Tromsø is really made to frame the Northern Lights as it s surrounded by picturesque islands, beautiful fjords and dramatic mountain peaks. This city North of the Artic Circle right in the middle of the northern lights zone, with some of the most intense levels of northern lights activity on earth. This amazing phenomenon can be observed from September to April, depending on the weather of course you have to be able to see the sky
Dress Code: VERY warm
Rorbua Pub: A cosy spot
This cosy pub (the name means “Cabin” I believe) is located in an old warehouse, dating from 1830, which today makes a characterful spot for drinking and eating. We came here a couple of times – the first to eat and drink, the second just for a drink.
The menu is limited to pizzas, but they have a very good and eclectic selection of these, some with toppings you would never have thought of combining! Chris is usually a traditionalist when it comes to his favourite food, pizza, but on this occasion he decided to experiment with the “Kos”, which has feta cheese, lamb and olives – and really enjoyed it! I had the more conventional “Vegetar”, which was loaded with corn, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, leeks, olives and of course cheese. Although deep dish style, which I wouldn’t normally choose, it was a light dough and very tasty. The two “small” pizzas cost 212 KR, but one to share would be enough if you’re not too hungry and on a budget.
Having enjoyed some local Mack beer with the pizzas we decided to stay on for another drink and were rewarded with some good local entertainment – a young singer and guitarist who performed a number of old singer-songwriter classics (“Streets of London”, “Heart of Gold” and many more), and did so very well.
We went back some days later just for a drink, having eaten earlier in the evening, and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere again, but there was no live music that night (which was a Monday – the previous visit having been on a Tuesday).
You wouldn’t really think from the atmosphere and décor that this pub belongs to the Radisson Blu Hotel next door. It is dark and cosy, with lots of candles and tea lights burning, a nautical theme and the obligatory huge polar bear (despite the fact that no polar bears live on mainland Norway!) We very much enjoyed our visits here and would definitely go back if ever in Tromsø again.
Next tip: the long Polar night
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Busy nightclub with live concerts. Sometimes a place to gather and watch a football game.
The concerts and club/dj nights start late so people tend to hover around,coming in and out of the city centre pubs. Kaos is very popular with younger people, especially hip hop fans.
Dress Code: Casual
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Tromsø Jernbanestasjon (Railway station): Fairly crude and basic, but aye, aye how much fun!
Tromsø doesn't have a railway, but it does have a railway station! Some weirdo has taken a train car interior and put up as a pub in Tromsø city center and named it Jernbanestasjonen. It's is a highly successful stop on the pub hopping round late night in Tromsø. They serve the local brew and some other stuff, but it is not the range of drinks and the manu that is king here, but the atmosphere. Too crude for most south Norwegians, and you need to be in a good mood before you enter. Tromsø and the north is quite exotic and Jernbanestasjonen might be at the apex of raw life here. A meat market of sorts, but not very advanced or chic to put it faintly, nor is the agressive part limited to the male gender.
Dress Code: What? Repeat?
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Blå Rock: Hard Rock café, only much better
A cool and famous place in Tromsø. Decorated with rock posters, often signed, and movieposters. This is why Hard Rock Café won't ever establish in Tromsø, they already got this independent version, and that's naturally much cooler.
They are also well-known for their burgers, all of them with names after rock-bands. But actually - the potatoes are the best!
They do have live conserts sometimes, too.
Dress Code: No
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Bla Rock Cafe: beer heaven
Bla Rock Café - a fun place to spend your night away. Its motto is: stay sick! Beer is plentiful (more than 70 types, including the local Mack), people are friendly, and the owner Egon Holstad is a real darling! Just talk Nick Cave to him...
Dress Code: very informal - or better alternative
One of the many pubs/outdoor...
One of the many pubs/outdoor spots in Tromsø. This one has its name from Tromsø's own local beer. Actually the Mack brewery is the world's northernmost.Places to enjoy your beer in a traditional atmosphere are Skarven and Rorbua
Dress Code: Casual
Meieriet is one of many - many...
Meieriet is one of many - many places where you can drink beer or whatever in Tromsø...
Tromsø is known as the 'good- night- life- town' :) You know....the place where you find pubs and bars whereever you go, and really nice people...it's funny to party in Tromsø!!
Just anywhere outside in the...
Just anywhere outside in the summer.
Take a barbeque set and some Mack øl with you and eat, drink and talk all night long in the midnight sun anywhere you like! (for example somewhere up a mountain)
Here's a photo from the bar at...
Here's a photo from the bar at the top of the SAS hotel. It's one of the more exclusive nightspots in Tromso. A drink of cognac is about US 10$.
This place got a nice wiew.