Going out in Stockholm there is always something to do, there are pubs, clubs, public events, restaurants etc. It can be expensive, so a lot of students usually go to student nations of the different universities, like Stockholm University or KTH.
There are many different party areas in Stockholm, some of these are Stureplan (for a fancy club night), Södermalm (for a cheap night out), Kungsgatan and Norrmalm (Mainstream music clubs and bars) and Medborgarplatsen/Götgatan (popular among students). Clubs can be costly, as they generally charge an entrance fee between 100 and 300 SEK, but you can generally get in for free before 10 or 11 in the evening. Drinks tend to cost between 50 and 200 SEK depending on where you go and what you buy. Some other tips are to be on time (Swedish people are punctual and the queues tend to be long even though it might be freezing outside), consider pre-drinking (because some clubs are expensive) and since most clubs advertise their events on social media you can likely sign up for the guest list via Facebook.
Bars however are cheaper, sometimes there is an entrance fee as well, but usually not. A normal beer costs between 29 and 79 SEK depending on where you go, but discounts are common, especially with the ESN card. Most bars are open every day, but close around 01.00 on workdays and 03.00-04.00 on weekends, while clubs generally stay open till 03.00-06.00 in the morning.
Popular clubs/bars/areas in Stockholm are
- After Bar (Good bar with cheap beers at Gamla Stan)
- Retro (Sports bar with cheap beer and nice nachos at Sankt Eriksgatan)
- Marie Laveau (New-Orleans Inspired club with seasonal cocktail-menu and American Style cuisine at Hornsgatan)
- Le Bar Rouge (Like taken out of a vintage noir movie, a turn of the century Paris bar with delicious cocktails at Brunnsgränd)
- Fasching Jazz Club (Very nice jazz music and good food at Kungsgatan)
Eating out can be a nice experience, there are a broad range of restaurants and pubs where you can eat everything from Fish and chips or Swedish meatballs to Kebab and Chinese food. Some places can be a bit pricy, but if you know where to go you can find some really nice restaurants for much less.
Some examples are
- La Neta (Nice Mexican food at affordable prices at Barnhusgatan)
- Restaurang Tranan (Traditional Swedish Food and a nice bar at Karlbergsvägen)
- Hattori Sushi Devil (Unique and Trendy Sushi as well as special Drinks at Kungsgatan)
- Melt Bar and Restaurant (Secret bar inspired by New York Speakeasies with great classical cocktails, fabulous American style foods and fun entertainers at Malmskillnadsgatan)
- Grill (Stylish bar with every room decorated in different themes like Moulin Rouge and the Orient Express and delicious grills at Drottninggatan)
- Hellströms Bar and Restaurant (Nice Restaurant with some great specials during the weekdays at Fatburgsgatan)
- Alshami Restaurang (Lovely Shawarma and Syrian food at Skärholmen)
- Fang Yuan Shi Wu (Great Chinese dumplings for a good price at Södermannagatan)
When getting home remember that while taxi is always available, it may cost a lot, and since the metro stops running at 01.00-02.00 in the morning on workdays, it may be good to plan your night before you go out.