Was here last Friday with some friends and was eating the King prawns and topped it off with some paela and a nice bottle of wine.
To our surprise, at around 11pm in the evening the place went all salsa. The local salsa club came here and danced their socks off. Quite an experience.
Truly recommend it.
Great Tapas style bar in trendy Grunerløkka popular with students and a twenty/thirty-something crowd. Busy in a good way with a relaxed dress-down look and feel.
Jammed when we walked in around 7 pm on a Thursday, but the friendly staff took our names, got us some drinks and suggested we sit on the cushioned window benches outside, which made for a very pleasant, if 40 min/hour, wait for a table.
We (2) ordered a range of Tapas dishes including : Patatas bravas, Tortilla Espanola, Marinated Prawns, Albondigas i krydret tomatsaus (meatballs in tomato sauce), Aspargesbønner i sitronolje (actually green beans not asparagus) and bread and alioli.
All the food was wonderful with the prawns stealing the show.
As is normal in Norway the house red and white was terrific (the Norwegian State buys all the wine sold through 'Wine Monopolies'). Overall the bill was reasonable (for Norway) and the service amiable and prompt.
Would definitely go there again.
Delicatessen : Søndregate 8, 0550 Grunerløkka, Oslo. Tlf.: 22 71 45 46 Faks: 22 38 58 87
The Summit bar at the top of the Radisson SAS Hotel in the centre of Oslo has absolutely stunning views of the city and Oslo fjord, especially if you go there around dusk to watch the sunlight fade and the streetlights and neons come on all over the city.
If you go at the right time you can get a comfy seat right by the window, the best vantage point. Apart from the urinals apparently - they are right up against the glass so you can enjoy the view whilst, you know. Oh, and in the ladies' there is one cubicle with two toilets in it - in case you and a friend need to finish a conversation, especially urgently I suppose?!
Drinks aren't as expensive as I'd feared - it was around 300kr for two (small) bottles of beer and two glasses of red - pricier than the UK but that's to be expected I think.
When we went there was an especially good bar tender - she paid loads of attention to getting drinks just so and gave us some free peanuts!
A great atmosphere, stunning views and perfect company meant the Summit bar was the highlight of my trip to Oslo.
It's near the Royal Palace. The address is Holbergsgate 30, N-0166, Oslo
Upstairs bar with rooftop beer garden. Great atmosphere outside and in when it gets too chilly and everyone piles back in for the live music. Nice beers (pricey, but I'm sure you know that if you're in Norway) and friendly locals.
Gronland 18, not too far on foot from the central bus station;
tel: 22 17 16 00
Theatre ship with bed and breakfast facilities and bar. Totally unexpected cross cultural place to stay. Tone Holmen, one of the owners, is a great cook and speaks perfect English and Spanish, the ambience is terrific and the price of a bed for the night is reasonable for Oslo. The beer isn't very expensive either. The fjord is usually calm and it's a delightful experience to sit and look out over the sea while enjoying a cool lager and listening to some Afro-Caribbean music. Very near the main shopping centre, kindly hosts and lovely views.
The beer can be expensive in this town, so if you're short of cash and aching for a pint, work your way down the East Oslo street Grønland (all tube lines to Grønland station or tramway to Brugata). Here you'll find the cheapest beer in town, but beware of the less congenial clientele...
Grønland station (All tube lines)
Brugata tram stop
Original Nilsen is a very brown little pub in the town centre. It has fascinating and friendly patrons who sometimes drink a bit too much beer, but you can end up having some very interesting conversations with them if you’re lucky. It is known to be the preferred drinking hole of some of Norway’s top musicians and actors. Some days, live jazz is played and it’s rather impressive how they manage to fit a band as well as customers into this charming little space. The bartenders are all very friendly and they know their jazz very well. Don’t miss it when you’re in town.
Rosenkranzgate 11; www.original-nilsen.no/index_b.html (in Norwegian)
About five minutes’ walk from Grünerløkka is Blå, the best club in town. This is an excellent live jazz venue but they also do good regular club nights, with some fine djs. The vibe is good and the crowd is relaxed though intent on having fun. During the summer you can enjoy a beer outside by the Aker river. It’s not the easiest place to find, but don’t be afraid to ask for directions. Everyone under 65 should know where it is.
Brennerivn. 9c, Phone: +47 22209181, 20-0330 most days, www.blx.no/english
It's a bar in Central Oslo. Best music and a cool crowd. It's also one of the few places in Oslo that has a fair few people drinking midweek. Stuffed at weekends and loads of talent. Get the beers in!
Café Mono C/o Mail Boxes Etc. Pløensgt. 4 Youngstorget 0028 Oslo
Grünerløkka’s main high street, lined with bars and restaurants. Even in winter, when temperatures drop below –10C, you’ll be amazed to see Norwegians sitting outside drinking beer - as Norway has a public smoking ban, smokers have to go outside to get their fix. Pubs provide blankets and gas heaters.
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