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Stavanger Nightlife

For a comparatively small city, Stavanger punches well above its cultural weight with a wide range of concerts and performances and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Bars in Stavanger

Cardinal Pub

Featuring a huge selection of literally hundreds of both draught and speciality bottled beers, Cardinal is a popular city centre watering hole. Regular beer-tasting sessions are arranged at this venue, which is located close to the Vågen harbourside. Tuesday night is quiz night.

Address: , Skagen 21, Stavanger, 4006
Telephone: +47 9820 4201

Holmen Bar

Situated in the Victoria Hotel by the waterfront, this venue is pupular with customers on their way to or from various nightlife venues. It claims to offer the region's biggest range of whiskies, and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 1600-0130.

Address: , Skansegaten 1, Stavanger, 4006
Telephone: +47 5186 7000

The Irishman

Most Norwegian towns and cities of any size have at least one 'Irish' bar, and Stavanger is no exception. True to form, this lively city centre pub features regular Irish music to complement the free-flowing 'black stuff'. Opening times vary according to the day of the week.

Address: , Høleberggata 9, Stavanger, 4006
Telephone: +47 5189 4181

Clubs in Stavanger

Alf & Werner

Housed in a restored historic building by the quayside, this is really three venues in one, with a ground floor cocktail bar, first floor live music stage, and at the top, a nightclub/ lounge featuring regular visiting DJs.

Skansengaten 2, 4005 Stavanger

Tel: 5151 7232.

Address: , Nedre Strandgate 13, Stavanger, 4005
Telephone: +47 5156 3682

Cafe Sting

This groovy establishment attracts an arty clientele, drawn here by the cool vibe and the place's versatility – it's part café, part bar, part nightclub. It also puts on all kinds of shows, from concerts to cabarets and festivals. The frequent jazz nights are a special highlight.

Address: , Valberget 3, Stavanger, 4006
Telephone: +47 9484 6789


One of Stavanger's newest night clubs, this city centre venue's interior is inspired, claim the owners, by the London scene. It's only open three days weekly (Thursdsay-Saturday) but on these nights guests can let their hair down until the small hours. Seats/tables can be booked in advance.

Address: , Strandgate 29, Stavanger, 4006
Telephone: +47 8152 2885

Live music in Stavanger


A good venue for indie, jazz and alternative rock, and popular with 'creative' types. It can get pretty busy, but a good range of live bands regularly feature. The venue is open from 2200-0300 daily, and is restricted to over-20s.

Nedre Strandgate 25, 4006 Stavanger

Tel: 5153 2245.

Address: , Strandkaien 24, Stavanger, 4005
Telephone: +47 5150 5090

Checkpoint Charlie

Established as one of Norway's better venues for fans of hard rock music – it's loud, lively and gets very busy at weekends. Normal opening hours are from 2200-0300, and in common with other such nightspots, entry is not permitted for under-20s.

Address: , Nedre Strandgate 5, Stavanger, 4005
Telephone: +47 5150 5090


Folken is the focus of student life in Stavanger. There's a café on the ground floor and a concert hall above, which features national and sometimes international bands, songsters and performing artists. Indie is the music of choice on most nights.

Address: , Løkkeveien 24, Stavanger, 4008
Telephone: +47 5156 4444

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Featured Hotels


Thon Hotel Maritim

Overlooking lake Breivannet, this large, medium-range, tower-block hotel has over 200 modern rooms plus a gym, sauna and solarium. The city's shopping and cultural venues are just a few minutes' walk away.

Skagen Brygge Hotell

With its perfect location down by the harbour, this delightful modern Stavanager hotel was built in the style of an old warehouse to blend in with its surroundings. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the buffet breakfast excellent. The hotel has a Turkish steam bath, sauna, sun beds and a fitness room. There is also a nice coffee corner selling hot drinks and international newspapers.

Skansen Hotel

A moderately priced hotel down by the main harbour, this unassuming place has about 30 en suite guest rooms decorated in a neat and trim modern style with comfortable beds, TVs and private bathrooms. The hotel bar can be a fun place to socialise, as it has become something of a meeting place for locals and hotel guests alike.

Stavanger Bed & Breakfast

Located in a residential area just five minutes' walk from the railway station this friendly hostel-style B&B has around 20 frugal but very clean rooms most of which have showers and sinks but shared WCs. Every night guests gather for complimentary tea coffee and waffles – and a very pleasant evening it is too with travellers sharing tips and gossip. Free parking and Wi-Fi too. One of the best cheap hotels in Stavanger.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

With its 215 large and well-appointed guest rooms, this is one of Stavanger's larger accommodation options, and stands close to the Old Town. The hotel offers complimentary high-speed and wireless internet access throughout the premises. Facilities include a gym and sauna.

Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

At the starting point of the two-hour hike to the remarkable Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), this new mountain lodge has 27 en suite rooms, each of which is comfortable and in tip-top condition. There's a café, a restaurant and a lovely lounge with wide views plus a roaring fire in winter.