Considering the fact that Oslo is not exactly the cheapest place to go out, the city has a surprisingly good selection of bars, ranging from upscale rooftop venues to speakeasy-style, hard-to-find places. A night out in Oslo would typically start with dinner at a restaurant around 8pm (7pm on weekdays) followed by drinks at a bar until midnight. Expect to spend around 100 NOK on a beer/a glass of house wine, and 130 NOK and up on a cocktail.
We have asked local expert Frank to share some of his favorite bars in Oslo:
New oyster bar in Fredensborg with a good selection of oysters from Norway and abroad. You don’t have to eat oysters at Eff Eff, a lot of people just go for a glass of wine, and maybe some of the non-oyster snacks on the menu.
Elegant bar on the 21st floor at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel on Holberg. Summit Bar underwent a refurbishment in 2016 by the renowned Norwegian architecture and design group Snøhetta, and the bar is probably the best place in Oslo to sip on fancy cocktails while taking in the stunning views of the city.
Cocktail bar and craft distillery located in one of the oldest brick buildings in Oslo. Most of the spirits served in the bar comes from the in-house distillery, and a bottle of Himkok Gin or Himkok Aquavit would both make nice souvenirs of your visit to Oslo. Himkok does not look like much from the outside, and it is easy to walk by, even if you know, where you are going.
Japanese-style izakaya (Japanese pub), located in a basement on St. Olavs Gate. Izakaya has a good selection of Japanese small plates, beer, and sake, and the place really feels like a little piece of Japan in the middle of Oslo.