The 14 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 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 98 98 98
Address: Ingelbrecht Knudssøns gate 1, 0365 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.
Phone: +47 454 16 469
Address: Storgata 36J, 0182 Oslo
Centrally located in downtown Oslo, you might not expect to find DRC when you enter the wine bar Gaasa from the busy tram street Brugata. With a simple and cool interior, Gaasa is a hidden gem for wine lovers. The wine list covers classic and contemporary producers with a focus on both European fine wines and hipper producers. You won’t find much to eat here, but that leaves the wine to speak for itself.
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: +47 923 38 293
Address: Nordre gate 2, 0551 Oslo
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.
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 22 37 22 97
Address: Torvbakkgata 12, 0550 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 23 65 31 50
Address: Youngs gate 19, 0181 Oslo
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. The wine list carries serious wines from classic areas like Burgundy and Champagne along with newcomers from South Africa and the USA.
Phone: +47 921 69 062
Address: Trondheimsveien 2, 0560 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: +47 459 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.