The Best Bars in Tromsø, Norway

Tromso | © The Municipality of Tromso/Flickr
Tromso | © The Municipality of Tromso/Flickr
Photo of Billy Poon
12 April 2017

One of the northernmost cities in the world, Tromsø offers wonderful hospitality. You will be amazed by the nightlife in this Arctic city, especially as in winter the nights last a long, long time. Here we take you through its best bars.

Hildr Gastro Bar

Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
Food from Hildr Gastro Bar
Food from Hildr Gastro Bar | Image courtesy of Hildr Gastro Bar
Run by people with passion and enthusiasm, Hildr Gastro Bar is an exciting venue for meetings and hangouts. This bar serves both international and local dishes. To give you the freshest taste, the chef chooses ingredients according to the seasonality of farm produce. This carries over into the cocktails, made exclusively for their guests, which draw upon the mixologist’s creativity and innovation. Carefully selected wines and beers are also available.

Rorbua Pub

Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
Established in 1974, Rorbua Pub is still successful 40 years later. The interior decoration should be very familiar to Norwegians, as the pub is the home of one of the country’s most popular television shows Du skal høre mye (You’ve Heard A Lot). Helpful staff members will present you with a wide variety of local beers and wines, and it seems a perfect place to have a relaxing drink with a pizza. With only a few options available, the pizzas served here have been carefully designed to suit all appetites.

Blå Rock Cafe

Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Blå Rock Café
Blå Rock Café | © Bernt Rostad/Flickr
Blå‘ is ‘blue’ in Norwegian, and, true to its name, this bar’s exterior is decorated with blue paint. Rock music is the dominant music genre here. Blå Rock Cafe stands out for being the only bar that plays rock music in Tromsø, which explains why so many young people gather to spend evenings here. It helps that some of the music is live as well. To keep you refreshed, there are around 50 brands of beers. A happy hour selection is available every Monday.


Restaurant, Bistro, European, $$$
Bardus literally means ‘suddenly’ in Dutch. This bar is a bar with an interesting history. The building was originally used as a bakery in 1868, then it was turned into Tromsø’s first cinema. Now it is a modern bar, encompassing the Nordic influences and the rich history behind it. The homely decoration creates an atmosphere where you can easily enjoy a glass of beer. For those who want to get a taste of local flavors, Bardus has a great selection of local beers ready to impress you.


Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
Flyt is an unusual restaurant and bar in Tromsø. Apart from its normal culinary business, the bar runs hiking tours every year and take their guests to the snowy mountains in this Arctic region. Flyt is dedicated to creating a cozy and warm atmosphere for those looking for new adventures. The bar offers a wide selection of beer and wines, getting you warmed up for the extremely cold weather. Of course, a great burger is always a nice complement to your adventure.

Gründer Tromsø

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Rorbua Pub
Rorbua Pub | © Bernt Rostad/Flickr
Located in the Scandic Grand Tromsø Hotel, Gründer Tromsø is one of the trendiest meeting places in the region. The Gründer style is all about innovation, and the bar strives for excellence when providing services to their guests. Mixologists use their creativity and sophisticated mixing techniques to bring you a whole new cocktail experience. Of course, music is always the focus of an exciting and memorable evening and the bar also invites DJs to bring you the most up-to-date music for you to dance through the night.

Huken Pub

Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Huken Pub welcomes their guests with a great collection of retro and vintage furniture, that takes you back a couple of decades. With dark grey as the theme color of decoration, the bar has successfully created a cozy ambience for a relaxing gathering. Many guests have applauded the burgers served in the bar for being the best in Tromsø. The ‘Full Fettling’ burger seems to be the most popular choice, and the burgers are well complemented by a wide variety of beers and wines.


Restaurant, Steakhouse, European, $$$
Skarven | © Bernt Rostad/Flickr
Skarven is a restaurant and bar that prides itself on its service. The bar is dedicated to providing a warm meeting place for tourists and locals in a traditional Nordic way, with a modern twist. This philosophy is greatly reflected in its food and interior decorations. The Skarven bar serves cocktails and wines and one of the must-try items is the Aquavit, which originated from Scandinavian countries. Here you will also get a real taste to the Nordic wines.

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