The area where #19 is located is more known for the Labor Day parades, demonstrations during times of unrest and the center for Norway’s political parties. In fact, it’s just a stone’s throw (or two) away from the Norwegian Government building which was rocked by a bomb blast in July 2011.
Still, the area is a hotbed of Oslo nightlife; there’s a dense concentration of “places to be” in the area. #19 sets itself apart with its creative drinks to lure people in for a spell. And people do go there, including yours truly.
The main attraction of #19, as mentioned, is the mixed drinks. You can choose from a baker’s dozen of liquid concoctions I’ve never even heard of in my 19+ years. Myself? Well, I jumped at the sight of a drink based on Maker’s Mark (a fave, Dave) called Bluegrass Mai Tai. The bourbon clearly made its presence felt in spite of the “manly” endive garnish.
#19 is a nice, warm place composed of a number of different sections, invariably populated by a crowd around their 30′s. Even though it’s a rather sizable place, it’s easy to find a nook or a cranny of intimate space to share a drink with friends. It’s the perfect place to start out your evening out before heading out into the night.
Age limit for entry: 23+ (though you might expect it to be 19).