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Herr Nilsen

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Address: C. J. Hambros Plass 5, Oslo 0164, Norway
Phone Number: +47 22 33 54 05

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Great bar with live music.

One of the greater bars with live music in Oslo. If you enjoy a casual atmosphere and quality live music, then this is one of the places you should check out.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Eddie J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the greater bars with live music in Oslo. If you enjoy a casual atmosphere and quality live music, then this is one of the places you should check out.

Thank Eddie J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Magnus Berg was playing - fantastic. The guy's a genius. And it seems they have libve music every night - so hey, what are you waiting for? The beers were good - including an excellent local IPA - and there's a nice range of Bourbons. So what are you waiting for?

Thank aarrgg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

Always feel comfortable at Herr Nilsen, both for a beer early afternoon and at a consert in the evening. A lot of good live music.

Thank Rune S
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Stumbled across this place as we heard the music, we weren't disappointed when we went in, whilst it was packed it was bearable and the music was very very good. Service at the bar could have been better, but we heard a great Jazz band so that didn't matter too much. worth calling in to listen to great music

1 Thank angieraven
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

Unique, surprising and jammy. Its really worth listening to Totto and his houseband themself. Add random jammers that shows up and plays their instruments that they love, you have a unique evening of laid back rock, pop, blues, jazz - you never know what you gonna get. Except quality.

Thank Sand76man
Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

attended a Frank Sinatra Christmas songbook event -- sounds cheesey but was brilliant. Go early for a seat. Pub is small and popular. £7 for a pint of murphy's so slightly dearer than other Oslo pubs

Thank scottishjourno26
Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We saw the Christiania 12, a New Orleans style 12 piece jazz band, who were absolutely superb. It was 150 krone each entrance, and of course, the drinks weren't cheap (where are they cheap in Oslo?) but it was well worth it. We seemed to be the only non-Norwegians in the crowd but we were welcomed in and offered a... More 

Thank CGulalah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

Overall: 4 Other comments: serves well for musical gatherings, jam to star. The rest of the review goes for beer and music. Location: 4 Menu: 3 Knowledge: 4 Originality: 4 Presentation: 4 Taste: 4 Atmosphere: 5 Service: 4 Timing: 4 Cleanliness: 3 Price: 4 Price/value: 4

Thank Haarud
Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I'm an Engineer, age 56, working in Oslo now for a 6 month assignment. I was excited to find this place since it looked like there were some fantastic jazz shows here. Then I had the unfortunate experience of meeting the owner, sitting with three other gentlemen, who seemed very amused at my questions about the beer menu. He made... More 

5 Thank JvinSEA
Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Cheap to enter, very, very expensive beer -- £100 for a round of beers for the band! But the music was second to none, and the smallish sized room really created a great atmosphere.

1 Thank Lee G

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