Guide: The Best Cocktail Bars in Oslo Where to Drink in Norway's Capital

Feeling thirsty? We’ve made a guide to the best places to drink craft cocktails in Oslo. These award-winning bars serve the classics, as well as creative signature drinks on constantly changing menus with seasonal ingredients. Some even serve “taptails” – cocktails on tap! Whether you like your drinks light and refreshing, or boozy and punchy, these talented bartenders have something for you. Ready to shake it up? Keep reading to see our favorite places to try specialty cocktails in Oslo!

Looking for more great spots for food and drinks in Norway’s capital? Check out our city map of Oslo!

This is our list of the best cocktail bars in Oslo.
This is our list of the best cocktail bars in Oslo.

Andre Til Høyre

Andre til Høyre is a wine and cocktail bar that is part of the new Youngskvartalet building in the city center. The venue is designed like an apartment – wines are enjoyed in “the kitchen” around a large concrete island, and cocktails are served in the adjacent “living room” which boasts a sleek lounge area. Note: all guests at Andre Til Høyre must be 25+.

ANDRE TIL HØYRE

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Youngs Gate 19, Oslo, Norway
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Andre til Høyre is a combined cocktail and wine bar.
Andre til Høyre is a combined cocktail and wine bar.

Bettola

Take a trip to Italy at Bettola, the aperitivo cocktail bar in Grunerløkka from the same owners as Trattoria Popolare. Choose from Italian classic cocktails, or try some of Bettola’s signature drinks like the Limoncello Spritz or the Bitter Passion (grapefruit juice, passionfruit ginger beer, and bitters). Lounge inside on vintage Scandinavian furniture in the wood-paneled, retro-inspired interior, or sit outside and sip in the sun during the summer. Note: all guests at Bettola must be 21+.

BETTOLA

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Trondheimsveien 2, Oslo, Norway
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Dæl

Next door to restaurant Hot Shop on Dælengata, you find the cocktail and wine bar Dæl by bartender couple Anna Maria Thoresen and Jonas Junge (the Norwegian bartender champion in 2018). The selection is a mix of modern and classic cocktails, and natural & conventional wines. Some of Junge’s signatures are the Parmesan-infused Bloody Mary, Turmeric Yuzu Sour, Darjeeling Daiquiri, and Lingonberry Cosmo.

DÆL

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Københavngata 18, Oslo, Norway
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Turmeric Yuzu Sour at the cocktail bar Dæl.
Turmeric Yuzu Sour at the cocktail bar Dæl.

Himkok

Himkok was the first Oslo bar to make it onto the World’s 50 Best Bars list (ranked no. 17 in 2020). The multi-roomed speakeasy bar sports a prohibition-era cocktail bar downstairs, a huge bar with cocktails on tap upstairs, an al fresco restaurant in the backyard, and a cider bar in another patio.

HIMKOK

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Storgata 27, Oslo, Norway
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Himkok was the first Oslo bar to make it onto the World's 50 Best Bars list
Himkok was the first Oslo bar to make it onto the World’s 50 Best Bars list.

*ISM

Located in the city center of Oslo, *ISM is a cocktail bar from bartender Chris Grøtvedt (formerly of The Thief Bar). The name *ISM is to allow the bartenders to constantly change up their menu and play around with fun themes; past cocktail menus have included seasonal*ism, minimal*ism, and perfection*ism. No matter the theme, you’re sure to find creative cocktails, fun music, neon lights, and good vibes whenever you visit. The Hidden Bar, a speakeasy in the back, is also available to book if you are looking for a more private seating area. Note: all guests at *ISM must be 23+.

*ISM

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Stortingsgata 12, Oslo, Norway
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Pier 42

Whether or not you’re a guest at the Amerikalinjen, head to the hotel’s lobby bar, Pier 42, for inspired cocktails with a story. Passionate head bartender Adrian Michalcik and bar manager Slavomir Kytka have created an incredible selection of drinks inspired by important historical events in Norway and America between 1919 and 2019. These are, without a doubt, some of the best cocktails we’ve had in Oslo. Our favorite was the “Emigration” cocktail, which is made with rooibos tea, citrus, and lemongrass, and is served inside a globe. We also loved the “First Man on the Moon,” which is made with Bombay Sapphire, lavender, and gin, and the “XVII Olympic Games” which is made with Absolut Elyx, sea buckthorn, and passionfruit.

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Jernbanetorget 2, 0154 Oslo, Norway
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Svanen

Yunus Yildiz was the general manager of Himkok when it first entered the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Svanen (the swan) is his new project, a cocktail bar located in the old pharmacy building, Svaneapoteket, which dates back to 1896. Beautiful interior details in mahogany wood and marble are still intact. Signature drinks include “Smørbukk” which has butter-infused Bulleit Bourbon, a sea buckthorn Collins, and Svanen’s twist on a classic Irish coffee.

SVANEN

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Karl Johans gate 13, Oslo, Norway
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Svanen is located in the old pharmacy building, Svaneapoteket.
Svanen is located in the old pharmacy building, Svaneapoteket.

Torggata Botaniske

Torggata Botaniske is a botanical cocktail bar where most drinks are made with herbs that are grown in-house. Even the space is like a greenhouse with vines growing all over the ceiling and climbing up the walls. The signature cocktail is Miss Basil, made with gin, aquafaba, and fresh basil.

TORGGATA BOTANISKE

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Torggata 17B, Oslo, Norway
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Kaitlin Orr

Kaitlin Orr and Anders Husa are food & travel bloggers and creative content creators. From their base in Copenhagen, they operate the largest and most influential restaurant-focused travel blog in Scandinavia.

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