Watching the games at Kontraskjæret park | Courtesy of Fotballfesten.no
Norwegians love watching sports so much that it’s no secret that everything stops in the city during the Winter Olympics. So this summer, rest assured there’s no shortage of places to watch the World Cup. Below you’ll find a selection of the best sports bars and outdoor screens in Oslo.
Kontraskjæret is a great place to watch the games | Courtesy of Fotballfesten.no
Kontraskjæret is a park next to the Akershus fortress. It was previously a part of the fortification but now this open space serves as the perfect place for concerts, pop-up amusement parks, and sports viewing. This summer, Fotballfesten.no has organized a grand World Cup viewing experience in Kontraskjæret, complete with food, drink and a ginormous screen.
The Dubliner | Courtesy of The Dubliner Folk Pub Oslo
Since 1994, Dubliner has been a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Located near the City Hall, The Dubliner is a place to enjoy authentic pub food, sip on your favorite draft, listen to live music and, whenever it’s football season, watch the matches live on their screen.
Excellent pub food at The Scotsman Oslo | Courtesy of The Scotsman Oslo
Karl Johans staple, The Scotsman, caters to everyone – and can keep you entertained all night long. This pub serves a fantastic BBQ burger (think fresh vegetables and well-cooked steak) and also offers live music and quizzes. The bar has a wide selection of beer, including local craft beers. Sports matches are always taken seriously here, so this is a great place to watch the World Cup.
Pokalen, a pub at Vulkan, is determined to give you the best World Cup experience this year. From June 14 until July 15, Pokalen and the whole area around it will turn into a big World Cup venue: think big screens, outdoor and indoor seating, food stations, an outside bar and a lot of drinks to wash down the games.
Sir Winston's Public House | Courtesy of Sir Winston's Public House
Another centrally located pub at Karl Johans is Sir Winston’s Public House, which promises to “show all the World Cup games, even the full ones”. Combine that with their cosy atmosphere, long opening hours and their eclectic food bites, and you’ve got your new favorite place to be.
Bohemen Sportspub has been around since 1998. Centrally located in Arbeidergata, this pub has always been a place for football enthusiasts – something that becomes clear the minute you walk in the door. During World Cup this year, you’ll have the opportunity to watch all the games here (even the ones that air early) and discuss the teams’ progress with their in-house “football experts”.