My favorite neighborhood bar, No. 53 is the kind of place the owners themselves want to hang out in. In fact, the owners are three local residents who took over the business because they liked it that much. They’re probably the ones you’ll meet behind the bar.
No. 53 looks rough around the edges, but inside it’s a small, cozy and unpretentious place welcoming people of all makes, models and production years. They play a wide variety of good music, even when there’s no DJ rockin’ the house.
I love good beer and no. 53 comes through. They have three small fridges full of carefully selected brews. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a guest brew are on tap – rare outside the very center of Oslo. You won’t find good bottled-beer or quality mixed drinks any cheaper in any other bar in town. One of the owners, Daniel, told me they should raise their prices, but I think no. 53 is more about the joy of running a good bar than maximizing returns.
For the barfly, no. 53 is hard to beat. It’s a great place to go alone and look to be social. Every time I’ve saddled up at the bar there’s been a conversation of one type or another going on and it was by no means exclusive. They serve quality beer and creative drinks to good people at a nice price. It’s the type of local establishment that deserves to thrive. They also allow dogs inside.