Drinking alcohol is generally allowed in public areas, with some obvious exceptions, such as schools, playgrounds, indoor malls and public transport areas. In some parks, drinking is prohibited from midnight. [http://www.stockholm.se/-/Karta/?lager=163931#lager=163931¢erposition=6580761%2C1626947&zoom=25 Map of dry areas]
* '''Systembolaget''' [http://www.systembolaget.se/Applikationer/Knappar/InEnglish/]. Generally open M-W 10:00-18:00, Th-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-15:00, all stores closed Su
. If you want to buy alcoholic beverages in Sweden (with the exception of low-alcohol "folköl" beer and restaurants), you literally have no other choice than Systembolaget, the state- operated monopoly chain. The stores have a wide assortment and very helpful, knowledgeable staff. Swedish alcohol taxation makes beer and hard liquor expensive. Surprisingly, more exclusive wines can be a bargain. Ask the staff for advice . A Swedish specialty is ''kryddat brännvin'', herb-flavoured aquavit (served icecold in small glasses often accompanied by songs). Note that Systembolaget is not allowed to sell items chilled. You need to be able to prove that you are over 20 years old, so be sure to bring photo ID. For more information, see the section on Systembolaget in the ''[[Sweden#Systembolaget|Sweden]]'' article. Central locations include:
**Lilla Nygatan 18 (''T Gamla Stan'').
**Klarabergsgatan 62 (''T T-Centralen''). Extra late hours: Closes 20:00 all weekdays.