Oslo Pub Guide
the best beer bars, pubs and brewpubs

Oslo and its Pubs
Oslo city centre has more pubs than you might have feared. Though the prices are the stuff of nightmares.

Imitation British or Irish pubs are the most popular type of alcohol outlet, though there is a new generation of trendy bars.

Sadly, one of the city's two brewpubs, Studenten, has stopped brewing. Particularly annoying, as it was right in the centre of town. The remaining brewpub, excellent though may be, is an irritating tram ride away.

Oslo Pubs
Norwegian Beer Styles
Norwegian Breweries
Beer to go
Standard strength beer (up to a maximum of 4.75% ABV) is sold in supermarkets. Anyone wanting to sample the dwindling number of stronger beers (down to 22, half of them christmas specials), will need to learn to negotiate the Vinmonopol system of state alcohol shops. At least the ludicrous and illogical maximum strength for beer of 7% has been abolished.

I suggest looking in the Yellow Pages; they're so well hidden you're unlikely to stumble upon one by chance. There are only 135 of them in the whole of Norway. Oslo is lucky enough to have an incredible 22. Most are open:

Monday - Thursday: 10:00-18:00
Friday: 09:00-18:00
Saturday: 09:00-15:00

Oslo Pub Guide
Pub Listings

The Scotsman
Karl Johansgt. 17,
0159 Oslo.

Tel: +47 2247 4477
Fax: +47 2247 4478
E-mail: firma@scotsman.no
Opening hours: Mon - Sun 11:00 - 03:00
Number of draught beers: 6
Number of bottled beers: 6
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks 70 - 90 crowns, meals 200 - 230 crowns. Beer 60 crowns for 0.5 l.
Pub and restaurant on three floors.
Rating: Public transport:

Oslo Mikrobryggeri
Bogstadveien 6,
0355 Oslo.

Tel.: 22 56 9776
Opening hours: Sun - Fri 15:00-01:00,
Sat 12:00-01:00
Number of draught beers: 5
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Food: Beer 52 crowns for 0.6 l.
A brewpub slightly outside the city centre. It offers an excellent selection of (mostly) British-style ales. Sadly, the handpumps are fake.
Rating: **** Public transport:

Prinsensgt. 22,

Tel: 022 - 42 50 45
Opening hours: Mon - Tue 11:00 -01:00,
Wed - Sat 11:00-03:00,
Sun 02:00-12:00
Number of draught beers: 35
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.
A pub which is supposed to have Norway's largest beer selection.
Rating: Public transport:

Beer Palace
Holmens gate 3,
0250 Oslo.

Phone 2283 7155
Opening hours: Mon - Friday 13:00 - 03:00,
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 03:00
Number of draught beers:
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
A pub over a couple of floors with a large selection of Belgian beers.
Rating: Public transport:

Amerika Linjen
Jernbanetorget 2,
0154 Oslo.

Tel.: 22 41 91 00
Fax 22 41 91 16
Email: b.p.pub@online.no
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 14:00-02:00,
Fri-Sat 14:00-03:00,
Sun 12:00-24:00
Number of draught beers: 9
Number of bottled beers: 16
Regular draught beers:
Food: Beer 54-61 NOK for 0.5 l.
A late-19th century pub with lots of wood and brass. Very handily placed right next to the railway station.
Rating: Public transport:

Parkveien 12,
0350 Oslo.

Tel: 2269 6904
Fax: 2260 9809
Opening hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 - 03:30,
Sun 12:00 - 01:30.
Number of draught beers:
Number of bottled beers: +-100
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals. Beer 60 NOK for 0.5l
The pub with the largest selection of beer in Oslo.
Rating: Public transport:

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