Must-see nightlife in Norway

  • Villa

    Oslo

    With arguably the best sound system in the city, this is a diehard house- and electro-music club. In addition to Friday and Saturday, check for the…

  • Kaffebørsen

    The Coast

    Excellent coffee at this friendly place, with terrace views that make it even better. Ask about its live-music late-opening nights if you're here in…

  • Galleri

    The Coast

    The centre of Grimstad's nightlife has DJs, jam sessions, quiz nights and a crowd that seems to spring from Grimstad's woodwork when you least expect it.

  • Svalbar

    Longyearbyen

    Svalbar is your fairly standard Norwegian bar with a dartboard, billiard table, and small menu of food until 11pm. It's popular with a younger crowd.

  • Kaffebønna

    Tromsø

    One of our favourite Tromsø cafes, this cool little spot right in the town centre does the city's best coffee, accompanied by tasty pastries.

  • Dromedar Kaffebar

    Trondheim

    This longstanding local self-service coffee favourite serves what could be Trondheim's best coffee, in all sizes, squeezes and strengths. Inside is…

  • Skapåbar

    Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords

    A busy basement bar, cafe and vintage shop that's a great spot to meet locals while sampling a huge selection of microbrewed beer. Snack on open…

  • Circa

    Tromsø

    One building, two venues. Downstairs, Circa is a cavernous cafe-bar with a retro aesthetic that serves light meals by day on Friday and Saturday, and…

  • Checkpoint Charlie

    Stavanger

    This venue has been around for 30-odd years, making it older than most of the current regulars. Still, everyone in Stavanger ends up here at some point…

  • Lorry

    Oslo

    There's nothing New Nordic about Lorry: just ask the fictional Harry Hole of the Jo Nesbø detective novels. But it's a great place for an atmospheric old…

  • Haakons Pub

    Central Norway

    A spit-and-sawdust locals' pub, heavy on the wood and light on the luxuries. By day it's the preserve of elbow-on-the-bar drinkers; when the sun sets it…

  • Ujevnt

    Bergen

    You might find yourself in this moody little bar one afternoon, nursing a pint of the excellent Voss Bryggeri nut-brown ale on tap, but it's hard not to…

  • Kaffebrenneri

    Bergen

    This coffee roaster and cafe is a good bet for a caffeine fix if you're out in the southern neighbourhood of Møhlenpris. It roasts its own beans and also…

  • Colonel Mustard

    Oslo

    Large vintage-furniture-filled pub named for a character from the boardgame Cluedo. There's a large range of beers on tap, lots of cosy nooks to settle…

  • Public

    Bodø

    Supersized stills from punk-rock shows line the walls and a life-sized Elvis props up the bar of this minimalist place with its black leather stools. It…

  • Henrik

    Bergen

    Unusually, this petit pub is upstairs but, rest assured, it's the 'brownest' of the brown – well-known and loved for its beer selection. Last count there…

  • Hanekam

    Stavanger

    One of several decent bars along this cobbled fairy-lit street, the 'Mohican' is a lively spot to mix with some locals and down a few brews. The vibe is…

  • Sosialen

    Oslo

    A good choice if you're not sure if you want to go out for a drink or have something to eat and kick on. There's a menu of Norwegian and international…

  • GNU

    Stavanger

    A classic rock'n'roll bar, for when you want to rock out with your øl (beer). Take your Pilsner upstairs for brilliant views of the harbour or pull up a…

  • Macbeth

    Trondheim

    Homesick Scots will feel at home and Geordies with nostalgia can weep into their draught Newcastle Brown at this self-styled 'Whisky and Aquavit Bar'…

  • Nøden Pub

    Western Finnmark

    This local favourite near the Scandic Hotel Honningsvåg often has live music, and is more of a local haunt than tourist hot spot. The local chapter of the…

  • Don Pippo

    Bergen

    A little corner of Italy comes to Bergen at this pleasant little bar, where you can sip wines by the glass and tuck into bruschetta and panini alongside…

  • Café Sting

    Stavanger

    A great bet if you want to dodge the harbour hubbub, this old, whitewashed house attracts a more cultured crowd for gigs, jazz nights and exhibitions…

  • Legal

    Bergen

    Possibly Bergen's best student bar, this laid-back, hipster-embracing place is friendly and fun. There's Tuesday grill nights, sausages whenever and DJs…

  • Cardinal

    Stavanger

    This trad pub is the choice for craft-beer aficionados – they serve what claims to be Norway's biggest beer selection. You can taste five at once by…

  • Barents Pub & Spiseri

    Longyearbyen

    A decent hotel bar in the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. The bar food here isn't bad, with a different daily special each day (from 99/125kr on weekdays…

  • No.9 Kaffe & Platebar

    The Coast

    No.9 is the work of Espen Larsen, a local jazz musician who sells a range of (mostly jazz) CDs and plays them while you sip your coffee or snack on a…

  • Piano Bar, Café & Gallery

    Ålesund

    A laid-back bar with a steep rear garden. There's 28 beers on tap, the crowd is young and fun and there are cosy spots if it's cold outside. Live bands…

  • Skarven

    Tromsø

    Skarven has an extensive waterfront terrace and offers fine bar meals and an agreeable atmosphere. It's a fairly generic Norwegian experience by the water…

  • Tea Lounge

    Oslo

    During the day this split-personality bar is a teashop with a small range of leafy brews and a chilled-out soundtrack, but in the dark of night it…

  • Peisen Bar

    Longyearbyen

    At Mary-Ann's Polarrigg, Peisen Bar can get lively in season, although it's a little away from the main drag to draw many passers-by.

  • Kjellar'n

    The Northern Fjords

    The Grand Hotel Bellevue's cellar bar, backlit in startlingly citified pink and lime green, is where the town meets on Saturday night to drink, chat and…

  • B.broremann B.bar

    Stavanger

    One of Stavanger's best-loved bars, this low-key shopfront place draws a discerning over-30s crowd and, later, local hospitality staff for post-shift…

  • Stockfleths

    Oslo

    Founded in 1895, the award-winning Stockfleths is one of Oslo's oldest coffee shops. It also serves wholegrain bread with brown cheese, pastries and…

  • Naboen

    Bergen

    A solid, no-nonsense basement pub that's serious about its beer. There's also a popular Swedish restaurant upstairs if you need sustenance.

  • Christian's Bar

    The Northern Fjords

    On the 1st floor of Thon Hotel Storgata, this bar does a passable impression of a Williamsburg hipster haunt.

  • Tromsø Jernbanestasjon

    Tromsø

    This engaging railway-themed pub with its ex-train-carriage seating is typical local humour – Tromsø has never, ever had a railway station.

  • Dromedar Kaffebar

    Trondheim

    Downtown branch of the popular coffee bar (the original is in Bakklandet) with a street-side terrace.

  • G

    Bodø

    With its cave-like entrance on Sjøgata, below the main square, G is a discoteka that packs in the over-25s.

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