A bar that is busy from early evening until very late! Filled with students mixed with local drinking crowd. Billiard and pool tables, table football. Cheep beer. When it gets rowdy it stays rowdy. Can be a bit cramped but that is half the appeal.
Nørrebrogade 24, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
+45 3537 0470
Google map: bit.ly/iFynlK
Is the only bar I found in KBH with a competitive pool table, winner stays on and you can wait hours for a game, the turn is indicated by hanging a key on a clock face. There are two pool tables in the back that can be hired if you want to play a bit more sedately. Packed on most nights and a bit of a cattle market during the weekend. Open very late. (Can be too busy to get on the good pool table and the service slows if you arrive in the wee hours!)
Sundevedsgade 2, 1751 Copenhagen
+45 33 23 77 20
Google map: bit.ly/mipT0c
Nyhavn is not just a pretty tourist attraction. All year round the locals gather here to chug down bottles of beer and wine bought from the warehouse-like kiosks hidden just off the tourist drag! Avoid the over-priced bars and restaurants. In the summer the place becomes a street party, bring your own deckchair and picnic, the Danes do! Most Danes will try to tell you that all the drunks are Swedish and Norwegian tourists, don’t believe them, I think only half are.
Google map: bit.ly/im7hBu
Out partying into the wee hours and the bar closes? Yes it happens in Denmark too, the only difference being it is now morning. Still thirsty and want to continue? Well head off to Hong Kong a small nats vaertshus, and one of the first in KBH to go 24hrs. It's a really unimpressive, scruffy bodega generally full of drunks and the like. Oh yeah, by this time you will fit in just fine! Just take it from me the cobbles outside lining Nyhavn are not that comfy to sleep on!
Nyhavn 7, 1051, Copenhagen, Denmark
Google map: bit.ly/jztOlA
This neighbourhood wine bar/cafe has so many great things going for it: charming staff, the tiny menu (one soup, one tapas platter, one sandwich), interesting wine menu and cosy, super-relaxed ambiance. A great place to while away an hour or so on a chilly CPH day.
The Union is different to any other cocktail bar in Copenhagen. It is sophisticated and full of old school charm. Resembling a secret, dark hide- away in New York in the beginning of the last century, The Union takes it’s inspiration from bouncing prohibition days and unfolds behind a black, discreet door in St. Strandstraede, Copenhagen. The bartenders were dressed to the nines in white shirts and bowties taking a particular pride in giving us the absolute best service in town. The Union is the perfect place to meet for drinks before a dinner in the exclusive neighbourhood of Kgs. Nytorv but don’t be surprised if you yearn to come back for post dinner drinks and a night cap. Perfect for intimate rendez vous and cheerfull encounters.
St. Strandstraede. Opp. # 19 Look for the black door. Ring the golden bell. Nearest metro stop is Kgs. Nytorv.
No guide to Copenhagen can fail to mention Christania. For many years it has ranked as the most visited 'attraction' after Tivoli. In 1972 a group of people squatted in an unused military area just south of the city. They established a self-governing, independent community and it flourished. Many houses were built, businesses set up and even daycare institutions established.
Often called Europe’s greatest social experiment and with big names like Bob Dylan on the support list, Christiania is facing a bleak future. The right-wing government has shut down the famous Pusher Street, which sold hash and pot in colourful booths and is threatening to reclaim the area for development. Development meaning expensive flats and offices on the prime real estate.
Nevertheless, Christiania soldiers on. Great cafés, restaurants and one of the city’s hottest concert venues are to be found within her fences.
Located in the Christianshavn neighbourhood.
20 min. walk from the city.
Don’t know what it is about benches that attract couples. Especially in the summer benches are frequently occupied by amorous pairs in various stages of courting. The long-lasting light of the nordic summer provides a Hollywood glow. Any bench overlooking a body of water is preferred or try the King’s Gardens (Kongens Have). This pursuit isn’t purely a summer one. My wife and I gravitated to a bench at the tail-end of October on the first evening of our relationship.
For a sharp bit of contrast I’ll recommend a dimly-lit table in the corner at the jazz club Lafontaine at 4am on a mid-week day where loving mumbles dance across the glasses of whisky between you. It’s the oldest jazz club in town and features live jazz on Friday-Sunday.
For the benches try the lakes surrounding the city centre or find one by the harbour.
The entrance to the King’s Gardens can be found on Gothersgade.
Lafontaines Jazz Club is located at Kompagnistræde 11
Tel: (+45) 33 11 60 98
Open from 20:00 - 05:00
www.lafontaine.dk/ (Danish only)
The locals with hip tendencies stick to the surrounding neighbourhoods when they hit the town by night. In Vesterbro, at the far end of Istedgade, you’ll find the nightclub Vega with the accompanying Ideal Bar. Vega is the venue of choice of visiting bands and the nightclub hosts the touring DJs. Get there before 1am to avoid the queues that form after the cafés close at 2am.
Enghavevej 40, Vesterbro neighbourhood
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