This is the very best place to start a weekend in Tromsø, preferrably on a thursday, the food is best on thursdays believe it or not :-). Usually, the staff are very helpful and chatty about the beers. Unfurtunately, they do not serve any stouts at the time (spring 08). We miss draught Guinness. But we can always find a beer or ten we like, and once a while there is a new goody newcommer! And always a good place for a surprise-date with a man who appreciates his beer...
The town of Tromsø, situated at nearly 70 degrees north, is known for its active life and social atmosphere with lots of different bars, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. The three level Blå Rock Café is the best place to drink beer in Tromsø. At the ground floor you can find a big range of bottle beers to choose from. Among others they stock British, Belgian, German, American and Scandinavian bottled beers. Blå Rock is also an outlet for the local Mack Brewery, and is the only place in Tromsø (apart from Ølhallen) where you can get Mack’s special ales on tap. Good atmosphere and service. Attracts many students, but also a wide mix of clientele. Very popular to eat are their burgers and salads (try the Waterboys salad or the Dead Kennedys burger). An unique place decorated with photos of movie stars and rock personalities. From time to time there is live music (rock concerts) to enjoy at the second level of the pub. TV screen at the ground level with football matches in the afternoon. Non smoking inside. Blå Rock Café is truly a pub for delight in life in the high north.
When you enter the cafë you’ll find a small room with dark wooden furniture and rock posters on the walls as well as the ever present TV. Small bar with 8 taps. 5 of them from Mack, 1 Kona, 1 Erdinger, 1 cider. 47 bottlles the majority international majors but luckily also some good Norwegian micros. 1st and 2nd floor dominated by small round tables and another bar at 1st level. Nice soft rock played at a pleasan - low - level. Staff friendly, knowing and humorous.Had a burger. More spicy and better than expected. Only disadvantage: The price level, but I guess this is just because I am in Norway.
Appropriately named Blå Rock Café, from its location in a pale blue, wooden building in the heart of Tromsø, Blå Rock Café may not strike you as the ultimate pub - with its rather rough rock image. But it has the best draft beer selection in Tromsø (though not very impressive by Oslo standards), sporting Sam Adams Boston Lager, Marston’s Oyster Stout, Erdinger Hefeweizen and a very good Mack micro brew: Vinterland IPA. Oh, and some Mack lagers of course. The bartender seemed reasonably up to date on their beers and could even suggest other good beer places in Tromsø. Yes, they did play a lot of classic rock, but the sound level wasn’t too high, so I found myself tapping the rhythm to Iggy Pop and Velvet Underground while enjoying some decent draft beers. They also serve hot food, but I never got around to try it - but it smelled good :) When I return to Tromsø, I’ll start at Blå Rock Café - this is my kind of place. Visited: February 28, 2013
Nice place, with decent selection both on tap and bottles. Rock music, but not too loud. Tasted their burger, were pretty good. Correct service, worth a visit.
Fin (1126) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 21, 2013
We visited here on Saturday 19th January 2013 (me, Loz & Isobel) in the company of Rune & Finn. This place much like O’Hallen was very busy, however it was football and in particular Liverpool v Norwich that had brought a lot of locals out to the pub. Rune said that this was a Liverpool supporters pub so a comprehensive 5-0 win should have seen them very happy. I had a tasty IPA on tap I didn’t rate it so cannot recall any details. We also had a burger and chips, all of the burgers are musically themed i.e named after bands Loz had one named after the Pixies (she likes the Pixies a lot) I had a Red Hot Chilli Pepper inspired burger a band who I am not fussed on, though I like chillies so this one worked well for me. We had to sit right at the top owing to the football crowd having much of the bottom of the pub. For those who like their music check out the band posters there are some great ones on display from well known and also lesser lights of the mudic scene. Because it was so busy and difficult to see the beer selection I was unable to check out this place fully, but I liked it, the food was good and atmosphere noisy but friendly. However I preferred Cafe Sann and Skarven in town and visited them a few times.