Wide selection of beer and always something new in the fridge or on tap. Great knowledge behind the bar and they allways find a beer for the mood of the day. Also the staff are up to date with latest and best ranked beer if you want to stick with the trendy brews. My favourite bar in the area.
Located in the still quite new foodcourt or foodhall in what the locals call Vulcan and visitors might call Grünerløkka (it’s on the wrong side of the river), Øltorget is run by Ølakademiet, by people who know their stuff. They have been working on pairing food and beer for years, they run seminars, they do tastings and brewing and, well, they are all really good at what they do. And as you can see from my rating, only value drags it down. Because, this is in Norway, and it is something you never get away from, living in a country where the government feels it should act a financial vengeance on you for enjoying beer and the finer things in life.
But don’t let that steer you away (I mean, chances are, you’re already in Oslo if you’re reading this). They have an excellent selection for such a small place, with loads of Danish, Belgian, Norwegian and British beers. And the food? Wow, it is really, really top notch.
A small-ish permanent fixture in the Mathallen, an indoor market within a commercial development on tram routes 34 & 54, 10 minutes from the centre. Lots of good, slightly-off-centre beers; snacking from the other stalls in the vicinity. You could sit here all day with good company and a decent bank balance. Too many cans for my liking - no beer ever improves in a can; some are good enough to survive them. One of the best in town though, by any measure.
I love this place! Might be a little loud during the rush of people during the day and afternoon on fridays and saturdays, but surprisingly quiet at night. What they lack in size they make up for in the selection of beers. You can expect there to be new beers there every time you go, and the selection on tap is great. They have even been able to fit a chef behind the counter, they are not always in, but if they are you should try their food, it’s quite excellent for the cost.
Hopyard is where Oslos connoisseurs of beer meet. Quiet and sophisticated located inside mathallen, and with some of Norways best beer sommeliers you cant go wrong. Great rotation of cheap and rare bottles. Pilsner urquell is always on tap as fresh as it can get. Very enjoyable to sit by the bar.
The selection on tap leaves something to be desired.