WELCOME

Experiences and adventures with the humble blue mussel in a starring role. Our business offers a restaurant & bar experience as well as various boat tours. We started in the historic health spa resort of Lyckorna, Ljungskile and have now expanded to a new development on Kleven, Smögen with a wonderful view overlooking the sea and the famous Smögen Bryggan on Sweden’s beautiful West Coast,

THE MUSSEL BAR

Our idea of a West Swedish gourmet experience. Enjoy only the freshest blue mussels, with classic accompaniments, in an environment that’s relaxed and intimate yet rich with tradition. We also include a choice of fish, meat and vegetarian dish on our menu.

MENU

We keep it simple and let the mussels speak for themselves in all our dishes. The French fries as well as the aioli are homemade. As far as possible we buy raw ingredients locally, based on what the season is offering. Our mussels always come from Scanfjord’s farms – maybe you’ve helped to harvest them yourself!

The mussels are prepared using our own house recipe, which is more or less as follows: We sauté onions and garlic in rapeseed oil with finely chopped vegetables. When the contents begin to sweat we add finely chopped parsley and chilli, letting them cook for a minute or two before we add white wine, boiling to reduce a little before finally adding the mussels.

That all cooks together with the lid on until the mussels have opened and the meat inside has a lovely texture and loads of flavour.
When that’s done we’re ready to serve our dark blue gold with one or several of our classic accompaniments and delicious sauces. You’ll always find our signature dishes – moules frites, moules marinière and moules Roquefort – on the menu.

There are a lot of fantastic flavours from the sea so you will also find other types of mussels, shellfish and fish on our menu. We also offer a meat dish as well as vegetarian options.

Our bar serves a great variety of well-chosen drinks, whether we’re talking about alcohol free, locally produced apple juice or water from our own well. The beer, champagne and wine list are carefully composed by our wine experts. The bar also offers a varied selection of liqueurs and spirits.

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LOBSTER DINNER

Musselbaren Lobster dinner – We set up our tables for a delicious lobster fest with the best of the Swedish lobster and flavours.

Lobster fishing season start: 7.00 am the first Monday after the 20th of September, this year the 24th of September the hunt for the so called black gold starts, a tradition with lots of stories and myths to tell from the West of Sweden.

Join us for what we think is the cosiest time of the year – the autumn, with lots of candles, high skies, long walks and you can follow the changes of our nature with its breath-taking shapes and colours.

We will have a special Lobster dinner offer during October. The dates will be published during August. We will also offer the possibility to go fishing for the black gold on an exclusive tour with the fishing boat Wendla and learn all about how to put the bait, where to put the lobster pots and all about the lobsters. Your skipper Olof will tell old tales and stories from the days where he started as a young boy on his father’s fishing boat in Smögen as well as fishing stories

Please contact us if you have any questions or if the date you would like to visit is fully booked and we will try and help you. Please send an email to kleven@musselbaren.se or call us on 0523-23377.

CHRISTMAS SMORGASBORD

With lit candles, cooking and baking..

Come and enjoy Musselbarens Christmas smorgasbord in Smögen. Our aim is to offer a Christmas dinner experience with focus on creating a genuine feeling with local products in an environment of Swedish local handicraft and years of tradition.

The autumn is a time when nature flourishes and a lot of local products are ready to be harvested, fished, hunted and prepared. We light a lot of candles and we take long walks enjoying the seasonal changes. The autumn is for us the cosiest part of the year.

Our most loved mussel will of course be a very large part of our version of a traditional Swedish Christmas smorgasbord but we will also offer the traditional dishes as well as other shellfish, meat and vegetables. Our chefs have already started to create new dishes and taste sensations with our twist.

We normally start during the end of November and serve our chrismas smorgosbord during the month of December. More details will follow.

MAKE A RESERVATION

OPENING TIMES

Our opening times vary according to the season. On the other hand you could say we’re always open – all you have to do is give us a ring and we’ll come to an arrangement to suit your needs. We’re happy to organise parties and events, both big and small, for businesses or the general public. Contact us using the form below or by telephone and we’ll talk more!


Thursday: 17-22 pm
Friday: 17-23 pm
Saturday: 12-23 pm

Please contact us for event or catering requesst on our email kleven@musselbaren.se

You can always find information about any changes in our opening hours for example during holidays on our facebook page or please call us +46 523 23377

MUSSELBAR EXPEDITIONS

Mussel expeditions from Klocktornet (The Clock Tower), next to the Mussel Bar in Lyckorna, Ljungskile, have fixed departure times from April to October.

Voyage out into the fjord to the mile wide mussel farms where you’ll harvest live blue mussels, which we’ll then prepare and enjoy together back at Klocktornet.

Read more or book your expedition

ON BOARD

MS Märta is a 16 ton steel hulled boat, 11 metres long and 3.6 metres deep, capable of carrying up to 12 passengers in addition to the crew. We always take something to drink and eat with us, and there’s a toilet on board. Life jackets and weather proof clothing are also kept on board and if the weather is really bad there’s room in the cockpit for all. Please bring comfortable footwear – preferably boots, and a warm hat and gloves or mittens with you.

Safety is paramount and the skipper will make a decision on a case by case basis, putting guests’ welfare first, if the trip will go ahead. The fjords our mussels grow in are quite sheltered so the weather is generally not an issue, as the waves aren’t usually big enough to cause a problem. The tour will probably be cancelled if the weather is stormy or there’s a thunderstorm. Naturally the boat carries all the necessary safety equipment and a thorough inspection is made before every departure. The trip lasts about 4-5 hours. The journey can be shorter depending on content, and location of mussel farm, and can be made longer if you wish to add other activities to the event.

A substantial fisherman’s sandwich, coffee, tea water or soft drink is normally included in the price. This can of course be added to depending on the time and the group’s own requirements.

The mussels are usually prepared when we have landed back at Lyckorna, on the large cooking area in the Mussel Bar. Alternatively, depending on the size of the group and where we have set out from, we can go ashore on a beach to make food, or cook the mussels on board the boat.

If you have any allergies or want to eat something other than mussels we can sort an alternative if you let us know in advance.

ABOUT M/S MÄRTA

Length: 10.60 m
Width: 3.6 m
Weight: 16 ton
Diesel tank: 1400 litres
Water tank: 400 litres
Septic tank: 70 litres
Motor: Penta D7
Bow thruster: Sleipner 13 hp

NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT:
Nautical charts, plotter, echo sounder, VHF, navigation lights, work lights

SAFETY EQUIPMENT:
Life jackets, survival suits, rainwear, life belts, fire extinguishers, first aid, flares, anchor

WORK EQUIPMENT:
Hiab 027 crane with capstan winch, line hauler, bilge pump, deck lighting

MISCELLANEOUS:
Flush toilet, sleeping hammocks, Calor gas stove

GUEST SERVICE

The restaurant area is accessible for people with limited mobility such as wheelchair users. We also have baby diaper changing facilities.
Half of the tables in the Mussel Bar are bookable, inside as well as outside.
There’s a guest harbour on the doorstep which is managed by Smögens Hamn.
Parking can be difficult sometimes, especially when the weather brings out the crowds. However there are several places nearby where you can park, such as the parking garage on Kleven and the public parking lots at the entrance to Smögen. You’re welcome to drive up to drop guests and luggage off at the Mussel Bar first and then go and find a space to park.
You can easily get to Smögen by public transport whether you’re arriving from the north, east or the south. You can walk to the Mussel Bar from Smögen Station in around 20 minutes at average walking speed.
There’s a wide range of accommodation choices in the area, of varying price classes and types. Get in touch and we’ll happily help with our accommodation top tips.
The Mussel Bar has a WiFi network which guests are welcome to use.
If there’s anything else you want to ask us about before, during or after your stay, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

How to find us

E6 towards Oslo from Gothenburg.
Take the exit at Gläborgmotet and follow the signs to towards Kungshamn/Hunnebostrand/Smögen.  Keep right after the exit, then follow the signs towards road 162 Lysekil/164 Dingle/ 171 Kungshamn/Hunnebostrand/Smögen. At the round about take the third exit towards road 162. After 5,7 kilometers take a right towards road 171. At the next round about take the second exit towards road 174. Follow the road until you arrive in Smögen. Keep to the right and turn into Storgatan. Take a right on Brunnsgatan. Continue until you reach Klevenvägen. At the second round about take a left and walk towards the water where you will find Tunnbindarvägen 5B and “Musselbaren”

E6 from Uddevalla/Oslo.
Take the exit at Gläborgmotet and follow the signs towards Kungshamn/Hunnebostrand/Smögen. Keep right after the exit, then follow the signs towards road 162 Lysekil/164 Dingle/ 171 Kungshamn/Hunnebostrand/Smögen. At the round about take the third exit towards road 162. After 5,7 kilometers take a right towards road 171. At the next round about take the second exit towards road 174. Follow the road until you arrive in Smögen. Keep to the right and turn into Storgatan. Take a right on Brunnsgatan. Continue until you reach Klevenvägen. At the second round about take a left and walk towards the water where you will find Tunnbindarvägen 5B and “Musselbaren”

CONTACT

Tel. +46 (0)523-23377