Nordland drinking and nightlife

Pub in Svolvær


In the same complex as Anker Brygge, this low-beamed, cosy watering hole is bedecked with tools of all kinds. The bar is a lifeboat from a WWII Polish troop ship that washed up in Svolvær in 1946. There's a regular …
Bar in Bodø

Dama Di – Kunst, Kaos & Bar

With a motto that translates roughly as 'art and chaos bar', Dama Di combines sophistication with an edgy, contemporary feel and eclectic decor. Art exhibitions and a pool table keep the strange juxtapositions going…
Bar in Sandnessjøen

Onkel Oskar

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 Sandnessjøen. And we love its motto: 'Alcohol may be man's worst enem…
Cafe in Andenes

Mea Pub & Cafe

A cosy, lantern-lit drinking den is just the spot for a night-time tipple in the Arctic. It also serves food but it's more about nursing your drink of choice in an intimate setting while the wind blows outside.
Cocktail Bar in Narvik

Tøtta Bar

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.
Pub in Svolvær


Svolvær's oldest pub is all dark crannies that speak of sailors long gone. There's football on the telly whenever there's a big game.
Bar in 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 claims to open every night of the year, but we didn't stop by …
Club in Bodø


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