Oslo’s nightlife scene is one of the most varied and vibrant in the world, and local residents are quite proud of this! Whether you want to chill out at a pub or rock out to live music, you will find something going on to your liking every night of the week. But be warned, drinking is an expensive venture in Oslo, which is why many Norwegians save money by having drinks at friends’ houses before hitting the town. For this reason, many bars remain quiet until 23:00 or so, when the first groups of party people begin to arrive.
Oslo has a bustling nightlife scene that really kicks in after midnight and carries on until the early hours of the morning, often not ending until the following morning during summer months. The city has more than 100 bars, clubs and cafes, with more opening all the time. The locals are very much a part of the nightlife in Oslo, as Norwegians love going out for a drink after work.
The most popular clubs are clustered along the main drag, Karl Johans Gate, where you can find many choices with many people looking to relax at all hours of the day and night. Aker Brygge, the renovated wharf area, also has tons of bars and a few nightclubs, which mainly attract tourists and those willing to spend a little extra for the stunning waterfront location. The districts of Grunerlokka and Gronland are popular with the younger set, while a more mature, up market crowd heads to the quieter west end of town in Frogner and Bygdoy.
Visitors looking for a bit of live music or something more cultural like a play or opera won’t be disappointed. Oslo has a thriving arts scene and chances are good that you can find what you’re looking for. The most important theater in town is the National Theatre; however, the plays here are almost always performed in Norwegian. For plays in English, check out the Black Box, Oslo Nye or Nordic Black Theatre, all of which are excellent, smaller playhouses.