27 Storgata, 0184 Oslo
Tucked away on a side street close to the Youngstorget, Himkok is easy to miss. Look for a door with a blue light above it next to Youngsgate 2 and get ready for an adventure. Himkok – Norwegian for moonshine – is spread over multiple levels. First up you are face to face with the tiny distillery that produces nearly 80% of all spirits used in the house. They are shaken up into drinks in the many microbars around the building. The ground floor is completed by an atmospheric cocktail bar and a courtyard focused on local ciders and beers. Upstairs you will find a barber shop and yet another bar serving cocktails on tap, fittingly called Taptails. But on a deeper level, Himkok is more than a bar – it is an institution that embodies the Norwegian culture through cocktails and spirits. Its sustainable practices are impressive too, earning it the inaugural Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award in 2018.