27 Storgata, 0184 Oslo
Himkok is the flagbearer for Oslo’s cocktail bars. A combined speakeasy, high-volume taptails bar, cider bar and al fresco eatery – also sporting a house distillery producing seasonal varieties of aquavit, gin, and vodka – the scene is set for any drinks lover’s night out.
Since opening in 2015, Himkok has developed and matured: today, the place has found its true identity as a Norwegian cocktail joint. Not Nordic – Norwegian, as co-owner and general manager Yunus Yildiz is quick to point out. Its Flavours of Norway menu is a celebration of the Norwegian craft and a tribute to the ingredients, producers and farmers of this country. Cocktails based around unique Norwegian flavours include cloudberries, seaweed, birch and even the caramelised milk cheese known as ‘brunost’. In a way, Himkok is doing for cocktails what the city’s three Michelin-starred restaurant Maaemo has done for cooking – showcasing a modern Norwegian flavour profile rooted in traditions and local produce.