If you are fortunate enough to be in Copenhagen during the time that a concert is offered at the Glyptotek take advantage of the opportunity. Strains of beautiful music in these surroundings can transport the mind and is an awesome experience. Take a look at their website before your arrival to see if a concert is available.
Dress Code: As usual with this type of entertainment, dress your best
This is a cracking little pub - it had caught my eye (or should I say my Beer Nose) as I passed it on the afternoon as I was looking for my hotel and had mentally bookmarked it as probably a good place to commence my intended evening solo recce of the local bars.
And so about 8.30 pm, having had an early evening nap, off I went, the 50 yards or so round the corner to commence my intended pub crawl. HA! My last vague recollections of the evening were of the landlady here at Pinden asking if I wanted another beer before she closed AT 4 AM!!
This is definitely a "John" pub - friendly locals, live music, provided on the night by a local singer/guitarist, unbidden (yet welcome) shots of the local hooch (can't remember its name but something similar to Jaegermeister) arriving in front of me to be downed in one with much clinking of the glasses, Skol all round!! First place on my list for a revisit next time :)
Updated 2011 - Now been revisited several times, to the extent that my beer now awaits me on the bar before I've even had a chance to say Hi!!
Dress Code: Proper Pub - therefore the "scantily clad females always appreciated" rule applies ;) Blokes as they are!
Søpavillionen is a nightclub with a very cool location on an old bridge.
The club often have latin nights and tend to be frequented by people in their mid/late twenties and even a bit older.
Lines can be quite long there at times and some people hate the place while other people love it.
But it's one place to avoid the very young crowd.
This bar is found down a street just off Rådhuspladsen, downstairs in a cellar. It has some cosy sofas and window seats, and the beer is 20kr (as of 2012), while if there's a group of you you can get 10 shots for 100kr.
Another place for cheap beer - between about 12pm and 7pm on weekdays, the Drop Inn serves pints for 26DKK. After 7pm they are 38DKK I think. Staff are pleasant, and there's nice seating outside. They occasionally have live music.
NB: During the Jazz Festival in July the prices are 38DKK as standard.
The Shamrock Inn is the oldest Irish pub in Copenhagen and opened in 1989 inside the Scala building. In September 2010 it moved to new premises in the next door building, and has lost some of its coziness in my opinion. But still a OK place; friendly atmosphere and a good selection of Irish beers on draft (Murphy’s, Guinness and more).
There are live entertainment with Irish folk music a couple of times every week, and the big football (soccer) games are shown on TV.
Lord Nelson is one of my favourite’s bars in Copenhagen! It is a small basement place and the interior is nothing special but there is always a great and friendly atmosphere. I often drop by for a beer or two when I’m in the centre of Copenhagen and the bar has a wide selection of Danish microbrews on draught so there is always a new beer I haven’t tried before, but be careful… some of the beers are very strong…
The waiters know a lot about beer, and can help you find a beer of your taste.
Although nightlife is expensive in Copenhagen we found an amazing small live venue where we loved it.
The night we went we saw Blues Jam with Morten Lunn.
Mojo Club is a typical blues club with live blues music every night (also some folk/country nights). The atmosphere is great, it seemed always packed with people but it was hard to breath because it’s very small and smoking (for some strange reason it’s allowed there!) made things worst while there was no air conditioning so it got really hot inside…
...at the music break a lot of people just got out to breath some fresh air :)
30DKK for a pint of draft beer till 22.00 a bit more later… There was no entrance fee
Istedgade is the street that runs westwards from the back entrance of Central Station, at the start of which is the clutch of central budget hotels where I usually stay when in the city. This is definitely one of Copenhagen's more interesting neighbourhoods with its street girls, massage parlours, sex shops and erotic clubs but me I'm more interested in the pubs. Every other building seems to host a bar of some description: trendy ones, good locals and downright dives.
The only problem I have with the street is that after a night out I can't remember exactly where I've been but I always wake up with a smile.
Also useful is the corner 7-11 where the night guys are always a little crazy and picking up my late, late, supper is almost like an extension of the party - HIC!
Dress Code: Dress Code? HA! Don't be silly - this is Istedgade!
The pub was established on the 27th May 1992.Built in typical Old English style with bits of interior from all over the World,including Antiques which come from England.The main bar is a unique feature-an original 200 year old Brunswick bar.It is believed that the bar spent some of its life in Chicago and may have at one stage been owned by Al Capone(but there is no actual proof of this).When the bar left for Denmark it attracted a lot of media attention from newspapers.All the staff are English speaking and come from many places such as Denmark,Australia,Ireland and of course England.
The pub serves a good variety of beers,wines and spirits but it is a little pricey,good atmosphere though and nice staff.
opening times:11.30am till 2.30am sunday and weekdays
11.30am till 4.30am friday and saturday
Dress Code: Casual
A very friendly,cosy pub situated in the Norreport district of the city about 15 min walk north of the centre.Chaty locals playing dice games and helpful bar staff telling us about their city and country.We spent hours here and had quite a lot to drink and a really good time.Prices are quite cheaper here than in the tourist areas of the city.Well recommended.
Dress Code: Casual
A popular local bar in Vesterbro just a few mins walk from the Central Station,A rowdy but friendly place with loud music and sing a long locals at the bar.The place is quite small with an unusual collection of model trains and auto memorabilia.Prices are a little cheaper here than in the city centre and the bar has a large selection of beers,wines and spirits.Friendly staff and talkative locals make you feel very welcome.
Opening times:7am till 2am
Dress Code: Casual
Cafe Krølben is a small football bar in central Copenhagen that is by far my favorite spot when i want to watch a football game.
It´s a little basement bar that also has an upstairs room where you can retreat to if the place gets packed.
The owner is a really cool guy who is a true football lover and the selection of nottled beer is very good with lot´s of nice danish micro brews.
If you are in *Copenhagen and there is a major football game that you want to watch then i recommend that you go there.
It´s in my humble opinion the nicest sports bar in Copenhagen.
Dress Code: No dress code, but wearing a football shirt is surely no bad idea.
Copenhagen has a few concert venues spread out in the city, but Global sticks out for offering world music concerts pretty much every week.
Global is a non-profit volunteer based organization that wants to promote quality artists from around the world, that otherwise would not get the same exposure.
The place is conveniently located in Nørrebro, close to Sankt Hans Torv, and with many cafés in the vicinity where to grab a bite before enjoying a concert. I have been there twice to enjoy German Bavarian folk music and a Balkan performer. The concert room isn't too big but it's nice, although sometimes it can get too hot and humid with all the people dancing and jumping around. There's a small bar that serves beer, wine and water at regular prices.
They have a club too, featuring DJs and with the same "world music" concept.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
The first thing you should notice about this dark and slightly dingy bar will be the stuffed animals in human clothing dotted about the interior, like the polarbear greeting guests in his tuxedo, drink in hand and baring his teeth (Look closely though, and you'll see it's not actually a stuffed polar bear, but a polar bear skin complete with head, cunningly draped over a besuited mannequin!).
Behind the bar is another room, with dolls' heads lamps above the tables, and a staircase leading down to the toilets, where behind glass is a dressed-up leopard, with a seal in a gimp mask. I kid you not.
They serve food (we didn't have any, but our friends did and it looked pretty good), and drinks aren't too pricey by Copenhagen standards. You can download the menu from the website.
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