Vivacious and varied, Oslo’s nightlife runs the gamut from cocktail bars to metal clubs. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink or if you want to dance until the wee hours of the morning, you’ll find something in this cosmopolitan city.
A great selection of bars, pubs and clubs can be found throughout the city. If you have a wander around the city centre, you’ll come across some great places to have a beer such as Doctor Jekylls on Klingenberggata and Internasjonalen on Youngstorget. For a lively night out, check out Z Clubs on Karl Johans Gate. This bar and club is spread out over three levels and offers a great selections of drinks. A little further afield, the Grünerløkka neighbourhood is another great spot to head to for your night out. Home to wine bars and alternative pubs, it’s filled with lots of places that are well-worth a look.
Oslo’s gay scene is very active too, with a great selection of bars and clubs to check out. London on CJ Hambros Plass is Oslo’s most famous gay bar and has been in operation since the 70s. A more recent addition to the scene, BarTini on Dronningens gate is aimed at over 25s and offers a giant selection of cocktails.
For something a bit different, check out the Oslo Opera House. This cultural powerhouse is home to three different stages and hosts ballet, opera, musical performances and much more. An architectural gem, the building is an attraction in itself as you can walk up the side to the roof where you’ll find great views of the surrounding areas.
Kirsten Flagstads plass 1, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
With its three stages, Oslo’s spectacular Opera House is the perfect place to enjoy some of the city’s cultural delights including ballet, opera, concerts and more. As well as being a repository for these various events, the building is an attraction in itself. For spectacular views of the area surrounding the Opera House just walk up the side of this architectural marvel before going for a stroll on the roof.
Lobby open Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-1-pm.
Karl Johans Gate 33, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Spread out over three levels, this bar and club provides all you need for a great night out. The music is a mix of everything, so where you like pop, rock or dance you’ll hear something you fancy. A lively, friendly atmosphere is enhanced by speedy service and a great selection of drinks. Shots, cocktails, wines and beers are all available and at pretty reasonable prices too! Whether you prefer sitting on a comfy couch enjoying a drink by candlelight or if you’re more interested in dancing the night away, make sure to check out Z Clubs.
Open Mon-Tues 11am-1am, Wed-Fri 11am-3am, Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 12pm-12am.
Olaf Ryes Plass 4, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
A cool bar with a young crowd, QBA is a laid back spot for a drink during the day and a lively venue at night too. Especially popular with locals, it boasts lots of tables and couches where you can relax with a drink and enjoy the mix of rock and indie music played over the substantial stereo system. Tasty cocktails like the ever popular Long Island Ice Tea are available at reasonable prices, along with shots, beers and wines. The balance between laid back atmosphere and chatty punters make this an especially enjoyable bar to spend an evening in.
Open Mon-Fri 8am-1am, Sat-Sun 11am-1am; free WiFi available.
Youngstorget 2a, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Especially popular at the weekends when live DJs spin the tunes, this is a large bar spread out over two floors. Lots of tables are punctuated with open spaces perfect for a bit of dancing. The leather seats have a battered, well-loved look and the chic lighting gives it a cool atmosphere. Drinks-wise, you’ll find a great selection of cocktails, along with a number of specialist beers from across Europe.
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 4pm-12.30pm.
Klingenberggata 4, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
This busy spot boasts a huge selection of whiskeys for you to sample while sitting in one of the comfortable booths. Monster movie fans will love the decor from the pictures of Frankenstein and Dracula to the stuffed ravens, dusty old books and unusual experiment jars. Downstairs you’ll find the sports bar, which is home to a number of big TV screen as well as pool tables and more. The music’s mostly rock and pop, with the in-house DJ providing the soundtrack at the weekends.
Open Mon-Fri 3pm-3am, Sat 1pm-3am, Sun 3pm-3am.
Universitetsgata 23, Oslo, Norway
One of the busiest nightclubs in Oslo at the moment, you’ll have trouble finding your way around Dixie thanks to the multitude of hallways, dance floors and bars. Should make for a pretty interesting visit.
Bristol Hotel, Kristian IV's gate 7, Oslo, Norway
A quirky little bar with shelves of leather bound books which you can read as you sip on the rather delicious cocktails on offer or listen to the live lunchtime piano music.
Christian Krohgsgt 43, Oslo, Norway
The brainchild of a Norwegian Elvis fanatic, this is a good spot for cheap beer and an excellent atmosphere. With loudspeakers constantly belting out hits of ‘the King’, if you’re not a fan, steer well clear.
Parkveien 12, Oslo, Norway
Lorry has been serving natives of the capital for over two centuries and with over two hundred brands of beer and an excellent and reasonably priced menu it’s easy to see why. Attracts artists, musicians, and the like so all you backpackers will fit right in.
Stranden 3, Oslo, Norway
If you’re visiting Oslo from April to September forget about getting a seat at this popular sea front drinking hole which attracts musicians from all over the world. But after a few drinks you won’t even care as you’ll be swept up in the warm and friendly atmosphere which takes over the venue.
Karl Johans gate 45, Oslo, Norway
Located very near where the old university resided, ‘the Student’ has maintained its youthful clientele who come to enjoy the piano bar located in the basement. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s not any cheaper than any of the city’s other bars, it’s just really popular.
Keysers gate 5, Oslo, Norway
It may not look like much during the day but at night it becomes an up to the minute music club with an eclectic mix of tunes from throughout the decades. Not as busy as some of the other clubs and a little bit cheaper too making it the perfect location for a good night out.
St. Olays gate 23, Oslo, Norway
Located in a dark, smoky cellar, multi coloured hair and numerous body piercings appear to be a prerequisite among the clientele but once again prices make this place very popular as does the moody atmosphere.
Brenneriveien 113, Oslo, Norway
The name translates as ‘blue’ offering a good indication of exactly what type of establishment this place is but unlike your average Blues crowd, this place is extremely popular among the younger residents of the city.
Industrigaten 36, Oslo, Norway
Run by a native North African this is currently one of the most important venues on Oslo’s live music scene where you can expect to hear a variety which includes native Scandinavian, African, Asian and American. Check listings before you go to put you in the know.
Hegdehaugsveien 22, Oslo, Norway
Spanish theme bars are always an excellent venue for a good night out and Tapas is no exception. Plenty of salsa music and tequila drinking and on summer nights the doors are opened and the party moves outside.