Uppsala's best bars
Updated 20 Aug 2020
A perfectly balanced dry martini really sorts the wheat from the chaff bar-wise, particularly when serving beer as fast and cheaply as possible seems to be the main aim of many joints. Uppsala has a few really fabulous bars, from laid-back haunts to glamorous cocktail bars and sophisticated lounges serving artisanal drinks. If you care about well-made cocktails and other drinks, both classic and creative, follow our guide to Uppsala's best cocktail bars.
StationenOlof Palmes plats 6, Centrum
A touch of London
Meet up with friends for a meal or a late-night glass of wine at Stationen's London-inspired bar. They serve up everything from lunch to afternoon tea and lively evenings. The bar specialises in gin, with a range of exciting gin-based cocktails and there are occasional appearances from DJs and other performers.
PlockDragarbrunnsgatan 24, Centrum
Creativity behind the bar
Uppsala's top tapas bar is also one of the city's best cocktail bars. You can of course order a classic cocktail, but it's the bartenders' own concoctions that really stand out. From totally out-there mixtures with beetroot, Campari and vodka to more pared-back cocktails such as Absolut Mango elegantly blended with pineapple and mango.
Clarion Hotel GilletDragarbrunnsgatan 23, Centrum
Shaken not stirred
At the Kitchen & Table Bar inside the Clarion Hotel Gillet you'll find some of the best cocktails to be had in Uppsala. Drop by for a glass of wine, or a perfectly balanced cocktail with innovative flavour combinations. Quite simply, a drink to suit all tastes and occasions and a mixed crowd of both hotel guests and locals.
Intimate at D1
D1's well-stocked bar shelves have everything you need for a relaxed cocktail evening. Bartenders can mix up pretty much any drink you desire and you may well end up sitting at the bar into the early hours after dinner in Magnussons restaurant right next door.
Grand Hotell HörnanBangårdsgatan 1, Centrum
Old school cocktails
You'll find what is probably Uppsala's most conservative cocktail bar in the lobby of the Grand Hotel Hörnan. Forget made-up newfangled cocktails and embrace perfectly balanced Cosmopolitans, sparkling Bellinis and bone-dry Dry Martinis served by equally dry, unpretentiously professional staff.
Sherlock's CityKlostergatan 16, Centrum
England meets India
At Sherlock's, which calls itself "The Smallest Pub With The Biggest Heart", English pubs meet India. There's a large selection of beer, including several alcohol-free options. There's also plenty for wine and whiskey aficionados to choose from. The simple pub menu includes British and Indian flavours.
Katalin and all that JazzRoslagsgatan 1, Centrum/Fålhagen
Jazzy bar scene
Katalin and all that Jazz, housed in an old railway goods shed next to Östra Station, is a combined music venue, restaurant and jazz bar. You'll find the programme of upcoming concerts on Katalin's website.
Terrassen Kök & BarDrottninggatan 1A, Centrum
With views over Nybron bridge and the Fyris river, Terrassen serves classic bistro dishes and boasts a huge drinks selection including beer, wine and cocktails. Come as much for the drinks and food as for the location and buzzy Fri day and Saturday nights.
Picnic Bar & RestaurantStationsgatan 4, Centrum/Fålhagen
Picnic, inside the Radisson Blu Hotel right next to the central railway station, is open from morning until night. Every Friday they have special after-work evenings where things get lively with live DJs and fabulous cocktails. During the summer months they open up their al fresco area where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine in the sun.
7 FlaskorOlof Palmes plats 4, Centrum/Fålhagen
As the name suggests, the menu here always consists of just 7 flaskor (bottles) and 7 cocktails, with carefully selected drinks and well-balanced cocktails. The bar was named Bar Concept of the Year in 2018 and since then has become a popular part of Uppsala's nighlife.