Top 5 bars in… Oslo

26th July, 2017 by admin

It may be one of the most expensive places on earth, but dynamic Oslo has a lively bar scene that focuses on local ingredients and experimental cocktails. With young talent making their mark, it’s a city to ignore at one’s peril, says James Lawrence.

Oslo has a lively bar scene that focuses on local ingredients and experimental cocktails

To the rest of the world, Norway is mainly about majestic scenery and breathtaking fjords; a shining example of Mother Nature’s finest works. So it’s easy to forget that the country also houses one of northern Europe’s most dynamic cities, and boasts a vibrant and boisterous bar scene that leaves the majority of Scandinavia in the dust.

Indeed, many newcomers are surprised and even skeptical about the potency of Oslo’s nightlife, but they should stick around to investigate. In little more than seven years, Oslo has transformed itself from a city that boasted a few decent cocktail bars into an increasingly attractive destination for hedonists and leading bartenders from across the globe.

An explosion of younger talent in recent years, combined with an unprecedented level of investment and Oslo’s rise in popularity as a tourist destination, has encouraged the proliferation of many exciting new venues.

As elsewhere, the focus is now squarely on local ingredients, provenance and unrestrained creativity, celebrating avant- garde concoctions such as 7 Years in Tibet – a Norwegian take on a whisky sour with Lagavulin 8 Year Old, Frangelico, white chocolate, lemon and Tibetan tea. Little wonder, then, that Oslo is more bustling, vibrant and nonchalantly proud of its up- and-coming status than ever.

However, don’t come to Oslo expecting a great-value night out. Partying in one of the world’s most expensive cities requires considerable slack on the credit card, but high prices certainly don’t keep the locals at home. Quite the opposite: there’s an ever- expanding string of groovy cocktail bars in the Grünerløkka district, and most bars stay open until at least 3am. Meanwhile, visitors looking for a more edgy, grungier vibe should head to Grønland, Oslo’s most colourful and multicultural area, described by the locals as Norway’s Shoreditch.

Diversity is this captivating city’s USP – cutting-edge Scandinavian design, lavish interiors and bespoke and classic combinations are now all available in generous abundance.

Click through the following pages to discover the top five bars in Olso, Norway.

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