More of a restaurant than a pub, still ambient with quiet slow jazz music on background. Few taps of Nögne, Haandbryggeri, Aegir one Cantillon, one German Weizen and Titan IPA plus typical Rignes etc. Pilsners. Good selection of bottles. Very friendly and helpfull staff, food was so great. Best of all was that I could order 1 dl samples from tap which made my day.
garza (90) Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), Venezuela | March 13, 2011
Finally, I was there. Ok, is not too much of a bar. Is more like a fine dining restaurant of very good and frenchanized norwegian food. But you can still drop in for having a couple of good ales without eating. Very nice ambient, great selection of bottled and tap beers. They have a good selection of the most important micros of Norway wich are Nøgne Ø, Haandbryggeriet and Ægir. I wish they had others too. And also a good number of micros and macros from around the world. The service was outstanding for international and norwegian standards. They are really been well trained to know about the beer and the pairing with the food. Prices are high, but hey! remeber that is Norway and is not much that we can do about that.
I notice a lot of people claiming this place is expensive, but most complaimts seems to come from people from outside of Norway. Compared to other Norwegian pubs and restaurants, this place has a reasonable price level.
The food served here constitutes really good value for money, even though I wouldn’t say it reaches gourmet level.
The knowledgeable staff is a big plus, and their friendliness is miles ahead of its main competitor on the beer stage in Oslo, Olympen.
The service is not the best, but decent.
With an excellent choice of craft beer this is my favourite beer place in Oslo, and I also choose to dine here quite often.
Don’t believe the hype. Was there february 19th, 2011 during the By:Larm festival. After all the hype on this page I was expecting gloriousness, but what a colossal letdown. Sure, the beer selection is wonderful and the restaurant looks and feels great, but the food was just so unexciting and bland and expensive and the lamb shank was not even made with beer. My table had a lamb shank (boiled?), entrecote (tough and stringy), trout (undercooked) and the plate of sausages (how can you mess up sausages I guess). Presentation was great but overall the taste and preparation was just... amateurish (plating onto cold plates? the sauces were already cool when the plates arrived at the table). I love spending lots of money on great food but this place does not have great good and is not remotely worth the prices they charge.
The Haandbryggeriet Dark Force was however amazing, as was the Ægir IPA.
ILikeOl (121) , Norway | February 12, 2011| Updated February 18, 2012
Nice place, good selection, apox. 170 bottled beers according to their menu, plus 8-9 on tap. The bottled ones includes 16 from Haandbryggeriet, 13 from Nøgne Ø and 5 from Ægir.
The draft meny changes frequently, this time they for instance had an excellent Imperial Porter from Mikkeller,
The downside to this place is the pricelevel. I believe it is owned by the Thon Group, and consequently a large markeup is required. 92NOK for a bottle of Anchor Steam Ale or 98 NOK for a .33 L for a Mikeller Porter seems rather stiff. Some the staff are very knowledgeable, some are not. The service may be good, or it mat be lousy, like at my last visit, when they were severely understaffed .
I went there for the first time this summer. Got spotted as a beer blogger in the bar by the only other guest. We had a great time with the bartender trying lots of nice beers. Knowledgable personell that give great service. Nice selection of Norwegian micros but also other beers. They also gave samples of beer from Kinn bryggeriet, the IPA was fantastic! I never tried the food but heard the master chef works to implement beer in the cooking and also want the food to work with beer. Great place!
Been there on a tip from Knut Albert, only stopped for a beer, standing, because my friends weren’t interested and waiting for me outside (eh). A nicely decorated restaurant that doesn’t have an enormous amount of taps but what they have is quality, rare, mostly local and balanced style-wise. I ended up with the lovely Ægir IPA because my brain wasn’t working and I didn’t ordered their new and possibly rare Altbier. Still, the beer I got was more than enjoyable. Very good service too. When I come back to Oslo, I’m definitely going here again.
One of the focal points on the Norwegian beer scene. A real interest in beer and food, makes this a must stop when in Oslo.
Norwegian as well as Scandinvian micros on tap, good food, what more is there to wish for?