Nightlife & the Arts in Oslo

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Oslo Nightlife

Oslo's cafés, restaurant-bars, and jazz clubs are laid-back and mellow. But if you're ready to party, there are many pulsating, live-rock and dance clubs to choose from. Day or night, people are usually out on Karl Johans Gate, and many clubs and restaurants in the central area stay open until the early hours. Aker Brygge, the wharf area, has many bars and some nightclubs, attracting mostly tourists, couples on first dates, and other people willing to spend extra for the waterfront location. Grünerløkka and Grønland have even more bars, pubs, and cafés catering to a younger crowd. An older crowd ventures out to the less-busy west side of Oslo, to Frogner and Bygdøy.

Drinking out is very expensive, starting at around NKr 70 for a beer or a mixed drink. Many Norwegians save money by having a vorspiel—a "pre-party" at friends' houses before heading out on the town. Some bars in town remain quiet until 11 pm or midnight when the first groups of vorspiel partyers arrive.

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