What fascinates me in Stockholm is that hotel bars have become so popular over the last decade. This probably has to do with the fact that they’re open late, have no entrance fee, and some of them have the most amazing rooftop views that no club can compete with.
One of my nicest late nights out I’ve had in Lilla Hotellbaren. There are often DJs booked or bands playing, like a small music venue – and yes, then there might be bouncers at the door, but the entrance is always free.
At Scandic hotel Malmen by Medborgarplatsen, there is a separate entrance with a bar area where the occasional event is organised, with thought-through programming. That’s Lilla Hotellbaren.
The vibe was great overall when I visited, but weekends often tend to be very crowded, so queues at the bars to order a drink are inevitable. There are areas to sit and there are areas to dance, whatever the audience brings forward.
I have often ended up at this hotel bar, as everything else in the area had already closed for the night and it’s a very central spot and close to a green line metro station.