Must-see nightlife in Norway

  • Karlsberger Pub

    Longyearbyen

    Enter this place, put on your shades and be dazzled at the sight of over 1000 bottles of whisky, brandy and sundry spirits shimmering behind the bar at…

  • Una Bryggeri

    Bergen

    Craft-beer aficionados will want to reserve a good few hours to work their way through the panoply of brews available at this red-brick brewery by the…

  • Altona Vinbar

    Bergen

    Set in a warren of vaulted underground rooms that date from the 16th century, Altona's huge, carefully selected wine list, soft lighting and murmured…

  • Vågen

    Bergen

    Coffee beans from Ethiopia, Brazil and Colombia are just a few of the selection available at this studiously shabby coffee bar, ideally placed for a…

  • Café Opera

    Bergen

    A stalwart of Bergen's cafe scene for decades, this is an attractive twin-floored space that's pleasantly set back from the harbour hustle. By day it's a…

  • Kaffemisjonen

    Bergen

    Bergen's coffee crowd has been well served by this upmarket cafe for more than a decade now, and it's still the place to go for top-notch flat whites and…

  • Bare Blåbær

    Trondheim

    Join the throng that packs both the interior and dockside terrace of this popular place over near the Solsiden waterfront area. It's renowned for its…

  • Dama Di – Kunst, Kaos & Bar

    Bodø

    With a motto that translates roughly as 'art and chaos bar', Dama Di combines sophistication with an edgy, contemporary feel and eclectic decor. Art…

  • Apollon

    Bergen

    Sink a beer while you browse for some vintage vinyl at this oh-so-cool record store and late-night hang-out, in business since 1976. Racks of records take…

  • Bortenfor

    Oslo

    The only sign Bortenfor is there is the gate on Brenneriveien, so if you're lost best head for the bridge by stalwart club-bar Blå, but instead turn right…

  • Oslovelo

    Oslo

    Celebrate cycling at this light and friendly cafe and bar. It does all-day breakfast with coffee from Supreme and serves all manner of beers, including…

  • Ægir Bryggeri

    The Western Fjords

    Looking for all the world like a stave church, Æegir Brewery, all appealing woodwork and flagstones, offers six different kinds of draught beer, all…

  • Angst

    Oslo

    Dark, yes, but otherwise far from angsty, this is one of Oslo's favourite small bars. Staff are friendly, there's passageway tables for summer, and a…

  • Jonas B Gundersen Jazzkjøkken

    Southern Norway

    This 'jazz kitchen' chain has a few outlets around southern Norway. This one is a cosy place to come for a drink or to see who might be playing on the…

  • Milk

    Ålesund

    A very stylish big-windowed bar that is right on the water and open late. While grown Norwegians are indeed known to neck a glass of the white stuff, it's…

  • Onkel Oskar

    Nordland

    With a wonderful old fireplace and an antique air, this place has semi-regular pub quizzes and is a surprisingly cool place for provincial little…

  • Apoteker'n

    Ålesund

    Within Jugendstil Senteret, this stylish, friendly little place offers excellent coffee and cake. There's also a good lunch menu of sandwiches and salads,…

  • Røør

    Oslo

    Craft-beer credentials (check out that blackboard list!) meet Norwegian fun with shuffleboard, an excellent vinyl collection and vending-machine snacks…

  • Café Le Frère

    Trondheim

    This agreeable little corner cafe is strewn with flowerpots outside and inside its story is told in two mottos: 'probably the best espresso in the world'…

  • Huset

    Longyearbyen

    Huset is your all-purpose night spot, with a bar and nightclub (cover charge 100kr) where live acts take to the stage on weekends. The wine cellar here…

  • Paul's Boutique

    Oslo

    The Beastie Boys homage moniker might give you a clue as to this bar's ambience and older (though never old) hipster crowd. Parkside beers by day, simple,…

  • Java Espressobar

    Oslo

    Even if you're not in the neighbourhood, if you're a coffee fanatic it's worth the trip to pay homage to Java, which along with Tim Wendelboe and Fuglen…

  • Red Bear Pub & Brewery

    Svalbard

    The locally brewed beer (using pure glacier water) is the big attraction here, but they also serve meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner 150/250/200kr), and they…

  • Hendrix Ibsen

    Oslo

    Perfect place to grab a takeaway coffee for Akkerselva wandering, but you'll probably be tempted to linger over the racks of vintage vinyl or to pick up a…

  • Barila

    Western Finnmark

    There may not be many places to drink in Alta, but this sassy little spot takes up the slack through sheer variety – they serve great coffee, good beer…

  • Hytta

    Oslo

    So many Løkka bars, so little time. This one will grab your attention for its happy intimacy and towering bar stools, as well as Zeppelin on the turntable…

  • Bar Boca

    Oslo

    A proper local's hang-out with an '80s-dive-bar vibe. Beers go down well here, but they're also skilled with classic cocktails. It's a petite place and…

  • Blå Rock Café

    Tromsø

    The loudest, most down 'n' dirty bar in Tromsø packs people in for live music (rock, naturally) and sports, and professes to have the best burgers in town…

  • Mungåt Beer Bar

    The Coast

    This stylish weekend-only beer-mad basement bar focuses on the Norwegian microbreweries, though it also has speciality beers from the big national…

  • Habitat

    Trondheim

    This fine little craft-brewery pub serves an intriguing range of sour beers (or what they call 'experimental beers') and 'hand-crafted pizzas' to an…

  • Champagneria

    Oslo

    Yes, it has Champagne – a very detailed and long list, in fact – but also Spanish cava and Italian prosecco. Spread over two floors, this is a busy after…

  • Funken Bar

    Longyearbyen

    In the Spitsbergen Hotel, Funken is all about open fires, bookshelves lined with weighty tomes and leather armchairs. It's a classy if not particularly…

  • Crowbar & Brewery

    Oslo

    Huge, rustic industrial brewery spread over two floors. They brew their own as well as pouring brews from Haandbryggeriet, Lindheim, Amundsen and Voss,…

  • Studentersamfundet

    Trondheim

    During the academic year, this place has 10 lively bars, a cinema and frequent live music, while in summer it's mostly a travellers' crash pad. It shuts…

  • Kippers Bar & Kafe

    Bergen

    For a tipple with a watery view, then look no further than Kippers, a light and bright cafe with an unmatched outlook over the harbour, docks and far…

  • Totalen

    Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords

    This cafe has the town's best coffee, with beans from Jacu and delicious scones and biscuits. The interesting shopfront space is, in fact, an old theatre…

  • Bettola

    Oslo

    Mid-century furniture, a pretty tiled floor and friendly bar staff give this corner bar a welcoming vibe. It does one of the city's best negronis, and…

  • Det Lille Kaffekompaniet

    Bergen

    This was one of Bergen's first third-wave coffee places and retains a super-local feel. Everyone overflows onto the neighbouring stairs when the sun's out…

  • Tøtta Bar

    Narvik

    Encased in glass on the 16th floor of the Scandic Hotel Narvik, this classy cocktail bar has fabulous views and is not just for those staying at the hotel.

  • Kroa

    Longyearbyen

    Bustling Kroa, with metal bar stools fashioned from old mine stanchions and sealskin rugs, is enduringly popular and blurs the line between restaurant and…

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