Travel Agony Aunt received a question from a young budget-conscious traveler planning a trip to Stockholm, Sweden:
Dear Travel Agony Aunt, I’m off to Stockholm in a couple of weeks to go see a Coldplay gig. We’re mainly going to go and get drunk, however, I’ve heard that the beer is horrendously expensive. Can you advise me of any cheap bars/areas in which I can go and get drunk without re-mortgaging my house? Thanks!
Andy, age 33, from Milton Keynes, UK
I am so glad to see that we both share the same passion for Swedish Art and Stockholm’s cultural life. Well, I am just kidding. You should know that I am a very old lady who doesn’t even remember the last time she got drunk. But don’t misunderstand me, the reason is not because I was too “wasted” to remember, but simply because it was such a long time ago.
Getting back to your question, it might be very difficult to get drunk in Stockholm without a post-holiday “wallet hangover“. I have been told by my young nephews that “stag weekends” in Prague and “binge drinking parties” in Spain are getting more and more popular amongst young travelers, but I have never heard about Stockholm being a hot spot for “booze partying“. In fact, Sweden is not a cheap travel destination, especially when it comes to eating and drinking. Like in Finland and Norway, prices are high and beer, wine and spirit bottles can be purchased at Systembolaget retail stores only, the unique store venture – a government monopoly – allowed to sell alcoholic beverages throughout the country. That explains why in Southern Sweden many people are used to taking cheap ferry rides to Denmark – the only Scandinavian country with no alcohol monopoly – in order to buy alcoholic drinks.
Actually, if Stockholm is amongst European and American students’ favorites, it is mainly because of the very popular “Viking Booze Cruise“. Renowned for its wild-and-crazy party atmosphere, this cheap overnight cruise on a huge ship featuring Irish bar, cabaret bar, Viking buffet restaurant, sauna, casino, duty free shop, karaoke and movie theater, takes passengers from the Swedish capital city to Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia.
However, if you do not have sealegs and are not eager to spend the night partying on a cruise boat, go to The Dubliner. Located at Smålandsgatan 8, this Irish pub is probably one of the cheapest bars in Stockholm city center (or would I rather say “less pricey”?). The Dubliner offers good pub food as well as a vast selection of beers and ales in a friendly atmosphere. It is a great place to meet other tourist travelers, watch football games, or simply hang out with friends while enjoying a pint of beer (or more…). I also recommend you exploring the lively, trendy Södermalm neighborhood to look for more affordable places offering cheap booze in a fun atmosphere.
Do not forget to drink responsibly and always have a friend with you who knows his limits, in case you wouldn’t be able to get back to your hotel on your own!
Enjoy the Coldplay concert and travel safe.
Photo of empty drink originally posted by dyobmit