When Copenhagen goes all festive and international - I wish! Events are pretty much localized to Faelledparken. It tries to imitate the carnival in Rio de Janeiro but fails. Please don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing event in itself, in that Copenhagen goes multicultural for 48hrs. Fun is to be found for all ages, and the standard is high from those participating. They really, really try!
Faelledparken, opposite national football stadium (home of FCK), centre of Osterbro, follow Osterbrogade from Osterport Station and enter via Trianglen.
A really nice bar, full of creative types and students. Serves some excellent Danish beers as well as the normal Carlsberg and Tuborg. Sit outside weather permitting, blankets provided if a bit chilly! All the furniture and fittings are supposedly up for sale, if you really fancy a chair with your beer, this is the place. In all the years I have been there I have never seen anyone do this ...
In my opinion The Globe is the best Irish bar in Copenhagen. It is hard to understand why, the drinks, décor and service are nothing special, you could even say that the drinks and ‘Irish pub’ décor are typical of its ilk. Service boarders on down-right depressing at times. But somehow the place grabs you and won’t let go. I could say it has to do with the authenticity of the pub culture demonstrated by the mostly authentic Irish staff. Brian the owner is obviously Irish and a big Liverpool fan too! Come and experience football here (especially when Liverpool are playing) on the big screen and assorted TV’s, packed like sardines in what is a big bar. Maybe it's the pub quizzes. It could be the food, standard pub fair but done really well! Mainly though I think it’s the people - there is always a mix of expats and locals and as in any good pub you get to know them.
Another ‘artsy’ bar come restaurant, it’s been around for ages. Great relaxed atmosphere and has a very creative vibe - I always end up decorating the paper table cloths with ad-hoc doodling. The back of the bar serves as an excellent little eatery, although I found the quality very hit or miss. The bar itself serves mediocre pub grub but come here for a drink and catch a flavour of Vesterbro.
Café Hackenbush, Vesterbrogade 124 1620, Denmark
+45 33 21 74 74
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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
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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
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The most arty of arty bars with really surreal sculpture that sets the mood - melted plastic, baby doll head lampshades etc. Great food too. The menu has been rather static for years but why change it when it works. Great beer and coffee, wine and tea, whatever your fancies are you won’t be disappointed. Filled with locals and arty types at all times so getting a table can be difficult, but well worth it.
Faelledparken is a huge, green space at the heart of smart østerbro, play football, throw a Frisbee, sit and drink beer/wine, have an impromptu BBQ (but try not to destroy the grass!).
Edel Sauntes Allé 13, 2100 København, Denmark +45 33 66 34 80
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As it's name suggests a place to drink beer (lit. 'beer bar')
Was my favourite bar for a while, well I had a friend working there who really knew his beer and the education was very intoxicating! Truly the samples of 10% beers do go to the head. A great, cosy bar, great music and huge selection of beers from all over the world as well as many introductions to some of the more alternative Danish beers. The staff know their stuff and are always willing to help. Don’t follow the hype and go to Norrebro’s Bryghus, come here and have a much nicer time.
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.
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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
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Drinking establishment that does not break the bank.
A very easy going bar, full of locals with character and friendly staff. Has four or five Danish billiard tables, a great game when you learn how to play it and the best thing is that you can play for free for as long as you like, ask for your balls at the bar (they give you the pins too.) When it gets busy you are expected to give up the table when someone marks your scoreboard within two or three games depending on how long you have been there - they may even ask to join in. Has a pool table, table-football and darts too. You can even watch the football on TV. Small outside area for the summer and the smokers. Only nachos and snacks for those with hunger pains but grab a kebab or pizza locally and come back for more - you are allowed in with your food!
Stefansgade 22, 2200 København N
+45 3585 5822
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This small beach effectively splits Cadiz in two. Stand on the sandy beach looking at Cadiz with the waves behind you, the old town with its small, wiggly, mazelike streets past the looming cathedral to the left and the new town with its endless rows of high-rise apartments to the right. If the sun is shining you will always find small groups of locals and language students taking in the sun, playing beach football or throwing a Frisbee around. More importantly for some is the surf. The beach has very reliable surf for kids on their sponges (bodyboarders) and of course the very protective local surfers. I learnt to bodysurf here and will return to do it again! Surf tech speak: Exposed beach break, favour lefts, quite reliable surf (tending to flat in summer). Local refreshments are provided by friendly beach sellers, Mickey from Argentina is there all year round, he will even join in with any football, volleyball and even throws a mean Frisbee. Playa Victoria stretches off along the new town, 3+km, and in summer everyone in Spain seems to be here! Finding any spot is nigh on impossible. So I suggest, ‘avoid!’ Visit Cadiz in February for the Carnival or Easter and try not to get stuck there as I did!
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