Drinking and nightlife in Southwestern Sweden

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    Brewers Beer Bar

    Should you sip an imperial stout brewed with almonds, coffee and vanilla or a guava-infused saison? This is the kind of predicament Brewers throws at you, its 14 taps showcasing some of the most thrilling microbreweries in Sweden and beyond. A spacious, loftlike space with leafy outdoor tables to boot, it also offers bottled craft beers, beer-based cocktails and natural wines. Top-notch edibles include snack-friendly olives with rosemary and pickled garlic, as well as Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas heaped with fresh, quality ingredients. Card only; no cash.

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    Juan Font

    Channeling España with its moody Spanish tunes and Picasso-inspired mural, contemporary Juan Font loves a good Spanish vino. You'll find around 40 to 50 wines by the glass, including drops from interesting, lesser-known winemakers. Attention to detail extends to the bar food, which ranges from focaccia-style sourdough pizzas (135kr to 169kr) to charcuterie platters (from 165kr). The latter are artfully arranged with the likes of dry-cured Spanish jamón and sobrassada, a raw, cured, spicy sausage.

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    Zamenhof

    Hip, loftlike Zamenhof incorporates three buzzing eateries and both front and back bars. The latter is packed with retro arcade games and pinball machines, while the front bar includes see-and-be-seen square-side tables. Polished barkeeps pour everything from craft beers to cleverly subversive cocktails (chocolate Negroni, anyone?), while food options range from poke bowls to rustic Italian sausages with farinata (chickpea-flour pancake).

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    Champagne Baren

    What’s not to like? This champagne bar has an idyllic setting on an inner courtyard with uneven cobblestones, picturesque buildings and plenty of greenery. Along with glasses of bubbly, there are platters of cheese, oysters and cold cuts. Very popular with the boho-chic set. Next door, Champagne Baren's sibling restaurant Unity Jazz hosts live jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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    Ölhallen 7:an

    This well-worn Swedish beer hall – the last remaining from its era – hasn't changed much in over 100 years. It attracts an interesting mix of bikers and regular folk with its homey atmosphere and friendly service. The illustrations lining the walls are Liss Sidén's portraits of regulars in the old days.

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    NOBA Nordic Bar

    With ye olde maps of Scandinavia on the walls and a glassed-over beer patio with birch tree stumps for stools, this bar takes its Nordic beers very seriously. From Iceland's Freja to Denmark's Kärlek, you name it, they've got it. The free-flowing whiskies liven up the scene on weekends.

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    Greta’s

    Decked out with Greta Garbo memorabilia, Greta's is Gothenburg's dedicated gay club, featuring flamboyant Tiki parties, DJs and other kitsch-a-licious fun on Friday and Saturday nights.

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    Bar Centro

    Channeling a retro Italian espresso bar, little Centro brews beans from Roman roaster Peru as well as from a rotating guest roaster (usually Nordic but sometimes from further afield). The curved counter heaves with fresh pastries, including mini cannoli and a sublime pain au chocolat filled with a mix of white, milk and dark chocolate. You'll also find natural wines, lunchtime focaccia sandwiches (65kr) and a daily warm-dish special (110kr including coffee). Check Centro's Instagram for special pop-up events, which range from live jazz gigs to wine presentations and degustation dinners.

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    Viktors Kaffe

    Slung with rotating exhibitions of local art, low-key, neighbourly Viktor pulls coffee geeks with its offering of Third-Wave brewing techniques, from V60 and Chemex to Aeropress. There's espresso for the traditionalists, and a rotating cast of beans from Nordic speciality roasters like Gothenburg's Per Nordby. A short list of bites (70kr to 115kr) includes croissants, fudge, sourdough-bread sandwiches and shakshouka. Free wi-fi and a handful of power sockets make it a good place to work, though we prefer kicking back on the summertime deckchairs out the front.

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    Notting Hill

    This friendly and pretty local pub between the Haga and Linné districts – on a corner crammed with appealing drinking establishments – looks like it could've dropped in from the Cotswolds. There's a respectable selection of tipples, British and Swedish pub fare (meatballs, fish and chips) and football on the big screen.

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    Nefertiti

    Named rather incongruously after an Egyptian goddess, this Gothenburg institution is famous for its smooth live jazz and blues, as well as club nights spanning everything from techno and deep house to hip hop and funk and a weekly soul night.

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    Barn

    As the name suggests, this bar is all roughly hewn wood and copper taps, and the beer/wine selection is guaranteed to get you merry. Excellent cocktails – vouched for by local bartenders. The burgers make fantastic stomach-liners, too.

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    Barn

    Arguably the nicest cafe for miles around, the Barn (formerly Coffee Room) serves burgers and fries, salads and sweets in a cozy candlelit room or outside on its pretty covered terrace.

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    Cafe Santo Domingo

    Cafe–record shop serving mean espressos by day turns into a bar with a great array of beers and rowdy live-music sets by night.