By night Oslo is a lively city, especially if you fuel up with the local liqour Aquavita which is made out of potatoes and herbs. Norwegians start their party day in Oslo with Champagne lunch, on a sunny day our favorite place is Bølgen&Moi or Champagneria. After lunch norwegians attend their vorspiel (pre-party) involving drinks at home,  before they hit the streets again. If you talk to people at lunch you will probably get invited for a vorspiel.

If you are more of a quite type or prefer less drinking there are lots of other activities to attend to.

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Bars in Oslo


Champagneria is dedicated to bubbly stuff (including sparkling wine and Prosecco),  and is a prime place for champagne lunch. As a result it attracts an upmarket crowd with plenty of cash to splash. Minimalistic to say the least, but when the weather warms up, the outdoor patio is a perfect spot for a drink.

Frognerveien 2, Frogner, Oslo, 0257, Norway
Telephone: +47 2 194 8802.

Boasting spectacular views and an extensive (if pricey) cocktail menu, Summit is perched on the 21st floor of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel and looks out over the Oslofjord. Ultra trendy with chic futuristic décor, this is where the Norwegian capital’s cool crowd come to see, and yes, be seen.

Holbergs gate 30, Sentrum, Oslo, 0166, Norway
Telephone: +47 2 329 3000.

Clubs in Oslo


Once a run-of-the-mill clubbing venue, Skansen has reinvented itself as a bar-restaurant-club hybrid, and although the grime has gone, the party vibe has not. Despite the uninspiring food menu of generic tapas, it is always packed at weekends and comes into its own after midnight when the DJs arrive.

Rådhusgata 25, Sentrum, Oslo, 0158, Norway
Telephone: +47 2 139 3939.

Stratos (or the ‘roof of Oslo’ as it likes to describe itself) is a rooftop bar perched atop the Folketeateret theatre. Although it’s only open in summer, and its minimalist lounge décor isn’t particularly special, the panoramic city views are enough to get you drunk – if the drinks don’t first.

Youngstorget 2, Sentrum, Oslo, 0181, Norway
Telephone: +47 2104 6400.
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