Independent breweries like Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeri, Oceanbryggeriet, Göteborgs Nya Bryggeri, Electric Nurse, Beerblioteket and Stigbergets Bryggeri are all found in and around Gothenburg. Gothenburg also hosts a number of beer and whisky festivals each year, including Gothenburg Brewers Guild Beer Festival, GBG Beer Week and A Beer & Whisky Fair.
Many of the local beers are available at Systembolaget (the Swedish liquor store), but there are also plenty of pubs and bars in Gothenburg where you can enjoy the hard work and dedication put in by the many local breweries.
We have listed some of our favourite beer spots below.
Where to sip local beers
3 Små Rum
A beer nerd paradise, located just a stone’s throw from the main boulevard Avenyn. The motto “Don’t ask for blask” (blask is Swedish slang for lousy beer) sets the tone, expect to find a wide variety of renowned Swedish and international beers. You’ll also be able to try the pub’s own beers. If you’re hungry, 3 Små Rum serves classic pub grub and Persian dishes, with several vegetarian options on the menu.
Brewers Beer Bar
The streets Andra and Tredje Långgatan are two of the most popular bar and restaurant streets in Gothenburg. You’ll find Brewers Beer Bar on Tredje Långgatan, a pub created by brewers from Gothenburg, for beer lovers from all over. The selection of beers is ever changing, but expect to find plenty of local breweries represented. As if that wasn’t enough, the pub also offers some of the best sourdough pizzas in Gothenburg, with vegan options available.
Tredje Långgatan 8
Hagabion Café and Bar Kino
The Hagabion Café and bar Kino is one of the most popular outdoor venues in Gothenburg during the warmer months, but its great all vegetarian menu attracts visitors all year round. The restaurant also owns and operates the local and popular brewery Stigbergets Bryggeri, meaning that Kino always has the latest and freshest beer from Stigberget. Kino offers at least 9 different Stigbergets Bryggeri beers on tap at all times.
Haket Pub serves a large variety of beers and has an outdoor seating area with afternoon sun. With over 350 beers on offer, you're sure to find most of the Gothenburg breweries represented here. If you're hungry, Haket serves classic pub meals as well as japanese food wednesday-saturdays.
Första Långgatan 32
The 32 beers on tap change frequently, so you’re certain to find something new and exciting every time you visit The Rover. Located on the bar-lined street Andra Långgatan, The Rover has become a favourite among many beer lovers and is a must stop if you want to try both local beer and exciting imports. The Rover serves classic pub grub and offer vegan and vegetarian options.
Andra Långgatan 12
Welcome to the oldest beer pub in Gothenburg. Former governor Kjell A Mattson gave Ölhallen 7:an special permission to serve beer without having to serve food, which makes it the one place in Gothenburg that only serves beer and nothing else. The pub was founded in 1900 and has retained most its old original furnishings. Located in the city centre next to the market hall Stora Saluhallen, the pub is a popular drinking spot among locals as well as visitors.
Ölrepubliken is located close to the shopping centre Nordstan in the middle of Gothenburg. The pub Ölrepubliken has been a favourite among beer connoisseurs since it opened in 2009. The spacious pub offers roughly 30 beers on tap and more than 200 different beers in the fridge. They also serve tasty food and several different brands of whisky. The friendly and experienced staff will happily guide you through the jungle of taps and bottles to help you find something you’ll like.
When Ölstugan Tullen opened on Andra Långgatan in 2010, the goal was to create a pub that served local beer and traditional Swedish food, for a reasonable price. The concept was a huge success and today there are seven Tullen pubs around Gothenburg. They all exclusively sell Swedish beer, and serve traditional Swedish food. You’ll find plenty of Gothenburg breweries represented here.
Andra Långgatan 13