Copenhagen's Best Bars
Collected by Alex Berger, AFAR Local Expert
Danish beer culture is world-famous and Copenhagen's best bars serve more than just Carlsberg and Turborg: The city has a wealth of microbreweries, too. Copenhagen also enjoys a growing reputation for cocktails, with the best bars known for their relaxed atmosphere and superb service as well as their creative drinks made from fresh local ingredients. Also make sure to keep your ears open for a spot of live jazz, Copenhagen style.
Ryesgade 3, 2200 København, Denmark
Beer aficionados, listen up. I'd be willing to bet that your ale-induced reveries often took you to a place almost too good to be true, where the homemade beers not only rocked your socks but also your taste buds with a mouth-watering, upscale...
Nordre Toldbod 18-24, 1259 København K, Denmark
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...
Fiolstræde 3, 1171 København, Denmark
Dalle Valle brought the concept of daily specials to Copenhagen in a big way and has been growing every since. Now a chain, this restaurant has a hip vibe that is extremely popular among young people. While prices have started to inch up, they run...
1105 København K, Denmark
1105 is the embodiment of a Copenhagen cocktail bar. With a sleek internal ambience, skilled bartenders, a vibrant cocktail menu, and relaxed but still classy vibe, it is highly popular with local Copenhageners. About 3 minutes' walk from Nyhavn,...
1656 København V, Denmark
Building on the popularity and success of 1105, the owners have expanded into Copenhagen's hip Vesterbro district with 1656. It borrows from all the factors that made 1105 a smash hit, while also paying tribute to Vesterbro's quasi-retro inspired...
Nybrogade 10, 1203 København K, Denmark
Situated across from the Thorvaldsons Museum next to the Christianslot Canal this cocktail bar is inspired heavily by a vintage motif (think 1800s meets prohibition speakeasy). With well worn leather couches, cozy small rooms, vintage wallpaper,...
Vandkunsten 5, 1467 København K, Denmark
Situated right in the heart of downtown, CPH Downtown is a vibrant hostel with a great reputation, friendly staff, and modern facility. Locals and travelers alike often can be found mixing and mingling in the hostel bar which not only services...
Løvstræde 4, 1152 København, Denmark
Hornsleth Bar is half cocktail bar, half relaxed club. It has the feel of a rock bar, and is an art bar inspired by the works of controversial artist Christian Von Hornsleth. With semi-pornographic images around the bar, and a highly sexualized...
Krystalgade 11, 1172 København, Denmark
If you're looking for a fun (but cramped) atmosphere with reasonably priced drinks and a predominantly Danish crowd head to Cafe Halvvejen. This little bar has a charming, albeit cramped feel to it that still retails the spirit of its bodega...
Kultorvet 5, 1175 København, Denmark
The Hvide Lam has been where it is forever. A tiny bar, it often has live jazz on evenings with crusty old performers playing the classics. Out of all the jazz bars in Copenhagen, this is my favorite. In part, because it's not so much a jazz bar...
Elmegade 2, 2200 København, Denmark
"Øl" means beer in Danish and perfectly sums up this place. It is a no-frills beer bar that has a rotating tap. The beers of the day are written on chalkboards behind the bar and the bar staff is always happy to make suggestions. If you're a beer...
Fælledvej 21, 2200 KøBENHAVN N København N, Denmark
Sankt Hans Gade 19, 2200 København, Denmark
The Barking Dog is a beer and cocktail bar where the bartenders are well trained and focus on service. You'll find a fun ambiance and environment that is carefully controlled to ensure it doesn't become overly crowded. Beers are served in chilled...
Hal 7 & 8 Papirøen, Trangravsvej 14, 7/8, 1436 København, Denmark
I wasn’t quite in the mood for a drink yet, but a visit to Cow Bar to see the giant cow disco ball hanging from the ceiling was a must. I perused the selection of local and international wines and beers before realizing I wanted something sweet so...
Sortedam Dossering 83, 2100 København, Denmark
It's a beer bar. It's in a basement that is accessed from the path that runs along the lakes. They have a great rotating beer menu and there venue has lots of rustic beer bar charm. Want to catch the game, or just grab a drink? It's a great option...