International Bar is a new addition to my favourite pubs in Stockholm. This is one I have been meaning to go to for a while and so glad I finally got around to it. Located on a side street off of Kungsgatan, from the outside it looks like nothing special. No outside seating area but easily spotted by the large flag and awning. Once inside I was immediately in love. It is well designed and inviting, rustic looking but also modern. This place is well looked after and well thought out. On the left-hand side if the seating area that can be seen from the outside but straight ahead is the bar and additional seating areas that make this much larger than it initially appeared.
The bartender was welcoming, helpful and friendly. We had questions and he had the answers. Later in the vening when it became busier the service was efficient and prompt. We never had to wait long to get a drink. I really couldn’t find a flaw in the service.
The prices are quite good for Stockholm, but even better if you go during their Happy Hour which lasts until 7pm (or 8pm depending on where you look). Beer is 29kr which is one of the best Happy Hour prices I have come across. They do have other drink options at a discounted price to choose from.
The music is unobtrusive and inoffensive. It is generic music played at a level that does not interfere with your conversation. It does appear that they have entertainment nights and other fun things going on, so worth checking out their Facebook page to see what they have coming up. Apparently, they show sports too. They don’t have a website and their information is a little all over the place with times and prices being different, but you should get a good enough idea. The only downside to this place, if I had to choose one, would be the unisex toilets. But these are clean, and again, well designed. And they could definitely do with hiring someone to look after their online presence and updating their information so it is all in-line and correct.
I can’t recommend this place highly enough and I can’t wait to go back!
Location: Norrlandsgatan close to Östermalmstorg station in Norrmalm
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