Norway was the second nation to legalize lesbian and gay partnerships in the world. In 2009, the country went a step further to legalize marriage between people of the same sex in a move to promote marriage equality rights. That said, gay and lesbian clubs in Oslo are quite common and very popular.
In Oslo, it's ok and acceptable for gay couples to be out in public. There are some places, especially in the city center, where you are sure to find gays and lesbians for socializing, friendly banter or even flirting.
In this article, we look at the most popular hangout spots for GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi, transgender) individuals in Oslo. Here are the current favorites:
This club has been the city's most famous gay pub since the 70's. London pub on the ground floor operates from 3 pm to 3.30 am. Quizzes are held on Mondays starting at 8 pm while Karaoke takes place from 9 pm on Tuesdays. The club upstairs operates from 8 pm to 3.30 am. The whole place operates from Mondays to Sundays, 3 pm to 3.30 am.
Address: CJ Hambros plass 5, 0164 Oslo, firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a cafe cum bar cum restaurant; a popular meeting spot in Oslo. During daytime, Ett Glass stands out as one of the city's most modern cafes, serving foods from all over the world. The kitchen is operational until 11 pm. A DJ is available on Saturdays, playing jazz, chill, and acid jazz music. Hours: Tuesday 11 am to 1 am.
Wednesday, Thursday 11 am to 2 am. Monday, Sunday 11 am to midnight. Friday, Saturday 11 am to 3 am.
Address: Karl Johansgate 33 (entrance on Rosenkrantzgate), 0162 Oslo, www.ettglass.no
Yep, SO is the name for this hangout in Oslo. This is a bar for lesbians, but gay and straight people are also welcome.
It offers attractive interior design and as well as good music. Only people over 24 years are allowed on weekends while on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the age limit is 20. The premises can be rented on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Hours: Wednesdays to Saturdays 6 pm to 3 am.
Address: Arbeidergata, 20159 Oslo, www.so-oslo.no
Elsker in Oslo is a popular hangout spot for both gays and lesbians. Anyone who needs something to eat or drink in an open-minded environment is also welcome. It is a perfect place for dinner or evening drinks, with the menu featuring a lot of delicious foods from sandwiches to full dinners. DJs are available from 10 pm onwards on Friday and Saturday nights. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday 4 pm to 11 pm. Friday, Saturday 4 pm to 3.30 am. Wednesday 4 pm to 2 am.
Address: Kristian IVs gate 9, 0164 Oslo, email@example.com
It is a bar and club opened in 2013 for lesbians and gays and their friends. It has a bar and an undisturbed atmosphere on the ground floor while it is louder upstairs, with a bar and DJs with a bigger dance floor. The premises are occasionally rented for private events. Hours: Friday, Saturday 8 pm to 3 am. Thursday 8 pm to 1 am.
Address: Fridtjof Nansens plas 8, 0160 Oslo
This is a typical English country club in Oslo's city center. It offers a variety of wines and beers as well as coffee and snacks during the day. Selected sports activities are displayed on large screens with great sound. Hours: Monday through Sunday from noon to 3 am.
Address: Lille Grensen 7, 0159 Oslo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob's attracts mixed crowds and is gay-friendly. It is an informal, unpretentious and relaxed spot with traditional pub environment and very reasonable prices. During the summer season, outdoor table services are available. Hours: Monday through Sunday noon through 2.30 am.
Address: Gronland 1, 0188 Oslo
Oslo has many more hangouts, such as our favorite clubs in Oslo which are not as gay-focused as the ones noted above, but always gay-friendly!