Coming to Oslo’s Mekaniske Verksted in the 1850s wasn’t as much fun as it is today, but sometimes the plow just needed fixin’ or my stable needed a new chain. The blacksmiths worked hard and created quality work toiling by the open flame and molten metal all day forging iron objects for customers. And they didn’t smell all that great.
Today it’s different. Some remnants of the workshop’s heavy-metal past remain, but it’s a much more comfortable and appealing place to hang out in. Not only are the opening hours more suitable to my type-B lifestyle but there are considerably more womenfolk around today than there were back then. You might get lucky and find yourself a hot Wenche.
I usually visit with friends (it’s not really the type of place to come and hang out solo). If we can’t get a table where the fireplace is, we normally grab a spot in the larger room. It’s like hanging out in the living room of some large cabin. I like the small selection of bottled beers they offer in addition to their few taps. It may be a bit pricey, but being allowed to bring in some sushi from the restaurant across the plaza or order a pizza to have delivered to our table more than makes up for it.
I’m glad Oslo Mekaniske Verksted is still around. Its cozy yet lively atmosphere make it a very pleasant place to hang out with friends.