5 Best Bars in Copenhagen

The capital and most populous city in the country of Denmark, Copenhagen is one of the most livable cities in the world, as well a major hotspot for European and international tourism.  An historic city, Copenhagen effortlessly blends the old with the modern, and the result is a clean and safe city that most tourists find difficult to leave once they arrive.

In addition to being a wonderful tourist locale, with literally hundreds of great sites and attractions to take in, Copenhagen also boasts an amazing nightlife scene, hosting an impressive number of fantastic bars, cool lounges, laidback pubs and thumping nightclubs.  People of all ages will find it easy to locate a bar that suits their particular tastes in Copenhagen, and in the following article we aim to make that process a bit easier.  Here we will highlight several of the best bars and lounges in the city of Copenhagen, and describe for you some pertinent details about each destination: the drink menu, music, vibe, characteristics and amenities.

Nimb Bar

Located on the ground floor of the Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen, the Nimb Bar is one of many hotel bars in the city and definitely one of the finest of its kind.  Here hotel guests and visitors will find an innovative medley of succulent cocktails from an extensive menu that changes about once every month, ensuring there is always something novel and exciting to sample here.  The bar also has an impressive range of bottled beers representing the best in both local craft brews and imported beer from around the globe.  So extensive is the drink menu at the Nimb Bar that you may find it hard to decide, but we highly recommend the bar’s Old Fashioned and Sloe Gin Fizz.

The atmosphere at the Nimb Bar is rather quiet and demure.  The sparsely decorated space is located in an historic Moorish-influenced building, boasting an attractive mixture of domes and arches, a sleek, horseshoe-shaped bar, an open fireplace, wood floors, and striking chandeliers that give the bar a romantic vibe.  A great place for a pre-dinner drink before dining at one of the hotel’s four-star restaurants, the Nimb Bar is a great place for a that important anniversary.

Salon 39

Populated by smartly-dressed patrons, Salon 39 is one of Copenhagen’s most upscale bars; however the drink prices are rather reasonable given what you receive in return.  The bar’s chic décor has been luring some of Copenhagen’s elite for over a decade, all of whom come for the Top Shelf spirits, delectable fare and a private atmosphere that is hard to come by in most drinking establishments.

All of the bartenders at Salon 39 are highly trained, friendly, and attentive, and are largely responsible for the club’s unique menu of cocktails.  Two of the favorite choices on this extensive drink menu are the Pussers’ Pain Killer, a mixture of Malibu Rum, pineapple, coconut, lime and nutmeg; and the Lynchburg Lemonade, made with Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, ginger ale, lemon and triple sec.

Salon 39 essentially has a triple identity, serving as a café by day, a bistro during the dinner hour and a rocking party hub after dark.  So whenever you decide to visit this fine establishment, make sure you bring your appetite and your thirst.

Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus

The mere name of this bar makes it worth a stop, and the delicious menu of signature cocktails will surely make you want to stay.  A crowded bar on most nights of the week, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays after 10 PM, Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus is always buzzing with people and excitement.  It is also, according to locals, the preferred drinking destination for Denmark’s royal class, and an occasional glimpse of the regal playboy Frederick Denmark is entirely possible here.

Half bar and half nightclub, Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus regularly features live music, and their jukebox has an amazing selection of tunes from across many different genres.  The décor is chic and a bit ridiculous, and its glass walls, which look out onto the busy square, make it a perfect place for some epic people watching.

Ruby

Located in what used to be an old apartment building in Copenhagen, Ruby is known as a fairly glamorous cocktail lounge and a marvelous place to go after a delicious meal in the city.  Although the bar can be a tad difficult to find for first-timers (the door is unmarked like an old speakeasy), once inside patrons will have access to one of the best cocktail selections in the city.  All the conventional favorites are on hand here, such as Manhattans, Screwdrivers and Greyhounds, and all are made from Top Shelf liquors and fresh juices.  There is also a notable menu of original drinks from which to choose, one of the most popular being their Burnt Fig, made with Cognac, cream and caramelized fig syrup.

Ruby boasts high ceilings, comfortable furnishings, an oaken bar and a genuine Scandinavian feel.  A great place to chat with an old friend, the friendly servers will gladly take your drink order at your table, eliminating the need to stand at the bar and hope for the bartender’s attention.

Bar 7

A rather affordable bar by Denmark’s standards, Bar 7 is one of the most popular gathering hotspots in the city.  In a space that feels more like New York than this European capital, Bar 7 is divided into several different rooms, each with something different going on.  The game room boasts pool tables and electronic games, while another room hosts a DJ booth, stage and dance floor.  The prime drinking area, and by far the largest room, is home to a sleek, black 7-meter bar that accommodates over two dozen happy drinkers, black leather sofas and loungers and some high tables and chairs.

The drink menu at Bar 7 is fairly standard, but there is a narrow selection of signature drinks to choose from (the Danish Strawberries cocktail is to die for).  This is the perfect place for a first date or a night out with friends, as its relaxing atmosphere truly lends itself to great conversation.

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