A place where local heroes drink and dine.
If you fancy a place with history in the walls, well this is it, well over 100 years under the carpet. Beer selection is macros only, 8 on tap. Bottle selection from all over the world. Decent food selection as well.
Update August 2013: Now 225 different beers, but it still seems like that’s only on paper, but at least I got my second choice this time. Not the most interesting selection, mostly beer easily available elsewhere. Nice patio, but pretty crowded on a sunny afternoon.
Old: Pretty good selection of beer in the menu. They are bragging of more than 100 different beers (their website says 129), but usually lots of them are not available. (One time the some of the refrigerators were broken so the only had a few different.)
The service varies from pretty good to bad. One time we actually had to ask three different people and wait for at least 20 minutes to be able to pay.
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.
yngwie (384) Kristiansand, Norway | December 3, 2005| Updated August 22, 2010
Probably the largest selection of beers in Norway, about 130 different. Unfortunately the waiters isn’t too updated on their beer-menu. Mostly Norwegian lagers, but they also have some of the foreign beers available in Norway. A quite crowded place most of the evenings, especially before Christmas. If you visit Lorry, you should also visit Oslo Mikrobryggeri, its just a few small block further on up the street.
Update: Lorry is now a place living on it’s old reputation. Service has dropped quite a lot, and the selection is based on macro lagers with the occasional interesting beer and some nice Belgians. Spend your time in Oslo elsewhere.
The service has improved over the last few years, but avoid the pre-christmas season if you haven’t booked a table. They don’t seem to have updated their lists for ages - none of the Norwegian micros are there, none of the interesting imported Christmas beers. I had a Ruddles County there recently that was definitely off. I think this place is slipping. Better then Bar & Cigar where they have a selected few beers which are really good!
Sigmund (292) Tau, Norway | November 20, 2004| Updated May 29, 2006
Artists, media people, artist and media wannabes, OAPs, local alcoholics and the occasional stockbroker slummin’ it, all find their way to this well preserved gem of a 1910-20s style restaurant. Lorry are proud of their selection of beers, which is good by Norwegian standards but not really remarkable by international standards. Erdinger Weissbier on tap, which is not common in Norway. Bottled Belgians are Chimay, Leffe, Hoegaarden and Grimbergen. Most beers from Norwegian macro breweries are available. Traditional Norwegian food of medium quality.
This is kind of a weird place. The restaurant has lots of character and history behind it, and it’s cluttered with all sorts of obviously important things, like a giant moosehead or a knight’s armour. The bar is at the back of the restaurant. Service was friendly and efficient. Food was excellent (but prices Norwegian, meaning high). Beer selection is fairly large, but not very interesting. Mainly beers from large brewers and nothing really rare. Worth a visit for the ambiance and the food (and you’ll get some decent beer as well, but maybe not a tick).
An Oslo institution, Lorry has been around forever, and this shows. The place seems almost lived-in, and is full of athmosphere. The clientele is anything from poets and actors to IT consultants and university teachers. The food is not bad for a restaurant, and excellent for a beer pub. Extensive cigar menu, but they must be smoked outside. Beer selection covers most of Norwegian macros, plus a decent set of Belgian and English beers. Recent addition: Haandbryggeriet, a Norwegian micro. Probably the best place in Norway to have a beer.