Denmark may be known as the country of Carlsberg, and its capital, Copenhagen, may be brimming with pubs and small breweries, but that doesn’t mean that wine enthusiasts won’t find plenty of places to savor their favorite drink. Our guide to the top 10 wine bars will help you find the city’s best places, both casual and more sophisticated, that put wine at the epicenter.
Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Danish, $$$
Drink classic wines at R vinbar | Courtesy of R vinbar
Founded in 2008 by Lisbeth and Bo Jacobsen, the owners of the high-end restaurant Restaurationen, R Vinbar has been one of Copenhageners’ favorite wine bars for 10 years. Offering more than 30 different types of wine, a great variety of appetizers to accompany your drink, a qualified service team always willing to help you choose the wine that suits your taste best, and a hyggelig atmosphere, it seems that the people behind R Vinbar have found the secret recipe for the ultimate wine bar.
If you like wine but not the pretentious atmosphere that wine bars sometimes have, or the high prices, Vinhanen is your place. Here, bartenders fill their clients’ glasses or bottles from five huge steel tanks with wine that is produced in France, Italy, and Germany, and they even offer a takeaway option for those who can’t resist a glass of Vinhanen’s wine but prefer to savor it in one of Copenhagen’s beautiful parks. Both Vinhanen, in Nørrebro and in Vesterbro, attract a mixed crowd of millennials and older wine enthusiasts. Prices start at 50DKK (US$8) for a glass of wine.
Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Danish, Spanish, French, $$$
With approximately 100 wine bottles on its shelves, Ravnsborg Vinbar can satisfy even the most demanding wine connoisseurs. Those who want to accompany their wine with a meal or a small snack won’t be disappointed, either. The colorful wine bar offers great food inspired by the local, French, and Spanish cuisines. Ravnsborg Vinbar has been named as the City’s Best Wine Bar in 2015 and in 2016.
After living for several years in Argentina, the founders of Malbeck developed a passion for the local wine, so when they moved back to Copenhagen they decided to use their love and knowledge in order to bring a taste of South America to their hometown. So they opened Malbeck, a wine bar with a cosy and relaxed atmosphere located on Istedgade, Vesterbro’s coolest street. Over the years, they have expanded their menu with more kinds of wine from different regions and added a number of small plates for those who know that a glass of wine tastes better when accompanied with a suitable delicacy.
With minimalist interior design and typical Scandinavian decor, a great collection of wines, delicious dishes, and the three owners’ enthusiasm for offering the very best service, no wonder Ancestrale is one of Copenhagen’s best wine bars. Locals pass by after a day at work for a glass of wine or maybe three, because nobody can say no to the wine bar’s offer of three glasses for 100DKK (US$16.60). Both the food menu and the wine collection change often, so regulars won’t get bored and newbies will have a reason to come back.
Ved Stranden 10 is both a wine shop and a wine bar offering a great selection of wines produced in different places all over Europe. Due to its unique location on Slotsholmen, the island where some of the most significant historic buildings in the city are situated, Ved Stranden is one of the top choices for wine lovers who want to indulge in a glass while gazing upon the view of one of the city’s best areas. Especially on hot sunny days, the wine bar’s tables right by the waterfront are packed with locals and tourists, while some prefer to grab a bottle of wine and sit at the wooden platforms right by the canals.
Terroiristen is a hip underground wine bar located in the trendy Nørrebro district. It is known for its organic and biodynamic wines, produced in accordance with old traditions. The bar organizes themed evenings to help you choose the best variety for you. Their specialities are wines from Italy and Slovenia. Terroiristen has an extensive wine list split into four price categories, and also serves Italian cuisine.
At Mother Wine, everything is Italian. The natural and organic wines are imported from Italy, the small dish aperitifs are made from Italian ingredients, and the place’s decoration is a blend of Danish and Italian design. Guests at Mother Wine can taste a few wine glasses before choosing which one will be the winner for the night.
Manfreds was founded by the owners of the Michelin-starred Relæ and is aimed at those who want to treat themselves with high-quality food and a glass of natural wine but in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Every dish at Manfreds is made with organic ingredients using vegetables from the owners’ farm and meat that comes from Danish farmers. Just like Relæ, Manfreds received the Sustainable Restaurant Award in 2016.
Restaurant, Wine Bar, Danish, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Located in Vesterbro just four minutes’ walk from Vesterbrogade, Falernum is in the heart of this cool neighborhood but away from the noise of the busy streets. The wooden outdoor tables and the vintage furniture in the bar’s indoor area give the place an authentic and laid-back atmosphere. Falernum may be a wine bar with a great collection of wines that changes often, but it’s also known for tasty dishes, fresh salads, and filling snacks.