The 18 top wine bars in Oslo
Oslo has an expanding scene of interesting wine bars for all tastes, from classical to natural wine. It could be argued that the wine bar Territoriet set a new standard when it arrived, but nowadays it’s not alone in highlighting the personal and original. These are the places we return to for the best glasses in Oslo for the moment, and we list both pure wine bars and restaurants with bars that you can drop into for a glass.
Phone: +47 23 65 31 50
Address: Youngs gate 19, Oslo
South African Wine List Of The Year Nordic, presented by Libertas Vineyards and Estates 2019
Situated at Youngstorget, you approach Andre til høyre (Second to the right) through the bar Håndslag and up the stairways. Beautifully decorated, the bar gives the feeling of an artful luxurious home. The wine bar is set up as an apartment and every day the scene is set for a house party, whether you hang out in the lounge or the kitchen.
Phone: +47 23 32 83 00
Address: Mariboes gate 7B, 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.
Phone: +47 22 38 00 88
Address: Eiriks gate 2, 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.
Phone: +47 482 41 489
Address: Thorvald Meyers gate 26C, 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 98 98 98
Address: Ingelbrecht Knudssøns gate 1, Oslo
In the west part of Oslo’s city center, Cru has gained a reputation as a wine bar with a personal and interesting wine list. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the wine bar section and share a few French bistro courses or go for a full menu of modern British cuisine in the restaurant. Cru has an extensive wine list which goes deep into classical European regions like Burgundy, Mosel and Champagne.
Address: Dronningens Gate 27, Oslo
Esaias Vinhus is hidden away in the old bazaars surrounding the cathedral in central Oslo. After a quiet start in 2019, they've gained more and more momentum, and today this is exactly the kind of lively and generous place that makes you want to visit frequently. While the venue is quite small, the atmosphere is more continental than Scandinavian, and the crowd as diverse as the wines. During summer, Esaias has a few outside tables in the shade.
Phone: +47 981 82 000
Address: Karl Johans gate 31, 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: 466 73 718
Address: Københavngata 18, Oslo
Hotshop is a neighbourhood restaurant located in Grünerløkka. The venue has a raw contemporary Nordic feel to it with an open kitchen. They serve a fixed menu with in season produce, but it is also possible to enjoy a few dishes and a glass of wine in the small bar.
Phone: +47 23 65 33 10
Address: Youngs gate 9, Oslo
Stepping into Imperial wine bar is like stepping into a daydream of a colonial outpost from the distant past. The walls seem to have naturally gained patina over the years, the windows are shielded by heavy shutters and jade painted woodwork. Wall tiles and tastefully selected statues complete the illusion without reducing the interior to pure pastiche. In this calm hideaway from the hustle and bustle of nearby Youngstorget, refreshments are offered in the form of wines by the glass and bar snacks. An all-time favourite of mine is the indecently delicious croquetas with cod stuffed in green...
Phone: +47 22 35 79 44
Address: Søndre gate 6, Oslo
By the Glass Wine List Of The Year Nordic, presented by Le Verre de Vin 2019
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: +47 408 40 591
Address: Torshovgata 15, Oslo
It's easy to overlook this tiny venue located on a side street in the neighbourhood of Torshov. Once you do find it though, you'll be met by a warm welcome and a shuffling around of patrons to help find you a place at the bar. Measuring only around 30 square meters, the wine bar is a tight squeeze, but the enthusiasm and pure delight of the staff when it comes to wine more than outweighs any inconvenience. Opened in 2019, Lasarett is the brainchild of school teacher Thomas Tylman. After many years as a picky wine enthusiast, he decided to make a go of it and open his own place. And with its...
Phone: +47 22 37 22 97
Address: Torvbakkgata 12, Oslo
Perhaps Oslo’s first wine bar, Dr. Kneipp´s at Markveien Mat & Vinhus is an institution that continues to attract wine enthusiasts. The atmosphere in both the wine bar and restaurant area is relaxed and the worn dining room bears witness to conversations and bottles shared over three decades. Markveien Mat & Vinhus has a long and classic wine list from regions like France, Italy, Spain and the US. The wine list will also reveal some older vintages rarely found elsewhere.
Phone: +47 919 24 446
Address: Fredensborgveien 42, Oslo
Mild shock reverberated around Oslo when news broke that iconic sales manager and Fine Wine Director Veslemøy Hvidsten had resigned from her job. Was she retiring? Had she bought a winery somewhere on the continent? Was she starting her own import company? In fact, she had found the quaintest little cottage in Oslo and decided to transform it into the wine bar Oslo didn't realise it was missing. Joining her in this project is sommelier and musician Sindre Solheim, as well as chef and wine enthusiast Ed Shaw. Together they've created a wine bar that always feels welcoming, discerning and qual...
Phone: +47 923 38 293
Address: Nordre gate 2, Oslo
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As you enter the Radegast wine bar at Nedre Foss Gård, you may get the feeling of entering a private wine cellar or a wine club. The temperature controlled glass cupboards are filled with wine bottles and there is plenty to choose from, such as Jura (for once in Oslo, the Jura selection may actually be larger than the Burgundy one), Spain, Italy and South Africa.
Phone: +47 22 69 60 00
Address: Ullevålsveien 43, 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.
Address: Markveien 58, Oslo
By The Glass Wine List of the Year Norway, in cooperation with Norges Beste Vinkart 2020
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.
Phone: +47 921 69 062
Address: Trondheimsveien 2, Oslo
Txotx is something as exotic as a Basque pintxos bar in Oslo, the interior is fun and casual, and the wine list is Iberican. Txotx might just have the widest selection of wines from Spain and Portugal available in Norway, with both modern and traditional producers represented. And of course some Txakoli.
Phone: +47 46746044
Address: Lakkegata 55, 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.