Thursday, May 14, 2015

3 Cool Bars in Stockholm for a Cocktail

ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Stockholm Bar Cool Bars in Stockholm Sweden

Stockholm has a lot of bars from which to choose, but during our travels we encountered three cool bars in Stockholm.  They are a bit unusual, and certainly not your everyday bar.  Two are located in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town which used to be touristy but lately has become trendy and a popular place for locals to go for after work drinks and dinner.  The first of these cool bars in Stockholm harkens back to the days of Lord Nelson with its nautical old-world theme, the second joins the new trend of pop-ups, and the third is cooler than cool, it's ice cold.


Tweed Bar Cool Bars in Stockholm Sweden

Tweed is the type of bar I wish we had at home.  The stage is set when guests are greeted with a sign that says, “Hello!  Dearest guest if you would kindly wait here and we will make sure you can sit comfortably with a fancy cocktail or a super hip beer.”  The walls are covered in tweed fabric and decorated with seafaring items like lanterns, mastheads, and lifesavers.  The best part of the décor is the mahogany tufted leather Chesterfield armchairs which can be reserved. 

Tweed Gothenburg Cocktail Cool Bars in Stockholm Sweden

Tweed is part of a group of bars and restaurants whose owners also own The Collector’s Hotels Victory, Lady Hamilton, and Lord Nelson.  The owners clearly have a thing for Lord Nelson and a number of Lord Nelson memorabilia also decorate Tweed.  Continuing with the Lord Nelson theme, the cocktail list contains eight drinks inspired by eight ports of call, both past and present. 

Tweed Punsch and Rum Cool Bars in Stockholm Sweden

My drink of choice was the Gothenburg, named after West Sweden’s port city.  The Gothenburg is made with aquavit, Swedish punsch, grenadine, and lemon juice, and is served in a delicate tea cup, kept cold with an exceptionally large ice cube, and garnished with a pipe made of licorice.  It was a little reminiscent of prohibition to be drinking an alcoholic beverage out of a teacup.  Romeo had the Cabo Trafalgar made with bourbon whisky, Amaro Montenegro, Amontillado (a Sherry wine), and bitters.  Even perusing Tweed’s straight alcohol menu is amusing.  Under vodka is the comment, “No.  We don’t have Red Bull booze.”


Bottles Popup Bar Cocktails Cool Bars in Stockholm Sweden

Bottles is a cool Stockholm popup bar run by the same people who own Tweed.  Bottles can be found in a new location every month.  Each new location comes with a new list of cocktails to match the theme of the location.  For instance, when we visited, Bottles was housed in the breakfast room of the Lady Hamilton Hotel and was going by the name Breakfast by Bottles.  Cocktails had a breakfast theme, like The Granola with Marille, Pechuga del Maguey, grapefruit, and almond.

Our drinks of choice were the Holiday in the Sun and the Earl Emerald.  Holiday in the Sun was made with raspberry flavored Mariënburg Rum 81%, minted sugar, and Peychaud’s bitters.  The Earl Emerald was a concoction of vodka, pain d'épices syrup, and dry apple cider.  Not only were the cocktails delicious, they also looked cool with Bottles’ special-made ice cubes etched with the Bottles logo.


ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Stockholm Bar and Bartender Cool Bars in Stockholm Sweden

Traveling to Sweden but won’t have a chance to stay in the ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland?  You can get a taste of what it’s like by visiting the ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Stockholm, the coolest bar in Stockholm, literally.  Just like the ICEHOTEL, Stockholm’s ICEBAR is a cool and steady -5 degrees Celsius.  Visitors to the ICEBAR don special winter capes and gloves before entering the frigid bar.  Everything in the bar is made of ice from the Torne River: the walls, the bar, the tables, the chairs, and the drink glasses.

ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Stockholm Cocktails Cool Bars in Stockholm Sweden

While the ICEBAR isn’t necessarily someplace you will spend an entire evening, it is a fun and cool bar to hang out at for a drink or two.  Drinks are inspired by Swedish Lapland and the art suites of the ICEHOTEL for the season.  For instance, I had the Wolf Paw, a drink inspired by the Polar Night art suite and made with vodka, lingonberry juice, and lingonberries.  Rome had the Windy, a mixture of vodka, Cartron Lychee, orange juice, and cranberry juice.

ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Stockholm Walls and Table Cool Bars in Stockholm Sweden

While it is possible to drop-in at the ICEBAR, it is recommended to make a reservation as the bar is small and only a certain number of people are allowed in at any time.  Admission includes an ice glass and one drink, and additional drinks can be purchased at a reduced price when using the same ice glass.  Guests of the Nordic C Hotel receive a discount on admission.

For your next trip to Stockholm, put one or more of these unusual bars on your list for a quick after work or a relaxing end to an evening.  The cocktails in these cool Stockholm bars are made even tastier by their unique and unusual surroundings.

This post was made possible in part by Tweed and the ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Stockholm.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Katherine Belarmino has been traveling for over ten years on a quest to see as much of the world as possible, experience new cultures, and sample other cuisines and libations. She also writes the travel blog Travel the World, which journals her world travels with her husband Romeo and seeks to encourage others to take the time to travel.