Drinks in high places: The 11 best rooftop bars in Oslo

By Vogue Scandinavia
Kranen bar Munch Museum

Photo: Einar_Aslaksen

Savour warm, airy summer nights in the city at a rooftop bar with a gorgeous view. Here are the must-visit spots in Norway's capital that you just can't miss

Summer in Scandinavia is all about long days and light nights spent in the open air. For the perfect evening, a rooftop bar is the place to be - just add good company and a drink in hand. Whether you prefer a chilled glass of white wine, a creative cocktail, or a trusty pint, the perfect place is yours to discover. Oslo is not short of outdoor options, and as the temperatures rise and the holiday crowds hit the streets, follow temptation and - literally - elevate your evening tipple. From lively spots to those with relaxing ambiance, there is something for everyone.

Read on to discover our curated list of the best rooftop bars in Oslo:


Mynt at Sentralen

The newly refurbished Mynt bar tops off the vibrant eatery Sentralen in downtown Oslo. The rooftop terrace serves natural wines and ciders from the bar accompanied by dishes, such as their tasty sourdough pizzas, from the eatery downstairs. Come for an after-work drink and stay until dusk to experience live music and special events in a pleasantly laid back ambience with views over the city's rooftops

Good to know: Sentralen updates their socials regularly with information about events. The terrace is open during the summer season, drop-in only.

Øvre Slottsgate 3, 0157 Oslo


Kranen bar at the Munch Museum

Kranen bar Munch Museum

Photo: Einar_Aslaksen

Kranen bar sits a top of the new Munch Museum in Bjørvika, in the 13th floor, 60 metres above ground, offering spectacular panoramic views over the city and the Oslo fjord. The sight itself gives seventh heaven feels making Kranen the ideal site to watch golden hour after a day of indulging in some of Norway's finest artworks.

Good to know: Kranen is open for drop-ins all year-round. There's both seating, in and outside if it gets nippy. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Edvard Munchs Plass 1, 0194 Oslo



Ekebergrestauranten rooftop bars Oslo

Photo: Ekebergrestauranten

Not technically a rooftop, but to leisure outside on the terrace at Ekebergrestauranten certainly feels you are up on an awe-inspiring roof, looking across Oslo. The restaurant sits in the hills above the city, at the edge of the lush sculpture park Ekebergparken, which you might recall from the Oscar-nominated movie The Worst Person in the World. Go in the afternoon for drinks or dinner, when the whole terrace is bathing in sunlight, and stay to witness the sun setting in the Oslo fjord.

Good to know: Combine a visit to Ekebergrestauranten with a walk in the surrounding sculpture park.

Kongsveien 15, 0193 Oslo


Eight Rooftop Bar at Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel oslo rooftop bars

Photo: Grand Hotel

The top of the venerable Grand Hotel Oslo is perfect for a city escape to relish either cocktails, a glass from the extensive wine list or an ice-cold Norwegian brewed beer. As Eight Rooftop Bar is in Karl Johans Gate, Oslo's high street, it is a sweet pause from the inner city buzz and bustle, offering vistas stretching from street crowds and brick facades, right across to the sky and hills on the horizon.

Good to know: Eight offers both in and outside seating, open to hotel guests and the public alike.

Karl Johans Gate 31, 0159 Oslo


Calmeyers Hage at The Hub

Calmeyers Hage at The Hub oslo rooftop bars

Photo: Calmeyers Hage

Calmeyers Hage at The Hub hotel is a prime spot for Nordic flavours and metropolitan, joyful feels. Drinks include spirits from local distilleries such as Bareksten, topped with herbs from the hotel's herb garden on the roof. The menu features a range of snacks from local produce. Plus, DJs play on selected evenings.

Good to know: Ask for local produce from the menu for a taste of Norway.

Biskop Gunnerus gate 3, 0155 Oslo


Mezzanin at Centropa

Mezzanin at Centropa rooftop bar oslo

Photo: Centropa

Oslo's main national library, Deichman in Bjørvika, is worth visiting solely to experience its award-winning architecture. As a bonus, the library is home to the fjord-facing roof terrace, Mezzanin at restaurant Centropa. The bar serves both drinks and food with a direct view of another architectural monument, the Oslo opera house. Perfect for people watching on a sunny afternoon by the waterfront or for a pre- or post dinner sip.

Good to know: The terrace is open Wednesday through to Sunday when the weather allows it. Drop-in only.

Anne-Cath. Vestlys plass 1, 0150 Oslo


The Thief Roof

Tjuvholmen sits at the very tip of the city, offering pristine swimming and sun conditions. The area is also home to Astrup Fearnley Museum and The Thief hotel. Take the lift up to the hotel rooftop bar where we suggest visiting for upbeat vibes and panoramic city and nature sights, or, perhaps warm up with a cocktail under the heating lights once you've had a splash.

Good to know: The rooftop also has a grill, ideal for when the cravings kick in. Open to hotel guests and the public.

Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo


The Top

Perched at the top of Oslo Plaza Hotel, The Top boasts a terrace bar to take in sunsets (or midnight sun) over the city. With a restaurant serving classic favourites and a drinks menu stocked with inventive spritz cocktails, The Top is top-of-the-list when it comes to an evening locale that has it all.

Good to know: Open to hotel guests and the general public. The Top often hosts events on the terrace, with offerings ranging from live DJ sets on summer Thursdays to a one-night-only tasting menu with oysters and martinis.

Sonja Henies plass 3, 0185 Oslo


Nodee Sky

Not just a bar, Nodee Sky serves up Japanese fine dining with a view from the Barcode district looking out over the harbor. Nodee Sky’s cocktails are delightfully inventive, utlizing ingredients like yuzu foam and jasmine tea-infused vodka. Pairing those drinks with a tasting menu or à la carte courses, there’s nowhere we’d rather be to celebrate a special occasion.

Good to know: Make sure to book in advance and follow the smart casual dress code.

Dronning Eufemias gate 28, 0191 Oslo


Summit Bar

Journey to the top of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo and you’ll find Summit Bar, an enclosed bar that beckons year-round. Grab a spot at the windows and watch the twinkling lights of the city with a classic cocktail or glass of wine. Re-designed and re-furbished by Snøhetta, the Norwegian architecture firm behind Oslo’s famed opera house, the space is perfect for a sleek and sophisticated night out.

Good to know: Open to hotel guests and the general public. Closed on Sundays.

Holbergs gate 30, 0166 Oslo


Ling Ling

At the end of Aker Brygge, Ling Ling serves up Cantonese cuisine alongside their vibrant cocktails. While not the highest rooftop bar on this list, what Ling Ling lacks in elevation it more than makes up for in variety. For those looking for an excuse to celebrate Ling Ling is sure to provide you with a very convincing list of energetic options from live Djs to themed events.

Good to know: Book ahead, and check to see what events Ling Ling has on.

Stranden 30, 0250 Oslo