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A view of the street Avenyn and people enjoying Cielo Rooftop Bar.
Cielo Rooftop Bar, Gothenburg
In the centre of Gothenburg on the main street Avenyn is Cielo Rooftop Bar. The terrace is located on the seventh floor of Hotel Bellora.
Photo credit: ESS Group

Nightlife in Gothenburg

Gothenburg is often called Sweden’s craft beer capital, but the nightlife includes much more. Venture away from the city’s main street, Avenyn, and you’ll discover a range of bars and clubs bursting with creativity and energy. Here is our guide to beer pubs, bars and nightclubs in Gothenburg – from iconic venues to hidden gems.

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Taket, Gothenburg

Taket is situated on the seventh floor and has a beautiful view of the Göta Älv River. The rooftop offers day parties, exhibitions, DJs and other events.

Photo: Comfort Hotel Göteborg

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People sit and enjoy drinks and the company of friends at the rooftop Taket in Gothenburg.

Taket, Gothenburg

Photo: Comfort Hotel Göteborg

The rooftop at Scandic Göteborg Central is full of people.

Above Scandic Göteborg Central, Gothenburg

Photo: Scandic Hotels

A view of the street Avenyn and people enjoying Cielo Rooftop Bar.

Cielo Rooftop Bar, Gothenburg

Photo: ESS Group

An aerial view of Skanshof rooftop.

Skanshof, Gothenburg

Photo: Skanshof

A rooftop with wooden floor and white and yellow furniture.

Ruby, Scandic Rubinen, Gothenburg

Photo: Scandic Rubinen

Rooftop bars

Looking for delicious cocktails, sunset views and great vibes? Gothenburg’s rooftop bars have it all.

  • Named the best party rooftop in the world by The Rooftop Guide for three years in a row, Taket won’t disappoint those looking for a fun vibe. Taket is situated on the seventh floor of Comfort Hotel Göteborg and offers sunset views over the Göta Älv River, weekly DJ sessions and casual drinks.
  • Above is the highest and largest rooftop bar in Gothenburg. The weather-protected outside terrace with a Miami vibe and water views over landmarks like the Lipstick draws visitors and locals alike. Above is situated on the 14th floor of Scandic Göteborg Central and has an indoor restaurant on the same storey.
  • Hotel Bellora is located right on Gothenburg’s main street, Avenyn, and the elongated rooftop bar Cielo gives you a cosmopolitan feeling and views over the city’s skyline from the seventh floor. A DJ often plays at Cielo, and their Margaritas are immensely popular.
  • Skanshof is not only a multi-storey bar – it also includes a roof park and swimming pool. Play a game of boules, watch the sunset from the lush garden or enjoy the New York-inspired food in the bistro housed in an old bank building.
  • Ruby is a year-round rooftop bar on the seventh floor of Scandic Rubinen. A popular place to enjoy seasonal cocktails, whether it’s a warm summer night or a chilly winter evening. Views span over Gothenburg’s streets in three directions.
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Dugges Pils, Gothenburg

Enjoy beer from Dugges brewery and much more at Dugges Pils.

Photo: Kalle Sanner / Dugges Bryggeri

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A seating area. A few plants are decorating the green and blue wall behind the table.

Dugges Pils, Gothenburg

Photo: Kalle Sanner / Dugges Bryggeri

People are sitting in a restaurant enjoying food and drinks. There are large glass doors open to the patio where people sit outside.

Vega Bryggeri, Gothenburg

Photo: Nathaniel Brinker

Beer and breweries

With an impressive and growing number of craft breweries, Gothenburg is now considered one of the best places internationally to enjoy craft beer.

  • Brewers Beer Bar has a cheerful and friendly atmosphere where you will find a selection of craft beers that are regularly renewed. And if you're feeling peckish, try their delicious homemade pizzas.
  • Dugges Bryggeri, one of Gothenburg's first microbreweries, opened its own Dugges Pils beer bar in early 2021, serving draft beer and light bites with international influences.
  • Located in the old industrial district of Ringön, Vega Bryggeri recently launched its own taproom, a hip spot for fans of craft beers with innovative blends.
  • Opened in 2010, Ölstugan Tullen has been so successful that there are now eight Ölstugan Tullen bars in Gothenburg. The concept? A wide selection of beer from Swedish breweries and traditional Swedish cuisine – combining quality and affordability.
  • 3 Små Rum, located next to Avenyn, is another cosy place beer lovers should visit. Their motto: "Don't ask for blask" – 'blask' being Swedish slang for a poor-quality beer.
People sitting outside a restaurant enjoying food and drinks.

Bar la Lune, Gothenburg

The intimate wine bar offers light meals and has a large selection of wines.

Photo: Bar la Lune

Bars in Gothenburg

Gothenburg is a lively city by day and night, with plenty of good places to have a drink and try new cocktails, not to mention some great food.

  • Bar Bruno is a small bar entirely dedicated to cocktails. Whether you're in the mood for a classic drink or looking for a new taste experience, Bar Bruno is a safe bet. The traditional and timeless interior complements the warm and intimate atmosphere well.
  • If you want a bar to start your evening, head to Barabicu. This lively and vibrant place serves delicious cocktails and a menu with a tasty list of dishes, some of which are to be shared.
  • Zamenhof is an inclusive, youthful and lively place where three concepts cohabit: Café Gazette, Silver Lining and MayDay. Open all day from Monday to Saturday, head to Silver Lining for atypical cocktails with surprising flavours.
  • Located in the Folkteatern theatre on Järntorget square, the Folk bar and restaurant is a great place to have a drink before going to the theatre or to spend the evening. Don't miss the oyster happy hour on Fridays.
  • For a bar bathed in the colour, go to the popular Basque. In addition to their great pintxos, which you can enjoy standing or sitting depending on the space available, the emphasis here is on drinks with a generous list of non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Another bar to try is La Lune, an intimate wine bar from chef and sommelier Oskar Ahlvin that offers an impressive selection of natural and classic wines.
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Lounge(s) in Gothenburg

Lounge(s) is a multi-storey nightclub with a popular rooftop terrace.

Photo: Fabian Wester / Lounge(s)

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People dancing at a rooftop club during the summer.

Lounge(s) in Gothenburg

Photo: Fabian Wester / Lounge(s)

A nightclub with velvet furniture, wooden floors and blue curtains.

Nightclub 8ight, Gothenburg

Photo: Gigi Agency / 8ight

A crowded nightclub with people dancing.

Nightclub Yaki-Da in Gothenburg

Photo: Rebecka Bjurmell / Yaki-da

People dancing at a nightclub. There are balloons and decoration hanging from the ceiling.

The nightclub Gretas in Gothenburg

Photo: Gretas

Clubs in Gothenburg

When it comes to nightlife and lively places to go out, Gothenburg won’t let you down.

  • Lounge(s) is a popular nightclub on Avenyn, spread over several floors and with a particularly popular roof terrace.
  • Right next door is 8ight, an exclusive club in Gothenburg where you need to reserve a table or be on the list to get in.
  • Yaki-Da is one of the city's hottest nightclubs. The venue includes a restaurant, multiple dance floors, a terrace and a coffee bar where you can dance to DJs and live performances all night.
  • Popular with the LGBTQ+ community, Gretas is the city's oldest gay nightclub with two dance floors and a variety of music.

Check out Gothenburg’s official visitor guide for more tips on beer pubs and nightlife in Gothenburg.