Oslo Nightlife

Into the early hours, people are usually out on Karl Johans Gate. Aker Brygge/Tjuvholmen, 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. A more mature upmarket crowd ventures out

to the less busy west side of Oslo, to Frogner and Bygdøy.

Drinking out can be very expensive, with prices varying greatly (from NKr 37 to 127 for a pint of beer) depending where in the city you are. Some bars in town remain quiet until 11 or midnight when the first groups of vorspiel partiers arrive. For nightlife listings, pick up a copy of the free monthly paper Natt og Dag or Friday's edition of Avis 1.

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Bibliotekbaren og Vinterhaven

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If you're more partial to lounging than drinking, the Bibliotekbaren og Vinterhaven (Library Bar and Winter Garden) at Hotel Bristol...


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This is one of the most important Nordic clubs for jazz, electronica, hip-hop, and related sounds. The patio, along the Akerselva River,...

Café Bacchus

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In the old Basarhall near Oslo Cathedral, tiny Café Bacchus serves excellent organic French bistro food in a rustic atmosphere, or outdoors...


  • Music Clubs

Diana Krall has played at this club, as have Angelique Kidjo, Cheb Khaled, Chick Corea, and many other beloved musicians. The calendar...

Herr Nilsen

  • Music Clubs

At Herr Nilsen, some of Norway's most celebrated jazz artists perform. There's live music most nights, jam sessions on Tuesday, and jazz...


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This coffee chain, Oslo's answer to Starbucks (with much better coffee, locals would say), has 26 branches throughout the city, including...

London Pub

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A fixture on Oslo's gay scene since the 1970s, London Pub has a piano bar on the top floor, a quiz night on Wednesday, karaoke on Tuesday,...


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For a change of pace, try Lorry, a really funky, unique spot behind the Royal Palace. It has stuffed wildlife and early-20th-century...


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This converted art deco theater from 1907 has theater, film, debates, live music, or DJs most nights. There are music and theater performances...

Rockefeller Music Hall/John Dee

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The lineup at Rockefeller/John Dee includes internationally known hard-rock, alternative, and hip-hop acts—Nick Cave, Blondie, and...


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