Drinks and friendly competition is an unbeatable combination, and specialised game bars keep popping up in Oslo. Forget checkers and tucked-away pool tables: These places take pub games to a whole new level. May we suggest a game crawl through town?
Below are six great places to get your game on in Oslo.
1. The Good Knight – chess to the people
Chess has become really popular in Norway, much due to the amazing accomplishments of our reign world champion Magnus Carlsen. It’s only fitting, then, that the capital has gotten its own chess bar.
With chess boards integrated into every table, The Good Knight welcomes anyone who is interested in the game. If you don’t have a companion to play with, go right ahead and challenge the bartender!
2. Oche – darts made easy
Gone are the times of run-down boards in dark corners, stray darts and arguments over the scores. Using state-of-the-art technology, Oche (/ˈɒki/) drags darts into the 21st century.
Gather all your friends in your own private booth and choose between four different games. Food, drinks and a carefully curated 50s-70s soundtrack make the evening complete.
3. Tilt – your favourite hipster arcade
Open since 2009, Tilt is a veteran on the Oslo bar game scene. It boats the city’s best collection of pinball machines and arcade games, guaranteed to take you on a trip down nostalgia lane.
Did we mention that it also has an awesome selection of microbrews and high-quality imported beers?
4. Rendezvous – mid-century pool
Rendezvous Bar & Biljard puts a tasteful twist on another old bar favourite: pool. What was formerly a strip club has been turned into a stylish cocktail and pool lounge with great mid-century vibes: ”Where Don Draper would have come to play pool”, according to the owners.
5. Røør – shuffleboard and tap beer galore
Shuffleboard is a game that lets you team up and socialize while playing (never mind that its requirement for exactitude may not always pair well with booze). The Oslo pub Røør has 14 hand-made shuffleboard tables, which may be reserved beforehand to avoid waiting on busy nights. Downstairs you can choose between no fewer than 70 different beers on tap.
6. Oslo Camping – put-put golf, party-style
Last but not least: An old vacation classic. Miniature golf courses can be found at many a campground, but leaves, bird droppings, rain, snow, stray cats and other outdoor surprises can get in the way of a good game. No more! At Oslo Camping, all the fun is moved indoors so you can comfortably enjoy a 18-hole golf course, all year round.