Cocktail hour: get a taste of Stockholm’s sweetest concoctions
Some of the best moments in life turn even sweeter when you’ve got the right people to celebrate them with. Should you ever find yourself in Stockholm with a loved one, and you’d like to clink glasses at your joined vacation (or simply because you’re fabulous like that!), the Swedish capital has no shortage of champagne-popping restaurants and bars.
But for visitors with a taste for the sweet, the sour or the bitter – and sometimes all of them at once – there is a formidable offering of Stockholm establishments, where cocktails rule supreme and bartenders spend their time mixing away! For some of the city’s most drool-worthy concoctions, visit the below…
Is there anything this ultra-chic Östermalm hotel can’t do? The Diplomat isn’t just Stockholm’s top-rated hotel (and, in fact, Sweden’s!), it also doubles as one of the best places for a sophisticated night out on the town. Its main bar serves up everything from daiquiris and espresso martinis to lesser-known but equally delicious drinks – try the Aviation, a flowery and highly Instagrammable beverage that combines gin with Crème de violette and Maraschino liqueur.
If one cocktail isn’t quite enough, the Diplomat is your first choice in Stockholm: with its extensive drinks menu, you could easily spend a whole week or two here, sipping on a different concoction every night!
Everything tastes better under the clear blue sky, right? If you’re looking to add a little spritz to your night, head up to the rooftop of the locals’ choice, Stockholm Under Stjärnorna, and sip on a drink with the Open City’s panorama unfolding right in front of you: up here, you can enjoy beautiful views and you might even be seeing double – that is, unless you go for the mocktails!
On the boozy side of things, we would quite happily dive into the Champagne Colada, a contemporary and more deluxe interpretation of a creamy classic. Not that we’d turn down the divine Frozé Slushie or their in-house take on an Aperol Spritz, the ‘Sus Spritz’…
This hip eatery within easy walking distance of Stockholm’s upscale shopping district of Bibliotekstan is exactly where you should visit to give a toast to your new garment babies! Aside from the many tasty treats on its Italian-inspired lunch and dining menus, the Taverna also blends together some of the capital’s most raved-about cocktails.
What, you need a break from drinking? Ask for the ‘Alkoholfria Alternativ’ menu and dive into the Taverna’s world of mocktails. Our favourite is the fiery Ginger Mojito, perhaps the most refreshing drink in all of town on a hot summer day. Plus, ginger is good for you, right?
The lovely folks at the Hellsten are true all-rounders and so we’re not surprised in the slightest to see them nailing a good cocktail, too! At the hotel’s Earth Bar (known for its superb jazz shows every Thursday night), visitors and locals gather in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, sipping on the sweet concoctions of a compact but excellent drinks menu…
Trust us when we say these guys mix a mean Sidecar – straight up, and without ice, of course – and their Fidel Castro hits all the right spots for us, too. Planning on staying here during your upcoming trip? Hit us up: we’re always thirsty for a drink at the Hellsten!
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