Back in Stockholm on a summer evening
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I was back in Stockholm and it had been two weeks since I was there the last time. I decided to stay at the same hotel; the Scandic Anglais because there is a great ambiance in the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood of Stureplan is really lively with loads out outdoor bars and restaurants.
I had decided earlier that day that I didn’t want to fly up but travel there by car instead; the drive took me around 6 hours. I arrived at the hotel and the parking was full, so I just parked the car outside and went in to check in and then find a place for the car afterwards.
I turned on the GPS to find the nearest parking and it turned out that there was a parking some 500 meters from the hotel and I headed for that; it turned out that it was under reconstructing so it was really dusty but they had space so I decided to use it anyway.
After entering ground floor again after the all the dust I spotted the Bistro Jarl on the opposite side of the road; a place that I had not been at before and a place that was always crowded. I thought I could see a table or two that were free in the first row towards the street, so I took the chance and went for it.
I was able to get a table outside which was really nice because the weather was quite nice. The place was almost full and people were dropping in all the time. Even though this place obviously was to wine I decided to go for a beer.
During the dinner I found out that it was quite noisy to sit there, not that I did mind too much but the street was used as a show off street for people with fancy cars. There were loads old American car that passed by, even so youngster with small cars with huge stereos and old guys in expensive cars with small stereos.
After my meal I decided to go back to the hotel and call it a night, but first after a beer in the bar of the hotel. Last time I was there I had spotted a beer in their beer bottle fridge that I had not tried before. It turned out to be a rather pleasant surprise. First the waiter told me that it was ale, so that was what I expected from the taste but it turned out that it was a pleasant tasting beer; it was an Anchor Steam Beer made in San Francisco.
San Francisco's Anchor Steam, has been brewed 1896, and is apparently still almost handmade. The beer has a nice deep amber colour, a fairly creamy head, and good flavours. The Anchor Steam derives its unusual name from the 19th century when "steam" seems to have been a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice.
After the beer I called it a night and headed up to my room that unfortunate was situated on the first floor. I like the neighbourhood but it can be quite noisy and I therefore usually ask for a room high up in the hotel but it was not possible to get this time.