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Recommended bars in Stockholm

The following cocktail bars predominantly all lie within the city centre with many in walking distance of each other.

Lucy's Flower Shop
Birger Jarlsgatan 20, Östermalm, 114 34, Stockholm
With the financial support of one of Sweden's largest bar and restaurant groups, Ola Carlson and Alex Skärlén have unashamedly set out to create the country's best bar. And with this compact well-hidden basement "cocktail bunker" they may well have succeeded.
Difford's Guide rating: 5+/5

Stortorget 7, 111 29, Stockholm
Busy and atmospheric best describes this cosy, low-ceilinged cocktail lounge spread across a couple of rooms amidst the old town. The appealing atmosphere is matched by the quality of the drinks.
Difford's Guide rating: 5/5

A Bar Called Gemma
Count Turegatan 30, Östermalm, 114 38,

A small, unpretentious cocktail bar owned, run and personally built by regarded bartender Johan Evers.
Difford's Guide rating: 5/5

Hornsbruksgatan 24, 117 34, Stockholm
Three bars in one, Tjoget (The score) is a big place with multiple zones and offerings: dining room, cocktail bar, wine bodega and beer café. Tjoget's has a reputation for being ranked as the best bar in Stockholm. Be warned, it's a schlep from the other bars on this list.
Difford's Guide rating: 4/5

Papillon & Sophie's Bars at Bank Hotel
Arsenalsgatan 6, 111 47, Stockholm
There are two bars within bank hotel - Sophie's and Papillon, and a third standalone bar with its own street entrance, Le Hibou, on the roof. The Papillon Bar is our preferred quiet and refined retreat.
Difford's Guide rating: 4/5

Le Hibou at Bank
Arsenalsgatan 6, 111 47, Stockholm
Rooftop bars tend to offer great views but poor cocktails. Le Hibou bucks this trend with a well-executed list of 14 signature cocktails served in plush surroundings and a roof terrace either side.
Difford's Guide rating: 4/5

Cadier Bar at the Grand Hotel
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 103 27, Stockholm
Grand by name and style, this hotel sits in a prominent position overlooking the harbour. As with every hotel of its ilk the Grand's bar, Cadier, attracts a wide and varied clientele many drawn here by its impressive 40 strong signature cocktail offering.
Difford's Guide rating: 4/5

Tweed Bar at the Victory Hotel
Lilla Nygatan 5, 111 28 Stockholm
Described as being a "tweed-clad comfort parlour" you are invited to "sink into the well stuffed Chesterfield armchairs and indulge in a moment (or an entire evening) of alcohol romance." Sounds appealing? It is. It's also wonderfully old-school.
Difford's Guide rating: 4/5

Also worth visiting

Since returning from Stockholm I've been made aware of the following additional bars. Many thanks Alejandro.

Apropos Bar
Sankt Eriksplan 5, 113 20, Stockholm
Pronounced 'ap-ruh-poh', Apropos consists of "three small floors, under 40+ seats, two bars, prohibition interior, except the working owners all the staff brand ambassadors and spirit importers when not working there."

Kommendörsgatan 23, 114 48, Stockholm
Schoolmates Jim Hammargren and Jacob Nermark Hjelm started in a food truck which was destroyed by fire. They rose phoenix-like and this is their second restaurant. Named after the French word for girlfriend, Copine is Mediterranean in style and boasts a regarded bar "run by the former bar managers from Svartengrens."

Corner Club
Lilla Nygatan 16, 111 28, Stockholm
A neighbourhood cocktail bar with a cocktail menu that changes with the seasons and a food offering ranging from bar snacks to mains. "A tight crew and fun high-end cocktails."

Tulegatan 24, 113 53, Stockholm
A legendary restaurant with an equally regarded bar. "Supertalented crew where local flavours are the most important."