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Ved Stranden 10

Ved Stranden 10

A wine-shop-cum bar with a canal-side setting opposite the Parliament building, this is a favourite afternoon-to-evening haunt of Copenhagen's wine aficionados. Biodynamic bottles among the selection attract connoisseurs, but helpful,... Read More

Oscar Bar & Café

Oscar Bar & Café

Popular haunt right next door to Heaven offers food, drinks and Friday night DJs. Highly rated for its food and friendly atmosphere, it's a favourite with gay women as well as men, but is generally welcoming and inclusive. Read More

Ørsted Ølbar

Ørsted Ølbar

Another trendy beer bar, this one in an old driving school close to the waterfront also brews its own and offers a choice of 188 guest bottles, with 13 brews on tap, updated daily. They also broadcast football and other sports events on... Read More

NASA

NASA

Posh pop-up club open Friday and Saturday nights only is theoretically private, but well-dressed visitors generally gain access. White and bright, it was the Copenhagen club of the 90s before closing down; less snooty in its present... Read More

Mikkeler

Mikkeler

There's more to Danish beer than Carlsberg, as demonstrated by this delightful micro-brewery, which also serves speciality brews from around the world. Along with snacks, spirits (they have started distilling their own), music and great... Read More

Märkbar

Märkbar

Rough and ready in a Berlinesque sort of way, this basement bar sticks out in a neighbourhood which has rapidly regentrified since its mean streets were first portrayed in The Killing. However, despite the dark, grungy décor and punk... Read More

Kitjn

Kitjn

It's all about cocktails in this hangout in the smart embassy district of Østerbro. It may be annoying to see them broken up into “starters, mains and desserts” on the list, but the predominantly rum-based drinks are good, and the... Read More

Karriere Bar

Karriere Bar

Sarah Lund was seen heading this way when stalking murder suspects on the mean streets of Copenhagen in The Killing. However, despite its edgy vibe, this meatpacking district location is not the no-go area it once was. Karriere is one... Read More

Jolene

Jolene

Possibly the roughest of the trio of famous nightspots on this street, boisterous Jolene is a place to drink beer from the bottle and party into the small hours. Not so much shabby-chic as plain shabby, it's where locals rock the night... Read More

Ideal Bar

Ideal Bar

Visitors to the Vega music complex often start their night in this street-level bar, or chill out post-gig, when DJs field their own dance gigs later in the week. Known for its cocktails and an inexplicably beautiful female clientele,... Read More

Heaven

Heaven

Copenhagen's biggest gay bar sits right on Town Hall Square, the perfect vantage point for Copenhagen Pride. Although a day and night café-restaurant serving everything from burgers to traditional Danish fare, its raison d'etre is the... Read More

Falernum

Falernum

This popular wine bar is loved by locals for its lack of pretension and unique low-key atmosphere. Fashionable locals pack out long wooden tables till the wee small hours at weekends, enjoying tapas and a good drop; beer and coffee are... Read More

Café Nemoland

Café Nemoland

This famous outdoor bar in the alternative community of Christiania is noted for its live music and psychedelic décor as much as it is for beer and burgers. Open till around midnight most nights, 3am Friday and Saturday, but food... Read More

Cafe Ludwigsen

Cafe Ludwigsen

This is a rough and ready late-night hangout (no food, despite the name), whose clientele really sum up Vesterbro, Copenhagen's Shoreditch. Blue-collar workers, students and a few of the trendies moving into the neighbourhood drink... Read More

Billy Booze

Billy Booze

A self-proclaimed “discount bar” is a selling point in a town where drinks can be pricey. This one near the town hall, offering both pints and shots for a knockdown DKK10, operates in surprisingly decent and colourful surroundings.... Read More

Bibendum

Bibendum

From the owners of Falernum comes this highly rated and equally unpretentious wine bar, a cosy cellar in an edgy, if charismatic, neighbourhood with a rustic village atmosphere. No less than 54 wines are on offer by the glass, with an... Read More

Balthazar

Balthazar

In a town where nightlife is more about grunge, this is a rare glitzy option. This Champagne bar in the swish Hotel d'Angleterre, an 18th-century icon undergoing refurbishment, is fast becoming a favourite with locals. Choose from 200... Read More

Bakken Kbh

Bakken Kbh

Named for the beloved old amusement park out in the suburbs, this very urban club is nevertheless less industrial than some of its neighbours in the meatpacking district. Coloured lights set a festive scene, and the patio provides... Read More

1105

1105

Named for its postcode, this classy joint is a temple to cocktails for the over-30 set. Subtly stylish décor plays second fiddle to the drinks: the signature Copenhagen (genever with cherry heering, lime and bitters), Cucumber Yum-Yum... Read More


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