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Things to Do at Night in Stockholm

Updated: July 21, 2023

This post lists the top 20 things to do in Stockholm at night, including free and family-friendly events and activities.

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1. Experience Stockholm's Night at the Museum

If you want to spend days wandering the city and evenings visiting museums, you can do that thanks to Stockholm's Night at the Museum. 

A few days a week, a number of Stockholm's most popular museums stay open later than usual.

A list of those museums and their hours of operation can be found here.

  • Vasa Museum
  • Skansen Open-Air Museum
  • ABBA The Museum
  • Fotografiska
  • Moderna Museet
  • Nordiska Museet
  • Nationalmuseum

A reminder as well that entry is free to some with the Stockholm Pass.

2. Pub Crawl Your Way Through Stockholm

The Stockholm Pub Crawl website says it all: 7 hours, 3 bars, free shots, cheap drinks, games & competitions, and the chance to meet folks from all over the world.

It couldn’t be easier or more fun.

Tickets are 253 SEK ($27) per adult. 

NOTE: This pub crawl is not currently available as of December 2022, but you can take this Swedish Craft Beer Tasting tour instead!

3. Take an Evening Dinner Cruise

Dinner and drinks can be had aboard the S/S Stockholm, a 90-year-old steamboat originally built for Sweden's king.

Relax in the dining salon and take in the views as the vessel floats through Stockholm's quays after dark. 

Tickets are SEK 395 ($42)  and include a seat near the window, food, and drink. 

Visit to purchase tickets.

NOTE: This outing is not currently available as of December 2022, but you can take a private yacht cruise with dinner instead!

4. Stroll Through Gamla stan After Dark

Gamla stan is Stockholm's old town. It's pedestrian-friendly, packed with charming buildings edging cobblestone streets, and safe after dark.

Cafes and restaurants line the sidewalks, including Den Gyldene Freden restaurant, the second oldest restaurant in the world to have the same surroundings.

Learn about the Old Town on a free walking tour. Tours run multiple times each day.

5. Dine at Mama Mia! The Party

This Greek taverna-styled restaurant immerses you in a theatrical dining experience, one based on the stage musical and movie "Mamma Mia!"

Enjoy good food while singing along with the cast to Abba songs. 

To attend this sold-out-for-four-years-straight event, book tickets here

6. Take a The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tour

If you're a fan of Stieg Larson's best selling Millenium series of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, you might want to take a self-guided tour of the most noteworthy sites related to this franchise.

Visit locations where the author and characters from both the book and film lived and worked.

If you're interested in learning more, make sure to read the free Millennium: Discover Stief Larsson's Stockholm tour.

7. Visit Fotografiska 

The world’s largest, and one of its most important, photography museums, Fotografiska provides a home for contemporary art in the middle of Stockholm.

Found in a waterfront warehouse, the museum also houses an award-winning restaurant and a bookshop.

Works from the likes of Annie Leibovitz, David LaChapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others hang amongst the works of lesser-known but rising photographers.

Special exhibits, poetry readings, photography classes and much more can be accessed 364 days a year until at least 11 pm, and often later.

Tickets cost 187 SEK ($17) per adult. Learn more here.

Entry is free with the Stockholm Pass.

8. Attend Night Concerts at Gröna Lund Tivoli

Grona Lund is a small amusement park on the water in the Djurgården part of Stockholm. 

Well-known musicians such as Elton John, Marilyn Manson, Patti Smith, and Gene Simmons have appeared her in concert as well as Swedish bands and other lesser-known acts.   

There are at least 60 shows planned a year. Tickets have to be purchased at the amusement park and aren't sold for the concerts themselves.

Arrive early and head to the Stora Scen to ensure you find a seat.  Concerts usually start around 8:00 PM and are finished by 9:30. 

9. Take in a Royal Swedish Opera Evening Performance

Stockholm’s Royal Swedish opera house, also called Kungliga Operan, sits on the edge of Lilla Vartan.

Its construction was commissioned nearly 250 years ago by King Gustav III (who was later shot and killed during a ball in the foyer).

That structure was later demolished and rebuilt, giving Stockholm the neoclassical building that’s still in use today.

Both opera and ballet performances take place regularly. Hour-long guided tours can be booked on most Saturdays and performances take place regularly all year long.

Information about both tours and tickets to performances can be found on the website for the Royal Swedish Opera.

10. Attend a Concert at Tele2 Arena

The Tele2 Arena is a massive and high-design entertainment and sports venue.

With seating for 40,000 people, it hosts international musicians such as Green Day, Pink, and Justin Timberlake, as well as ice sports, equestrian events, American football, and much more.

Check their schedule for information on upcoming events and to purchase tickets.

11. Shiver at ICEBAR

It’s 23 degrees F. It’s made of ice.

It’s ICEBAR, Stockholm’s permanent, though annually redesigned, ice bar in Hotel C Stockholm.

This tiny bar fits just 60 guests for no more than 45 minutes at a time.

No need to bring a jacket as one is provided, along with mittens and a drink (a non-alcoholic one for kids under 18).

Prebook with the bar ahead of time to save money. 

12. Take a Ghostly Night Tour of Stockholm

If you like discovering the hidden secrets of a city,  the Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour might be for you.

This 1.5-hour night walk takes you through the alleys and courtyards of Gamla stan, old town Stockholm, the very place you’d expect to find ghosts and other night visitors.

Your English-speaking guide will share with you “true accounts of murders, unsolved mysteries, myths, and legends” as well as the general history of the area.

Tickets cost 281 SEK ($30). Find more information here.

13. Rave at the Open-Air Club Trädgården

Outside and under a bridge during the summer, then moved inside during the winter, is Trädgården.

It's known as one of Stockholm’s best nightclubs and attracts those who enjoy its festival-like atmosphere.

Think stage DJs, drinks, flashing lights, gaming, dancing, and live music.

Lines are long so be prepared to wait. This one is not to be missed. 

Tickets range from 145-195 SEK ($15.50 -$21.00) depending on the day and time of entry. Visit the info link found on the Trädgården website.

14. View the World’s Longest Art Gallery While Riding the T-bana

It might be calm and cool above, but underground you see the real spirit of Stockholm.

90 of her 100 t-bana (subway) stations are decorated with themes reflecting an important time in Swedish history or a subject relating to Stockholm.

Décor was created using tiles, paintings, drawings, sculptures, lighting, and more. It’s truly a feast for the eyes, and worth taking a ride just to see.

It is open until 1:00 AM on weekdays and closes at varying times over the weekend, 

Free - aside from the cost of the journey.

15. Take the Kids on a Sunset Safari

If you want to get up close to Swedish wildlife, a Stockholm-based tour company can make that happen.

They have a twilight tour that heads into the forests and meadows outside of the city, a 4-hour tour of the region's flora and fauna.

You'll have the chance to do a short hike, and also stop for a Midsummer meal at an outdoor camp, one provided by your guide.

The cost of the tour is around 1,530 SEK ($148). For more information, click learn more.

16. Grab Your Camera for an Evening Photography Tour

Follow a professional photographer through Stockholm as he or she gives you tips on how best to take pictures of the city after dark.

Perfect for either beginners or pros, guests need only supply their own DSLR or compact camera and a tripod.

The tour can be booked here when it is available.

17. Eat at Gondolen

Take a crane-of-sorts, attach it to a building, and build a restaurant across. That's Gondolen, the restaurant with an unbeatable view of the old town of Stockholm and the water.

It is also known for its well-reviewed traditional food. You can try their catch-of-the-day, Venison, Jul Smorgasborg in December.... or just partake of their classic drinks.

Click here for details.

18. Attend a Concert in the Globe Stadium

The 16,000-seat stadium, Avicii Arena, the world's largest spherical building and one known to Swedes as "the Globe" (pronounced gloo-ben), serves sports and music fans alike.

It’s mainly used for hockey but pulls in everything from Disney on Ice, to international music acts such as Us, Bryan Adams and Pet Shop Boys, to comedians such as Ricky Gervais.

To find who is performing at the Globe, check the arena's schedule.

19. Get Your Game on at HEY STHLM

Known as the best video arcade in Sweden, HEY STHLM will appeal to all.

Find the golden oldies games of your youth, Japanese games such as Dance Dance Revolution, pinball machines, and much more.

Or, if billiards and beer are more your grooves, they can be found there too. 

HEY STHLM is open from 5 PM to 1 AM Monday through Friday and 2 PM to 1 AM on the weekend. Tokens are SEK 10 ($1.06) each.
Find pictures of the arcade here and the address here.

20. Relax at Cadier Bar

Located in the Grand Hotel, the Cadier Bar gets raves for its cocktails ("heaven in a glass") and old-school charm.

If you're up and in search of food after a night out, they also do breakfast, brunch, and afternoon tea.

For more information, visit here

Stockholm Nightlife

In Stockholm, nightlife is a symphony of cosmopolitan energy and Scandinavian charm.

This city serves as the backdrop for vibrant Stockholm clubs, culturally enriching events like Museum Night, and a vast array of other engaging evening activities.

Stockholm by night is truly a sensory delight and a must for any visitor.

Among the best clubs in Stockholm, ensuring memorable nightlife experiences, are:

  • Berns Salonger
  • Tradgarden
  • Spy Bar
  • F12 Terrassen
  • Slakthuset

Immerse yourself in the magic of Museum Night in Stockholm, and let the city's unique character leave an indelible imprint on your travel memories.

Each destination provides a unique slice of Stockholm's evening activities, adding to the city's enthralling nocturnal panorama.

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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: July 21st, 2023
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