Gothenburg (Göteborg) Pub Guide
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Gothenburg and its Pubs
Gothenburg, with a population of around 750,000, is Sweden's second largest city. If only they had been as diligent as the capital in retaining the character of the old town. That said, it's a relaxed and inviting city, especially in the Summer.

For some reason, even though it is about half the size of Stockholm, it has proportionally far fewer specialist beer bars. The upside is that the city sprawls far less than the capital, making a walking crawl a realistic option.

There may be fewer dedicated beer outlets, but that doesn't me that you will have to do without cask beer. I can remember when Glasgow and Middlesbrough had fewer real ale pubs than Gothenburg has today. I don't know about you, but anywhere that goes to the effort of obtaining cask ale outside the UK will always have a place in my heart. I hope that you will demonstrate that the trouble has been worthwhile.

Public transport
For those wanting to avoid any unnecessary walking the city has been sensible enough to retain its tram network. You can find a map of the system here. The official website of Göteborgs Spårvägar has detailed timetable and ticket information.

Gothenburg (Göteborg) Pub Guide
Pub Listings

Pannrummet Kök & Bar
Gamlestadsvägen 4,
415 02 Göteborg.

Tel: 031-21 72 05

Opening hours:
Number of draught beers: 2
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Homebrew pub.
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The Rover

Andra Långgatan 12,
413 28 Göteborg.

Tel. 031 - 775 04 90

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 17:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat: 17:00 - 02:00
Sun: 17:00-24:00
Number of draught beers: 22 (including 2 cask-conditioned)
Number of bottled beers: +- 60
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.
The bottled beers are mostly Belgian - including Westvleteren and Achel - but there's also Schlenkerla Rauchbier and Traquair House.

The draught beers from the Nynäshamn micro are pretty rare, as are the microbrewed Irish beers (Dwan) . There are usually two British cask-conditioned beers on offer.
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Gyllene Prag
Sveagatan 25 (Sveaplan),
413 14 Göteborg.

Tel. 031 - 136 262
Fax: 031 - 261 443

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 16:00 - 24:00
Wed - Sat: 16:00 - 01:00
Sun: 14:00 - 22:00
Number of draught beers: 6
Number of bottled beers: +- 10
Regular draught beers:
Food: Meals 65-130 SEK, snacks 20-60 SEK, beer 36-41 SEK for half a litre.
Corner pub specialising in Czech beer and food (hence the name "Golden Prague").
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The Bishops Arms
Västra hamngatan 3,
411 17 Göteborg.

Tel. 031 - 720 4045

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 16:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat: 16.00 - 02:00
Sun: 16:00 - 23:00
Number of draught beers: 25 (1 cask-conditioned)
Number of bottled beers: +- 51
Regular draught beers:
Food: Meals 90-110 SEK, snacks 40 SEK.
A British-style pub in the cellar of the luxury hotel Elite Plaza. It's part of a chain that has outlets all over Sweden.

They serve real ale occassionly, either British or from the local microbrewery Ahlafors. Fullers is usually sold on a fake handpump. It seems sometimes this is passed off as real ale, so beware.

The bottled range has plenty of good Belgian beer (Achel, Westvleteren, Rochefort, old Gueuze), a couple of American, plus some good British ones (Fuller's 1845, Traquair House).
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Old Beefeater Inn
Plantagegatan 1,
413 05 Göteborg.

Tel. 031 - 426 092

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 16:00-24:00
Wed - Thu: 16:00-01:00
Fri: 16:00-02:00
Sat: 12:00-02:00
Sun: 14:00-23:00
Number of draught beers: 11
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks 40-70 SEK, meals 100-150 SEK. Beer 28-52 SEK per pint.
British-style pub.
Rating: Public transport:

Brasserie Ferdinand
Drottninggatan 41 (under NK),

Tel. 031 - 710 1160
Fax: 031 - 131 585

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 15:00 & 17:00 - 00:30
Sat: 12:30 - 03:00
Sun: 12:00 - 18:00
Number of draught beers: 8
Number of bottled beers: +- 100
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.
A vaulted cellar bar with a red tile floor, long wooden tables and benches. The sparse decoration is formed mostly by old beer advertising material. The area set aside for eating is a bit more posh - there are tablecloths. In terms of claustrophobia, it's very much like being back in Krakow.

The bottled selection has some Swedish micros - Gamlestans Bryggeri Göteborg, Grebbestads Bryggeri, Tärnö Bryggeri - and beers from Belgium, GB, America, Germany, Finland, Denmark and a few more. It should include something to tempt just about anyone.
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The Flying Scotsman
Storgatan 47,
411 38 Göteborg.

Tel. 031 - 137 646

Opening hours: Mon: 17:00-24:00
Tue-Thu: 17:00 - 01:00
Fri: 16:00 - 03:00
Sat: 15:00 - 03:00
Number of draught beers: 7
Number of bottled beers: +- 40
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals 120-200 SEK. Beer 54 SEK per pint.
A local pub in the British style.
Rating: Public transport:

Plain Kitchen
Risåsgatan 8,
413 07 Göteborg.

Tel: 031-711 35 75
Fax: 031-711 00 97
Opening hours: Mon - Tue 16:00-23:00,
Fri 11:30-24:00,
Sat 12:00-24:00,
Sun 14:.00-23:00
Number of draught beers: 8
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks 85-100 SEK, meals 90-140 SEK.
A combination of restaurant and sports bar. At least they have a decent beer selection. (Note the absence of any Carlsberg products.)
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