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Review of Mono

Reviewed 28 November 2011

I visited Oslo at Early November. Me and my friends decided to go to Mono cafe to dance and have a beer! We were 3 girls aged 24 to 28 years old. Just at the entrance of the cafe-club we were stopped by a woman security. She didn't welcome us. On the contrary, she was very rude and inpolite. She asked for our IDS. Of course we all had!
The problem is that our Greek IDS are blue and all information is written in both Greek and Latin letters. She was sooo uneducated that she couldn't understand that there is a slight possiblilty that other countries' cards may NOT look like the Norvegians!
She started yelling that these cards are not valid (although i calmly explained that I travelled to Norway using this ID!!!!) and everyone started starring at us!
I felt offenced, I definately felt that I faced racism and finally we turned our backs and left...
I definately wouldn't recommend anyone to visit this place. Actually I hope she gets fired.

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Reviewed 12 July 2010

Let´s begin with the first impression.
The interior is, quite honestly, ugly as hell. This is not a place to bring a date (unless he or she is also ugly as hell too, and you want your date to blend in nicely with the furniture. Then, by all means, take your date here).
Allow me to elaborate: First of all, Mono is divided into two parts. The first is the typical dark and dusty bar/pub locale, while the second part of Mono is a warm backyard. The artwork, including some few paintings and the look of the bar is quite unimaginative, uninspiring and forgettable.
There is a small elevated area near the entrance with a sofa and some chairs, but these are all old and worn. Mono also features a dancing floor located right by the entrance (however, if you want to be picky, it´s really just a floor with people sometimes dancing and touching each others on it).

The male restroom is small and usually crowded, with room for only for 2-3 guys standing in line at the same time. However, there are usually around 8 guys here. This can be rather unpleasant, considering the fact that you stand just a few inches from the urinal as you wait in line or try to wash your hands in the sink with no soap. (Watch out for unwanted stains!)

On a side note: An interesting psychological phenomenon is that many guys cannot pee in front of other guys, which means that many guys in effect cannot use the urinals that occupy most male restrooms. This is especially evident here, as the queue outside the one toilet booth makes the already small rest room even more cramped with guys.

All in all, Mono is definitely not a looker, and its interior architect is probably crying her- or himself to sleep on most nights. But looks aren´t all that matter. This is true both in ugly dates and in good cafe´s/pubs. And it´s in terms of personality that Café Mono really shines through. That is, the clientele, guests or quite simply the people frequenting the place, are usually friendly, open and interesting , which seems to be true for both guys and girls.

Indeed, all the girls I´ve met have usually always been warm, friendly, and sometimes quite touchy. The last part is probably mostly related to my similar looks to the Eurovision Song Contest winner of 2009, Alexander Rybak: [-]

Some will probably describe the typical Mono guest as someone quite alternative in relation to clothes, music, politics etc, but my own observation is that people her do not fall into one distinct category. This is a place where the guests on some days are a messy but beautiful mix of individuals with multiple ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, a combination that would even give Martin Luther King a tear in his eye.

Mono is usually quite crowded, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. People often go here for concerts, and there is an intimate atmosphere being created when a lot of people gather here. This is also true for the male restroom. However, you should probably not point this out when standing in the toilet queue.
Be friendly, smile, say “hello”, and you have the three basic ingredients for a great night out in Mono.

A last word of advice: cute girls at the bar may in fact be guards. So, if you get drunk and somehow notice the DJ leaving for a cigarette break, realizing at the same time that both of you are actually wearing the exact same shirt (or something quite similar) with the same exact tie (or something less similar), as well as having the same color (well, perhaps in the right light) and style of hair (nope, now you´re just plain wrong), in essence looking like twins (ok, you are really drunk. How the hell did you get in here in the first place?), AND therefore naturally attempting to climb (or fall) over the fence separating the drunk idiots from the DJ, because you are going to play some REAL music, the guard may kindly tell you to stop, since you are indeed NOT the DJ, even if you might argue, quite effectively, that you indeed are (“just look at the hair, shirt and tie, woman!”) This may kill your mood for the rest of the evening.

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Reviewed 17 April 2010

Allright place if you want to check out the rock scene of Oslo, the price of beer isnt too bad either, there's a backyard if you smoke. On the downside, they usually play earshattering loud music and there are very few seats, especially on a busy night. Expect to be sorrounded by local hipsters. If you want to see one of the truly best bars of Oslo head for Blå (Blaa) http://www.blaaoslo.no/kontakt ,a hidden gem among Oslos many average bars.

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Reviewed 19 October 2007

This is an absolute great cafe in Oslo. A lot of locals go there. The music is a little alternative. The women are from alternative to trendy and smiling to us Dutch guys ;-p

Great atmosphere, there is a smoking area inside/outside where most people are.

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