3 COOLEST Party Hostels in Stockholm – Aquavit, Glogg and Swedish Raves

Party Hostels in Stockholm

Stockholm, the Swedish capital surrounded by water, is one of the best Nordic destinations for not only its stunning landscapes and quality of living, but exceptional nightlife.

The sexy Scandinavian capital has a fantastic nightlife scene that caters to a wide range of tastes. As the moon rises, the city comes to life in its many bars, nightclubs, and lounges.

There is something for everyone in Stockholm, from stylish cocktail bars to underground venues.

With so many hostels in Stockholm to choose from, staying at a party hostel in Stockholm is by far the best way to experience the nightlife in Sweden as a tourist. Here are our picks for the best party hostels in Stockholm.

Keep in mind that the party hostel scene in Stockholm is more low-key, with most hostels focused on socializing rather than hardcore partying.

This guide is an extension of our handwritten guide to the best hostels in Stockholm.

🥳 The COOLEST Party Hostels? Our favorites are:

  1. City Backpackers Hostel
  2. Generator Hostel Stockholm
  3. Castanea Old Town Hostel

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Generator Hostel Stockholm Bar

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you want …

  • to party!
  • a social Hostel to actually meet people!
  • a cool hostel with drinking games and such!

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Quick Introduction to Stockholm

Average price for a bed: On average, the price of a hostel in Stockholm is x€ to x€ per night. Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelz.com.

Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 p.m.), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 a.m.). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Where to Party in Stockholm:

Stockholm being such a big city, you can easily find a venue suiting your tastes. Bars in the city tend to close around 2 AM, and clubs can last until 5 AM, meaning most people don’t start leaving until around midnight.

While there are various nightlife options scattered throughout the city, here are some of the main nightlife areas in Stockholm.

  • Sodermalm: Considered the “Brooklyn” of Stockholm, this trendy neighborhood is home to a variety of bars, clubs, and music venues catering to different tastes. Gotgatan and Hornsgatan streets are known for their vibrant nightlife and offer a variety of options for partying, primarily attracting a younger crowd.
  • Stureplan: Stureplan, located in the center of Stockholm, is well-known for its extravagant nightclubs and bars, and is primarily aimed at those willing to spend more money. Make sure to dress to impress, venues here have a strict dress code
  • Ostermalm: Ostermalm, Stockhom’s upscale nightlife district, is well-known for its sophisticated nightlife venues. It has a luxurious atmosphere with a variety of bars, clubs, and lounges catering to Stockholm’s elite.

It’s important to remember that certain bars and clubs in Sweden have age restrictions. Some venues in Stockholm only allow visitors aged 20 and up, while others only visitors aged 25 and up!

Plan your outings accordingly to ensure you meet the age requirements and can enter the establishments.

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The Coolest Party Hostels in Stockholm are …

Let’s jump right into the fun hostels in Stockholm for partying:

  1. City Backpackers Hostel
  2. Generator Hostel Stockholm
  3. Castanea Old Town Hostel

These are our favorite hostels in Stockholm to party. We put all these hostels on the map, including our own insider tips for bars, clubs, and popular night life areas in Stockholm (and more!).

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: City Backpackers Hostel
🎒 for Backpacker:City Backpackers Hostel
👫 For Socializing:Castanea Old Town Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: City Backpackers Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: Generator Hostel Stockholm

1. City Backpackers Hostel

Voted the best hostel in Sweden by Hostelworld, CCity Backpackers Hostel is also one of the best party hostels in Stockholm.

Most major Stockholm attractions, such as the Old Town and the main shopping street, Drottninggatan, are within walking distance and are located in the city center, just a few minutes away from the train station and bus terminal.

The free pasta night, ice skate rental during the winter, and free evening saunas are the hostel’s most popular features.

The hostel brings guests together with movie nights and weekly traditional Swedish dinners before venturing out into the city’s bar and club scene.

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City Backpackers Hostel Lounge

There are many mixed dorms to choose from, each sleeping 4, 6, 7, 8, or 12. Female dorms sleeping 4, 6, and 8 are also available, making this hostel an appealing option for solo female travelers.

There are also private twin rooms that sleep two people and an 8-person private suite. Linens are not included.

There are several common areas, including a fully equipped kitchen, courtyard, cafe, and on-site restaurant and bar. Digital nomads will also appreciate the hostel’s coworking space. 

Our favorite hostel in Stockholm for

  • Solo travelers
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City Backpackers Hostel Coworking City Backpackers Hostel Reception

2. Generator Hostel Stockholm

A popular hostel chain with locations all over Europe, Generator Hostel Stockholm is another of the brand’s beautifully designed city hostels, providing all of the amenities guests need to have a good time.

Generator Stockholm is also centrally located, located in the busy Norrmalm neighborhood, and is a short walk from the train station. 

When you stay at a Generator Hostel, you can expect a full-service bar and restaurant on-site, several common areas, and plenty of space to relax and mingle with other guests from every floor.

The always sparkling facilities make this party hostel in Stockholm not only a good time but also a comfortable and quiet place to sleep after hours, with enough space to drown out the noise of guests and the city.

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Generator Hostel Stockholm Lounge

Generator Stockholm has a variety of rooms to choose from. There are two 6-bed dorms, one mixed and one female-only, as well as a mixed 4-bed dorm.

The hostel has a variety of private suites for singles, couples, and groups of up to six people. Before heading out, the hostel’s bar serves as an active meeting place at night, where you can easily make friends with other solo travelers.

Unfortunately, as with most larger hostels that also function as restaurants and bars, there is no kitchen, and outside food is not permitted inside, so keep this in mind if you’re visiting Stockholm on a budget. 

This hostel is great for:

  • Groups
  • Couples
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Generator Hostel Stockholm Dorms Generator Hostel Stockholm Bar

3. Castanea Old Town Hostel

Welcome to the groovy Castanea Old Town Hostel, a blast from the past right in the heart of Stockholm’s Old Town. This hostel was built back in 1747, so you know it’s got some stories to tell.

Inside, it’s all about that chill vibe and soaking up the sunlight. Crash in comfy beds, whip up your grub in the communal kitchen, and kick it with fellow globetrotters in the common room. 

Castanea’s not just cool; it’s eco-friendly too. We’re all about saving energy and getting our recycling game on point.

And when you’re ready to hit the town, the Royal Palace and all the hotspots are practically on your doorstep. Although not a hardcore party hostel, it’s pretty social which is why we’re putting it in this guide.

A top choice for:

  • Social butterflies
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Castanea Old Town Hostel Lounge

Castanea Old Town Hostel Kitchen Castanea Old Town Hostel Dorms

Fun Tips for Party Hostels in Stockholm

As you have come to realize, staying at a party hostel is a little different than staying at a regular hostel. Here are some tips to make your stay go a little smoother, and how to be prepared:

How to identify a party Hostel? 4 Simple indicators:

  1. Is there an age limit? 18+ and an upper age-limit are indicators
  2. Do they offer Pub Crawls and Drinking Games in the hostel?
  3. Check for party pictures
  4. Filter the Reviews on Hostelz.com for keywords like "Party", "nightlife" or "social"
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Things to Bring & Pack

There are a few things backpackers should be sure to bring when staying at a party hostel specifically. These items include earplugs (for early mornings and loud roomates), a padlock (lock up your valuables BEFORE going out), headache medicine (always usefful!), and condoms.

Especially for the bigger European cities where pickpocketing is common we recommend wearing trousers with zippers. This limits the chances of stealing from your pockets.

Read: 23 best items to pack for staying in a hostel

Be Sociable

One of the best things about a hostel is being able to meet new people from every corner of the world. Be sure to talk to people and mingle. Travelling solo is great and life-changing, yet enjoying it with new friends can be even better. Locals especially, can show you hidden secret and some of the best spots in the city.

Read: 18 Rules for Hostels and how to build life-time friendships in Hostels

What about the cheapest hostels in Stockholm?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Stockholm.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Stockholm
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Stockholm best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Stockholm put on a map + sights

Let us have a look at the handmade map we have created for you. As promised, below we list all party hostels and best hostels in Stockholm, as well as sights and our own travel tips.

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Our Insider Tips

As mentioned in the beginning, this guide is an extension of our article “Best hostels in Stockholm”.

Yet, we have written down more of our best tips for Stockholm. Check out the following:

What to drink in Stockholm:

Tasting Sweden’s many alcoholic beverages is the perfect way to prepare for an amazing night out in Stockholm. Whether you’re pregaming at two of these best party hostels in Stockholm or barhopping around the city, make sure to sample these drinks.

  • Aquavit: Aquavit is a traditional Scandinavian spirit that is popular throughout Sweden, especially in Stockholm. It’s made of distilled grain and flavored with herbs and spices.
  • Snaps: Snaps, similar to aquavit, is a traditional Swedish spit made of distilled grain. It is mostly consumed on holidays and in a shot glass.
  • Swedish beer: It’s a must to try the country’s national beer. Popular beer brands in Sweden include Pripps Bla, Norrlands Guld, Falcon, and Spendrups.
  • Glogg: Glogg is a spiced mulled red wine that is consumed during the winter months. It is simmered with various spices and served hot.

Unlike most places, venues in Stockholm prefer cards over cash, so there’s no need to carry large quantities of bills with you.

Remember that while the legal drinking age for beer and wine is 18, you must be at least 20 years old to purchase hard liquor in liquor stores, which are referred to as systembolaget, as regular supermarkets do not sell alcohol.

Stockholm Nightlife Safety and Tips

While Stockholm is generally safe, it’s important to be cautious, especially at night and when drinking. Given the rise in sexual assault cases, women should be particularly vigilant. Follow these tips to stay safe in Stockholm:

  • Stick to populated areas: Opt for well-populated streets and avoid walking alone in empty areas, especially at night.
    Keep your belongings secure: Keep valuables out of your back pocket to avoid pickpocketers. Use a money belt or a secure bag to keep your valuables safe.
  • Mind your drinking: Bouncers in Stockholm can be strict, and if you appear to be overly intoxicated, you may be denied entry into many venues. Furthermore, being drunk at night, especially as a tourist, can cause problems.
  • Watch your drink: Especially important for women, to pay attention to their drink to ensure it’s not tampered with. Always keep it within sight and be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers.
  • Use ridesharing apps: Avoid taxis and instead use ridesharing apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Bolt.
  • Use the SL – Reseplanerare och biljetter app: Luckily, the trains in Stockholm run 24 hours on the weekends. This app allows you to plan trips, find routes, and buy public transportation tickets.
  • Travel within a group: Safety is always in numbers, and going out in groups is always the best way to stay safe at night. We recommend going on a pub crawl with other travelers to visit international bars and clubs in Stockholm!

While staying at these best party hostels in Stockholm, remember that personal safety is a top priority, and exercising caution and common sense is one of the many ways to stay safe while enjoying the city’s incredible nightlife!


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