world they live in, and their minimal aesthetic recalls the Europe of the post-war era, celebrating technology and innovation.
In conjunction with the concerts Moderna Museet will hold an exhibition, Dancemachines – From Léger to Kraftwerk, in which will be exhibited Kraftwerk’s 3 -D video installation “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8“.
For more information and tickets:

Kratfwerk live @ Cirkus

From Léger to Kraftwerk @ Moderna Museet

Friday, 3 January

Honey Milk @ Dabaser Medis - Free entry before 9pm, after kr.120 – The Swedish rock band will present their latest full length album, released in November 2013.

Julia Vero + Anaye + MISSA @ Debaser Strand -Free entry before 9pm, after 9 pm – kr.120. An all-women night at Debaser Strand with Stockholm-based duo Anaye, who will share the stage with Julia Vero and Missa.

Saturday, 4 January

Azure Blue + Iberia @ Debaser Strand -Free entry before 9pm, after kr.120 – Solo project by

Tobias Isaksson, previously involved with the folk pop project Laurel Music and Irene.  The night will be opened by Iberia’s dreamy electro pop.

The Unkool Hillbillies @ Stampen - Free entry -  Get ready to dance with the rockabilly band from Uppsala.

Tuesday, 7 January

Lars Ekman Quintet @ Glenn Millers Cafe - Free entry.

Wednesday, 8 January 

Ásgeir @ Lilla Baren - Free entry – Electronic indie folk from Iceland. Singer/songwriter Ásgeir will perform in this small but very unique venue in the heart of Östermalm.

Ditt Inre @ Lilla Hotel Baren – Free entry – Electro pop duo from Stockholm. The night is organised by Fritz’s Corner.

Thurday, 9 January

RaajMahal @ Lilla Hotel Baren - Experimental electronic band. The night is organized by Bored to Death.

Friday, 10 January

De Utbytbara @ KGB – kr. 40 – Swedish alternative country band.

Saturday, 11 January 

Kite + Supra @ Debaser Medis - Free entry before 9pm, after kr.120 – New project by Christian Berg (Strip Music) and Nicklas Stenemo (The Mo och Melody Club), Kite is considered one of the best Swedish electronic act. The concert will be open by Supra (for more info click here).

Sunday, 12 January

Fire Orchestra @ Fasching - from  kr. 80 to kr. 190 – An incredible concert by a unique ensemble of 28 musicians – they stretch their musical reach into several genres, from jazz, rock, soul to contemporary classical music. Recommended.

Emil and The Ecstatics Akkurat – Free entry – Soul ‘n blues concert with a top act.

Wednesday, 15 January

Håkan Broström, Ludvig Berghe, Kristian Lind, Henrik Ousbäck @ Glenn Miller Cafe – Free entry – Jazz night.

Thursday, 16 January 

Le Chat Mort @ Strand/Bar Brooklyn - Free entry- Release party for the Swedish country act’s second full-length effort.

Friday, 17 January

Caotico +  FLLR @ Debaser Medis (Stora Scenen) - Free entry before 9pm, after 9pm kr.120 – A night organized by indie label Nomethod, featuring live music from Swedish bands Caotico and FLLR (First Love Last Rites).

Frida Andersson @ Debaser Medis (Ballroom -3rd Floor) - Free entry – Release party for the new album from Swedish singer/songwriter Frida Andersson.

Saturday, 18 January

Kylesa + Sierra + Jagged Vision @ Debaser Strand - Free entry before 9pm, after 9pm kr.120 – A full power night at Debaser, with metal/sludge bands Kylesa (USA), Sierra (Canada) and  Jagged Vision (Norway).

Side Effects + Locals @ Debaser Medis - Free entry before 9pm, after 9pm kr.120 – Debaser go totally Swedish with indie pop-rock bands Side Effects and Locals.

Sunday, 19 January

Lanterns on the Lake @ Debaser Strand - kr.120 – The critically acclaimed Lanterns on the Lake are a unique band able to merge all-in-one dreamy post rock melodies with pop folk hues. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, 22 January

Alice Boman @ Lilla Hotell Baren - Free entry – A dreamy and ethereal sound from Swedish singer/songwriter Alice Boman. Join her at Lilla Hotell Baren for an intimate live show.

Poliça @ Debaser Strand - Tickets kr. 140 – A music collective that began as a collaboration between producer Ryan Olson (Gayings) and vocalist Channy Leaneagh. The sound is a fusion of smooth electronic shadings, reminiscent of Lambs and the trip hop wave of the mid 90s, with R&B and synthpop atmospheres. The result is a unique experimental outcome characterised by vocal effects and distorted melodies.

Xenia Kriisin @ Debaser Medis- Tickets kr.145 – Gothenburg-based singer&songwriter, Kriisin is one of Sweden’s most critically acclaimed emerging artists. Her debut album, Hymn, was released in September 2013.

Coultrain @ Fasching - Tickets from kr. 100. – An eclectic artist and musician who extends his creativity in several directions, from jazz to ambient soul to R&B.

Friday, 24 January

Neils Children + Katacomb @ Debaser Strand - Free entry before 9pm, after 9pm kr.120 – After a hiatus from the stage, Britian’s Niels Children come back performing their latest album, Dimly Lit. The night will be open by Gothenburg-based indie band Katacomb.

PH3 @ Fasching - Tickets kr 195 – Two of Sweden’s most renowned rappers, PH3 are considered pioneers of the Scandinavian hip hop scene.

Saturday, 25 January

Kvelertak @ Debaser Medis - kr. 250 – Eclectic Norwegian metal band, characterised by mashing black metal with punk rock sounds. Surprisingly enjoyable.

Wednesday, 29 January

Son Lux @ Debaser Strand - kr. 100 – Polyinstrumentist and multi-faceted musician and artist, Son Lux composes beautiful and complex tunes that are loaded with dramatic atmospheres and ethereal electronic sounds. Recommended.

Thursday, 30 January

Alcest + Hexvessel @ Debaser Medis - kr. 150 – Acclaimed French metal band that has basked in superlative reviews from the critics. The evening will be opened by Finland’s  Hexvessel.

Zhenya Strigalev’ Smiling Organizm @ Fasching – Tickets from kr. 100 to kr. 220 – A unique occasion to see this top jazz musician performing music  composed by Zhenya Stringalev.

Friday, 31 January

Elliphant @ Debaser Strand - Free entry before 9pm, after 9pm kr.120 – Swedish artist Ellinor Olovsdotter, aka Elliphant, creates a distinct personal sound that moves from dubstep to dance beats. If you are a dance-floor lover don’t miss Elliphant at Debaser!

The Virgins +Saigon @ Debaser Medis - SOLD OUT - New York based band, The Virgins  mix indie rock with a sound reminiscent of the new wave of the late 70s. Hopefully you’ve been quick enough to get a ticket in time! The night will be open by New York-based Saigon.

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Fancy bowling among sharks and squids, enjoy eating out or dance the night away under the same roof? Well, now you can! Stockholm’s newest entertainment centre Tolv (Twelve in Swedish), opens its doors on October 26th.

Lobby-tolv

Tolv is like a massive American shopping mall, inspired by similar centers in Los Angeles and London – but there’s no shopping. And whereas a typical shopping mall may be some place you dash through in a dizzy time crunch, or bustle hurriedly from boutique to boutique, Tolv’s goal is to be a place you go for an experience, and to make the most of your time.

“With Tolv, we have created a brand which is both a destination and a frame of mind,” the centre’s website reads, “unchained from the irregular rhythms of the sports and music event calendar.”

The grounds of Tolv cover 12,000 square metres, and it will be open at least 12 hours a day all 12 months of the year. Tolv also has a “microhotel” with 12 tiny rooms, a karaoke bar, night club with a Vegas vibe, bowling alley, mini-golf, and an absolutely massive O’Leary’s sports bar with its own mini sports theater. When it comes to lunching and munching they’ve also got something for everyone – frozen yogurt, a hot dog factory, salad bar, bakery, and an Italian restaurant with pistachio-hued sofas made from the same leather used in Ferraris.

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“We don’t want to have a niche,” Julia Frändfors, in charge of the Solidaritet night club at Tolv, told YLC, and the statement seems to apply to the entire centre. Frändfors is a veteran of the Stockholm club scene, and has previously worked at Spy Bar and other swank Stureplan clubs. Solidaritet is already a hit club in Stockholm, but Frändfors said Solidaritet Arena is going to be something unique.

“We’re going to attract a different group. We want to create a natural place for all types of music and dance. Solidaritet on Stureplan has a specific group, and they don’t play hip hop. Here there will be a lot hip hop and other styles.”

The Solidaritet night club at Tolv will have three dance floors featuring different styles of music, along with six bars. The club opens on Saturday along with the rest of Tolv, but Frändfors said the first big event will be a Halloween party the following Friday.

Tolv is located in the southern part of Stockholm, frequently called Söder City, right by and partially underneath the Tele2 Sports Arena. It’s located a short commute outside of the downtown “inner city” area, but Tolv hopes to shift the focus south.

“You don’t need to have that inner-city perspective, that people need to come ‘way out here’,” development manager Stefan Prucha said.

“This is part of the inner city. We hope that it will become a destination for Stockholmers and for others even when there’s no event going on. Like on a rainy day in October. That people will say, ‘Let’s go to Tolv.’”

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The YLC’s top 12 what not to miss when Tolv opens on Saturday:

 

12. Create your own hot dog at the Printz sausage deli and factory.

11. Feel better about that hot dog you just ate by topping it off with ecological, fat-free frozen yogurt.

10. Get a taste of Eastern Europe meets Brooklyn at Davaj Delikatessen.

9. Get your Swedish sing-along on in the &E Secret Karaoke bar…once you find it.

8. Be one of the first to stay a night in the arena itself, in a “sleep box” in the “microhotel”.

7. Learn your way around Stockholm through a round of picturesque mini-golf

6.  Lounge on real Italian leather in Enzo’s football bar. And gaze longingly at the neon orange Vespa in the corner.

5. Forget about bar stools and watch the next sports event in comfort at the O’Leary’s theater.

4. Dance in three different clubs in one at Solidaritet.

3. Meet-and-greet the stars of Swedish Idol, who will be there for a press event and to take photos with guests.

2. Take a picture-postcard of yourself and send it to the folks at home in one of 12 interactive multimedia “capsules”.

1. Go bowling under the sea with sharks and 3D-effects.

 

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Solveig Rundquist

Solveig is a recently-graduated American cactus who plucked up her ancient Scandinavian roots and transplanted them back to snowy Stockholm soil. When not writing for YLC she can be found cantering about town in search of culture, cheer and a career.

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