Some of Norway’s best ales are now available from 50 taps behind the bar. Lots of beers from Nøgne Ø, Haandbryggeriet, Ægir, Kinn, Austmann, 7 Fjell and so one. This is also the best place to sample beers from Mack’s microbrewery in addition to their range of lager beers, displayed on another 17 taps at the front of the bar. Just great. (Updated rating from 21.09.2014)
Ølhallen (the Beer Hall) is an institution in Tromsø and has been serving beer since 1928. The Hall is connected to the northernmost brewery in the world – The Mack Brewery - and function both as a Brewpub and as an outlet for its products. This is the only place serving beer in Tromsø that opens as early as 9 a.m. But they also close early, usually at 5 or 6 p.m. (Saturdays at 3 p.m. and closed on Sundays), so be sure to check the opening hours before visiting. Central location in the main street of Tromsø. Friendly and attentive staff. They serve most different kind of lagers, but in 2005 the brewery started producing ales. Ask for the months Bryggmesterens Spesial (The brewer’s special ale), and you might be lucky to find a bitter, a pale ale or a stout from cask. Among the lagers the most interesting should be the seasonal xmas beer, and a very nice münchener (Bayer) and a bock. Highly recommended is also Gullbok – a blend of two strong lagers. No food, except snacks – try the dried fish. Non smoking inside. The guided tours at the Mack Brewery starts here. A pub crawl in Tromsø usually begins at Ølhallen.
Largest tap list I think I’ve ever seen outside the US. They have the full line of Mack beers, a large number of creative one-off house beers, and a big selection of the best Norwegian craft breweries. A large cellar space with areas of sitting and standing. Very high prices.
Nice old-fashioned looking pub adjacent to the Mack Brewery with lots of interesting old photos, documents & regional artefacts not to mention a few stuffed animals, such as a full-sized polar bear! All serve to create a nice cosy, atmosphere before you even get to the tap list. Behind the bar there is no less than 50 (!) listed on the board with a very good representation of Norwegian and Scandinavian craft, some good (classic) options from Germany as well as the latest Mack craft range and of course their full standard range. You can choose between various 5-beer flight options, such as Mack core range, their craft range and for top dollar a choice of anything from the board. All styles available. A must-visit in Tromso.
There has certainly been some changes here, yes. Still some colourful regulars, but much Excellent selection of Norwegian micros on tap. Friendly service and possible even to sit outside on a nice and sunny day. Clearly a must visit.
Old: Nice place for a beer in Tromsø. Went there first and foremost to try the microbrew (certainly better than other beer I have tried from Mack), but the atmosphere is interesting too. Colourful regulars.
Watch out! A short walk through the ice and slush for an evening drink ended in dissapointment. This place closes at 18.00!!
Returned the next day to find a spacious and characterful pub with very good staff who helped me a lot cleaning out all the Mack beers available even to the unlabelled Christmas porters in the fridge.
Obviously Mack dominates here but the beers are not bad at all and certainly tasted fresh.
Service was always snappy even when the place suddenly filled with tourists.
Prices are very expensive but you can get small glasses which helps.
Overall a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Well worth seeking out.
Located beneath the building that used to house the Mack brewery, Ølhallen is a must see for visitors. Open early and close early, popular with both the local drunks, hung over party people and tourists. Good ambience and a large selection of Mack beers.