Price of beer in Norway

Price of beer in Norway

I am on holiday in Norway at the moment and have searched the session list and found only one session in the whole country. It does not take a genius to realise that the price of beer is probably the main reason why there isnt a thriving ITM session anywhere else in the country. I will be in Bergen in the next few days and will not be buying any of the local beer at the prices in the local bars. Where do people in Norway go to play ITM because it sure isnt happening in the pubs. BTW there are two irish pubs in Bergen but no sign of any music or any sessions going on.

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The Stavanger Harbour Band can be found playing I&S TM in the Irishman pub Stavanger Thursday nights. It’s not a session but they might be able to point you the right way.

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"probably the main reason why there isnt a thriving ITM session"

is because this is Norway. :-)

Actually, I’ve been to Bergen and, while the beer is expensive, the pubs are generally quite lively.
They do have live Irish and Scottish music in the irish pub there but there’s maybe not enough people playing this kind of music locally for a session to be viable.

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I did a gig in Trondheim three years ago.
I was only there one night; I was flown in on the day, did the gig that evening, stayed the night and flew home in the morning all expenses paid.
Anyway I took £50 cash float with me which I presumed would cover any incidentals.
On the ‘bus from the airport to the town I met a local bloke and the Nederlander guitar player who was playing at the gig with me. The local chap said, “Do you guys drink beer? Because I’ll show you a good bar”. Naturally we said, “Yes”.
He explained that you go to the bar order, collect drinks and pay at the bar just like in London (and England and Ireland). And they (the Norge) buy rounds like in London.
So we get to the bar we all walk up to the counter. He insists on getting the first round. He orders three (approximately ¾ pints) lagers- £21!! £7 a (less than pint)!!
We drank them in ten seconds. I went to the bar, looked at my fifty quid, took a deep breath and ordered the same.
So, one round used up almost half my float. And I never got paid until I got back to London, so cash flow (aka normal beer drinking) was rather restricted.

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I wouldn’t say that was inaccurate but, in most Bergen bars, I paid between £4-£5 for a half litre(slightly less than a pint) which is approx double what you’d pay here. However, there were less expensive bars where it only cost about 40NKr..between £3-£4.
Still not cheap, I know, and I’m sure there’d have been even more expensive places.

It’s the same in all Scandinavian countries although Denmark tends to be a lot cheaper especially near the German borders.

However, for those who live in these countries, the prices aren’t as prohibitive. It’s just that there tends to be less of a pub culture over there.


Edinburgh and Glasgow aren’t particularly cheap these days. You can easily pay £3 + for a pint and I’m sure London is probably about £4 now.
I actually found Paris to be one of the most expensive cities of all in my travels over the years.

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South London- pint of Stella: £2-90
Tourist London- pint of Stella: ~£3-50
Lancashire, Nelson- pint of Carlsberg: £1-70
Devon, Dawlish- pint of Stella: £3-05

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Come to The Dubliner pub in Oslo on Saturdays man, the only place in Norway where you can find a decent session. Send me an e-mail via this website if you do. And if you play in the session you get beer for half the price, which helps.

There is just not that many people in Norway that play Irish music, so it’s not because the price of the beer, it’s lack of musicians!

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Mmm, London’s obviously not as expensive as it used to be.

Perhaps, Edinburgh’s status as a Parliament city has brought about a few negative consequences. :-(

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There are two very diferent Londons.
One is in Transport Zone One* and the other is outside that until fields start appearing (~M25). The county is even worse!
Inside Zone One everything is a tourist trap, there is almost no actual community, it’s like London theme park and is dreadful!
The rest is fab!
But don’t tell anyone coz’ we don’t want grockles all over the place in fab Peckham, Tooting, Brixton, Lewisham and so forth!!

* tourist London has a few enclaves in the good bit e.g. Wimbledon Village, Hampstead, Ricmond et cetera…

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er!?!…
that should be "the COUNTRY is even worse"
Although the COUNTIES are a bit of a drag too come to mention it!!!

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"they (the Norge) buy rounds like in London."
not in my experience.

the tap beers in Norway are generally .45L which is just over 3/4 pint.
However Guinness in the Irishman in Stavanger comes in pints and was £6-7 at the last attempt.

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Gawd that’s terrible!! Might as well brew your own at those prices, it can’t be that expensive.

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Half price beer!You won’t be seeing me there!

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A Swedish friend once told me that Norway is run by old men who decree sky-high taxes on drink in pubs and shops, for the good of society.

Then they go back home and pour themselves a glass of knockout aquavit from the distillery in the woodshed at the bottom of the garden.

But the Swedes seem to have a thing about the Norwegians - and probably vice versa…

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A really decent locally brewed pint of bitter in a pub in Buxton on Monday night: £2.00.

Puts you off travelling.

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Probably the taxes driving up the prices. At a past job I dealt with a lot of people living in different parts of Europe and was amazed at the stories Id hear about high taxes. But I guess socialism has to be paid for.

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It the oil folks, it’s pennies for the Norwegians :-)

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It’s

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You think Norway dear try Finland !

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Seriously… a whole discussion on BEER PRICES?!? What is the world coming to?

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Cheaper to Fed Ex a couple cases to the hotel your staying in and if you run low on cash you can bootleg cans of beer on the street…

You get half off if you play music..? Thanks I’ll bring my own..

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"A Swedish friend once told me……."


I think this is probably the pot calling the kettle black!!

In my younger days, I used to enjoy touring Scandinavia a lot.

The Danes would always nip over the German border for drink while the Swedes would get the ferry over from Malmo to Copenhagen(There’s a bridge there now) or from Helsinborg to Helsingor(Elsinore). The Finns would actually travel to Sweden for cheaper drink!

All of them would get absolutely blootered in the process.


Mind you, the British nip across The Channel on booze cruises and the Irish used to regularly stock up after trips over here…in the days of "duty free".

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-In Oslo and Bergen a month ago I found tap ale prices high but ice cold
Ringnes, Mack or Carlsberg beers a little more reasonable from 50-54 NOK, between six & seven USD per near-pint. Tap ales/stouts/porters were about 20 NOK more per. -Sticking to beer leaves enough in one evening for a Narvesen or 7/11 calzone later on.

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Pint of beamish its better than guinness or murphys and its 3 euro a pint

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If you are Irish, and abroad, number one rule is stay out of Irish pubs.

remember how we used to laugh at and mock English people because they sought out English pubs abroad?

Well, we were right, but now we are just as gullible as them.

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Saint, you’re right about the Beamish, and looks like we should stop moaning about Ireland being expensive compared to these scary Norwegian drink prices!

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In Sweden I found "light beer" (low alcohol bottled beer) to be quite cheap and easily available in supermarkets etc. The same may go for Norway. Refreshing anyway, and who knows, a few might have a modest effect.

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Good Old Saint, sticking up for the "Cork" drink. What is the saying, "Irish by birth, Cork by the grace of God".

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"> Seriously… a whole discussion on BEER PRICES?!?

What is the world coming to?"

More beer?

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Sorry to go off topic, but one of my favorites was McCaffreys - and much to my disapointment it was suddenly dropped from most of the Western United States over distribution problems - is it still around and anyone know why it was cut off from the USA?

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Hi all, first post here.
I’m a Spaniard who went to Ireland ten days on July, and found beer a bit expensive. Just a bit, not too much higher than our average prices for a pint of Guiness. Local beer is much cheaper, of course. If you want cheap and good beer, the place to go is the Czech Republic, or cheaper indeed, Slovakia. For cheap but no so good beer Spain would be a good place, if you stay away from the main touristic areas, Costa del Sol, Costa Brava and such. Norwegian prices are definitely unaffordable for us, which is a shame because It’s a country I’d like to visit, and there are affordable flights from here now.
Being a novice to ITM, I’m glad to find a discussion on a matter I master :-)

Cheers,
Ramiro

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Bliss one of my favorite Cork sayings is "You can take the cork out of the bottle but you can’t take the bottle out of Cork"
can’t say that about the hurlers ……………waterford deserve it this year hope they do it ………fosters 3.10 euro in cork .

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Cathy Cook

have you come across Chris Kennedy down around west cork

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Pensioners can get Beamish for €2.50 in some parts of cork city.

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I used to live in Stockholm way back in the late 60’s, early 70’s and we used to play in a small pub cellar bar called Kaos in Gamla Stan. Those were the days of the Systembolaget or government run liquer stores. Prices were outrageous even then and to get round it groups of people used to have lists of their wishes and the order of who comes first posted in offices and the suchlike. When anyone had to travel outside of the country, they came back with a full load of tax free and it got distributed to next persons(s) on the list. It used to work pretty well and as I travelled a lot for my work I was for ever the booze donkey. I don’t think I ever bought a bottle of spirits in Sweden the whole four years I was there.

The other scam, I think I’m right, involved bringing small stills for distilling battery water, legal in Sweden (not in Norway) over to Norway and returning with activated charcoal, legal in Norway (not in Sweden) so the home brewed stuff could be filtered.

The whole alchohol problem in Scandinavia stems from the prohibition period of the fifties (I think it was), and the rationing of especially spirits. So much so that even in the 70’s bootlegging of T-Sprit which is a turpentine of sorts was sold in vodka bottles at the station Slussen in Stockholm, killing one and turning several people blind.

Accidents especially involving students were very common in those days, usually throught the lack of knowledge about ethyl and methyl alchohol which could be got through various channels.

I’m sure that present day Scandinavia still experiences the after effects of those years and is reflected in the pricing of drinks today.

Was anyone else over there in those years (69 –74) would be interesting to hear. There was a pretty lively trad music scene on the go in Stockhom anyway. Some of the sessions involved quite a bit of the Darlana (sorry not sure of the spelling anymore) fidlle music and stuff from Evert Taube etc. Loads of young guys from America were there too, as Sweden took in many of the Vietnam guys. It was quite an international music scene and I remember a brilliant harp player from South America, a great guitarist from Japan, and many others.

Sorry, went on a bit there, but would be interesting to hear if anyone else was there at that time. Even though the beer prices were what they were we still managed to get pretty blasted most weekends.

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Sam Smiths has alway been about the cheapest beer in England and who refused to pay for music licenses so stopped sessions in all their pubs?

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In the Davilak pub here in South Fremantle, West Australia, the pints of Guiness are well pulled and cost about £2.50 when the sesh is on, and about £2.90 normally.

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and bottles of Rogers - priceless

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"Sam Smiths has alway been about the cheapest beer in England and who refused to pay for music licenses so stopped sessions in all their pubs?"

Sucks, doesn’t it? My boyfriend just moved basically next door to a pub that apparently used to have the best sessions in the North of England, but I guess a couple years ago, the owner decided it was a "working man’s pub" and didn’t want to be asked to pay for the license. Sessions therefore went away. But random people from all over the world are like, "Oh, do you play sessions in Colpitts? I hear it’s a great session." Yeah, wouldn’t that be convenient?

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As far as I know it was the brewery’s decision not to pay for the license, not the landlady’s.

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Since we’re slagging off the Scandinavians, here’s my Scandy joke ( which might be Finnish in origin ).
A Scandinavian cruise ship sinks in the tropics, leaving nine people to swim ashore to a desert island. The three Danes start a co-operative, the three Norwegians start a distillery, and the three Swedes sit in a little triangle, all facing away from each other, because they haven’t been formally introduced.

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Hi Saint,
I don’t think I’ve come across Chris Kennedy, although it’s always possible I’ve been in a session with him without knowing his name!

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Just for the record, a pint in Copenhagen Denmark is cheaper than in UK,IE,SW,NO and FIN

In the shops it is so cheap, that it is a laugh

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It’s certainly cheaper than elsewhere in Scandinavia but still much dearer than the UK and Ireland……unless you drink in some real dives.

Are you talking about bar prices? It was around 40-50 DKr when I was there last.

Mind you, I know the musicians get it cheaper in sessions too.

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When I turned half a century a few years back my wife and I (with her sister and husband who live in southern Germany) rented a house for a couple of weeks in the Värmland province of Sweden, near Torsby. Wish I was there right now! Great place we had out in the middle of nowhere by our own little lake, but the beer in town was indeed pricey. One day we took a drive on the back roads over to Kongsvinger, Norway. The Norwegian beer was also pricey, but it was very good! The Swedish beer we were favoring was also quite nice. Can’t remember the brand—too many tunes in my head. 8-) Didn’t hear a lick of ITM while we were there though, but I did catch some fish and take lots of saunas…

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i did a gig here in prague last night and met a really cool couple from Norway (sang them an A-Ha song!). so i reckon u should spend the money just for the opportunity to sit and meet some cool people..

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"Knowing me, knowing you….Ah haaaa"

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they were swedish!

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Ah haaa!

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Actually, Frida was Norwegian….. :-)


Ah haaa!

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oh i just got the ah haaa! joke.. thought u were doing an alan partridge impression..

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I’ve just remembered an incident on Shetland. Some of us were sitting around in the (or a) pub in Scalloway. A Norwegian fishing boat was at the quay. In due course its crew came ashore, carrying one of their number who was evidently beyond the worse for wear with drink. They - and the carried one - came into the pub, to continue some serious drinking. I don’t think we hung around to watch this.

(NB - where do Icelanders get their duty-free?)