Visiting Stockholm soon? Stockholm offers a lot of great swing venues, all year around, every night of the week. To avoid being astray, in search of a sensible place to do a swing out, you need steering. Here it is! It would be a great pity if you go to Venice of the North and miss something wonderful like this.

At Chicago Dance Studio. Photo: Jessica Silversaga

Chicago – the epicenter of swing dance in Stockholm, located at Hornsgatan 75, 100 meters from Zinkensdamms subway. Run by Lindy hoppers known all over the world such as Fatima Teffahi, Lennart Westerlund and Sakarias ”Zacke” Larsson and home of the dance company Harlem Hot Shots. The dance studio is open seven days a week and organizes five social dance evenings. Wednesdays nights are great! Often with a live band. Entrance fee 100 SEK. There is a cafe serving drinks and simple dishes. The dance floor is polished and surrounded by time typical wallpaper, furnishing, and decoration. Read more about Chicago here.

Swedish Swing Society – SSS, is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1978 and today has about 700 active members. Located at Karlbergsvägen 86B. Swing evenings are organized several fridays every month, often with two dance floors, one for Lindy hop and one for Blues performances and a live band. Swing nights are party nights, with bar and sometimes a short intro course in a swing related dance. The venue Birkagården, is a course and recreation center, with wooden floor, near subway St:Eriksplan.

Söders dansbana – located at Hammarby Slussväg 15, a 10 minute walk from subway station Skanstull. The floor is made of wood, but has no roof. Next door neighbour: restaurant Nyfiken Gul, offers good food and rain shelter. It is a lush oasis next to sparkling water. For events and opening hours:

Restaurant Louis – a local restaurant located at Medborgarplatsen 3, inside the shopping mall Söderhallarna, ( Every day, except Sunday and Monday, a live jazz band is playing. The entrance fee is free but it’s implicit that you should order food or drinks. The dance floor is small but it exists. Suitable for four or five couples. Most often no one is dancing, so there are good chances to take the floor in possession. The floor is a rough wooden floor so slippery shoes is recommended. Telephone number to the kitchen is +46 8 714 8011

Stora Skuggan outdoor summer Lindy hop – A beautiful dancefloor by a pond, surrounded by meadows and forests at Stora Skuggan, (The Big Shadow), a beautiful walk from the subway station Universitetet. Open every Sunday between May and September. Bring pick nick, shoo-fly pie and apple pan dowdy, and enjoy the beauty of dancing lindy hop outside between 16:00 and 20:00 every Sunday, even during Herräng. Pay 20 SEK (or 2 Euro) and a smile to the DJ who is spinning tunes for four hours. Also bring all the water you need, for there are no beverages to be found nearby. The dance floor has a lovely roof to protect from rains. Walk from subway station Universitetet or from Stora Skuggans Väg 30, where you find car parking. For directions:

The five o´clock whistle – every second Thursday (even weeks) DJ Salta katten and his friends will get the dance floor rocking at restaurant Grammofon, located on Upplandsgatan 18, in Stockholm center city. Nice atmosphere, good wooden floor and often plenty of space. The dance starts at 6 pm. Admission to the dance floor 50 SEK. The restaurant opens half past five and offers discounted rates if you order through the facebook event, see below. You can also order from the menu on the site, charged regular price. For the thirsty dancers are water buffet.