The original, and beginning to fight back. For an old-fashioned atmosphere and good food, some of the best bric à brac in Europe and a beer list you have to pick your way through carefully, come here. It was one of the first, if not THE first beer place in Oslo and there are plans afoot to bring it back to former glory. It also has one of the best summer terraces in the city.
The food is pretty good, but that’s about it! Oh, and you might see a Norwegian actor or two, if that is of interest. Staff is unfriendly and roll their eyes if you ask for beers on the menu that they don’t have - which seemed like most of them. Ended up with an Urquell after asking for five others, that were out of stock.
Lorry’s is quite a special place in Oslo. Decorated in a classic "brown pub" colonial style, including stuffed animals, old oil canvas paintings, antiques and oriental artifacts of uncertain authenticity, this is a place that reeks of olden days style and atmosphere. The waiters are matching, in their old school black-and-white "garcon" costumes - even complete with matching 30’s haircuts. The food as well: with a few exceptions like (homemade) hamburgers, the menu is centered around traditional Norwegian and French/"Continental"-inspired cuisine and is fairly good. The waiters are not beer experts but probably know enough to impress non-beer geeks to a certain extent, at least. Prices are OK by Norwegian standards. The beers offered in the menu are fairly common, and many seem to be unavailable and merely showcased in the menu (a sign outside read 225 beers, but I doubt there are more than 100-150 in reality). Although they do have a far bigger selection than most Oslo restaurants (and a few Norwegian micros on tap) I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit Lorry’s for the beer alone. But if you don’t care all that much for rare ticks (or if you haven’t rated much of the general selection available on the Norwegian market) and want to experience a taste of "old Oslo", this is quite a nice place to drop by.