Small bar in a hip foodhall in the ’cool’ part of Oslo. Mathallen is a fairly expensive place in general, and although Hopyard is a nice corner with smart decor and a great bottle / can selection it’s hard not to be overshadowed by the price. (NOK140 for an Oslo made cider?? Really?). The two bargirls were friendly and helpful. If money was no object, I’d have a great afternoon in here.
A small-ish permanent fixture in the Mathallen, an indoor market within a commercial development on tram routes 34 & 54, 10 minutes from the centre. Lots of good, slightly-off-centre beers; snacking from the other stalls in the vicinity. You could sit here all day with good company and a decent bank balance. Too many cans for my liking - no beer ever improves in a can; some are good enough to survive them. One of the best in town though, by any measure.
Hopyard is where Oslos connoisseurs of beer meet. Quiet and sophisticated located inside mathallen, and with some of Norways best beer sommeliers you cant go wrong. Great rotation of cheap and rare bottles. Pilsner urquell is always on tap as fresh as it can get. Very enjoyable to sit by the bar.
The selection on tap leaves something to be desired.
Our plan was to have lunch in Mathallen, but the grandiose breakfast at our hotel now became a "problem" We ended up in some deep, comfy leather chairs enjoying Icelandic beer. Service minded and knowledgeable staff. (Visited December 6th 2014)
Located inside Mathallen, small but cosy place with some good chairs available for relaxing while enjoying the beers, good selection on tap, and an impressive bottle selection as well. Nice service minded personell, free samples before you decide what to drink.
Nice place in Mathallen, gives some vibes of beeing a bar in a shopping place, but otherwise very nice. Good selection of rortating beers on tap- always something exiting. NIce bottle selection, so you could spend a full evening here.
Located in the still quite new foodcourt or foodhall in what the locals call Vulcan and visitors might call Grünerløkka (it’s on the wrong side of the river), Øltorget is run by Ølakademiet, by people who know their stuff. They have been working on pairing food and beer for years, they run seminars, they do tastings and brewing and, well, they are all really good at what they do. And as you can see from my rating, only value drags it down. Because, this is in Norway, and it is something you never get away from, living in a country where the government feels it should act a financial vengeance on you for enjoying beer and the finer things in life.
But don’t let that steer you away (I mean, chances are, you’re already in Oslo if you’re reading this). They have an excellent selection for such a small place, with loads of Danish, Belgian, Norwegian and British beers. And the food? Wow, it is really, really top notch.