13 places to drink wine on Sundays in Oslo
It’s your day off, you have finally have time to go out. Yet, sometimes it just seems like everything closes down on Sundays. Well, it doesn’t! If you know where to go, Oslo has it all covered. Whether you’re on the look for pizza, Sunday roast, dim sum, bistro – or just a decent glass of wine, here is our wine guide on where to go on lazy Sundays in Oslo.
Phone: +47 22 69 60 00
Address: Ullevålsveien 43, 0171 Oslo
Smalhans is a neighbourhood restaurant in the popular St.Hanshaugen area of Oslo. Perhaps the first restaurant in Oslo to offer a pure naked wine wine list, Smalhans is now well established among the locals as the place to go for for a full “Krøsus” menu, a snack in the bar, a plat du jour or a Sunday burger. The menu is varied and takes inspiration from all the corners of the world, and the wine list features some of the most well known naturalist wine makers of Europe.
Phone: +47 981 82 000
Address: Karl Johans gate 31, 0159 Oslo
Oslo’s legendary Grand Café & Vinkjeller is located in Grand Hotel next to the city’s main street, Karl Johan. The wine bar downstairs offers a selection of finger food and small plates and among the 16000 bottles and 1500 labels, there should be something for all wine lovers. All main regions are covered on Grand Café & Vinkjeller’s wine list which is a textbook in classical wines. Every day there is also a selection of wines by the glass in this perfect hideaway from busy everyday life.
Phone: +47 22 38 00 88
Address: Eiriks gate 2, 0650 Oslo
The traditional Nordic cuisine has received a modern makeover at the wine bar and bistro Brutus in Oslo. To go with the sharing plates there is nothing but natural wine chosen from farmers they trust. The natural wine selection is extensive and ranging from up-and-coming producers to natural wine makers finally receiving mainstream tribute. At Brutus you don’t find a regular wine list, but you are invited to have a tour in their cellar and there’s always a selection by the glass.
Phone: +47 482 41 489
Address: Thorvald Meyers gate 26C, 0555 Oslo
Bass Oslo is a trendy neighbourhood restaurant set in Grünerløkka. The dining room is sparsely decorated with an industrial feel, yet there is nothing industrial about the service. Local and seasonal produce serve as the basis for Bass Oslo’s menu of sharing plates.
Phone: +47 23 20 23 23
Address: Fredensborgveien 44, 0177 Oslo
Tucked in between old wood houses and brand new apartment buildings in the outskirts of central Oslo, Chez Colin is an everyday French bistro with a French wine list out of the ordinary. There is always a perfect match to the fresh oysters, moules au frites or the stirred steak tartare. Chez Colin was established only in 2015, but has already managed to build one of the most interesting new wine cellars in Oslo.
Phone: +47 23 27 09 27
Address: Bygdøy allé 59, 0265 Oslo
Oslo’s Enoteca is an intimate Italian restaurant located in beautiful Frogner, always busy with local regulars stopping by for a classic Italian dish and a bottle from Enoteca’s well-sourced cellar. The Enoteca wine list is almost purely Italian and has a fine line up of classics like Barolo, Barbaresco and Tuscans. There’s always a solid list of wines by the glass as well.
Phone: +47 23 32 83 00
Address: Mariboes gate 7B, 0183 Oslo
Arakataka in central Oslo is a restaurant and wine bar which continues to build one of the most interesting wine lists in Oslo. In the restaurant a seasonal menu is offered while modern bar food is served in the more informal wine bar. Arakataka’s wine list has an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic producers and there is always a good selection of interesting wines by the glass.
Phone: +47 22 35 79 44
Address: Søndre gate 6, 0550 Oslo
Le Benjamin Bar & Bistro is a family-owned bistro with ambiance and a hearty French menu. Have some oysters at the bar or enjoy a full menu in one of the dark leather sofas. The wine list at Le Benjamin is French, terroir driven and packed with top producers.
Phone: +47 21 50 72 20
Address: Stortingsgata 16, 0161 Oslo
A pizza gem located right off one of the main metro stations in the Oslo city center combines convenience, modern pizzas and an extensive list of fine wines (including a whole lot of Domaine Leflaive and Pingus). There is also a good selection of wines by the glass.
Address: Markveien 58, 0550 Oslo
While Territoriet’s history only dates back to 2014, it has become an institution in Oslo with its extensive wine list and by the glass policy. The small wine bar is contemporarily decorated and has an intimate atmosphere which allows you to study the wine list in comfortable surroundings. Territoriet has a long wine list which covers most classical wine regions. While Territoriet has a special heart for the classics you will also find contemporary producers from the old and new world. (Photo Copyright Lars Myhren Holand)
Phone: +47 459 15 625
Address: Lakkegata 55, 0187 Oslo
In the eastern part of Oslo city center, tucked in between new office buildings, an old listed building houses Vintage Kitchen, a restaurant and wine bar. Vintage Kitchen combines the essence of a Danish “kro”, offering lavish open sandwiches daytime and a classic kitchen in the evenings. The wine list is extensive and mostly classic, but you will find some hipster wines too. Vintage Kitchen also offers a broad selection of wines by the glass.
Phone: 22 60 06 66
Address: Waldemar Thranes gate 70, Oslo
Tranen is located just between Grunerløkka and St.Hanshaugen. Refurbished a few years back, Tranen reopened as a pizza place, serving some of the best pizzas in Oslo with a broad range of white and red pizzas. Their rein deer and pomegranate pizza is perhaps their most famous, but you will also find more traditional pizzas. Don't be intimidated by the rough behaviour of the staff - they serve lovely wines from their almost secret wine list. And here you will find anything from excentric Austrian natural wine makers to the finest producers from Burgundy.
Phone: 464 33 555
Address: Elisenbergveien 19, Oslo
Brasserie Ouest is located in the quiet and distinguished Frogner area in the western part of Oslo. In the classic French brasserie surroundings you can enjoy a classic menu with a good selection of wines by the glass or by the bottle. The wine list mirrors the French cuisine and covers a wide range of France's classic regions, but allows for other regions from Europe and the new world to pair with everything from frog legs, oysters, charcuterie and more substantial dishes like steak tartare or bouillabaisse.