On the alcohol map of Europe, Denmark sits strongly on the ‘beer’ side of the continent. No wonder – it’s home to beer giant Carlsberg, as well as to high-quality microbreweries like Amager Bryghus. It can be difficult, then, for cocktails to carve out their niche on the market, yet since the late 2000s, high-end cocktail bars have started appearing in Copenhagen, inspired by London and New York, to the delight of many an expat. Here’s our selection of the best.
Ruby remains the go-to example of the growing success of the Copenhagen cocktail scene. To help visitors learn more about cocktails, it holds occasional cocktail tastings, known as ‘spirit sessions,’ in its basement—a testament to the high-end and sophisticated image Ruby cultivates. The beautiful location, an eighteenth-century townhouse with a modern interior, only adds to this impression.
Address & phone number: Nybrogade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 93 12 03
Named for its postal code, this chic cocktail bar on a busy shopping street was started by a local and an English expat. The vibe is that of an old-school hotel bar, so in other words, it’s cozy and classy, almost minimalist—dim lights, black couches, black walls, and a well-dressed clientele. The bartender has been named Danish Bartender of the Year twice, embodying the high quality 1105 strives for. Try the award-winning Cucumber Yum Yum, a local favorite made with gin, aquavit, raspberries, honey and cucumber.
Address & phone number: Kristen Bernikows Gade 4, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 93 11 05
Curfew is a hugely successful cocktail bar. The bartender’s vast expertise yield delicious cocktails, which guests can enjoy on one of the bar’s plush green couches. Curfew has tapas on the menu too, so there’s no need to worry about going hungry.
Address & phone number: Stenosgade 1, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 29 29 92 76
Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, Danish
Gilt is a beloved cocktail bar in the Nørrebro district, opened well before cocktails and cocktails bars were ever a thing in Denmark. It remains one of the best drinking spots in the city and slightly less pricey than most. The menu is a good balance of classic and original drinks, allowing visitors to feel adventurous if they so desire. Original creations include, for instance, the ‘Barbarer,’ with vodka, rhubarb, rosemary and gooseberry.
Address & phone number: Rantzausgade 39, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 27 26 80 70
Cocktail aficionados love this trendy Nørrebro spot. What really stands out is the interior, designed by award-winning architect Kasper Rønn: there are four spaces, including two terraces, and lots of cozy seating areas. Inside, colorful lights flood the rooms and bright tapestries adorn the walls. It’s a quiet drinking spot during the week, more akin to a laid-back lounge than to a hip bar, but it can be hard finding room on weekends.
Address & phone number: Birkegade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 38 60 38 60