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Tonga Bar, Tonsberg, Norway (bar)
Kilikopela
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From: Houston, TX
Posted: 2006-02-19 05:33 am   Permalink

Name:Tonga Bar
Type:bar
Street:Waterfront tourist area (cant miss it)
City:Tonsberg
State:
Zip:
country:Norway
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
I had a five-day business trip to Tonsberg, Norway. While walking around the town, lo and behold I found the Tonga Bar! Tonsberg is a relatively small town of about 10,000 people about an hour and a half south of Oslo. Apparently it is a really big summer vacation spot for Norwegians. Since I was there in the off-season (end of January) there really weren't too many people around.

While I was there, the bar was never open. I spoke to one of the bartenders in the Harbor Café below, and he told me that during winter months it was open on Friday and Saturday evenings. I was able to stretch my business trip to leave Saturday, but Friday night they did not open the bar. Still, I was allowed to go upstairs and take pictures.

The bartenders told me that the owner was a woman and she had decorated the bar. They did not make any specialty drinks for the Tonga bar nor did they use any tiki mugs. (Actually, the bartender told me that strawberry daiquiris are very popular in the summertime).

Anyways, as you can see from the pictures, it's fairly well done for a small modern bar. I would love to hear a report from our Norwegian ohana when it is open and operating!

Sorry bout the low quality pics. I bought a disposable after seeing this place. You can’t tell from the pics, but it was nice low lighting, lots of bamboo and tapa, authentic items, as well as locally made (look at the square structural columns).

Sign outside the building


Entrance stairs


The entertainment: George Keys – All 10 on the 88s!


Long view 1


Long view 2


Cute lil guy!


Mahalo!
Kilikopela




 
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Kailuageoff
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From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2006-02-19 09:29 am   Permalink

Scandinavian tiki rocks! Great find and mahalo for sharing. Looks like Oceanic Arts supplied some of the decor.
KG


 
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Trader Woody
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2006-02-19 10:30 am   Permalink

Glad you overcame the usual obstacles to get some fine pics!
They look like they have done a decent job there - difficult to do in an area with few (if any) Tiki suppliers.

Looks like a trip to Norway can be added to the list...

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virani
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From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2006-02-19 10:36 am   Permalink

wow, looks like a really great bar...in a great vintage spirit. The Stockholm one looks more modern tiki than this one. I'd love to do a visit there.

 
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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2006-02-19 11:17 am   Permalink

Wow! What a great find! Thanks so much for putting so much effort into documenting it to share. It looks great. I noticed the sign advertising the New Orleans pianist was in English -- how common is it to see all-English signage there?

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virani
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From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2006-02-19 11:18 pm   Permalink

All Scandinavian are used to english. Because of their not so common language, all the kids are watching the cartoons in english, the movies are all subtitled, even at the TV...
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Kilikopela
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From: Houston, TX
Posted: 2006-02-20 05:37 am   Permalink

Hey HumuHumu,

Yes, the Norwegians (sp?) all spoke excellent English. Once again I was reminded how ignorant Americans are by the fact that everywhere I travel, everyone else speaks multiple languages, and I can only stumble my way to another beer (Ringnes!).

In addition to the points Virani made, I understand that Brits like to take vacation in Norway, so a lot of their tourist industry is geared towards them, so many people speak English.

Because they use the same letters as the English language... all the signs were in English, just different phonetics. For example, if you can see in this photo, there's a store in the middle with signs saying "Spill Her! Spill Her!" Perferct English!



So.... a montage of first impressions of Scandanavia....
Snow
Open-faced sandwiches
Blondes
Brunettes! (the big surprise for me)
For kids... Speed Metal!
And milk with EVERY meal

Norway was beautiful, I would encourage anyone who has a chance to visit.

K


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Formikahini
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From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2006-03-16 07:25 am   Permalink

Cheez,
Tonsberg Freakin' Norway has a tiki bar and Houston doesn't.....
And it's such a COOL looking one, too!!!!

Great hunting, Kilikopela! Thanks for buying the camera, convincing them to open the place for you, and taking the time to post the fotos. We all benefit
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Kong-Tiki
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Posted: 2006-03-22 04:43 am   Permalink

Are you sure this bar is in Tønsberg? Can't find any listings for it. In Bergen, on the west coast however... Check out the cool entrance:
http://foto.no/cgi-bin/bildegalleri/vis_bilde.cgi?id=124555

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Kilikopela
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From: Houston, TX
Posted: 2006-03-25 9:54 pm   Permalink

Sorry Kong-Tiki, actually I should have been more specific in listing the location. It is within the "Harbor Cafe" on the 3rd floor.

Has anyone been to the place in Bergen? I'm on my way to Oslo this week, but I doubt I can fit a trip to Bergen in.


 
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Kilikopela
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Posted: 2006-05-27 9:58 pm   Permalink

Well I recently had an opportunity to spend some more time in Tonsberg, Norway again and got a little more information.

The Tonga Bar is situated on top of the Harbour Café Sports Bar. The Harbor Café Sports Bar is a chain in Norway. The other locations are in Kristiansand and Bergen. Each of them has a third-floor Tonga bar and is similarly decorated. So, Kong-Tiki’s photo link must’ve been from this same chain.

These are definitely sports bars. Bad karaoke and rap music all night in the lower floors, with the music “selectively” pumped in upstairs. I did not get to see “George Keys with all 10 on the 88s" like I was hoping. No specialty drinks. No fruit juices. They only open the bar up there from midnight to 2am. You can’t even go up to relax before the place gets busy.

Anyways, the place is still gorgeous to see…

Interior 1


Interior 2


Shot from afar


Mahalo,
Kilikopela


 
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flakkis
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Joined: Nov 05, 2006
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From: norway
Posted: 2006-11-05 6:50 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-03-22 04:43, Kong-Tiki wrote:
Are you sure this bar is in Tønsberg? Can't find any listings for it. In Bergen, on the west coast however... Check out the cool entrance:
http://foto.no/cgi-bin/bildegalleri/vis_bilde.cgi?id=124555



Yes there is a Tonga bar in Tønsberg... but it's actualy a franchised copy of the one in Bergen.
Tonga Bar Bergen has been around for a little over 6 years now, and is regarded as one of the best cocktailbars in Bergen. It's located just across from the famus fish marked in Bergen.

For those of you who wanna have a look: http:\\www.tongabar.com
the site is run by the two main bartenders at Tonga Bar and are an addition to the offical one at http:\\www.planetbergen.no

the first site is in norwegian (all pages) and english (ca 75% of the pages as of speaking - soon 100%)
the second site is norwegian only.

another fun fact: Only 3 bartenders work at the bar... one from Norway, one from New Zeeland and one from Scotland.


 
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flakkis
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From: norway
Posted: 2006-11-05 7:05 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-05-27 21:58, Kilikopela wrote:
Well I recently had an opportunity to spend some more time in Tonsberg, Norway again and got a little more information.

The Tonga Bar is situated on top of the Harbour Café Sports Bar. The Harbor Café Sports Bar is a chain in Norway. The other locations are in Kristiansand and Bergen. Each of them has a third-floor Tonga bar and is similarly decorated. So, Kong-Tiki’s photo link must’ve been from this same chain.

These are definitely sports bars. Bad karaoke and rap music all night in the lower floors, with the music “selectively” pumped in upstairs. I did not get to see “George Keys with all 10 on the 88s" like I was hoping. No specialty drinks. No fruit juices. They only open the bar up there from midnight to 2am. You can’t even go up to relax before the place gets busy.



Once again I have to disagree... Speaking for the one in Bergen...
There is no sports, karaoke or sutch neither at the Harbour Cafe in the first two floors, nor at the Tonga Bar.

Tonga Bar aims to provide a unique quality of service, free from the attitude and pretensions found in so many other bars in Norway. Their cocktail menue represents both classic and contemporary mixes using a diversity of quality spirits, fresh fruit and juices that compliment every season.

they have a signature drink; Frozen Daiquiri where you choose the flavor (strawberry most pop.) and althoug many bars in Bergen serves that drink, Tonga are the only one who uses fresh fruit.

Other drinks on the menue are usual drinks that you find most places, but with the Tonga twist.
And not to forget: their orginal drinks that has earned them praises and fame from the people in Bergen, as well as in the Nationals and other competitions...


Flakkis

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stentiki
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From: Huntington Beach
Posted: 2011-05-02 12:20 pm   Permalink

Aloha Kids!

Heading to Norway in June for two weeks starting in Oslo and working my way up to Trondheim. I will have a short stop in Bergen and would love to see the Tonga Bar. Is it still there?

Mahalo.
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Pikeys Dog
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From: England
Posted: 2011-05-03 5:52 pm   Permalink

Can't help you on your question, but can offer you one bit of advice...

Take 'loads' of food and drink money with you - Oslo (and Norway) in general is very, very expensive - factor in at least $10 for a beer - cocktails are more.

Here's another example for you - KR160 for two large Burger King meals (not the most expensive on the menu either) - which is probably around $30
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