The Far North drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Honningsvåg


For a shiver in summer and a sense of how Nordkapp must hit the senses in winter, visit Artico (adult/child 139/40kr), one of Norway's original ice bars. Owner, Spaniard José Milares, a polar photographer and advent…
Pub in Tromsø


Reputedly the oldest pub in town, and once the hang-out for salty fishermen and Arctic sailors, this is now the brewpub for the excellent Mack Brewery. There are 67 Norwegian ales on tap to try – including a selecti…
Bar in Tromsø


Bastard (with the stress on the second syllable; let's not get unwittingly confrontational) is a cool basement hangout with low beams and white, furry walls (no polar bears killed during construction). It engages ar…
Bar in Tromsø


Norway's oldest film house will satisfy both cinephiles and those in search of a great cafe. The bar is a hip place with free wi-fi and weekend DJs. At other times, the bartender spins from the huge collection of vi…
Bar in Tromsø


Former cinema Bardus serves up Oscar-worthy cocktails and a selection of local beers to a mature crowd. It's smart without being pretentious, with weighty wooden tables, sofa seating and potted bamboo trees lending …
Pub in Vardø

Nordpol Kro

Dating from 1858, with wooden boards and antique bric-a-brac, Nordpol Kro lays good claim to being northern Norway's oldest eatery. Your friendly landlord, Bjørn Bredesen, has what must be just about anywhere's most…
Bar in Alta


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 and exotic cocktails, have live music from time to time and the…
Bar in Tromsø

Blå Rock Café

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. There's almost 50 brands of beer to wash them down. Kitchen…
Cafe in 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.
Cafe in 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 morphs into a cool space for cocktails and clubbers after dark. U…