Must-see nightlife in Norway

  • Cardinal


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

  • Ritz

    The Far North

    A restaurant, disco and pub attracting a mainly younger crowd, with a big screen dominating proceedings whenever the football's on.

  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • G


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

  • Havna

    The Far North

    An earthy sailors' hangout overlooking the harbour and a rusting Russian hulk. A great place to play pool or darts.

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