5 x gay and lesbian bars in Stockholm

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Stockholm has no gay enclave as such, but gay and gay-friendly establishments are scattered throughout the city and rainbow flags fly high in many of Stockholm’s central districts. But the greatest concentration of gay bars and clubs is to be found in two areas: the trendy Södermalm district and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, one of the best-kept medieval cities in the world.

Bitter Pills
– lesbian restaurant and bar transforming Hornstull from hipster to queer.
Address: Verkstadsgatan 4, Södermalm
Mälarpaviljongen – LGBT hotspot on the water not to be missed! Open from late April.
Address: Norr Mälarstrand 62, Kungsholmen
Photo: Mälarpaviljongen, Mats Lindfors
Side Track – the bar in the basement said to be the oldest gay bar in town.
Address: Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 7, Södermalm
Torget – one of the oldest gay bars in town perfectly located in the Old Town.
Address: Mälartorget 13, The Old Town
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Urban Deli – restaurant and bar with a hip mixed crowd on the menu.
Address: Nytorget 4, Södermalm

Stockholm Gay Choir feat Sunlight Chorus

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To celebrate The Eurovision Song Contest, Stockholm’s Gay Choir presents a concert with the theme Kärlek & Schlager – Love and Eurovision – about love for music, love for men and love for Eurovision. The choir promise a fun mix of old and new favourites from Eurovision’s Promised Land. Special guests: The popular barber shop chorus Sunlight Chorus and the solo artists Eido Al Fakir and Frida Andreasson. Tickets: 150 SEK.

Venue: Playhouse Theatre
Address: Drottninggatan 71 A
Stockholm

www.stockholmsgaykor.se

Dates:
May 20 19:00 – 20:30
May 21 15:00 – 16:30
May 21 18:00 – 19:30

The annual gay hat parade!

On May 1,  it’s time for the annual gay hat parade at the waterfront on Kungsholmen.

The fabulous parade starts at the gas station at 14:30, goes along the beautiful Norrmälarstrand and ends at Mälarpaviljongen. At Mälarpaviljongen there will be a party and a jury will nominate the parade’s most beautiful hat!

The event also marks the start of collecting money for The Mälarpaviljongen Rainbow Fund. Read more about the fund>>

 

Celebrate Walpurgis Eve in Stockholm

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On Saturday we celebrate Valborg – Walpurgis Eve. We gather around a large bonfire to sing the winter away and welcome spring. One of the biggest walpurgis celebrations take place at Skansen, but there are bonfires lit in places all over town. In the Old Town, a torchlight procession goes from Stortorget to the bonfire at Riddarholmen (in the photo). If you want to participate, make sure to be at Stortorget at 20:00. The bonfire at Riddarholmen will be lit at 20:30.

Midsummer in Stockholm 2016

Let’s talk Midsummer! Many of you have trips to Stockholm planned for that weekend, June 24-26, and are asking how to join in the festivities.

First of all, read about what Midsummer is and how we celebrate it here http://sweden.se/traditions/midsummer/. Skansen has the biggest celebrations, but there are Maypoles risen in many parks around town. A really nice thing to do is to go out to the archipelago and take part in festivities there. The islands of Sandhamn, Grinda and Vaxholm will have official celebrations on Midsummers Eve (June 24).

Stockholmers tend to desert the city for their country houses, so visitors have a lot of space to themselves Expect some shops, museums and restaurants to be closed, but many are open, so finding things so do and eat is not impossible.

It’s a really nice holiday and if you have booked a trip here on that weekend you are lucky.

The Woodland Cemetery and Greta Garbo

The late legendary Hollywood movie star Greta Garbo’s niece spent several years searching for the proper burial place for her aunt. She found it at the Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) in Stockholm.

If you are a true Greta Garbo fan, make sure you take this tour, and follow in the “footsteps of Garbo”.

The Woodland Cemetery is place of sublime beauty and poetry. Created over a period of a quarter century (1915-1940) on about 250 acres of pine-covered boulder ridge under the direction of the famous modernist architects Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz.

Considered one of the most important works of the modernists, it evokes a Nordic philosophy on nature, life, and death. There are also a number of beautiful chapels and a visitors center. The Woodland Cemetery is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994.

www.skogskyrkogarden.se

 

Mälarpaviljongen – the hottest LGBT spot in Stockholm

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Finally! You know it’s spring in Stockholm when Mälarpaviljongen is about to open.

On Saturday April 2 Mälarpaviljongen opens for the season. This is the place if you are looking for an atmospheric, cozy local restaurant and high-spirited bar with great music and people. It also happens to one of the hottest LGBT spots in town!

Overlooking Lake Mälaren this is a relaxed, green haven where you can chill out over a glass of wine, lovely lunch or just enjoy a coffee & cake after a pleasant walk along Norr Mälarstrand Promenade.

www.malarpaviljongen.se

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New exhibition: “Good Evening Europe”

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New interactive exhibition at ABBA the Museum, dedicated to everything that has to do with Eurovision Song Contest. The visitor can delve into hundreds of hours of Eurovision Song Contest Shows. Every existing contest has been digitalized and are displayed in a TV-like setting. From the first winner ever to Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015, visitors can immerse themselves in 60 years of great performances and classic television moments.

May 8 – September 1
www.abbathemuseum.com

Concert: Stockholm’s Gay Choir

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The Eurovision Song Contest is a big happening in Stockholm this year. To celebrate this, Stockholm’s Gay Choir invites you to a concert with the theme – “Kärlek & Schlager” – Love and Eurovision – a colourful concert about our love for music, love for men, love for Eurovision and love for you! They promise a fun mix of old and new favourites from ESC’s Promised Land.

Friday May 20, 7pm
Saturday May 21, 3pm and 6pm

Playhouse Theatre, Drottninggatan 71A, Stockholm
Tickets: 150 SEK

Tickets can be purchased at www.stockholmsgaykor.se