Whenever I’m in central Malmö and feel like a beer in a British pub setting, I go to Pickwick Pub. Located just off the Gustav Adolfs torg square, Pickwick Pub offers a hard-to-beat cosy atmosphere, complete with fireplace and probably the most comfortable chairs at any pub in Malmö.
They have a good selection of drinks and typical British pub food – with a daily special Dagens Skotte for 98 SEK before 19:00. They also have one of Malmö’s most popular pub quizzes in English every Wednesday – but I never win because usually the same team wins every week consisting of 4-5 men who look like they attend marathon Mensa meetings for fun. I’m there for the free beer ‘raise-your-hand-first’ bonus questions.
My favourite thing about Pickwick Pub is that, unlike most bars in Sweden, there are at least 2 bartenders at any given time, so you never feel like you’ve waited a long time for a drink – and often there are 3 and sometimes even 4.
The number of times I’ve waited at bars over 15 minutes to get a drink since 2000 feels infinite. Employees in Sweden are expensive, so most bars just have 1 bartender regardless of the number of people waiting. The average life expectancy in Sweden is around 81 (that’s 82 – the 1 year spent waiting in lines at bars). Pickwick Pub gets it that guests, especially expats living here, appreciate getting their beer quicker, which is why most expats choose Pickwick over other bars.