The ultimate list of quirky hipster bars in Oslo

March 13, 2017 • 3 min read

Despite it’s modern city center, Oslo has it’s bohemian parts of the city. It can be seen in the area of Grünerløkka, or in the cool bars that can be found here and there. Here’s our ultimate list of quirky hipster bars in Oslo! 

1. Blå, Brenneriveien 9 C
Close to the river Akerselva and smushed in the area where street-art covers almost all walls lies the bar/club Blå. If you prefer to listen to some live tunes whilst sipping a beer, this is the place for you. Although they focus on jazz – and has jazznight on Sundays – all types of bands have been playing here. During summer, they have one of the best outdoor seatings in Oslo.

2. Schouskjellern Mikrobryggeri, Trondheimsveien 2
Just in the beginning of Grünerløkka lies the micro brewery Schouskjellern, located in a small cellar. The brewery is situated right there in the basement, with four 500-liter tanks. Try their brewed beer (they have created and served over 60 beers over the years) and enjoy the atmosphere under the vaulted brick ceilings and in front of the massive fireplace.

3. Himkok, Storgata 27
What now seems to be found everywhere was once the focal point for Himkok – it’s the first micro distillery in Norway. It’s also seen as one of the finest bars in the city. It’s not that very well-known in Oslo, and we can only guess that one of the reasons is the anonymous entrance to the bar. It’s hidden between a hairdresser and Asian supermarket and doesn’t have a sign. Himkok does definitely fit under ‘quirky’ – one of the reason being the fact that they have cocktails on tap. PS. Don’t miss the restaurant Munnsjenk located in the back-yard, the outdoor seating here is fab!

4. Den Gamle Skobutikken, Torggata 9B
With a name translating to “the Old Shoe Shop”, Den Gamle Skobutikken has already made it into our list of quirky hipster bars in Oslo. Walking inside won’t make you disappointed; inside you’ll find palm trees, a rooftop terrace, a glass wall facing the passageway. The concrete floor with it’s black interior doesn’t exactly hurt either.

5. Hytta Bar, Thorvald Meyers gate 70
Small but lovely, Hytta Bar is the hipster pub to go to if you like a good gin & tonic and prefer your music on vinyl. Be prepared for beards, pop-up concerts and atmospheric sparks from the fireplace.

Almost made the list: St. Pauli Biergarten, Sannergata 1 B
Located by Akerselva river lies the beer garden St. Pauli. They’re only open during the summer, but once they’re open they have garden games such as badminton. If you love sports, or should we say football, you need to go here – St. Pauli only shows old but golden football matches.