Göteborg Top Beer Places
Updated 2018 02 17
Göteborg (Gothenburg) is sometimes said to be the Capital city of beer in Sweden – and it is very easy to agree when you walk around between many nice beer places, serving beers from many local breweries as well as from many other countries.
This pub guide on Göteborg is compiled and updated from how fun Beerik think it is to visit these places from a craft beer point of view. Places with lower ratings can naturally be very good from other points of views. Neither Food, Whiskey, Wine nor Drink selections are included in the ratings.
Ratings are considered over time, some places vary, some don’t. If not otherwise stated references are made to beers coming from craft beer breweries.
This guide is continuously updated.
Highest rating is 20. Rating before the name of the place.
OS = Outdoor seating summertime or when the weather allows. (This is however no guarantee all places are open all the time)
3,5 % PLACE = Indicates this is a place with beers containing maximum 3,5% alcohol only.
BREWPUB = Pub including a brewery.
CONCEPT = The place has a certain concept – not just good beers and/or good food
Underlined areas are located in suburban Göteborg.
Food is judged independently from the quality of these places as beer venues. And only if I think “This meal had something extra so it ought to be mentioned”. This is just a random information as it happens, why it is possible to find good food at any place. If nothing is stated it is possible to have dinner. In case of only small dishes, this is stated.
Food levels are either none (can still be very OK), +, ++, +++.
W = Also specializes in a great Whisky selection. (Other places may very well have a fine Whisky selection too).
Göteborg Top Beer Places
18 The Rover
Andra Långgatan 12 OS W
One of the traditional water holes in Göteborg for fellow beer afficionados and brewers. The 32 taps have a very good rotation – there is always a great selection of both foreign and local beers.on tap. There is only one or two standard lagers. Unfiltered Pilsener Urquell has been constant on tap. Also one cider on tap. Bottle selection holds around 100 entries including Belgian sours. Sometimes they run tap take-overs and other craft beer events. The food menu used to be worth a glance, including staff special and beer battered cinnamon bun! Recently, the place was sold to the new owners, and time will tell what changes are to come. (Opened 2006)
17 Brewers Beer Bar Tredje Långgatan
Tredje Långgatan 8
A beer bar that is highly acclaimed for its frequent rotation and for having almost only interesting beers on the 14-16 taps. Around 95 bottles. There are often events with tap take-overs from visiting breweries, for example last autumn with J. Wakefield from Florida. The sour dough pizzas are highly acclaimed and worth trying.
BEER EVENT: March 24th: Peche Day
17 Omnipollos Gothenburg
Plantagegatan 3 A
Omipollo just opened (January 20th) their second bar, placed centrally in Göteborg, just off Järntorget. Ten taps, but no bottles. During the short time since opening there has been outstanding beers including IPAs from Tired Hands, Monkish and Other Half, sours from Crooked Stave as well as their own beers, of course. They have a sea food-themed menu. (Opened 2018)
17 Tre Små Rum
Kristinelundsgatan 4 OS BREWPUB
The original brewpub in Göteborg, with its own small batch brewery served exclusively (?) at the bar. 13 taps with only craft beer of local and imported origin. A quite impressive bottle selection of around 150 bottles including American/Belgian/Dutch/Swedish vintage as well as a few rarities ”not for sale”.
A solid hangout on the Göteborg beer scene (Where the classic bar Delirium Café was located). 32 taps including some Belgian and only a few standard beers. Not all taps rotate, but with around 300 bottles on the list and a full food menu, one can spend a long evening here.
16 Brewers Beer Bar Magasinsgatan
Latest addition to the Göteborg Craft Beer scene is this second Brewers Beer Bar. It is situated in another hip area close to both the 2112 and Basque places. 14 taps with both local and other interesting beers from elsewhere. The bottle selection seems maybe not quite ready yet, but there are around 20 different craft beer bottles, including a good selection from Belgian De Cam. Already started with Beer Events – the second week after opening, there was a massive Brewdog tap takeover. (Opened 2018)
BEER EVENT: February 24th: Dry & Bitter Brewing Company Tap Takeover
Första Långgatan 32 OS W
An institution of beer in Göteborg. The slightly worn interior holds an 11 taps bar with almost entirely craft beers, besides several refridgerators filled with local and imported craft beer bottles. However, there are also two different cellars filled with vintage beer bottles under the pub, making a very interesting selection that is a bit difficult to overlook. There are certainly more than 250 bottles. This place runs beer events regularly, like beer releases and tap take-overs. Lately for instance with Stigbergets as well as the Beerbliotek and De Molen collaboration beer.
BEER EVENT: March 24th: Beer Festival “Ölfestival #3”
15 Brewdog Bar
Your classic Brewdog bar in Göteborg. 8 Brewdog beers on tap and 13 guest taps, along with the hopinator. Limited but varying and often interesting selection of bottles/cans including Other Half IPAs lately.
14 Bishops Arms Järntorget
Järntorget 6 OS
Accessible and friendly Bishops Arms in the very heart of the Swedish West Coast craft beer area – Järntorget square. 33 beers on tap including around 13 craft beers and 150 bottles.
14 Bishops Arms Västra Hamngatan
Västra Hamngatan 3
Cozy cellar bar in the very recognizable Bishops Arms style with inspiration from English pubs. Around 10 craft beer taps and one is almost always a Real Ale/Cask. Approximately 130 different bottles. Even after some visits I find small hidden rooms I didn´t know were there.
13 Beerbliotek Tap Room
Sandarna, Varholmsgatan 4 OS BREWPUB
One of the pioneering brewery tap rooms of American standard – except for some limitations in serving due to legislation. Serves 20 cl/6 oz samples of their own beers, some from taps and most from bottles. This include normally something fresh from the fermentation tank as well as something vintage. The room is decorated but simple, being a part of the brewery.
BEER EVENT: February 16th and 17th: 5th Year Birthday Celebration Weekend
13 Järntorgets Brygghus
Järntorget 4 OS
Open until 3 a.m. this pub/nightclub attracts a varied crowd including the partying youth. Beside the Spendrups taps there is a quite interesting craft beer selection that might be a little difficult to see in full scale. This includes some 8 taps and approximately 140 bottles from all over the world and of varied styles.
Viktoriagatan 1A CONCEPT: Scandinavian beers
A late night hangout in weekends, in between Järntorget square and major street Avenyn. Standard distributor brands in some 14 taps but a fine selection of around 160 nice Nordic bottles available, including Dry & Bitter, Amundsen and Ölvisholt. However, sometimes the rotation on certain ones can be questionable, so check for bottling date.
13 Steam Punk Bar
Kungsgatan 7A OS
A ‘striking’ interior and waiters dressed in bowler hats, corsets and 1920’s goggles along some militaria. 6 beers on tap with mainly interesting craft beers along with around 140 bottles. Holds events regularly, as a Stout and Porter week lately, with vintage dark beers at discounts.
Magasinsgatan 3 OS
As close to the Basque country you get in Göteborg. 5 beer taps of varying interest, but shelves reaching the ceiling with around 100 bottles. Selection includes several Belgian and American sours as well as local hop juice and German Pilsner. Serves bar made pintxos – mouthbites on bread – as well as Basque cider and wine.
12 Bishops Arms Park Avenue
Pretty cozy bar in a basement. On weekdays a dinner place for hotel guests, but living up to a proper pub hangout on weekends. 30 taps of which less than half is craft but with a fair rotation. Around 90 bottles, among which there are a few big bottles from Belgium and The USA. As at other Bishops Arms pubs, there is a good whisky selection.
12 Kungstorgets Brygghus
A good example of mixing selection from a major distributor with independent craft beers. Of the 21 taps there are craft beers in half of them, for instance from Warpigs, Boon, Ballast Point and the local Dugges. The fridge used to have a few rarities like Eclipse which is gone by now, but still holds some around 65 bottles including Belgian, American and Swedish craft beer.
12 Ölstugan Tullen Kville
Herkulesgatan 3A CONCEPT: Swedish Beers
Recently reopened after renovation, the bar and seating area is nice and tidy. Old style interior with black painted wood in the ceiling. There are 28 taps of which approximately 8 are craft beer, and there are some 80 bottles, which all are on display above the bar. As at the other Tullen bars, the food menu is classic and worth the modest prices.
12 Ölstugan Tullen Majorna
Mariagatan 15 OS CONCEPT: Swedish Beers
Awide selection of Swedish beer, with a lot of local breweries represented. 8 craft beer taps including rotating local brews, besides a few standard beers like Norrlands Guld. Around 180 different bottles of craft beer. Quite spacious inside with wooden interior and a permanent ”outdoor” seating area, covered and heated when needed. The food is worth trying with solid, traditional Swedish meals at modest prices.
Busy burger and beer bar with Rock memorabilia on the walls.70 nice bottles but taps contain only the Spendrups selection, including Firestone Walker, Gotland and Beavertown. Serves their own house IPA called “If You Want IPA (You’ve Got It), made by the local brewery Beerbliotek.
11 Flying Barrel
Across the street from the acclaimed bar 3 Små Rum, this a bit lower ambitious pub is located. Yet a solid craft beer place with 5 rotating craft beer taps besides the major taps. Around 65 bottles from a widely varied origin adds to the pleasure.
11 Hagabions Café/Bar Kino
Linnegatan 21 OS CONCEPT: Stigbergets Beers
Old cinema still in operation with a food Café that is owned by the same people as Stigbergets brewery. Hence a great selection of Stigbergets’ beers – usually 8 on tap and 3 bottles. Sometimes special beers and new releases are served here. Good selection of vegan and vegetarian food, snacks and pastries.
11 Ölstugan Tullen Andra Lång
Andra Långgatan 13 OS CONCEPT: Swedish Beers
A wide selection of Swedish beers, with a lot of local breweries represented. 6 taps including rotating local beers, besides a few standard beers like Norrlands Guld. Around 170 bottles/cans. Being a popular beer bar just across the street from The Rover, it gets easily crowded in the weekends. The food is worth trying with solid, traditional Swedish meals at modest prices. Inspired by the very first Ölstugan Tullen opened in 1892. (Opened 2010)
11 Ölstugan Tullen Johanneberg
Utlandagatan 14 CONCEPT: Swedish Beers
A surprisingly mixed crowd in an area with a lot of students. 20 taps of mainly Swedish non-craft breweries including the regular Gotlands brews, but with a few rotating craft taps with mainly local breweries. Around 150 (Swedish) bottles in very good order including a good selection of Omnipollo, Dugges and Brewski brews as well as a good assortment of mostly local breweries including Electric Nurse, Qvänum, Mohawk and Poppels. The students in the area testify that the food is worth having – at modest prices
11 Ölstugan Tullen Lejonet
Friggagatan 27 CONCEPT: Swedish Beers
A nice but simple interior with both a table seating area and a spacious bar seating as well. 20 taps of which a minority is craft beers, besides 2 taps pouring Norrlands Guld (Swedish non-craft beer). Some 150 bottles of Swedish Craft Beers. Robust Swedish dishes at moderate prices, as at the other Tullen bars.
10 Ostindiska Ölkompaniet
Danska Vägen 110
Located just outside central Göteborg this bistro pub has a nice and clean interior in mainly dark blue. 16 taps with mostly Carlsberg brands except 2 house beers (pale ale and lager) from local brewery Spike, as well as one rotating guest tap. Taps aside, there is a good bottle selections with approximately 120 items including a wide selection of local brews along some Brooklyn, Lagunitas and Fullers.
10 Red Lion (Blöta Lövet)
Mariagatan 11 OS
A classic Göteborg hangout for drinking pints. The nickname “Blöta Lövet” (Wet Leaf) being a Swedish pun. Around 11 craft beer taps and approximately 50 bottles. Interior draws inspiration from classic English pubs. Soccer on big screen. There is a permanet ”outdoor” seating area, covered and heated when needed.
10 Sad Robot
Aröds industriväg 40 BREWPUB
The Brewery Sad Robot opened a brewpub in the very brewery. The ambition is to be open the last weekend of every month. Twelve taps and a few bottles of mostly their own beer. Occasionaly, it was crowded and a very long line to the bar, but that varies. There is basic bar food.
10 Vasaplatsens brygghus
Vasaplatsen 2 OS
Fairly new hangout in between Järntorget and main street Avenyn. Some 55 craft beer bottles of varied origin and 18 taps of which around 5 are craft beers, mostly local, lets you have a fine craft beer moment.
10 Ölstugan Tullen Wärdshuset
Kungsportsavenyn 32 CONCEPT: Swedish Beers
20 taps of which a minority is craft beers, besides several of the non-craft Spendrups brewery distribution. Around 120 bottles including a fair selection of Brekeriet and Omnipollo among several local brews. As it is situated at ”Avenyn” it might be busier than the other Tullen bars, and is frequented by a range of customers, including youngsters, shoppers and one or another chronic.
Andra Långgatan 8 CONCEPT: Danish theme
Open until 3 am on weekends, this Danish joint attracts a mixed crowd, enjoying strictly Danish beer along some smørrebrød and schnapps. 8 taps including 2 Carlsberg/Tuborg taps besides Danish craft beer and approximately 70 bottles.
9 Thörnströms kök
For a fine dining institution like this – with a traditional focus on wine – the list of beer bottles is good, around 36 bottles of craft beer including several Swedish brands like Omnipollo and Qvänum, beside a few international items such as 3 Fonteinen and Three Floyds. Also a few ciders. Some bottles need cooling after order, though. So one goes here for the food, and enjoys some craft beer while doing so.
8 Le Pub
Nice old-time rustic place with balconies round the room. 5 craft beers on tap and 24 bottles.
8 Old Beefeater Inn
Plantagegatan 1 OS
Old-style English pub with 17 taps of which 10 are craft beers including several local options. Approximately 10 interesting bottles in fridges. A bit cramped, especially at lunch time, but also cozy. Recently sold to a major chain of trucker cafés, time will tell what changes are to come.
8 Studio Hpksm
Storgatan 22 CONCEPT: Italian beers
A recent and hip new restaurant with an acclaimed kitchen, you might don’t want to go only for the bar. But with your osso bucco or tagligatelle, you can get at least 20 different, strictly Italian, beer bottles. Also 3 taps with Italian beers.
A restaurant just off main street Kungsportsavenyn, attracting a mixed crowd. The name might sound more ambitious than it is, but there are beers. With 16 taps from major distributor Spendrups, only craft beers are some Firestone Walker. The rest is standard brews with limited rotation. Some 45 bottles of craft beers, including local Electric Nurse and Hönö breweries.
7 John Scott’s Palace
Södra Hamngatan 2 BREWPUB
This is the John Scott’s Flagship restaurant/pub in town with a few sister restaurants as well. Recently, they added a real brewery making their house brews, including lager, pale ale and now also a wit. Those beers haven’t really impresssed the initiated, and neither does the tap nor bottle selection where Westmalle and local brewery Rådanäs stands out as interesting.
7 Soho Beer House
Andra Långgatan 5
One of the many beer bars around Järntorget with a modernistic interior wall painting. The beer fridges holds some 80 bottles of craft brews, though the 12 taps are of standard selection.
Places Bubbling Under
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Places Closed Down
Mitt Andra Hem
Andra Långgatan 31
Nice to know:
In case you want to travel on the railway line Göteborg – Stockholm – Uppsala you should have in mind the train “Blå Tåget” (run by Skandinaviska Jernbanor) are serving 7 different beers from Swedish craft beer brewery Rådanäs. These trains include one bar car with live piano music and one restaurant car as well.
Places with Beer and Different Themes
If no rating below, the place is not listed above.
Old Time Classic Institutions
A historical landmark for beer in Göteborg. This place opened in 1900 and has been a beer bar ever since! The interior resembles the original, with dark wooden paneling and low stools. The legend has it that the sketched portraits covering the walls are all regulars that frequented the place every single day for at least thirty years. That’s probably totally made up, but when you see the place it does seem reasonable. Today, there are only major brands in 15 taps, including Leffe Blond, and a few bottles. Carnegie Porter might be worth having at the traditional tavern, though.
Beers and Hamburgers
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