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“One of the Best Beer Joints!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crowbar og Bryggeri

Crowbar og Bryggeri
Torggata 32 | Sentrum, Oslo 0183, Norway
21 38 67 57
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Ranked #21 of 959 Restaurants in Oslo
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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“One of the Best Beer Joints!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We went sightseeing into Oslo streets on a summer Saturday night & found this place by chance with a Crow Statue at its entrance!

Racks of beers of different types and 15 odd taps of craft beers available is a great choice!

Ordered food at Level 1 restaurant - 'Precious' was also great, we had Kebab Rolls and German/Czech/Norwegian beers along all on tap!

i will recommend this place to everyone visiting Oslo looking for a different experience away from the typical city center joints! good place for catching up in a group as well.

5 stars for everything!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Havent tried the food, only the beer.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

And the beer is heavenly. Smallish, but fantastic variety of craft beers to choose from, and I haven't disliked one yet. The atmosphere is incredibly nice, and there are all sorts of small, cozy nooks all over the building to hang out in. One of my favorite haunts in Oslo.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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Oslo, Norway
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“Up and coming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

I've been a here a few times now, for the beers, and it's looking promising. The place has some way to go to catch up with the class of the nearby Schouskjeller'n when it comes to the quality of their home brews, but it seems like the brewers are trying to make the effort. Apart from 4-6 own brews you have 14-16 guest taps and some bottles beers, which is pretty awesome. I hear the place is absolutely packed on Friday/Saturday nights, by the looks of it, it must be a hipster's paradise.

The only negative experiences I've had are rather bland and boring home made chips. And the young woman working the bar downstairs isn't the most welcoming I've encountered, on several occasions - which does leave you with a tad bad taste in the mouth. The other staff seem nice.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Oslo, Norway
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“Crowbeer and more.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Crowbar og Bryggeri (Crowbar and brewery) is yet another brewpub in Oslo. After several years with only one brewpub in Oslo (Oslo Mikrobryggeri), we suddenly had not two, but three in quick order (Schouskjelleren and Amundsen). A while later and we had Grünerløkka Brygghus (they don't make beer there, they order it made elsewhere) as well as the new food court where Øl-Akademiet are planning something in that order.

Beer it seems, can flourish, even in Norway with its Stalinistic anti beer laws.

Then, in November 2012 yet another addition to all of this arrived. Behind the somewhat cumbersome Crowbar og Bryggeri name, are, far as I know, the people behind People's (Abridersamfunnets plass) and Laundromat (Bislett). The bar itself looks like the more modern of the two Moeder Lambic bars in Brussels. Exposed red brick walls, nice tables and stools, a fine looking bar with chaulkboard listening whatever beers are on tap at any given moment. Go upstairs and you will find yourself in the cafe/restaurant part of the operation. This is supposed to be some sort of upmarked kebab eatery, which I haven't tried, as I'm there for the beer, and would rather nosh on cheese and salty meats downstairs.

The beers are either the ones made by Crowbar (which are mostly fine and dandy), guest beers on tap, some finnish and swedish duds, but more often good norwegian, danish, british and american brews, as well as bottled beers in a big walk-in fridge. The latter have some good selections, but needs to be updated more often, and tend to be a lot more expensive than Schouskjelleren or even Amundsen it seems (march 2013). The beers made here are not too expensive, in norwegian terms.

The guys and girls in the bar seem to be mostly brits, yanks, cannucks and kiwi's, which is is great. Some days there are one or two guys there who know next to nothing about beer, and that is a minus.

All in all, this is a fine addition to Oslo's beer scene, and a great link in the chain from Amundsen, via places like Bar & Cigar and Tilt, to Cafe Sarah, Shouskjelleren and up to Grunerløkka Brygghus and the foodcourt at Vulkan. Hope it is a big success!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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“Good beer, good food and a good time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

I have been to the Crowbar several times. It has a rustic industrial unpretensious atmosphere. The selection of beers is amazing, from obscure american to mainstream Nordic. The in house "Precious" grill serves a pork kebab that is excellent, and you can have a whole hog too, Of the microbreweries in Oslo this is my clear favourite. A good polace to hang out with the guys and girls.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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