It was too dark to enjoy the restaurant's ideal waterfront location on arrival, but the moody walkway lit by small pit-fires more than made up for the lack of a view. The space was airy, to say the least: it oozed Copenhagen
's signature hygge
—untranslatable, but the closest word is "cozy". Though airy, contemporary and modern, the wood fixtures, cement floor and white walls coalesced into the perfect space for a party held for travelers, bloggers and business folk to get to know one another. And while the space ensured maximum social comfort, it was the event's signature "Copenhagen cocktail" that lubricated new friendships. Starting with a base of the Danish liquor Cherry Heering, the award-winning cocktail (mixed by mixologist and creator Gromit Eduardsen of Copenhagen bar 1105
) hit the right notes of something classic and timeless: the subtle acidic flavors of cherry and lime mixed expertly with the floral-juniper notes of Bols Genever. Warm, like the setting Scandinavian sun, but smolderingly-sexy-yet-unassuming in the way Denmark's major city seemed to be, the Copenhagen cocktail had all the hallmarks of something classic, in the way the Manhattan and Singapore Sling define their cities and nightlife. It was all I could do to not imbibe on six.