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 rock feeling to it. Lots of nice posters (some signed) on the wall. Mostly British beers in the selection. they don’t only have lagers on tap. Actually a few different beer styles on tap such as weiss, stout. Busy at weekends and at the happy hour on Mondays when tap lager beer is 49 NOK.
Fin (1134) 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.
A characterful pub - definitely has a rock venue vibe and the music was played at a good volume - ie clear and audible but not enough to destroy any conversation.
Selection was something of a dissapointment - was hoping for more interest on tap rather than more Mack beers which I could purchase for a fraction of the price in the Spar round the corner.
Ended up with a Scottish bottle which cost me over £10 - and thus my first intro to the nightmare that is Norwegian drink prices. Everything is expensive is this country but beer is stupidly expensive.
With nothing else to tick we left after the one drink and me feeling poorer and let down.
Rock’n’roll, great hamburgers and a good selection of beers to choose from. Definetively a place to try while in Tromsø!
Nordcore (40) Lyngen alps, Norway | March 23, 2009| Updated March 26, 2009
A bar over several floors. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I belive this is the bar in Tromsø with the best selection of beer? They even had the trappist Orval. And also try the local Mack Spesial, here and Ølhallen is the only place you can try it, a nice Stout.
The only thing I did not like was the loud Rocknrolla music. But as long as they have their selection of beers, I’ll survive:)
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...