Well, in practical, during the summer you cannot really call it nightlife as it was sunshine when I went into a club (around 11 PM) and was sunshine again when went out. (around 2 AM) Places were great for dancing, rock music and went even to one nice jazz club. I cannot remember names, places had sometimes funny names as Rorbua :-)
When going to Oslo, and to Norway in general, you should know that, as alcohol selling is under government control and night clubs and bars are expensive, people do the Vorspiel before going out. That means getting together with friends some hours before, start drinking with music, fun and all, and then off to the city!! So, buy your beer in advanced (I say beer as it's the only non-controlled drink, and you'll find it in sumermarkets) or remember to buy any other alcoholic drink in VinMonopolet, the special shops to get it.
We didnt really see any nightlife as we run out of money after 6 beers!!!!!! at £5 per beer(not even a pint I might add!) we had to call it an early night although I'm sure Oslo rocks!
Nothing much to do in Voss!
On the train, well, it has a bar, but its bloody expensive!
On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Oslo inhabitants go by the streets to eat and mainly to drink beer (I saw few wine or aquavite drinkers).
Alcohols and wines are sold by Vinemonopolets which are made to NOT sell them (prices, open hours, way of selling).
The street is animated by several acrobats and musicians.
Dress Code: Casual
The Stranden is the area which abuts the Sound in Aker Brygge. There are many permanently tethered boats that serve as bar-restaurants. These are great places to spend a sunny summer afternoon. Enjoying the fresh air, being next to the water, drinking a good Norwegian pils - life is good.
Dress Code: casual
On this site you find the prices of beer for the 'Lokka' area. What's the lokka area? in my opinion, the best. That's where students and imigrants live... or 'lived'. Since bars like 'Fruhagen' set feet there, the place started to go posh. But the atmosphere is delicious. Nothing like the fancy and sometimes snobish pubs in Frogner...
Oslo's nightlife is booming at the moment. But tourists beware- do not get stuck in the line outside of the clubs and bars in and around Karl Johans gate. They are both expensive and mundane.
Better times can be had Both in Grunerløkka and Majorstua, where new nightspots crop up frequently.
Grunerløkka is located 10 mins. walk to the east of the city centre. Here you can find both the most expensive and the cheapest side by side. There are restaurants and bars catering to all sorts of tastes.
The crowd is a mix of students, young professionals and alternative.
Majorstuen is an equally short walk to the Northwest of the city centre. Prices here tend to be steeper than other parts of town, and the button-down-shirt-factor is much higher. Arsenal supporters will be pleased to find the pub 'Highbury' here, which gets busy during Champions League matches and the like.
If you play Pool, there is (sadly) only one place in town to go: Biljardhuset in Torggata street. A table for 1 hour is $7 US, 1/2 liter beer is $5 (gulp!).
There are maybe 15 tables there, and beer can be ordered to the table.
1/2 liter of beer = $3-6 US depending on location and standard.
20 cigarettes = $6 US
Covercharge = $5-10 US
Light meal = $6-12 US
Dress Code: Traditional Norwegian 'party-dress' should be worn at all times. Norwegian attire here exemplified by the popular band 'Gartnerlosjen'.
You do not neccesarily have to fill your stomach with alcohol every night. Why not visit Peppes Pizza and round the evening up with a bowling game. This is Marthe doing her best both with scores and style :-))
SIKAMIKANIKO,LOTUS,BUDDHA BAR,HANDSHAKER,BAR BOCA
TEA LOUNGE,MILLENIUM,RUST,GAMLE MAJORS LAB,COMA,
STUDIO DEL MAR,
OSLO HAS A LOT OF ORIGINAL AND SMART PLACES TO PARTY!!! GOOOOD VIBES AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE IS A CLUEWORD,BUT BRING A LOT OF MONEY I YOUR PLANS IS TO DO TOWN, NORWAY IS EXPENSIVE!!!9$ FOR A BEER OUT ON TOWN IS NOT UNUSUAL.MOST BARS STAY OPEN TO 04.00
Dress Code: SMART,CASUAL AND FUN!
Day or night, people are out on Karl Johan, and many clubs and restaurants in the central area stay open until the wee hours. Night owls can pick up a copy of the free monthly paper Natt og Dag at almost any café, bar, or hip-looking shop. It lists music venues and contains an 'øl barometer,' listing the city's cheapest and most expensive places for a beer.
Most dance clubs open late, and the beat doesn't really start until midnight. There's usually a minimum age and a cover of around NKr 50. Most of the big hotels have discos that appeal to the over-30 crowd. At Oslo's numerous rock clubs, the cover charges are low, the crowds young and boisterous, and the music loud. Many cafés are open for cappuccino and quiet conversation practically around the clock, and they're the cheapest eateries as well.
It is a sad fact that for many people, friday and saturday night in Oslo consists of three things: Beer, beer, more beer and hard booze( the sense of mathematics being one of the first to go)More to come.
For early evenings you should try 'Cafe Bakhus' and 'Cappuccino', just next to the main street- Karl Johans str.- and near the central railway station OSLO S.
Later in the evening try 'Cafe Amsterdam', behind the 'National Gallery', or 'Nickolson Cafe', both in the center, between the Parlament building and what they call the 'Royal Palace' (it looks more as a government administration building with a nice park around it).
Special restrictions to alcohol consumption apply- ask for the rules and anyway avoid the drunk norwegians you may meet down-town. They can spoil your evening, unless you are familiar with the nothern european culture of drinking ...
Most clubs and restaurants per square km than any other places I now in north europe.
Some open nearly around the clock. When one place close people go to the next.
Dress Code: put on what you like, but most places appreciate som style even if you can pass with jeans, T-shirt and sneekers.
There didn't appear to be that many dance clubs but there's not a shortage of bars. Even around 10pm the town is still relatively quiet but it warms up later on.
There is many nice places to go out both for eating and drinking around in the city.. In the summer it is very popular to sit out in the streets and take a beer at one of the restaurants....