The Best Places to Drink Natural Wines in Oslo
Navigate the natural wine scene of Oslo! These are my top recommendations of places to enjoy those funny labeled bottles of funky, juicy, unfiltered, and spontaneously fermented grape juice. Find superb wine bars & restaurants with a good selection of small and unconventional producers. Navigate the map easily either by scrolling through the list on the right or by clicking the points on the map. Places are listed in no particular order.
Brutus serves only natural wines. In this New Nordic bistro, you can enjoy comfort food from a young, talented Icelandic chef. Obviously, the cellar contains a lot of bottles from Vin John, the import company of the owners, but also from other importers like Non Dos, Vinum, and Autentico & Unico Real Wines.
2. Bar Lardo
Bar Lardo is a tiny bar serving mostly natural wines. In addition, they offer charcuterie from Indre Oslo Matforedling, cheese and pickles. The venue can be hard to spot in Møllergata as there is no clear sign to indicate the narrow entrance area. Peek inside and look for colorful bottles on the wall.
Territoriet is by no means a natural wine bar. In fact, they have far more conventional wines than funky stuff. However, in their selection of more than 300 wines (of which most are available by the glass – thanks to Coravin), there are plenty of biodynamically produced, and pure grape juices like Tournelle, Pflüger, and Tissot.
Gaasa to me is all about natural wine and "Skranglejazz." The bar offers both conventional and unconventional wines, but there's definitely some funky juices to be found. Whenever the sun is out, the al fresco garden is open for daytime parties with a collective of DJs playing beats.
Pjoltergeist is my favorite restaurant in Oslo, in part due to a great wine selection. Icelandic chef Atli makes insanely good comfort food and has a love for meat and Asian flavors. The wine list here will please most people's preferences. As for natural stuff, they have so many great producers – Matassa, Patrick Sullivan, and Partida Creus to name a few.
The food bar of restaurant Arakataka is as much of a wine bar as a restaurant. In fact, while the bar snacks is only available Wed-Sat, you can still drink wine here all week! Head of wine, Tore Kristian Lie, has a passion for good wine regardless of where you find it on the scale from conventional to natural. For the latter, look for producers like Ganevat, Cornelissen, and Lucy Margaux.
Bass is a modern Nordic bistro in Grünerløkka, and also an excellent bar where you can enjoy natural wines. While their list also contains conventional wine, you can find some of my favorite natural wine producers like La Sorga, Robinet, and Gut Oggau.
Smalhans is a casual neighborhood restaurant at St. Hanshaugen. You can go for a glass of wine and simple snacks in the bar, or order the whole shebang. Like all venues owned by the restaurant group Lava, they have a strict natural wine policy. In their definition, nothing should be added to the wine, not even sulfites (although they allow quite a few exceptions on their list).
Tranen is one of Åpent Bakeri's locations that turn into the pizza restaurant Lofthus Samvirkelag in the evenings. At this specific venue, probably due to the particular preferences of the restaurant manager, Mr. Magic Rake Husa, they have a great selection of natural wines from producers like Testalonga, Christian Tschida, and Serragghia.
Hitchiker is located on the second floor of the food market Mathallen. The restaurant serves interpretations of street food from all over the world, and, as part of the restaurant group Lava, the wine list is close to 100% natural. There are some great options if you go by the bottle, but not so many exciting by the glass, unfortunately.
11. Sentralen restaurant
Sentralen restaurant is a casual Nordic brasserie, where the food is served to be shared. The wine list starts with a long explanation of their wine philosophy, including definitions of organic, biodynamic, and natural wine. Sentralen's standard is spontaneously fermented, unfiltered, and without anything added, except possibly small amounts of sulfites.
12. Sentralen café
Sentralen café is a bakery by day and pizzeria by night. The wine list is much smaller, but following the same philosophy as the restaurant, and you can find nice producers like Carussin, Meinklang, and Leiner.