This store has replaced Vinmonopolet Valkendorfgaten as the special beer store in Bergen with an unusual large selection of beers. In early October 17 they had a range of 679 different beers, 235 of them from Norwegian breweries. The beer section is well arranged, and located at the rear of the store on the ground floor in a shopping mall. Close to the train station and, in fact, in the same building as the bus station. Polite service. Indeed, a play ground for grown ups. (Visited 03.10.2017).
Surprisingly good selection, not bad at all for an ordinary Vinmonopolet store. The beer section seemed endless long and the shelves were well-stocked with news and old classics. I bought two from Balder. The store was not crowded, but I was not offered help or service at all. Well, I didn’t need help, but it’s nice when staff offers help or advice. (Visited October 5th 2016)
Visited on a Saturday in September 2016. Located in central Bergen, around 10 minutes walk from my hotel. (Scandic Bergen City)
The selection was good and the service was decent. We talked a bit with the lady at the cashier about the ongoing beer festival in Bergen.
Locateed inside the bustation in Bergen, with the Tranistation 2 min walk from there. Great selection of beer for an ordinary vinmonopol. The staff where nice and had good knowledge of beer. Wort a visit when passing by.
I found this place to have a much wider selection than Valkendorfsgate, still no staff around trying to help me though. So far Systembolaget wins hands down in terms of both service & value. Vin monopoles may win in terms of overall bottle count though with this outlet having an impressive array of Nogne & Haanbryggeriet. It made me realize that Norwegian beers in Japan are not much more expensive than in Norway!
Vinmonopolet Bergen Storsenter have the last two years really improved the selection of good beer. The staff is, as almost all of Vinmonopolets staff, nice, polite and have lots of knowledge. The only downside with this place is tat it’s almost always a big queue caused by lots of people!
One of the Norwegian state’s "Wine Monopoly" stores (government regulated shops with exclusive license to sell alcohol above 4,75 %, which is the limit for ordinary shops). They are called "Vinmonopolet" in Norwegian, and everything from location to opening hours is under strict political supervision. One of the truly rare political features of Scandinavia, and unfortunately also a real hamper on Norway’s general access to worldwide quality selections of beverages, although they do try to keep a fairly high standard in many cases. Unfortunately, prices (in Norway in general) are of equally "high standard".
This particular store in Bergen carries the largest selection of beer and ales in the city, which says more about the general availability than about the place itself, but it’s still quite good. A plus is that they are good at keeping the shelves full of most of the beers available for the general public through the order lists of Vinmonopolet.