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a Dodgey Bar and a Double Axel Jump

6 April, 2010

Whilst in Stockholm last year, my friend took me on a delectable culinary tour.  The highlights included a Mongolian buffet, Max (the Swedish version of McDonalds) and -by far the most glamorous- the Lejon Bar.  Lejon is located in the Huvudsta subway station of Solna, a Municipality of Stockholm (you’ll not find it on the tourist map, I’m afraid).

I was forewarned that the Lejon (‘Lion’) Bar was a bit grubby, but that the quality of the pizza more than made up for its decor.  I’m not one to begrudge a restaurant its interior design–should the food be remarkable–so I kept an open mind.  But, opening the heavy front door, it was apparent that the emphasis at this establishment was on drink, not food.  Our fellow diners (well, drinkers: they weren’t here for the ‘famed’ pizza) could best be described as old, fat, lonely Swedish men.

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In between sips of beer and shots of whiskey (at 1 in the afternoon), they fixed their eyes on the either of the two televisions.  And what held their fervent attention?

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She skated Beautifully. Also Note the rather Awesome ‘Lejon’ graffiti.

The ever masculine, ever macho and aggressive sport of…ladies figure skating.

(You’ll have to pardon the poor photography above.  I was, understandably, a tad uncomfortable taking photographs in this dimly lit and rather seedy establishment.  These grainy shots, slyly taken with my mobile phone, will have to suffice.)

A final Lejon note: I rather liked this beer coaster, which proclaims ‘I’m Out Smoking!’.  The dexterous combination of clip art is to be admired.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. John gerbner permalink
    22 April, 2010 4:14 am

    What are you doing in a bar like that!
    (I guess this is why ___ doesn’t want ___ to be on ____ ____.)

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