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opening hours
TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY
17.00 - 01.00

THURSDAY
17.00 - 02.00

FRIDAY - SATURDAY
15.00 - 02.00

Svaneapoteket opened in Karl Johans gate in 1896 in neoclassical style. Today it is listed as a cultural heritage and one of the best preserved intact venue interiors from the late 1800s.

Please let your server know if you have any allergies or intolerances.

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There aren’t many cultural heritage sites that make cocktails this good. Svanen’s location is remarkable, complete with its marble columns and dark-wood panelling. The building housed a pharmacy, Svaneapoteket, since 1896, and the interior has been almost entirely preserved, from the ceilings and countertop all the way to the minor details throughout – expect a lot of swans everywhere, in keeping with the venue’s name. In contrast with the space, the cocktails aren’t mired in history at all, but are instead a collection of compelling, forward-thinking libations using all manner of interesting ingredients, balanced by a list of beautifully-presented classics.

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Many a modern cocktail menu resembles an apothecary’s shopping list, but here’s a bar in an actual apothecary. And it’s one of the finest: a mahogany and marble-columned wonder crafted in 1896. The bar itself is the former counter; rows of cabinets are lined with jars and namesake swans; the panelled ceiling is illustrated with the clean-living Greek gods of medicine. The menu is inspired by ingredients marked in Latin on the wooden drawers – gentian and rowanberry, fennel and juniper. Order a Nordic Tiki (aquavit, orange liqueur and bitters) and hole up in one of the alcoves resembling old train carriages. While this is the newest venture by Yunus Yildiz, co-founder of Oslo hotspot Himkok, there’s a fin-de-siècle atmosphere you could bottle, as if Edvard Munch was about to wander in and pick up a tincture of laudanum.

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Many a modern cocktail menu resembles an apothecary’s shopping list, but here’s a bar in an actual apothecary. And it’s one of the finest: a mahogany and marble-columned wonder crafted in 1896.

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Gløgg, akevitt og jule-øl hører tradisjon tro desember til, men om du vil oppdatere drikke-menyen i år, kan kanskje en drink fylt med julesmaker friste?

Det passer jo ekstra fint i år, siden pandemien har ført til at folk de siste månedene tilsynelatende mikser drinker hjemme mer enn før.

– «Alle» skal lage drinker hjemme i år, og ønsker å oppgradere sitt bar-utstyr. I år har vært året vi ikke har fått tak i nok utstyr, da etterspørselen er stor. Og det er generelt for alle butikker i landet, sier Nina Blikeng-Hoel innkjøpsansvarlig Kitch’n til VG.

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KARL JOHANS GATE 13 |1543 |OSLO, NORWAY