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The first thing that comes to mind when you think about a world famous cafe chain is the Hard Rock Cafe. The city of Oslo has a Hard Rock Cafe as well, and it is the perfect example of Scandinavian design and architecture blended in with new age American lifestyle. With dragon head arcs, resembling old Viking Boats, Nordic styled bars made beautifully out of wood, Scandinavian paintings and antiques well placed around the cafe, the place has an authentic Nordic Charm to it. Try out the Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings, Caipirinha, or White Russian from the exemplary menu while you enjoy live rock performances on stage. Browse through the exclusive collection for stylish merchandise or simply sit back and relax with a drink.
Icebar Oslo, as the name suggests, forgoes traditional building materials such as brinks, mortar, and wood, and instead is entirely constructed out of tons of ice. After paying the entrance fee for your 45 minute stay, you will receive warm clothing to keep you comfortable in the negative five degree Celsius (23 degree Fahrenheit) temperature that the bar maintains. You will also be given a complimentary beverage in a glass made of ice. The main draw of the bar is the unique atmosphere created by the interspersion of ice and lighting, which means patrons are typically tourists or flock to the establishment in large groups rather than as individuals looking to grab a drink. Catering is available for businesses, and the bar will even make an ice sculpture of the business' logo.
Aku Aku is the Polynesian belief that ancestral spirits thrive amidst humans. But, worry not! Aku-Aku Tiki Bar offers guests nothing more than the sheer pleasure of the tropics in the landlocked area of Oslo. This tiki bar is a vibrant place that serves guests delectable concoctions in its casual atmosphere. Apart from the staple of Mai Tai and Zombie Cocktail, this place offers cocktails that were invented by Don the Beachcomber, the founder of tiki bar. Hula girls and tropical music add the spark to this place. Locals and tourists throng to this bar for the little bit of escapade it offers, so make sure to book your seats well in advance; especially during weekends.
Oslo's leading lifestyle magazine, Natt & Dag, predicts that Den Gamle Major will become one of the capital's most popular places. The interior has been transformed from that of an utterly forgettable public house into a half-caste laboratory nightmare. Among the decorative objects here you will find a full Jekyll & Hyde play kit, skulls, test tubes and funny-looking gizmos. Don't look down, you might be standing on a corpse: listen up for scary sounds in the lavatory - if you can find one. Keyword: bookcases. Den Gamle Major is easily found from the underground station at Majorstua, and worth a visit; if nothing else, then as a curiosity. Who knows, you may like it! Prices aren't bad either.