Queer Oslo - a guide to Norway's LGBTIQ+-friendly capital

Queer Oslo

Oslo has nightlife, shopping, restaurants, great nature and a varied culture programme, in addition to an open and lively queer scene. 

People in Oslo are generally very open towards queer people. Norway was among the first countries to introduce anti-discrimination laws and has had gender-neutral marriage rules since 2009. However, it was probably the TV-series Skam and its international success that really put Oslo on the map for queer people.


No matter your gender or sexual identity, you are welcome in Oslo!

Oslo’s queer scene is very diverse and well integrated in the rest of society. You will soon notice that many bars and clubs are popular among queer and straight people alike. That makes it a bit more difficult to find dedicated queer spaces, so we have collected the most important queer clubs and bars here for you.

 

Oslo pride 2018
Oslo pride 2018
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

Queer Events in Oslo


Club nights

The following club nights are fixtures in Oslo’s queer nightlife. Most of them move from venue to venue, so we recommend that you check their Facebook-pages for updated information and upcoming events.

  • DRAMAqueen: Inclusive, unprejudiced and non-discriminatory queer nights with hip-hop, electro and hits. Some evenings are for women and non-binary people only.

  • Fire Oslo: Fire Oslo host queer nights at the best clubs in town, among them The Villa and Oslo Camping.

  • Indieseksuell: Club with alternative, queer music. Indieseksuell defines itself as a counterpoint to the established queer bars.

  • Karmaklubb*: Nomadic, queer club for everyone who identifies as female or non-binary and their friends. In addition to club nights, Karmaklubb* hosts debates, film screenings and other events.

  • Score: Queer club nights with pop, disco, house, dance and techno.



Regular Events

 

  • Oslo Pride: Every year in June, it is time for Pride in Oslo with the traditional parade, Pride Park and many other events.

  • Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival: Oslo’s queer film festival is a treasure trove of international films with LBGTQI+ themes, panel discussions, parties and other events.

 

 

‘Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and boys and girls who love each other. Norwegians believe in God, Allah, everything and nothing …
In other words: you are Norway. We are Norway.’

King Harald speaking in the Palace Park, 1 September 2016


Hear the whole speech in the video below (with English subtitles):  

Queer Bars and Clubs

Here are the most popular queer bars in Oslo. We recommend following their Facebook-pages for upcoming events.

 

  • Cesar Bar & Café: Bistro and bar in the city centre with DJs and a lively atmosphere in the evenings.

  • Elsker: Oslo’s biggest queer disco with a varied programme including burlesque, slam-poetry evenings, drag shows and stand-up.

  • London Pub: Oslo’s oldest gay bar hosts karaoke evenings, quizzes, and other events during the week, as well as parties on weekends.

  • Trappa Pub: Small, cozy pub run by the Norwegian Bear Club.

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