Clarion Collection Hotel Fregatten
Varberg, 432 44
Phone: (46) 340 677000
Fax: (46) 340 611121
One of the city's most happening nightspots, Park Lane thrills with a wild party atmosphere. The expansive club is decked up with state-of-the-art sound and lighting system to get you grooving. The club's roster of DJs spells the who's who in the clubbing scene, with regular appearances by internationally acclaimed artists. You'll also find a healthy program of live bands and other events. The full bar provides enough fuel to power the dance floor through the night, and there's a selection of light bites as well if you're peckish. Theme parties attract major crowds, with the Club Queer night being a particular favorite. Check website for more.
Why not try something a bit different on the nightclub scene? Bwana Club is centrally located on a street parallel to Vasagatan, behind the Röhsska Museum. They close quite early, at 1a, so it is a good place to start your night before continuing on to one of the clubs that close at 5a. Musically they offer quite a peculiar mix of styles, such as Rai, Latin, Reggae and Bhangwa, with different DJs in charge of the selections. For more information check the Friday newspaper supplement.
Genuine Australian bar and restaurant owned by an Australian, Dancin' Dingo, in a basement not far from Avenyn, is most popular for the inexpensive beer. The lines outside are long on weekend nights, and there is a definite risk of a loud and rowdy crowd. Every once in a while, there is a live cover band to entertain the bar guests. The food is typically Australian, with large steaks and burgers with names like Bondi Beach Burger and Outback Sirloin Steak. The actual restaurant is quite cozy, with several different rooms and a simple décor.
Valand is something of an institution in Gothenburg nightlife. The large white building is situated in the crossing of Avenyn and Vasagatan, a hub for buses, trams, cars, pedestrians and cyclists. Nightclub Valand is open Thursday to Saturday, and admits approximately 600 people. Valand is divided into a restaurant area and a nightclub area, with four bars, one rock bar and two dance floors where different DJs play a variety of music. There is a standing special offer, Smakstart, which includes fillet of beef or smoked salmon with side dishes and wine or beer. During this offer, drinks are also offered at a special rate.
When Jazzhuset originally started out in 1977, it was quite simply all about jazz. Over the years the club has adapted and grown to keep up with changing trends and the tastes of its clientele, and today plays everything from jazz, fifties and rock, to indie pop and alternative. Thursday nights are club nights, with live performances and the latest club music to cater to a younger clientele. Live band and DJ performances can be enjoyed on most nights. While the clientele is certainly eclectic, the one thing that remains in common is a shared love for good music. With two dance floors, lively vibe and exceptional music, Jazzhuset remains as popular today as it was when it first came into being.
If live music interests you then Parken is the place to be. Amazing music festivals and concerts are continuously being organized for music aficionados. Also you could indulge in some humorous moments with the help of stand up comedy shows at the club. With phenomenal bands and artists performing, peppy festivals and theme nights taking place at Parken, it is more than imperative that you spend your leisure time here!
When you walk into the Excet and see the three dance floors and eight bars, you'd never believe it used to be a small restaurant. Now, Excet is the place to dance to R&B and Swedish techno. On warm summer nights, you can dance on the rooftop by stepping out to the terrace. If you're in the mood to start early, on Friday the club opens at 7p for mingling before dancing and serves snacks at the bar, creating a cozy, bistro atmosphere. College students, be aware that the this club is only for those 22 and older.
Patrons wear black and have long, loud discussions. Tuesdays are reggae nights, on Wednesdays local celebrities act as DJs. On weekends it tends to get loud here but the atmosphere is merry, not aggressive. The restaurant is the savior of many a poor student as it is possible to order large entrees at reasonable prices. The bouncers are some of the nicest in the city.
Newly renovated, Nivå has a modern, fresh look. It gets loud and crowded on weekends, though the music is low until 11p. On Wednesday nights popular club Soul Train takes over, with DJs in costume. The kitchen offers ordinary Swedish dishes and pasta. Most come here for drinks, and during happy hours beer costs real cheap and free snacks abound. Permitted ages at Nivå are 20 years and above on Wednesdays, and 25 years of age and above on Fridays and Saturdays. Check website, or call number provided for further details.
As you probably guessed from the name of this establishment, it offers more than just one option to visitors. Lounge(s) is one of the most happening nightspots in the city, and not without good reason. Posh and upscale, it boasts of four distinct areas, each decorated in a fashion suitable to its name. "Mustique" is all about colorful cocktails and a good time, "Pimp" sports beaded curtains and a bling-bling vibe, and the lounge itself is where you can just collapse into comfy sofas and unwind with friends. The in-house casino provides a welcome change if you're tired of the bar-scene.
Step into The Flying Scotsman for a quick afternoon snack or to party into the wee hours within the dimly-lit interiors. Strong, native whiskeys add a touch of class to equally competent, local dishes like Helstekt fläskfilé (pork chili with potatoes in sauce) and Majskyckling filé (bacon fried chicken with potatoes in a thick mayo sauce). A few international dishes like pasta, burgers and jambalaya put in a feeble appearance on the menu as well. Crème brüleé is the ideal dessert if you want to stick with the tried-and-tested; for the more adventurous, the house specialty chocolate truffles and the sinfully-rich Tartufo al Limoncello are worth a dig. Once you've quelled your appetite, it's time to twirl your date on the dance floor in the company of other party animals. Enjoy!
Nefertiti Jazz Club might very well be the most interesting club in Gothenburg. Live jazz, blues, rock and techno being the common genres afloat here, the club scene is one of the most popular in town. Many of the concerts held include overseas acts by international jazz stars and others. For tickets and information, check the website. Food is also served.