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A cultural hub in Drammen, Union Scene lies just by the river in the downtown area of the city. If you are visiting Drammen and want to learn about what is the culture or music scene in the city, visiting Union Scene would be recommended, because not just do they present live concerts and performances here, but also art shows and theater performances. See the website or call to know more.
Although smaller than the regular concert venues, Buddy never falls short of providing an excellent experience both for the performers as well as the audience. This intimate live music club was opened in 2005 and since then has catered to the varied music sensibilities of the local crowd by hosting rock, country, folk, blues, metal and jazz performances by local and international artists/ bands. In the past, performers like Coverkill, Drømmere & Drankere, Tony Carey and several others have performed to a packed house at Buddy Scene. Make sure you keep an eye on its schedule so that you do not miss out on the concerts of your favorite artists or bands.
This may not be the place people think of when they talk about nightlife, but why not? Oslo has well over 20,000 students, and some of them would have graduated years ago had it not been for their ability to party. There is a central, official pub with a name that has been lost to history if there ever was one, and thus is consequently just called "the pub." It is good and inexpensive, has no admission fees or dance floor, but has two billiard tables. On the other hand, also at the university, the various student pubs run in the basement of various faculties are far more interesting. They most often have dance floors, a variety of theme nights and bar prices meant for students. You have to pay membership fees at the door, but that is not a major problem. To explain in detail how to find them is impossible in just a few words, but just take the metro to Blindern on a Friday or Saturday and ask for Uglebo or RF-Kjelleren - you may be in for an experience.
Betong is located in the basement of Chateau Neuf, a five-floor building owned by the students at Oslo University. The building itself is worth a tour, with all its hidden bars and concert areas (where Betong offers larger concerts and gigs). These give you the freedom to move around in the building and get a taste of everything that's going on. Betong, meaning concrete in Norwegian, is exactly what you get. Dark concrete walls, sparse lighting and a bit of that, after-the-bomb feel. They often stage high-quality DJs and bands, including some unknown, up-and-coming-ones.
Located at the famous Frogner neighborhood, La Belle Sole is one place that will offer you everything you need for a perfect night out. Established since the 1960's, it lives up to its reputation of some of the best DJ's, ideal ambiance and music that will make sure you dance the night away. The food is always appreciated here. With a warm staff and happy music, this place is a definite must-visit! Check out the website for detailed information.
Ophelia has a reputation for being the most excellent, cheesiest, funniest, wildest and definitely the most 1980s-related bar in the city's west end. Surrounded by dark furniture, brassy decor and people from all walks of life, you can enjoy a drink or a quiet conversation on Ophelia's ground floor. Feel like a dance? Try out the basement. Professional DJs perform the best (and worst) of the last century's 1980s and early 1990s disco music. Drinks are inexpensive and the staff serves common cocktails, beers and soft drinks. After dancing for a couple of hours most people feel like a bite, and the all-night restaurant across the street might be able to help you out.
Are you confused about the place to go to for your weekend and holiday season party? Supa is your answer to your confusion! This jazzy nightclub has the likes of DJ Soulshock in the stands to get you swirling on the tunes. The spacious dance floor lets you step up with a bunch of pals and the disco lights make sure that your moves look smart enough to impress. The Club has regular live music nights when the club tends to get specially crowded. So, put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a dance party!
Right at the heart of Oslo, the Living-Room bustles with club-hoppers on weekends. The club plays mostly techno and house with occasional bursts of hard rock and metal. Very popular are the theme nights at the Living-Room and the DJ performances, that send the crowds in a dizzy. With a fine decor, a warm ambiance and vibrant crowds, Living-Room is just the ideal weekend clubbing destination. Call for more information.
Opened in 2008, this bar has regular shows and events, including DJs that spin into the small hours of the morning. Local and international punk, metal and rock acts regularly grace the stage. Friendly bar staff and reasonably priced beer have endeared Funhouse to local music lovers, who will warn you to watch out for the steep narrow staircase should you have a few too many.
Last Train on Karl Johan Street has a long tradition of housing musicians, especially those with a predilection for rock. It has been the starting-point for countless Norwegian chart-raiders and flops, and is still important for those who want to be seen with the right people. If you feel like taking a break from the ultra-trendy and fashionable parts of Oslo, Last Train is a useful hideout. The beer is inexpensive and staff and patrons alike are generally nice and welcoming. Even the bouncers have a nice reputation.
If you wish to experience the nightlife of the city, Seeds is the place you should explore. The energy at this nightclub knows no bound, especially when a popular band is gracing the stage. The club is always bustling, and the clientele ranges from enthusiastic tourists to friendly locals. Their DJs are talented and they know to keep the crowd grooving till wee hours of the night. Check their website for upcoming events.
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.