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.
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.
Those who appreciate great food should look no further. Guests dine in the light of 300 candles, the only source of light in this intimate basement restaurant, aptly named The Convent. The dining room is located in a spacious cellar with a vaulted brick ceiling. The interior has been specially designed to create the perfect romantic atmosphere and the walls are adorned with religious icons and paintings. The menu, written on monastic scrolls and covered with hand-woven fabric, offers a variety of meat and fish dishes as well as a daily vegetarian dish. An aperitif in front of the fireplace should get you in the right mood before you sit down.
At the tip of Aker Brygge, with the sea right outside its door, it's not surprising that this restaurant serves only the best and freshest products. All types of fish, from salmon to cod to monkfish, are served fresh and cooked in a variety of sauces. Try to get an outdoor table in the summer, especially in the evenings. Along with the view of late evening sunlight on the fjord, you will have the advantage of a cheaper menu.
The café at Grand Hotel was a favorite of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch and playwright Henrik Ibsen (he still has his own table). Even if absinthe-drinking anarchists and crazy artists no longer frequent the restaurant, Grand is still an important meeting place and serves a fantastic prawn sandwich. You will find Norway's largest sandwich, pastry and salad buffet here, and the à la carte menu offers a wide selection of excellent dishes.
Dedicated solely to Jazz music, this nightclub is a cozy place to go, for all the devotees of Jazz music. This venue has over the years become a meeting ground for talented musicians seeking to explore different rhythms and explore the variations that can be created with jazz music. With a high seating capacity, this hall often tends to get crowded and finding seats is difficult so if you plan to catch up on one of the concerts happening there make sure you reach well in advance.
There are things that are more important than music, you will say. More important than dancing, talking, drinking. Are you thinking soccer? Andy's is one of a few pubs in Oslo where the real action does not happen at night, but around 4p on Saturdays and Sundays (later on some weekdays). Andy's is lively and welcoming to all soccer-lovers. The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is just as good as that at a match. In short, Andy's is a great place to stop by if you enjoy soccer or enjoy watching people who watch soccer. Check out the website for more.
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.
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.