Skaugum Bar at the Palace Grill, Oslo
Tel: 47 23 13 11 40
Concierge.com's insider take:
With a name like something you'd chew and spit out, Skaugum, this cozy garden attached to the historic Palace Grill restaurant, is one of the city's top summertime hangouts. When you first enter this open-air interior courtyard, it's hard to decide which way to look. Fake plastic flowers spill from boxes perched on windows, a collection of old sinks serves as sconces on the top-floor terrace, and there's a dusty Elvis mannequin leering above the bar. The canvas tarps overhead are removed during the summer months, and there's usually a fire burning year-round in the giant metal canister in the middle of the courtyard. Top Norwegian DJs Olle and Nils Noa often hold court here, and the musical lineup sticks to deep house on Thursday nights and a more mainstream mix on Fridays and Saturdays. As for the crowd? As eclectic as the decor—from students to expense-account diners who pop over for an alfresco nightcap after an indulgent meal at the Grill.—Terry Ward
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 6 pm to 3 am May to September. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 pm to 3 am October to April.