The Coast drinking and nightlife

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 Arendal

Lille Andevinge

What looks like traditional seaside wooden shop has been given a complete makeover inside, with a dark and urban look. Come and lounge by the fire with a bottle of wine or hang at the bar and get the friendly barten…
Bar in Kristiansand


This is Kristiansand's bastion of alternative culture and is where you'll find the city's most interesting locals. It's located in a beautiful island spot; head here for all-organic cake and coffee, and for a range …
Beer Hall in Egersund

Mungåt Beer Bar

This stylish weekend-only beer-mad basement bar focuses on the Norwegian microbreweries, though it also has speciality beers from the big national breweries. There's 14 on tap and over 100 in bottles. Ask about even…
Bar in Kristiansand

Frk Larsen

A great all-day drinking hole, with a mellow ambience by day and late-night music for the crowds on weekend nights. The cocktail bar opens at 8pm, but the sofas are just as attractive for a midday coffee en route to…
Bar in Kristiansand

Onkel Aksel Musikkbistro

Right on Kristiansand's workaday dock stretch, this industrial space is both dive bar and live venue, as well as a good place for a late-night snack. There's a terrace with great views for daytime visits too.
Cafe in Flekkefjord


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 summer.
Bar in Grimstad


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.
Cafe in Kristiansand

Café Generalen

Up in the green spaces of Ravnedalen, this cute cafe hosts a range of special nights and concerts, as well as being known for its burger menu.
Cafe in Kristiansand

Cuba Life

Great little hole-in-the-wall cafe with excellent espresso and filter coffee, plus a whole range of coffee beans and chocolate to take away.