Its worth coming to this place just to see the interior, which has cavernous, with tons of wood, and draped in chandeliers. Oh, and the beer is good too, especially the bottle list. The food looked good, but I didn’t try it. The service was excellent. Worth the very short walk from the main train station.
On a Friday night by 430 the place was fully reserved so the only option was to stand at the bar. It’s a beautiful space, 30 foot ceiling, tall bar, lots of bottles on display that don’t match the beer book. About 8 taps, some Norwegian and Danish and Italian. A lot of options to drink.
A great place in a rather weird part of Oslo. I like the Grønland area, but a beertourist would never expect to find a beer hall here. It is easier to find a mosque, a kebab corner and a sari shop. Olympen is a place you have to visit when you are in Oslo, thirsting for Norwegian microbrew or imported beer goodies. I prefer to avoid Friday and Saturday evening, it can be to crowded and hard to get a table,or even a place by the bar. The food is good and the service is excellent. I enjoyed Lompas Vinterøl and Haandbryggeriet Wild Thing this time. Looking forward to my next visit. (Visited March 24th 2010)
Large place where the ceiling is high with crystal lightning, massive Oslo paintings on the walls and an overall mahogany coloured decor. During the last few years they have had a steady expanding beer menu on bottle and tap making Olympen, together with Håndverkerstuene, the best place for beer drinking in Oslo. The food is delicious, too. On my last visit I had some tasty rye bread with liver paste, bacon and beetroot which paired very well to my bottle of Imperial Dunkel Wit from Nøgne Ø. At the time being their selection of Danish, German and American beers are particular exciting. Friendly, if not always knowledgeable, service (last visited with Frau Eva on Friday 18th June 2010).
History sits in these walls, large panorama windows towards the street, huge paintings behind the bar, makes this a refuge from the citys busy life. Good selection of beer on tap and bottle, the food selection for my visit, early afternoon wasn’t the best, and tasted just average. Fills up in the evening, mixed clientel. WiFi is accesible as well.
My favorite beer place i Oslo. Pretty centrally located at Grønland, close to the city centre. Good selection of beers, one of the best in town. Very nice atmosphere and good service. The bartenders are friendly and usually knowledgeable.
They also have a nice outside terrace in the summer, but unfortunately it’s only open until 8pm.
What a beautiful place. In terms of décor and class Olympen competes with Stavanger’s Cardinal for the most classy place in Norway to drink an excellent selection of craftbeer. The place is huge, massive wood, red drapes, big chandeliers and everything. By ratebeer beer bar standards this place is just Wow! We went there twice and the second time we were alone in the main room and we found the place simply beautiful and classy. Tap list is limited but carefully selected with 6 interesting taps that changed between my two visits. On tap they had Haandbryggeriet, Rogue, Schouskjelleren, Flying Couch, others... They seem to be one of the rare place to have Schouskjelleren on tap other than Schouskjelleren itself of course. I drank the Schouskjelleren taps since this is probably my new favorite Norwegian brewery and I also had a disappointing bottle of Evil Twin Room Number 603. Bottle list is extensive and comes in a nice hard-cover book with pages and pages. Most of the good Norwegian micros are on the menu and many Cantillon (including Foufoune), Struise, Alvinne, Lost Abbey (about 15 different ones), Alesmith, Hopping Frog, Mikkeller, Hornbeer, more and more… Good List. The prices are not too stiff considering this is Norway and the place is very nice. A bomber of Barrel Aged Boris is $35, trust me, this isn’t bad for Norway, and local products are not much cheaper. A must-visit.
The place is looking quite gorgeous after they refurbished it, and it’s now probably the most interesting beer-place in Oslo. Even though the selection isn’t the biggest, it’s the probably the most diverse and quality focused. Norwegian micros, even on tap, international quality beers and every once in a while they get their hands on something special from abroad. Mikkeller, Stone, North Coast and others have all been seen here.
A classic beer hall/restaurant that came back from the dead, with the old wall paintings restored. Gemütlich atmosphere, a bit gentrified compared to its previous incarnation.
A decent selection of bottled beers from Norwegian micros, including seasonals. Nøgne ø, Ægir and Haandbryggeriet on tap. Ask for their beer list and check if there is something new in the cellar.