Fin (950) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 21, 2013
We visited here on Saturday 19th January 2013 (me, Loz & Isobel) in the company of Rune & Finn and Runes wife who joined us later but I have forgotten her name. On entering the pub the bar is ahead of you and there are drinking areas around it to the front and left and stretching along past it to your right where we sat in a small alcove. I understand that the bar dates back to the 1920’s. We had a couple of the seasonal Christmas beers in bottle but were unanle to try the CCCP which was just going on as they had some dispense issues, we also tried the Bok. The bar was quite busy for 3pm on a Saturday and the area off to the left was full with a large group. I would like to thank Finn & Rune for their wonderful company and for keeping popping up with bottled beers. I liked this place, the staff were friendly, there was plenty of seating and the beer choice was good, however I preferred Skarven overall for atmosphere and general ambience.
mcberko (794) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 22, 2015| Updated May 27, 2016
A totally kickass place in the city centre, having been open since 1928 and fairly recently converted and upgraded to feature over 60 beers on tap. A good handful of them are from Mack, including their more interesting beers (still not great quality), with the balance all from Norwegian micros. You can order in three sizes, starting in 0.17L pours, which helps keep the cost down, but the prices are still insane -- more so than anywhere else in Norway I’ve been: 45-75NOK for a 0.17L pour here, with 0.5L pours going for around 125-190NOK. Extremely friendly owners who are very hospitable and eager to please. One of the best bars in all of Norway for sure. If you only come to one bar when in Tromsø, this has to be it.
A world class brewpub? 9 beers from Mack’s own microbrewery, Ølhallen and an impressing amount of domestic craft beers on tap. Ølhallen has taken a conscious choice and only offers Norwegian craft beers on tap. Good service and staff were both service minded and knowledgeable. Free newspapers, a stuffed polar bear, a fireplace and lots of local history photographs and beer labels on the walls. An amazing place in Arctic Tromsø. (Visited July 10th 2014)
Some of Norway’s best ales are now available from 50 taps behind the bar. Lots of beers from Nøgne Ø, Haandbryggeriet, Ægir, Kinn, Austmann, 7 Fjell and so one. This is also the best place to sample beers from Mack’s microbrewery in addition to their range of lager beers, displayed on another 17 taps at the front of the bar. Just great. (Updated rating from 21.09.2014)
Ølhallen (the Beer Hall) is an institution in Tromsø and has been serving beer since 1928. The Hall is connected to the northernmost brewery in the world – The Mack Brewery - and function both as a Brewpub and as an outlet for its products. This is the only place serving beer in Tromsø that opens as early as 9 a.m. But they also close early, usually at 5 or 6 p.m. (Saturdays at 3 p.m. and closed on Sundays), so be sure to check the opening hours before visiting. Central location in the main street of Tromsø. Friendly and attentive staff. They serve most different kind of lagers, but in 2005 the brewery started producing ales. Ask for the months Bryggmesterens Spesial (The brewer’s special ale), and you might be lucky to find a bitter, a pale ale or a stout from cask. Among the lagers the most interesting should be the seasonal xmas beer, and a very nice münchener (Bayer) and a bock. Highly recommended is also Gullbok – a blend of two strong lagers. No food, except snacks – try the dried fish. Non smoking inside. The guided tours at the Mack Brewery starts here. A pub crawl in Tromsø usually begins at Ølhallen.
There has certainly been some changes here, yes. Still some colourful regulars, but much Excellent selection of Norwegian micros on tap. Friendly service and possible even to sit outside on a nice and sunny day. Clearly a must visit.
Old: Nice place for a beer in Tromsø. Went there first and foremost to try the microbrew (certainly better than other beer I have tried from Mack), but the atmosphere is interesting too. Colourful regulars.
The taphouse for the world’s northernmost brewery, on the opposite side of the road to the brewhouse. Everything that is currently available on tap. Good stew too. Large but quite cosy - it could be a lot worse. 1970s American Top 20 ’music’ is imposed.
An amazing range of beers - the whole Mack range, of course, but also Norwegian micros.Extensive tasting notes, too. Also a good place for beers from the small breweries of Tromsø as well as their own micro plant. A must stop in Tromsø.
Visited in July 2015. A nice place with an impressive 67 beers on tap. Around 10-15 of them from Mack, the rest from Norwegian micros. The service was friendly and the place was far from crowded in the early Wednesday afternoon. The price level were high, a glass of 0.17cl cost 45-65 NOK. A must visit when visiting Tromsø. The location was very good, close to the center of town, Tromsø is a small city.
Ølhallen, the brewery tap for Mack Bryggeri, is the oldest pub in Tromsø and celebrated its 85th anniversary the day of my visit (28 February 2013). The interior is rustic, with red brick stone walls and well worn, brown wooden furniture. The walls have much local memorabilia to show, there’s a stuffed polar bear greeting you when you enter and the place just feels old. My kind of place! Because it’s only open from 10 am to 6 pm, you don’t risk running into drunk teens (though you will see some regulars, moving unsteadily between bar and tables). Even if I liked the place, the beer selection was a big letdown - they didn’t have anything else than various Mack lagers on draft and on bottle there were a couple of Nøgne Ø beers plus Chimay Blue, everything else was Mack. According to the bartender this will improve when the new Ludwig Mack Brygghus micro brewery opens up next door, until then their selection will be rather limited.