Gothenburg is the 2nd largest in Sweden, and the largest on the country’s West Coast. The city has a bit of a hipster reputation, with great restaurants, shopping, and culture. This of course includes craft beer, which is growing in popularity all over Sweden, but especially in such a cool city as Gothenburg. I spent a week visiting Gothenburg earlier this year, having the opportunity to drink beer in several places in the city.
Here are my favorite craft beer bars in Gothenburg:
Haket was the first beer bar I visited in Gothenburg, and it was a great place to start. It’s on the western edges of the city at the end of the popular nightlife areas of Järntorget and Långgatorna. It’s a pleasant walk in nice weather, or there is a tram that passes right by the bar. Many of Gothenburg’s craft beer bars are located in this neighborhood.
The sunny patio was busy when I arrived at Haket, so I stayed inside for a bit before moving outside later. The bar has only 7 taps, but hundreds of high-quality bottles from Sweden, Europe, and the USA will give you plenty to drink. They support the local craft beer scene, so much so that I had a DIPA from just 700m away. There is also a full bar for those who are not beer inclined.
If the weather isn’t suited for sitting in the sun, the bar is great inside as well. They have a pub quiz and also show sporting events. I watched a Euro match between Wales & Portugal in the bar’s side room while having some sushi from the restaurant next door. It’s fantastic place with friendly, knowledgable staff.
Hops is located just a block from Haket, making it a great place to continue a crawl back toward the rest of the city center. The bar has an excellent outside patio, a few taps of local beer, plus plenty of cans and bottles. This is a great spot to enjoy Sweden’s nice summer weather.
The Rover is located just down the street from Hops. With 32 taps, you will find something good to drink here. The bottle selection is limited, but with their excellent selection of high-quality Swedish, European, and American beers, that’s not a problem. There is a full bar as well.
With a selection this deep that rotates frequently, you need friendly, helpful staff, and that’s just what you’ll find at The Rover.
Ölstugan Tullen (which translates to Alehouse Customs) is a small chain with seven locations around Gothenburg. I visited their location in Långgatorna, which is across the street from The Rover.
The bar features 13 taps of beer, bolstered by hundreds of other bottled Swedish beers. Go here if you want local beer!
Ölstugan Tullen is busy, but not to the point of being overcrowded. I visited on Thursday & Saturday evenings, and had no issue getting a seat at the bar. Bar seating can be hit or miss in many countries, so this is a friendly beer bar for solo travelers & those looking to meet some locals.
Brewers Beer Bar
Brewers Beer Bar is another popular bar in Långgatorna. The bar has 14 taps along with selection of bottles. You can get half pours of the beers on offer.
While there is some inside seating, in the summer months the street outside is transformed into a giant patio. There is an interesting rule that you can’t carry beer outside because you have to cross the sidewalk, which isn’t theirs, but the staff will help you out to the counter if you haven’t gotten a table. As far as the tables go, you’ll likely find yourself sharing with others, which is a nice way to meet friendly locals. I learned a few Swedish phrases (which I have since forgotten, of course).
On a Friday night the place was crowded, so although it’s friendly, service can take a while due to how busy it is.
Ölrepubliken is located in a different area from most of the other Gothenburg beer bars on this list. It’s in a quieter area of the city center, but it’s worth seeking out.
It features about 30 taps plus plenty of bottles, making it one of the largest selections in the city. While many of the draft selections are traditional European beers such as Kwak, Delirium Tremens, and Budvar, there are plenty of craft beers from Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States as well.
The bar leans more toward being a restaurant, but there is seating at the bar in addition to two levels of tables. All of the food I saw looked good. I had the charcuterie board, which was a nice addition to the beer I had.
BrewDog Bar Göteborg
BrewDog Bar Göteborg is also in the city center in an area that’s a bit closer to the main entertainment areas, but still fairly quiet. I’ve had mixed experiences in Brewdog bars outside of the UK, but the Gothenburg outpost is one of the finest they have.
The beer selection was fantastic, featuring about 20 taps of Brewdog beer along with plenty of high quality Swedish and American beers. There was also a small, but quality selection of bottles & cans available.
The bar itself had plenty of space along with games (Avengers pinball!), plus snacks.
It’s the little touches that make BrewDog Bar Göteborg stand out. For example, the restroom labeled the “Bacon Chamber” looked and smelled like bacon. It was the nicest smelling bathroom I’ve ever been in.
Also, the bathroom sinks were tap handles. Sure, these are small things that don’t impact the beer, but it’s something different from the cookie-cutter craft beer bars you might see elsewhere.
3 Små Rum
3 Små Rum is a gem of a beer bar where you will instantly feel at home. Located in a basement in Vasastan, just south of the old city centre (but with an outside patio as well), the name translates to “three small rooms”, which is exactly what it is.
Even on a Friday night, the atmosphere is chill, with quiet jazz music playing. It’s a fantastic spot for conversation and oh yeah, quality beer.
The owner of 3 Små Rum knows his beer. There is an excellent selection of 18 eclectic taps, plus tons of bottles. Not only that, he brews his own beer in the back in small 200 litre batches. These aren’t just bland house beers either. I had a mango chutney IPA that was phenomenal. This was a beer I had no idea I needed in my life, and I enjoyed it so much that I went back again the next night for another visit.
Between the great selection, passionate staff, and relaxed atmosphere, 3 Små Rum represents everything that is great about Gothenburg’s craft beer scene.
Despite its fairly small size, Gothenburg has a great selection of beer bars. Whether your looking for a place to watch a sporting event, an outside patio to enjoy the long summer evenings, or a quiet quality pint with folks who know great beer, Gothenburg is a must visit destination for craft beer in Sweden.
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