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Esbjerg is a scenic seaport town in southwest Denmark, and was originally a tiny fishing village before it later developed into the bustling center it is today, a vibrant harbor area and a hub for North Sea oil exportation. Encompassed by stunning, clear blue sea, Esbjerg is an ideal place in which to warm up with a mulled wine, or to feel the refreshing sea breeze on your face with a beer in hand. So, after a day of exploring the Esbjerg Art Museum and the Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre, why not round off your time here with a relaxing drink? Here’s our guide to the 7 best bars in town.
Danish for “Queen Louise,” Dronning Louise is by far the best spot for nightlife in Esbjerg. The service is speedy and the atmosphere is always lively here, and there is always an excellent range of beers in stock, with each Wednesday bringing with it a new cask ale. An excellent pick for Danish beer enthusiasts, Dronning Louise hosts regular whisky tasting sessions, and later in the evening a nightclub on the first floor here plays a mixture of popular music. Some nights you may be lucky enough to find talented live bands performing, with genres ranging from 1940s jive to rock and roll and contemporary pop.
Watch out for: The unbeatably large range of ales
Address and Telephone: Dronning Louise, Torvet 19, Esbjerg, Denmark +45 75 13 13 44
Industrien is a favorite of the young, trendy hipsters of Jutland, and is a venue which has been welcoming customers into its café and bar for over a hundred years, a place first opened in 1898. The fact that Industrien is only open on weekends fills the place with an air of exclusivity, and there is a gigantic range of every spirit, cocktail and beer imaginable on offer here. Sleek and chic furnishings add to the hip vibe of this establishment, and the bar is packed every Saturday and Sunday well into the early hours of the morning.
Watch out for: The cute and memorable green front door
Address and Telephone: Industrien, Skolegade 27, Esbjerg, Denmark +45 7513 61 66
Stalden ApS in Espjerg has much more to offer than your typical sports bar, with an array of sporting amenities available for the enjoyment of every customer, including a pool table, an air hockey table, dartboards and a dancefloor. Live bands perform here every week attracting a friendly, chilled-out crowd, and this is a top spot in which to sample some authentic Danish brews and a range of imported beers. The venue is at its liveliest during Premier League games and major sporting events.
Watch out for: Live sporting events and a wealth of games activities
Address and Telephone: Stalden ApS,Borgergade 73, Esbjerg, Denmark +45 75 18 11 12
After a visit to the popular harbor where the world’s oldest and best preserved motor lightship, the Horns Rev Lightship, is moored, head to the Old Irish Pub in the main part of town. This establishment draws a warm and vibrant crowd, and the Celtic decor and charming wooden furnishings infuse the place with a fun feel. The Old Irish Pub is always brimming with happy customers on the weekends, and this is a top spot in which to try a range of strong shot options. There are also themed nights here featuring sing-a-longs, karaoke and great live music.
Watch out for: Strong shots and karaoke nights
Address and Telephone: The Old Irish Pub, Skolegade 42, Esbjerg, Denmark +45 25 82 62 78
Located near to Kirkegården ved Gormsgade, Corners Pub is a charming blast from the past, with simple furnishings, a welcoming ambience and no-fuss drinks evoking images of a bygone Denmark. Rustic wooded tables, large windows and cute Danish flags are found in abundance here, and a range of refreshing juices and coffee concotions are available as well as an array of alcoholic beverages.
Watch out for: A simple and charming venue
Address and Telephone: Corners Pub, Gl Vardevej 20, Esbjerg, Denmark +45 75 45 17 21
If you’re seeking solace from the bustling area of the harbor then there are a few spots worth checking out in neighborhoods slightly further afield. In the northeastern region of Jerne sits the charming Jagthytten, a local hotspot drawing an amiable crowd of farmers, grocers and town workers. This is another great place to soak in local life in Esbjerg, and offers a variety of liquor and ale options for those looking to refuel after a day of exploring the Danish gem.
Watch out for: The shots of gajol; try one if you dare
Address and Telephone: Jagthytten, Jagtvej 2, Esbjerg, Denmark +45 75 13 11 58
Scandinavia is not renowned for its cheap beer prices, so Smuthullet, offering a diverse multitude of drink deals, should be the top choice for tourists on a budget in Esbjerg. This place boasts all the commodities one would expect from a classic American Dive bar, including a jukebox, a pool table and extremely welcoming staff, and is a place run for students by students, meaning that fun, friendliness and energy abound.
Watch out for: You can rent Smuthullet for parties and fun events every Saturday
Address and Telephone: Smuthullet, Niels Bohrs Vej 8,Esbjerg, Denmark