Do you like soccer? Do you like Arsenal? If the answers are "yes", you will like Highbury. As the name implies, this is where fans of the London-based soccer team meet when the Gunners enter the field. You can also enjoy watching Norwegian and international soccer on a big-screen TV. Highbury has an atmosphere that soccer-lovers from all over the world will recognize and appreciate. Scarves, T-shirts and pictures accompany a wide variety of English and Norwegian beers, which are sold at average prices. Get in there early if there is an important match on.
For many, this is the Irish pub in Oslo. The Dubliner was one of the first Irish pubs to establish itself in the city, and it has become a beloved part of the city's nightlife. Every Tuesday and Saturday the pub hosts jam-session nights - musicians come by and play for a pint of Guinness. The customers are a nice blend of Irish and British people and Norwegians from all layers of society. Stockbrokers meet the guys on the floor (so to speak) for a pint and an entertaining evening. Rumor also has it that The Dubliner has the best Irish coffee ever sold in this country. If you want a seat during weekends, show up early.
Teddys Softbar is as close as you can come to John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, shiny hair and the golden days of nylon while on a day (or night) out in Oslo. Teddys opened about the same time as Elvis was getting ready for his military service, and has survived the changes of time with grace. The guests range from the curious student to musicians and people in the entertainment industry who all enjoy a blast from the past. Try the food - the kitchen serves simple, homemade Norwegian dishes, with no fashionable extras.
Oslo has several soccer teams, but it is only Vålerenga that is able to make people raise their voices, shake their heads in disgust, cry or laugh. Through years of scandals this working-class team has been able to come back again and again. Their fans, called "the Clan," populate a few pubs around town, Bohemen being one of them. Several TV screens make sure that everyone who has an interest in soccer is able to get a good view; the beer is cheap, and the atmosphere open and welcoming. If you want to see what real Norwegian soccer fans look like, Bohemen is the place to go.
At a first glance, Oslo Mikrobryggeri seems a very regular and cozy pub. However, after receiving your beverage and sitting down in the dark and wooden interior you'll taste the unusually fresh and strong punch of your beverage, and you'll notice the brewing kettles in plain sight. Then it will hit you. The microbrewery's own beer is produced in its tiny brewery in the cellar, and the quality is excellent. Be aware that the level of alcohol at this establishment is a bit more aggressive than in most other Norwegian beers. Oslo Mikrobryggeri is not located on Bogstadveien as its address states, but on one of its side streets. It is easy to find once you are aware of this.
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.
One of the many of the bars and pubs located close to the old University buildings, Johns is very popular among students and other mid-20s people. It is as much a disco as a bar, especially when the clock starts moving its way towards daylight hours. The atmosphere is usually warm and very party-like. This is not the place to go for a quiet evening, but if you feel like listening to popular music and having a happy time in a lively ambiance, John's is the place. Visit the website for more.
Right at the heart of Oslo, the Living-Room bustles with club-hoppers on weekends. The club plays mostly techno and house with occasional bursts of hard rock and metal. Very popular are the theme nights at the Living-Room and the DJ performances, that send the crowds in a dizzy. With a fine decor, a warm ambiance and vibrant crowds, Living-Room is just the ideal weekend clubbing destination. Call for more information.
One of the trendiest clubs in Oslo, the Source Club is spread over three floors. The upstairs translates into a chic dancing and lounge area, and comes complete with a shiny disco ball and a psychedelic feel. This upstairs section caters mostly to the needs of the trend-setting and higher class section of the society and has three special VIP sections that have their own waitresses and service. The downstairs or basement is the place that sees all the live action in the club. It comes well-equipped with superb lighting, sound system and sound equipment and also has the largest stage area in the club. On a regular basis, some of the best DJs and artists perform here to a very attentive and music-hungry crowd. The Source Club also has a backyard where visitors can catch a breath or a smoke before heading in to dance and party again; or they can just sit outside in this heated area and enjoy a night of lounging around. There is also a bar area for those who aren't into dancing, where you can sip your chosen spirit and enjoy some soothing soul or reggae music. Please see the website for further information.
The extraordinary Indonesian interior inside this venue is matched by its unusual name. Barongsai is the colorful Lion Dance that has been performed for centuries by Chinese people the world over. While Club Barongsai may not be filled with people wearing lion costumes dancing to the sounds of gongs and fire-crackers, it does attract a lively crowd of young hip-hoppers, who pulsate to 21st-century urban tunes. Originally the club operated illegally from the basement of a skater shop, but eventually they were given a license, so just like the Lion Dance, this club should help to entertain crowds for years to come.