I have warned you now, we Copenhagen’ers are a bunch of weird creations, when it comes to socialising. A people more complex than the UN charter and I’m not even kidding. We are a very closed people to say the least. We find it weird if a stranger talks to us and feel very uncomfortable if we’re taken out of our usual group of people. So much so, that we often get mistaken for being arrogant, but when it gets dark and we get a beer in our hand, we “wake up” and are suddenly open to talking with pretty much everyone. So a bit of advice; if you want to approach us without getting that why-are-you-talking-to-me-look, do it while we’re out exploring the nightly adventures of Copenhagen.
Now, when it comes to where to go out, Copenhagen offers anything from super exclusive night clubs to small smokey bodegas - we even have morning nonalcoholic nightclub happenings, because we love partying so much.
As you probably can imagine, this means that we also have a big variety of stereotypes in the nightlife, not to mention all of the exceptions for these. With this being the foundation for explaining and guiding you through the nightlife of Copenhagen, I decided to divide this post a little differently. Instead of having a list of names of bars and nightclubs to go to, I decided to make nightlife “profiles”. This should however not be seen as a complete guide to follow, but more as an attempt to create an idea of what kind of place you will be walking into.
Last thing to mention before I start my little guide; Very many places have doormen checking ID’s and they have to be official ID’s with picture. Also although the drinking age is 18 by law, many places have a higher age limit for entering the bar/club.
Furthermore I will write “age group” as in the age group you see there the most, but hey, don’t get scared away if you don’t fit in with this group, you can still have a fun night there.
Picture from Mexibar
The underground city hipster
Are you the type who hates too big, too famous and too crowed bars and nightclubs, where your designer handbag or tuxedo is what determines your status in the crowed, then you are pretty well on the way to fit in on one of these bars. The underground city hipster loves to go out for nice drinks/beers and loves if it’s not just the regular one, but either a special brewery or special recipe that is served. They want to know what gin or rum is in their drink and cares about of it’s made. They find paying sky high prices for vodka/soda or rum/cola ridiculous and does not see the great fun in paying even more for champaign or vodka bottle lit up for the entire place to notice how much they spend. If they have a night out without sipping special drinks, they want a place not too hectic and more with the feeling of a private party. They are not the big fans of the inner city, as this is too crowed, so you will most likely find them in one of two districts; Vesterbro (Western bridge) or Nørrebro (Northern bridge).
Places to go:
A nice bar located in the Nørrebro district. A place for a down to earth but somewhat fancy night out, but without the classic surroundings. Age group: 20-30
NOHO is a very city-style bar, where the hipsters and fashionistas spend their Friday and Saturday nights.
A fun little cocktail bar with cheap (as for Copenhagen prices) bar with a mexican theme. Very intimate while still having room for the enthusiasm of a good night out with the friends. Age group: 18-25.
Sigurdsgade is the new nightclub for those who do not care if your leather bag is from Balenciaga or a secondhand/vintage shop and those who’d rather dance the night away than swing champagnes and grey goose all night.
Bakken is located in the meat packing district of Copenhagen. Here it’s trendy to wear vintage, to be a hipster and to be a little less dressed up than most other nightclubs. With its bar-like rooms, Bakken is a very intimate nightclub, where beers and cigarettes are of high priority for the goers.
Picture from Sunday Nightclub
The exclusive trendsetter
Are you the type of person who almost jumps around in excitement over the new that H&M launches a new collaboration with some famous designer? The type you will always find sitting at tables in nightclubs surrounded by grey goose and Dom Perignon? They type who always have a designer handbag over the shoulder and wardrobe filled with the most fashionable wear? I probably don’t have to tell you this, but then you seem like the trendsetter type. The trendsetter loves to be surrounded by the finest of company in the city, and that’s what you will find these places. All the models party here and it’s places like these where The Weeknd, Tyga and many other starts have chosen to celebrate their afterparty.
The clubs open and close all the time, so the list might have changed, if you’re reading this six months after the publishing date.
Arch nightclub is owned by one of Denmark’s bigger celebrities - Remee. The club’s aim was to reach further out than the standard rich-kids and fashionistas and make room for all sorts of stylish people out there. Age group: 20-30
Panama is owned by a another known face, “The King of Clubs” as some call him, Patrick Peitzsch. Stepping in here is like stepping in to the most exclusive version of Alice in Wonderland you can imagine. An experience you wont regret, so remember your most fashionable outfit and rock a sharp look, when you enter the club. Age group: 20-30
Blume is as sophisticated as it gets. With its delicious drinks, deemed light, smooth furniture and bartenders in suit jackets, the place makes you feel like a diplomat on a night out. A true MUN-style cocktail bar/nightclub. Age group: + 24
Bisou, earlier known as Sunday, is an exclusive nightclub owned by actor Casper Christensen. The place is filled with models in high heels and with a designer bag over the shoulder. The place is also well known for their thursday club Sport, which unlike
KB3 is a more edgy nightclub while still maintaining the exclusiveness you will find on the other clubs. Here you will also find more alternative fashionistas, while still rocking the “expensive but don’t care” look.
Picture from Toga Vinstue
The sophisticated wine drinkers
The sophisticated wine drinker is a relaxed and well reflected person. They love to sit in an environment where things are relatively calm, so they can discuss anything from politics to the last art exhibition they went to and how they liked it. The sophisticated wine drinkers don’t necessarily have to drink wine - as long as the mood is set for long intellectual talks without neither too up beat music nor people shouting all around.
Toga Vinstue is a very cozy wine bar, where everyone from politicians to high school students can be found. The place is perfect for a night out with the friends, where intellectual but still laid back conversations are what’s on the program.
Salon 39 is not a place you easily bump into. Being located at Frederiksberg, the bar is somewhat far away from the bigger “going out” areas in the city. The small bar has a very cozy feeling to with with its brown walls and furniture and sweet bartenders.
If you like Jazz and like a good mood, without the party hard part, then La Fontaine is the perfect place for you. With its regular small and intimate jazz concerts, the place is always filled with people, sitting in the corners talking about anything and everything.
Picture from PS bar
The cocktail drinker in the little black dress
The cocktail drinker is a sucker for the little black dress or the business casual clothing. They love to feel a little fancy while sipping all sorts of cocktails, slowly getting tipsy on exotic tastes, reminding them of white beaches and palm trees. The cocktail lover likes to dress up but would rather sit with a few friends and sip cosmopolitans or Whiskey Sour, than enter a fully crowded nightclub, where the music makes it hard to talk.
At PS bar you really get the trendy big city feeling. The bar offers both food and cocktails. Here you will find a lot of the exclusive clubbers, when they feel like a more quiet night, or when they warm up for the clubs, getting fashionably late.
Fiskebaren is a modern bar located in the hip meat packing district at Vesterbro. The place offers very delicious cocktails and an almost futuristic feeling, when sitting by the bar desk sipping their own specialities while chatting with the bartenders
Kitjn is, just like Salon 39, located outside of the bigger going out areas. With it’s location being Østerbro, the bar is in a nice and quiet area, which also affects the atmosphere in the bar. Here you will also find specialities and unique cocktails, not to mention their cozy and yet trendy style.
Picture from Bang & Jensen
The relaxed beer lover
The relaxed beer lover is a sucker for what we call Bodegas. You will usually find them at rather relaxed Irish pub style places, where you will find cheap beer, card games, backgammon and a lot of groups sitting together having conversations about anything and everything.
Bang & Jensen is probably one of my favourite places to go, being it for a beer or a coffee. The Café and bar is located on Istedgade, where you will find many beer bars if you quickly get bored one place.
If you’re going to Mc Kluud, then you better not be uncomfortable with smoke. They place is filled with young and old people, all getting their beers and cigarettes, enjoying the night. Here every type can be found, though the clubbers are usually a minority.
Barkowski is the perfect mix between modern, trendy cocktail bar and a classic bodega. The bar is located in the inner city and is a perfect example of how you could make a fusion of the aforementioned work. Here you’ll find a lot of university students and international people.
Picture from Cucaracha Bar
The mainstream party animal
Vodka/soda or a breezer is always a hit for the mainstream party animal. Dancing and music everyone can sing along to, is their top priority, when going out. They don’t want to spend their entire salary on a bottle of grey goose, but might see the reasoning behind sharing the expenses for a bottle and some soda. They like to dress up but their wardrobe is not filled with high street designer labels. They usually go out in bigger crowds and form circles where they all can dance the classic YMCA dance together.
The name almost gives it away. The perfect mix between a disco party and Oktoberfest.
Australian bar, also known as A bar, is a perfect place to go for a fun night out where you don’t have to think too much about who you are and how you behave.
Cucaracha is always a good night out. Even though it’s a bar, you will always find a party when entering the place. Here they also play all the known old school songs and the bar tenders are always happy to take your song requests.
Bakken I have already mentioned, but I chose to write it again, as this is the perfect place to go if you are looking for a more alternative place, but also want somewhere where you can dance like nobody is watching and don’t have to be a hipster or any other “type” to be there.
So maybe I'll see you out in the streets of Copenhagen, looking one of these places?