As you probably already know, drinking in Norway is a costly affair. This is due to the crazy high taxes on alcohol (and cigrattes for that
Credit: Anne CN
Credit: Anne CN

matter, but thats another story) .

Most bars charge you between 65 and 80 NOK for a 0,4 l (less than a pint) glass of beer. If you want nicer, imported stuff or Norwegian beer from micro and craft breweries, it can cost you about 70NOK for a 0,33 bottle or more. Wine is normally around the same price as beer and the wines you get in most bars are of decent quality, usually dry French and Italian or German whites and Spanish, French, Italian and Argentinian reds. Spirits are pretty expensive in themselves, and even more so if you have them with a mixer. A simple Gin Tonic will easily cost between 95 and 100 NOK. And if you want more ‘fancy’ cocktails they can set you back about 120 NOK. If you drink spirits straight up, no mixer you can get a shot (4 cl) for about 60 (for a cheaper whiskey or vodka). A scotch single malt will normally cost about 80-100 NOK.
The paragraph above explains why most Norwegians have so called ‘vorspiels’ or pre parties before they go out. You can save a LOT of money by drinking whatever booze you’ve brought from the duty free or something from the supermarket or wine monopoly in your room before you go out. Build up a nice buzz and head for the bars!
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Most night clubs or bigger bars will charge you around 100-150 NOK just to get in. If you want free entrance, go to the bars. There are lots of them with dancefloors aswell and most stay open as late as the clubs. In Norway most of the bars and nightclubs have the same licenses and stay open until around 3-4 AM.

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