Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Fuglen

Fuglen and its crew of merry entrepreneurs are part of Oslo's dour-to-dreamily-cool reinvention. Since overhauling this cafe, they've launched a coffee and Norwegian design mini-empire in Japan, while in their home …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Grünerløkka & Vulkan

Territoriet

A true neighbourhood wine bar that's also the city's most exciting. The grape-loving owners offer up more than 300 wines by the glass and do so without a list. Talk to the staff about your preferences and – yes, thi…
Top Choice Bar in Honningsvåg

Artico

For a shiver in summer and a sense of how Nordkapp must hit the senses in winter, visit Artico (adult/child 139/40kr), one of Norway's original ice bars. Owner, Spaniard José Milares, a polar photographer and advent…
Top Choice Bar in Trondheim

Ila Brainnstasjon

This Trondheim institution is the best place in the city to see live music (most nights around 9pm; on Thursdays at 6pm), but it's a fine little bar-cafe even when nothing's on the bill. We especially love its 2pm S…
Top Choice Coffee in Grünerløkka & Vulkan

Tim Wendelboe

Tim Wendelboe is often credited with kick-starting the Scandinavian coffee revolution, and his eponymous cafe and roastery is both a local freelancers' hang-out and an international coffee-fiend pilgrimage site. All…
Top Choice Bar in Bergen

Landmark

This large, airy room is a beautiful example of 1930s Norwegian design and is named for architect Ole Landmark. It multitasks: daytime cafe, lecture and screening hall; live-performance space, and venue for some of …
Top Choice Coffee in Ålesund

Jacu Coffee Roastery

The west coast's most highly respected coffee roastery is headquartered in this sensitively remodelled industrial space. Drop in for an espresso or a made-to-order filter, breakfast pastries and lunch sandwiches. If…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Grünerløkka & Vulkan

Torggata Botaniske

The greenhouse effect done right, with a lush assortment of indoor plants (including a warm herb-growing area) as well as beautiful mid-century light fittings and chairs, chandeliers, and lots of marble and mirrors.…
Top Choice Cafe in Kristiansand

Mean Bean

Owner Steinar Svenning roasts coffee for Mean Bean and its sibling, Cuba Life, under the Mean Bean name. This wonderful high-ceilinged space has, naturally, fabulous coffee but the friendly staff here also serve up …
Top Choice Bar in Trøndelag

Skjenestova

In the tiny hamlet of Skorovatn (population around 40), amid the forests west of the E6, beer-lover Inge Staldvik has created his own version of paradise. This eclectic pub has more than 500 different beers, 160 aqu…