Gay Bars Stockholm
Finding gay places in Stockholm isn’t hard – although there isn’t a specific neighborhood or district like Vancouver’s Davie Street or Mexico City’s Zona Rosa. But if you’re looking to meet the locals over a drink, there’s plenty to choose from among Stockholm’s gay scene. Use my LGBT guide to the gay-friendly bars and clubs of the city to plan your next night out on the town.
Gay Clubs in Stockholm
1A Mariatorget, Stockholm 118 48, Sweden
The quiet neighborhood of Mariatorget is home to high-class hotels and the anything-but-quiet King Kong Stockholm. This popular gay bar is noteworthy for its dual dance floors, one for the pop music crowd and the other for Schlager aka Swedish rock music. It sounds like electronic music, but with happier lyrics.
Expect a younger crowd and a cover charge which does include coat checking in this relatively small underground space. And take note, King Kong Club’s biggest night is on Saturday from 11 pm–3 am. If you’re looking for a Friday or weekday spot, try the bars below.
Saturday only: 11 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Secret Garden
Kornhamnstorg 59, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden
The Secret Garden isn’t hard to find in Gamla Stan, the heart of Old Town Stockholm. This large, two-level bar has a dance floor in the basement that opens up on busy nights and several lower-key corners to hold a conversation in.
This is in large part the go-to bar for meeting people on an average night out. I had an excellent conversation here on my final night in Stockholm, and you’re bound to do the same if you stick around long enough.
Secret Garden Stockholm has a mixed crowd of young and old, gay men and women, and travelers alongside locals. Drag shows aren’t especially common in Sweden, but this is the best address for finding one.
Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Flatastigen 4, 112 28 Stockholm, Sweden
Moxy Stockholm is Sweden’s popular lesbian bar – and an essential addition to this list. This lesbian club holds several parties but keeps a rather low profile. You’ll need to visit for yourself to see what Moxy is all about.
121 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Backdoor Stockholm ranks among the best nightclubs in Sweden. This relatively new space is welcoming of the entire LGBTQ spectrum and stays open until 5 am Wednesday through Saturday. Head here for one of the city’s largest dance floors along with international DJs and drag performances.
Friday and Saturday: 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.
7, Wollmar Yxkullsgatan, 118 50 Stockholm, Sweden
This hole in the wall is easy to miss in a walk through Södermalm, but passing it by would be a mistake – Sidetrack is an essential gay Stockholm experience. The underground bar is a cozy gathering place for the neighborhood crowd and newcomers. It’s unassuming, unpretentious, and appealing to gay men of every age. Perhaps most surprising of all is the high-quality restaurant inside – far above what you’d expect from bar food, but then again, Sidetrack Stockholm exceeds expectations as soon as you enter the door.
Wednesday to Saturday: 6 p.m. –1 a.m.
Gay Cruising: Stockholm
Stockholm is – and always has been – an open city for LGBT people. Thus, secretive spots for same-sex people have never been in huge demand, but traditional apps like Grindr are well-supported and popular. It’s not New York or San Francisco, but if you’re into something a little more traditional, then a few options are still available.
Fridhemsgatan 44, 112 40 Stockholm, Sweden
Venture over to Kungsholmen for a look at Blue Vision Stockholm, featuring a cinema with over 100 films, a sex shop, cruising rooms, and dark rooms. They make no secret of keeping secrets. As such, there’s little more to say on this classic gay cruise and fetish club.
Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Hantverkargatan 49, 112 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Manhattan Stockholm is the largest gay cinema in the city and not far from Blue Vision. It features many of the same amenities and appeals mostly to an audience of gay men, but straight couples are not unheard of – along with a range of sexual and gender identities.
Sunday to Thursday: 12 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 12 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 18, 118 50 Stockholm, Sweden
SLM – Scandinavian Leather Men – is something of a unicorn among the gay clubs and cruising sites in Stockholm. This gay-men only, members-only club enforces a dress code for its events, featuring a full gamut of fetishes. Depending on the night, you’ll see leather, rubber, uniform, punk, sport, workman, nude, underwear, or sneakers.
Entrance requires a membership, which can be purchased at the club depending on the night. If you’re interested in visiting, you’ll want to visit the website and make sure you meet every requirement.
Wednesday: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Stockholm Gay Bathhouses
According to local news, the Bronx Sauna and Texas Sauna, Stockholm’s two gay saunas or bastu were permanently closed in 2017. As of yet, there’s no replacement. If you’re feeling some tension over this, perhaps a spa day is in order?
Go out there and get weird. Stockholm is a great city for gays.