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  • 1. Bergen Jazzforum


    Bergensers love jazz. The Bergen Jazz Forum is the place to find it—there are concerts every Friday from September to May. Also, more than 40 concerts are offered in the 10-day international Nattjazz festival in late May and early June.

    Georgernes Verft 12, Bergen, Vestland, 5011, Norway
  • 2. Den Nationale Scene


    One of the city's most majestic buildings, the Art Nouveau Den Nationale Scene first opened its doors in 1906 with a performance before the royal family. The National Theater is worth a visit just to see the opulent main theater, which hosts lavish Broadway-style productions. Smaller venues inside the august building include the 250-seat Småscenen and the 90-seat Lille Scene.

    Engen 1, Bergen, Vestland, 5011, Norway
  • 3. Det Akademiske Kvarter

    At this student-run venue in a handsome brick building, there are pop, rock, and jazz concerts most of the year.

    Olav Kyrresgate 49, Bergen, Vestland, 5015, Norway

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 4. Det Vestnorske Teateret


    This popular concert and theater venue sits on Bergen's main drag. Edvard Grieg performed here, and so have artists from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Rickie Lee Jones.

    Øvre Ole Bulls pl. 6, Bergen, Vestland, 5012, Norway
  • 5. Festspillene

    Held the last week of May and first week of June, this very popular festival brings famous names in classical music, jazz, ballet, the arts, and theater to town.

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  • 6. Hulen


    During the academic year, college students and other music fans head here for rock concerts in a rebuilt air-raid shelter.

    Olaf Ryes vei 48, Bergen, Vestland, 5006, Norway
  • 7. Litteraturhuset


    You'll feel well read just walking in the door of the Litteraturhuset, which hosts book readings, intellectual debates, and spirited discussions about art, literature, and other hot topics in Bergen. There's also a bookstore with both new and classic works in English and a tasty café and brasserie.

    Østre Skostredet 5--7, Bergen, Vestland, 5017, Norway

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
  • 8. Ole Bull Scene


    One of the largest theaters in Bergen, the Ole Bull Scene mounts an impressive variety of stand-up performances, rock concerts, and theatrical events. Smaller shows are presented in the Lille Ole Bull, which becomes a nightclub on weekends.

    Øvre Ole Bullsplass 3, Bergen, Vestland, 5012, Norway
  • 9. Garage

    Closed Permanently

    Since the mid-'90s, Bergen has become a haven for up-and-coming pop and rock bands. A lot of them have their concert debut at Garage, a hangout popular with local musicians.

    Christies gt. 14, Bergen, Hordaland, 5015, Norway

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