Last Train on Karl Johan Street has a long tradition of housing musicians, especially those with a predilection for rock. It has been the starting-point for countless Norwegian chart-raiders and flops, and is still important for those who want to be seen with the right people. If you feel like taking a break from the ultra-trendy and fashionable parts of Oslo, Last Train is a useful hideout. The beer is inexpensive and staff and patrons alike are generally nice and welcoming. Even the bouncers have a nice reputation.
Revolver is a nightclub at which well known artistes regularly perform. Companies and private individuals can hire the premises for events; music and catering is taken care of by the meticulous staff. Traditional delicious Norwegian food is served along with a wide choice of alcoholic beverages. On Sundays you can have an English meal and listen to soothing music in the lounge around the bar area. Check the website for schedule of events and further details.
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.
When you're at Karl Johans, and wish to try something new, Izakaya is one place you just cannot miss! Here you will experience a mini Japan, with the traditional decor, music and specialties offered. Try their Ede-mame, Chijimi which is a Korean pancake, Tsukune a chicken meatball and Gyoza Dumplings. For drinks, you will have an extensive selection of sake, soju, umeshu, whiskey, beer and wines. This place will soon have you visiting them again. Check out the website for detailed information or call ahead.
Fuglen is one fun place at Karl Johans. A coffee favorite during the day turns into a great hangout for drinks in the evening. The atmosphere is a lovely retro with the music from the 50-60's. The coffee is absolutely worth for coffee lovers. The unique collections of cocktails will sure take you by surprise. The ginger daiquiri is definitely a must-try! The patio seating is relaxing and best for smokers. Call ahead for detailed information.
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.
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.
Established in 2009, SO is gay-friendly bar for girls. The atmosphere here is lively with great music and service. Choose from an extensive selection of cocktails and wines for a romantic meal or dance the night away to the musical beats. The weekends get packed and much louder. Consider this place for private functions. Visit the website for detailed information on all their upcoming events.
Whether you wish to enjoy well-crafted drinks, dig into authentic Scandinavian cuisine or dance till wee hours of the night, LaWo is the place to be. This vivacious spot is a haunt for locals and travelers alike and comes most recommended on weekends when the ambiance here is at its euphoric best. The interior is decked up in electric lights that create a dramatic effect; here talented DJs keep the crowd grooving. LaWo also has an intimate lounge where you can unwind and relax your worked up legs while sipping on cocktails. LaWo's extended outdoor seating is explored by many for a laid-back brunch.
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.