This week’s bucket list inspiration guides you to the rough Viking life in Sweden’s beautiful and touristic Stockholm, where you can find one of the most awesome bars I’ve ever been to: Aifur or ‘the Viking Bar’, a place where you can learn to drink like a real Swede.
Trying to hide from the cold weather in early February me and my friends decided to warm ourselves at a local pub, where we met some Swedish guys, telling us we were doing it all wrong. Lucky for us our new friends decided to help these innocent Dutchies out by giving us a small tour. Within minutes we stood in front of a bar that made me laugh at first. A Viking bar? Really? What’s next, going to IKEA?
But once we got in my jaw dropped. This is exactly what I imagined a Viking bar would look like, but I apparently I didn’t realize how cool it could be. What I witnessed there was beyond my imagination, as the place was filled by huge Swedes with beards, drinking beer from the biggest mugs I have ever seen, yelling at the other person across the table, because apparently talking is not what Vikings do. Once I got over the fact that my beer cost me €10 (thank you, Sweden), I really started to enjoy myself.
The place has a few rooms, equipped with bars and long tables. The toilets had wooden doors that mostly reminded me of stable doors. My friend had to guard them, because they did not close. The visiting “Vikings” were all pleasant people, just like the other Swedes I’ve met on my trip, and because Stockholm has a great ‘getting drunk but not violent’ policy I’d give anything to go there again.
During the day it’s possible to eat there, and because of the Viking atmosphere I can only imagine what that would be like. So, long story short, if you are in Stockholm, don’t forget to visit this amazing place, day or night. The bar is located in the old city center called Gamla Stan.