Studying abroad is not just about studying but also having a good time. One part of this is exploring the nightlife of your new home town. In Stockholm the options surely are extensive ranging from Stureplans’s trendy clubs to Södermalm’s bohemian bars but Stockholm nightlife has some features that might come as a surprise for a newcomer. Here’s a list of things that I think are worth considering.
1. Age limits
Even though the official age limit in Sweden is 18, many bars and clubs maintain higher age limits, often at 20 or even 23. That’s why it’s always a good idea to check the Facebook page/website of the place you’re going so there are no unpleasant surprises. Keep also in mind that even though restaurants and bars are allowed to serve alcohol to everyone over 18, you have to be 20 to purchase anything from Systembolaget that has the monopoly to sell alcohol over 3,5%.
2. Have your name on the guest list
Some places, especially clubs, have guest lists. If you’re name is on the list, it usually grants you free or at least cheaper entrance. The good news is, you usually don’t have to know anyone to get on the list but you can just sign your name online. This is another good reason to take a look at the Facebook page of where you’re heading beforehand.
3. Start early, finish early
If you’re used to dancing until 5 or 6 in the morning, Sweden might come as a shock for you. Most bars and clubs close at 3 (there are some exceptions but they are very few), smaller bars usually already at 1 so it’s a good idea to start your night pretty early. On the bright side, you’re not so tired the next day!
4. Saving money
There is another reason to go out early; Many places waive entrance fees during the earlier hours of the evening. The party might not heat up until later but if you’re looking to save some money this might be worth considering. And as drink prices in clubs are often high, it is not unusual to have pre-drinks at someone’s place before hitting town. Also for a cheap night I would recommend the pubs on campus, Bojan for example, as they have the most student-friendly prices I’ve seen in Stockholm so far.
Hopefully these tips help you to get the most out of Stockholm’s nightlife!