Food & Drinks

8 Drinks You Need to Try in Uppsala

From modern mango cocktails to personally customized GTs or exclusive specialty coffees – in Uppsala, you’ll find classic cocktail bars as well as some more unique places offering memorable drinking experiences for both locals and visitors. Unwind after a day of sightseeing, celebrate a special occasion, or simply treat yourself to something delicious to drink. Here are the drinks you should sip on when you’re in Uppsala. Cheers!

Uppsala boasts a variety of unique craft producers when it comes to beverages. If you’re interested in wine, you’ll find several nice wine bars with a unique selection, but the beer culture also thrives here with a good selection of local microbreweries. And as one would expect from a university town, there are many great options when it comes to bars and cocktail lounges.

If you’re looking for non-alcoholic alternatives, you won’t go thirsty either. No Uppsala visit is complete without a nice cup of coffee, and here you’ll find both locally roasted beans and specialty coffees from around the world. Tea enthusiasts might enjoy a visit to one of the traditional tea shops or a take away of Taiwanese bubble tea.

En bartender håller fram en GT-drink

Photo: Domcraft

1. Order a personalized GT at Domcraft

Gin & Tonic, or GT, is one of the world’s most popular drinks. But forget simple, dull drink mixes – at Domcraft, they have taken the making of GTs to the next level. In fact, they boast one of Europe’s largest number of combination options when it comes to creating the perfect GT. Even connoisseurs are likely to be pleasantly surprised here, thanks to the constantly expanding range of gins, tonics, and exciting toppings. What makes Domcraft even more unique is that they mix your GT entirely according to your personal taste. After chatting for a while, the bartender creates a drink based on your taste preferences, giving you a completely unique drinking experience.

Domcraft | S:t Eriks Gränd, 15, Uppsala

En take away-mugg me bubble tea i forumgallerian

2. Try bubble tea or a traditional Chinese tea ceremony

Gongfu tea, or kung fu tea, literally means “making tea with skill.” It is a traditional Chinese method and ceremony for tea serving, where the tea is presented along with various utensils used to create the perfect cup. It’s anything but your ordinary quick dose of caffeine on the go; instead, your drink break becomes a moment of mindfulness. You can try this experience at Yocha Studio, an oasis of Asian tea culture and design shop in one, right in the middle of the pedestrian street in Uppsala.

Bubble tea, on the other hand, is on the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to Asian tea culture. This trendy drink, originally from Taiwan, is often served in large to-go cups and its contents are just as they sound – bubbly, sweet, milky tea. Right at the entrance of the Forumgallerian you’ll find the charming Oolong Tea House – grab your drink and sip it while taking a stroll in the mall.

Yocha Studio | Kungsängsgatan 5B, Uppsala
Oolong Teahouse | Smedsgränd 5A

Brinnande bardisk på Shotluckan i Uppsala

Photo: Shotluckan

3. Take a flaming shot among the students

Shotluckan truly puts the experience in the term drinking experience. More often than not, the bar counter is literally on fire, and the bartenders will sometimes dress up in character for your drink order. It’s totally crazy – and a lot of fun! The clientele mostly consists of party-hungry students and young people, who stay all night or are taking a pit stop in their way out into Uppsala’s nightlife. On the menu, you’ll find various fun shots like Raspberry Pie, Harry Shotter, and Bumbiberry Juice (but of course, there are also food options and non-alcoholic drinks to try).

Shotluckan | Drottninggatan 12, Uppsala

Bartender river kryddor över en drink

Photo: Miss Voon Uppsala

4. Sip on a Tonka Sour in the rooftop bar

Miss Voon offers spectacular views for your cocktail hour – here you have panoramic views over all of Uppsala. In the bar, skilled bartenders shake some of the city’s best drinks. The guest favorite is called Tonka Sour, a sour vanilla dream with herbal, warm citrus tones consisting of gin, cocoa butter, Tio Pepe, vanilla liqueur, sake with yuzu flavor, black pepper, lemon, and egg white. Don’t miss out on the delicious modern Asian food here either!

Miss Voon at Elite Hotel Academia | Suttungs gränd 6, Uppsala


5. Taste locally brewed beer straight from the brewery

Ångkvarn is a brewery and pub combined. You can actually see the brewery behind the bar counter – if you’re here on a night when brewing is in progress, you’ll see the brewmaster at work and smell the malt and hops in the air. Simply put – it’s hard to get hold on fresher and more locally produced beer than this! If you want to try several of the beer varieties, there’s a popular tasting paddle available to order.

Ångkvarn Brewery | Östra Ågatan 59, Uppsala

En man häller kaffe i ett glas

6. Specialty coffee from the "hole in the wall" on Drottninggatan

Arrenius & Company is the place where regulars come for their daily dose of espresso, coffee connoisseurs come to buy rare beans, and the curious engage in conversation with Anders or his staff to learn something new about the Swedes favorite hot drink. Ask what specialty coffee they have for the day – and if you like what you get in your cup or glass, you can always buy a bag to take home. In addition to coffee, there are also teas, chocolates, and confectioneries on the shelves, perfect to bring home as gifts.

Arrenius & Co | Drottninggatan 6A, Uppsala

En röd drink på svart glasbord

7. Summer in a glass at 7 Flaskor

The cocktail bar 7 Flaskor (7 Bottles) gets its name from serving only 7 types of spirits. The cocktail menu here is very ambitious, creative, and changes with the seasons, but one drink returns year after year. The signature drink that appears just in time for summer is simply called “Strawberries & Cream,” but varies in execution, style, and flavor combinations. Towards spring, there is always a hype about how this year’s version will turn out. However, one can be sure that it will taste delicious, as the team behind this bar and the restaurant Dryck och Mat (Drink and Food) always deliver great taste experiences.

7 Flaskor | Olof Palmes Plats 2, Uppsala


Photos: Iberico / Asian Square

8. Cocktails for Dessert at Iberico or Asian Square

Are you one of those who, after a nice dinner, always struggle to decide between dessert or a good drink? Fortunately, both the tapas bar Iberico and the restaurant Asian Square have made it easy for you! At Iberico, located next to the river at Fyristorg, guests’ absolute favorite drink Coco Mambo, satisfying both the sweet tooth and any longings for warmer climates – this passion fruit drink with coconut foam takes you to the Caribbean in an instant. At the main square in the city center, Asian Square has crafted the cocktail Strawberry n’ Elderflower, combining Swedish strawberries with Asian yuzu sake, and a light elderflower foam. The best part? You can actually make it to both places in one evening…

Iberico | Fyristorg 8, 753 10 Uppsala
Asian Square | Stora Torget 10,753 20 Uppsala