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Located across the Nylandsveien and within a walking distance of the Operahuset is the seasonal dining establishment, namely, Sukkerbiten. This lazy bar also doubles up as a music venue and along with tasty local dishes you can enjoy live music concerts featuring popular bands/artists.
This old, working-class inn is more famous than its unremarkable appearance would suggest. This is mainly because it has a longer history than most places in Oslo, and because it has been the favorite watering hole of the youth of Norway's Labor Party. But it is also known as the restaurant that serves the cheapest lutefisk (a traditional dish of cod that is preserved in lye, and has a distinctive taste) in the festive season. The bar is good, even if it is not cheap, and the building dating from 1820 has the cozy air of old pubs. There are also infrequent concerts, most often jazz and gypsy music.
Karl Johans offers you this popular place Yatzi, that specializes in after-work entertainment for its guests. The two-storyed bar offers a dance floor as well to unwind. Offering games, amazing food, as well as cocktails, beers and wines at 49 on Fridays, it is an absolute treat. They also organize and give their space for special events, private parties, functions and celebrations. Their prices are reasonable and the service is attentive and prompt. Check out the website or call ahead for detailed information.
Whether you write it 'Sub.scene', 'Sub Scene' or 'subscene', this place is the place-to-be for raw rock 'n' roll. Local, regional and touring bands perform here regularly. Subscene is a venue that welcomes people of all ages. This age-related leniency means that no alcohol is served, or welcome, at the subscene café. Don't worry though, the fantastic performances and food will you make it worth it.
Rhythm Club located in the heart of the city, is one of Oslo's largest club following a Caribbean theme. The music played here is mainly reggae, African, Jamaican and socawhich blends in urban melodies. Nights that are not livened by live concerts, DJs add the funk to this place. Check the website for further details, as the club opens its doors in the week to host various enthralling events. Your weekend nights at Rhythm Club are sure to get heated up.
One of the trendiest clubs in Oslo, the Source Club is spread over three floors. The upstairs translates into a chic dancing and lounge area, and comes complete with a shiny disco ball and a psychedelic feel. This upstairs section caters mostly to the needs of the trend-setting and higher class section of the society and has three special VIP sections that have their own waitresses and service. The downstairs or basement is the place that sees all the live action in the club. It comes well-equipped with superb lighting, sound system and sound equipment and also has the largest stage area in the club. On a regular basis, some of the best DJs and artists perform here to a very attentive and music-hungry crowd. The Source Club also has a backyard where visitors can catch a breath or a smoke before heading in to dance and party again; or they can just sit outside in this heated area and enjoy a night of lounging around. There is also a bar area for those who aren't into dancing, where you can sip your chosen spirit and enjoy some soothing soul or reggae music. Please see the website for further information.
Located on the premises of the Kampen Bistro, the Kampenjazz is a club that caters exclusively to the jazz enthusiasts and jazz musicians. This little club has the feel of a typical jazz club. The interiors are dim-lit with people lounging and enjoying their drinks listening to bands playing the soft and slow tunes of this increasingly popular genre of music. The club can accommodate about 80 people and you cannot buy the tickets in advance, which means they are only available at the entrance to the show. The club comes equipped with incredible sound systems and a stage that can be expanded if need be, thus making for a great concert experience. Please see the website for further information.
Oslo being well known for its rock and metal scene, the Rock In club is an ideal spot for all rock fans. At this rather small place which is very scantily lit with loud blaring music in the background you will find locals sipping on their alcohol while tuning into the fabulous music. Live Performances by local bands promise some original music and take the overall entertainment quotient a notch higher. The theme of this club is Gothic with most of the crowd sporting piercings and colored hair.
Stravinsky is a large and popular disco club designed for dancing. It is not too far from the main street and, thus, is easy to find. Beer and most spirits are served. 80s music is the primary focus of the club, but classic pop and more modern music are played occasionally as well. Trendy people who want a bit of conversation and a lot of dancing and mingling will feel at home here. The minimum age of admission is 20, which ensures a more mature atmosphere than many other discos. The admission fees are not prohibitive, so this is a rather popular place to spend at least part of the evening.
Without surprise, Tempest is one of the rowdiest places in the city. Low on wine, high on beer. If you want a calm, safe evening with in music, then stay away. But if you think that people are at their most charming when they are very drunk, and you mainly want to dance to chart hits, you may have come to the right place. The place serves international food and rather cheap beer. Rumor has it that this is not the best place to look for a nachspiel. But for a no-holds-barred party it can be good. A lot of the clientele is from outside the city.
Gamla is a trendy music venue home to a multitude of musical extravaganzas on a regular basis. With a capacity to accommodate up to 250 patrons, this place boasts of a large dance floor, done up in a contemporary style, fitted with a huge film-screen. Head to the bar area and fill up your glass with an exotic drink as you take in the vibrant aura of the place. Dig into delectable pub grub as you shake a leg to the tunes of the night. Live gigs and DJ nights will keep you entertained through and through. To experience the real feel of the place, head here on Beat Bar nights and have the time of you life! Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Cafe Mono is the quintessential bar where you feel at home after a day's work. Cozy wooden tables, settings from a traditional old fashioned western bar and beer seems to be the theme here. Sit back and enjoy the varied music played here by upcoming local musicians as well as some foreign bands for a change! You will have to pay an entry fee on the concert days. Overall a good place to be in with friends. You'll just have to compromise with their dusty collections of antique accessories. After you down a few beers, the world will look rosy anyway!