I wasn’t sure if a pub crawl article would be ok, but I got the green light so I’m really happy to share these tips of genuine and charming ‘sunkhak’ bars in Malmö.
My friends and I visit these pubs sporadically to ensure that their genuine feel and vibe has not been mismanaged or toyed with in any way.
A ‘sunkhak’, as per a generalisation of several definitions put forth by a number ‘expert’ Swedes on internet forums, is a ‘neighbourhood pub frequented by many regulars where the price of a draft beer is around half to three-quarters compared to the most expensive part of the city (Lilla Torg square in Malmö’s case), and where absolutely nothing has been done in any way to enhance the interior decor since the early 1990s.’
So if you’re visiting Malmö and want to enjoy genuine bars, talk to charmingly tipsy Swedes about any topic you like (except Stockholm), then here are the pubs to hit, complete with logistical tips for getting around.
Start at the ‘sunkhak’ king – Mässingshornet, Kirsebergsgatan 32, sometime soon after 15:00 (see Mässingshornet’s own article)
Bus #4 to Fregatten pub, Föreningsgatan 87.
Bus #3 to Old Nobes Bodega, Kristianstadsgatan 36.
Walk to Golden Shiva, Simrishamnsgatan 20B, note: overflow of hipsters alert! (they have Indian food too).
Walk to Restaurang Gallia, Ahlmansgatan 8 (see Gallia’s own article – great for beer and Malmö’s best steaks!)
End the crawl by walking to Azalee, Claesgatan 8, until the wee hours.