Josefine Vertshus has existed for more than 30 years as an establishment for parties, concerts and dining.
Josefine, this great house was earlier known as the legendary night and key-club called Hawk Club during the mid
sixties until 1979. Since the mid 20ies our top floor has served lots of parties, and even during the WWII it was an
active center for some of the resistanace movement. This long history remains in the atmosphere, well blended with the present.
We don't have to be retro..., we are the real thing.
During the eighties Josefine positioned itself as a melting pot of cultural activities, which main focus
has been and still are; live music and party arrangements.
The location of Josefine is central, but in a quiet neighbourhood, approximately 10-15 minutes walk
from the castle and the main street Karl Johan, and just 100 meters from the shopping streets of Hegdehaugsveien and Bogstadveien. You can easily get there by public transportion. (Adr.: Josefinesgt. 16 - see map)
It is possible to arrange private parties such as weddings, company gatherings, shows,
concerts, reunions etc. We have three separate areas,
situated at separate floors. The largest area has a capacity of approximately 120 people.
This floor also offers a stage with PA, drums, bass and guitar amps and a piano.
For more information call: +47 22 69 34 99 weekdays 10-14, or try evenings after 18.
(Josefine is closed during July and untill mid August)
Each Tuesday during the spring, fall and winter season Josefine Vertshus is a hangout for
musicians, eager and social listeners to meet. The jam-session gathers famous, as well as
upcoming musicians for an entertaining jam that combines many great aspects of music, lots
of people of all ages and a real good time. Most certainly the best place to go out in
Oslo on Tuesday evening, a must for visitors!
Since 1980 the legendary entertainer, pianist and singer Nissa Nyberget has developed this
outmost and special jam. As he now lives more or less abroad he is no longer in charge of
the jam. Nevertheless, his long time friend and companion, guitarist Stein Bull-Hansen is
now in charge of keeping the jam-tradition alive, with the help of some of Oslo's finest musicians.
Wednesdays we have different concerts arranged by Josefine Visescene. The music is in the
blended tradition of folk music, or singer/songwriter-tradition. It's usually in Norwegian
or some of the other Scandinavian languages, but occasionally it's in English, Spanish or
even languages not familiar to most people. The music is quite international! The Josefine
Visescene started in 1996, and has been a leading centre for this genre of music. It is
presented and organized by three of the leading Norwegian representatives for this music,
Kari Svendsen, Lars Klevstrand and Jørn Simen Øverli.
Every last Wednesday throughout the season we arrange a PopQuiz with one of Norways´ best known pop-historian, TV and radio-host
Finn Bjelke. Certainly an enjoyable evening, even if you don't know the language. Most of
the music is British or American, and there will always be a team that you may join solving
the quiz! Live guitar and singing will be performed by co-host Knut Aafløy.