This is probably one of Oslo's most intimate bars, with enough room only for five small tables. The atmosphere is warm, kept in a subtle 1950s style. Its main attraction is actually its owner, Jan Varden. He is one of Norway's few enthusiasts when it comes to mixing cocktails, and his skills have made him a minor celebrity in the region. If you want the best in concoctions, this is one of the places you should definitely visit.
There is one of these in every major city and happily also one in Oslo: a place that looks like jazz, feels like jazz, smells like jazz and definitely sounds like jazz. Herr Nilsen is a small and intimate jazz café with regular concerts scheduled in the week. Drinks are reasonably priced and the staff is always friendly. Light snack food is available. This is the kind of place where you can sit back and relax.
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.
What's could be better than listening to some of the best DJs in Norway while surrounded by plenty of food, alcohol, and beautiful people? Perhaps doing all of that 12 stories above the ground, atop the historic Folkteateret building, with a beautiful panoramic view of the bustling city of Oslo would be an improvement. This is the premise of Stratos. For most of the year it is rented out for weddings or corporate events, but during certain holidays and the summer months it opens up to the public as a nightclub featuring live music, DJs, and an unforgettable view. Call or email for table reservations.
This gourmet restaurant, located in the heart of Oslo's oldest neighborhood, is run by award-winning chef Bent Stiansen. A varied menu is available, compiled from the freshest and best available ingredients. The beautiful and stylistic 18th-century décor just adds to the restaurant's ambiance. The restaurant consists of five small rooms with an intimate atmosphere. The ceiling contains some of the finest stucco work in northern Europe. Guests must be suitably dressed (jacket and tie for men).
BLÅ is an independent club in Oslo that offers live, contemporary music, including jazz, every night of the week. Contemporary artists from all over the country and international artists perform here. Resident DJs make guest appearances on the weekends. BLÅ also offers an outdoor café experience on the banks of the Aker river. The club hosts events such as "BLÅ, Molde" at the Molde International Jazz Festival. BLÅ has expanded to become one of the largest clubs of its kind in Scandinavia.
If you are someone who loves beers then Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri should be a must visit when visiting Norway. With a fantastic collection of the brew, both domestic and international as well as one of the best local brews, the restaurant and bar serve food that goes well with the drink. During the winters soak in the warmth from the fireplace and chill out on the patio on summers. The vibrant atmosphere, live music, TV all add to the charm of this place. Whether it is meetings or just a hangout with friends, you will love this cool place.
Jaeger is a nightclub, bar and cafe, all in one! Established in 2011, this quiet little bar and eatery by day, transforms into a vibrant party scene by night. The nights at this place are brought alive by local and internationally renowned DJs. House, techno, club are some of the many genres churned out by them. Some nights live performers take the stage and charge the atmosphere with their melodies. Jaeger also rents out its space to host private events. Celebrate your occasion and after that visit the nightclub for an enthralling night!
The Scotsman is almost impossible to describe. A huge Scottish bar on Oslo's main street, it is populated by party-goers from Oslo, truck drivers, sports fans and tourists, all in the warm atmosphere created by the leather furniture, wood-panelled walls and a reasonably successful Scottish interior. The Scotsman is probably the country's most famous pub, a safe starting-point for anyone who wants a beer but does not know the city. The place serves pizza, but if you are feeling hungry it is a better idea to visit the Angus Steakhouse in the cellar. Vegetarians are advised to go elsewhere to seek their food. Visit the website for further details.
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.