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.
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.
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.
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.