The 6 Best Cocktail Bars In Oslo

Bettola bar,
Bettola bar, | Courtesy of Bettola

Oslo’s cocktail scene has a young vibe, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t know what it’s doing (a bit like the city itself). Within the last five years, local cocktail bars have been experimenting with new ingredients and constantly raising the bar to attract savvy drinkers. Below you’ll find the best places to sip on a cocktail (or 10) in the Tiger City.

Bar Boca

Bar, Contemporary

Bar Boca, Courtesy of Bar Boca
© Bar Boca
Some would argue that Bar Boca is where Oslo’s cocktail scene actually started taking off. A tiny dive bar in Grünerløkka soon became the go-to place for serious drinks and conversation with owner Jan Vardßen and has stayed true to its authentic character until this day. The innovative cocktails here will convince you that good things do come in small (as in, five tables) packages.


Bar, Cafe, European

Fuglen is a haven for retro lovers | Courtesy of Fuglen
© Fuglen
The vintage aesthetics (all the furniture and decor items are for sale) are one of Fuglen’s strongest assets. It’s an eclectic coffee shop in the morning that operates as an unofficial working space for Oslo’s creatives. However, come evening, Fuglen transports into a cocktail bar that looks like something straight out of a Mad Men episode. Try an all-time classic gimlet, explore Fuglen’s seasonal cocktail offerings, or join one of its fun events to explore tiki flavors or discover the perfect pairing of cocktails and oysters.

Pigalle Cocktail Bar

Bar, South American

Pigalle cocktail bar Oslo
© Pigalle

An art-deco gem in the heart of multi-cultural Grønland, Pigalle is situated on the second floor of the historical Olympen restaurant (or ‘Lompa’, as the locals call it). The building has been here since the late 1890s, so when you’re sipping your drink you’ll feel like you’re a part of history. Try one of its cocktails on tap and relax in the backyard in the summer with some South American bites.


Bar, Contemporary

Cocktails in the making at Bettola, Courtesy of Bettola
© Bettola
A comfy place in Grünerløkka that brings 1950s Italy to mind, Bettola will keep you coming back for its barrel-aged cocktails (stored in vats in order to enhance aroma and flavor). Serving both classic cocktails and in-house creations, this is a place where you can have a friendly chat with the bartender at the bar, or play board games with your friends in one of the back tables. Whatever you do, do it in style.

Torggata Botaniske

Bar, Contemporary

One of the seasonal cocktails at Torggata Botaniske, Courtesy of Torggata Botaniske
© Torggata Botaniske

Poison Ivy would have loved this place. At the intersection of greenhouse and bar, Torggata Botaniske offers cocktails with botanic elements, based on herbs that grow in-house (or rather, in-bar). The overall elegance and the lush greens make for quite the exotic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Bar, Contemporary

© Himkok

If you were only to try one cocktail in Oslo, you should probably make that a cocktail at Himkok. Voted as one of the world’s 50 best bars, the spirits here have been produced in the bar’s on-site micro-distillery and are of the utmost quality. Try one of its aquavit-based cocktails for a worldly and sophisticated drinking experience. In the summer, you can sit in their backyard for a relaxed evening of cocktails and bites.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.


Holiday Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article