T.G.I. Friday's, Oslo
A little hesitant to enter into this establshment(being from America and wanting to experience unique places). However, this place was consistently packed and was an easy place to grab a drink and chat up the locals. Again, super friendly staff (common throughout Norway) and a cool crowd. Certain nights better than others but always a buzz. Went here in 05 and 06 and not much had changed. Good for at least a few drinks.
Dress Code: Casual to trendy
Well we all know you can get good rib's from TGI's but in Oslo it also seems to have one of the most popular bars. Not to be confused with the actual restaurant next store this is in fact "Fridays American Bar". The bar seemed to be pretty busy Friday, Saturday and Sunday night (the Monday was a holiday though).
Funny thing the nightlife in Oslo because I was led to believe that Harry's next store was pretty popular but this seemed dead.
Dress Code: Dress code didnt seem to matter too much but people looked pretty smart.
This place is unbelievably expensive. Normally too hot and you have to be a dwarf to be able to walk around upstairs! Forget about finding seating!
The place i popular with out of town people. But seems wasy to get laid.
The waiters are American or British people who dont speak Norwegian! They spend a lot of timw trying to pull of tricks, that seem predicatable.
Dress Code: The strawberry dacaree yum, bit dear though.
Friday is a great day, and Friday's is a popular place to spend the night. It's also popular on other days... T.G.I. Friday's is part of an american chain, and both the bar and interior are very american. There are two Friday's in Oslo, one in Karl Johansgate where you have a great view of the street and another closer to the castle in Olav V's gate.
The waiters and bartenders are not afraid of attention and sometimes they are so busy making shows that the long queue in the bar gets even longer. And it seems that they are more interested in juggling the cocktails than making them taste good... It's also a very interesting mix of people here. You can see some upper class snobs, mixed with countrypeople who don't go out so often. The music isn't always the best, but all-in-all it is an ok place to spend some time.
T.G.I. Friday's are all over Europe, seemingly in every capital city. Alas. I gave them a wide berth, but they seemed to be genuinely popular with the locals everywhere I went. The one in Oslo is the meeting place for bikers - dozens every night. But there also seemed to be all kinds of people outside on the pavement and inside in the booths: couples, families, the office crowd after work. . . And the interior is just like the one at the Mall of America.
For expats this bar offers a funny hodgepodge of mixed Americana. Appeared to be a very happening place when I visited. Almost exclusively locals, perhaps a function of it being in the dead of winter.
Dress Code: They let me in with blue jeans and hiking shoes in the winter, but most Norwegians were dressed up.