Sometimes an American gal in Gothenburg just misses a taste of home — she wants to sit back and enjoy a good game, a juicy burger and a Sam Adams in a comfortable pub with some good friends.

Notch Bar & Kitchen is a relatively new sports bar with fine food and a wide selection of beverages. Located on Viktoriagatan, in Vasa, one of my favorite areas of Gothenburg, Notch makes me feel good. It’s clean, comfortable and accommodating. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The decor is all-American and so is the food.


Behind the bar, this American style establishment offers eight draft beers, and it provides 23 different selections of bottled beer including IPA and a good choice of American beer. The wine list is heavily influenced from the United States, and there are mixed drinks too. Cocktails here go by the name of Alabama Slammer, Tennessee Tea and some other creative titles made up by Notch mixologists.

The menu lists a nice assortment of excellent burgers, ribeye, sirloin, ribs, pulled meats, chicken wings, nachos and assorted sports snacks. The meat is of outstanding quality and served up with a load of french fries and a side of coleslaw.

According to their website, "Eftersom vi är en amerikansk restaurang så snålar vi inte på portionerna (Because we are an American restaurant, we don't skimp on the portions"). And that's the truth. Your food will be served to you piled high along with an iced mug of your favorite draft or beverage.

What will you find when you arrive at Notch? A quiet, well-kept neighborhood, in which Notch provides outdoor seating should you wish to enjoy the Swedish weather this summer. Inside, memorabilia from all the American sports — hockey, baseball, basketball — and of course several large high-definition television screens broadcasting the latest game. The website provides each night’s sport lineup so you can arrive with friends in time to cheer for your favorite team. You can also contact the staff to arrange reserved tables.

By Lisa Mikulski

Find Notch at Viktoriagatan 3, 411 25 Gothenburg