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If the thousand different flavours of alcoholic beverages that Copenhagen has to offer still don’t satisfy your taste buds and you’re on the lookout for a more distinguished taste, this list was made for you. Read on to discover the most exquisite cocktail bars in town.
If dressing up on your night out just to walk up to a bar and order a glass of cheap whiskey is a faux pas in your book, Lidkoeb might just be the place for you. Housed in a three-storey building in Vesterbro that used to be a pharmacy for over a century, Lidkoeb holds the tradition alive by serving wayward travellers and locals alike with medicine in the form of sophisticated and original cocktails. As for the whiskey connoisseurs, you might want to head up to the third floor where the magic happens. After getting seated, you will be able to browse through a vast selection of the finest labels in the world and consult with the in-house experts to finally get the drink you deserve.
Running under the same ownership, Ruby, Lidkoeb’s older sibling, is located at the very heart of the city close to Nyhavn and the historic Slotsholmen island. Ruby opened in 2007, which makes it one of the first cocktail bars to open in Copenhagen. Many claim it formed the city’s bar scene to how we know it today. The menu changes four times a year, always surprising its habitués with new exotic flavours. The building that nowadays houses the stylish cocktail bar has its very own reputation as it once was home to a part of the ministry of culture and is the place where around two centuries ago, three Danish men were founding the Danish Spirit Company (Det Danske Spiritus Kompagni).
In September 2016, the people behind Ruby and Lidkoeb found another exquisite place suitable to house their great collection of expensive bottles of liquor and passion for style. Brønnum has six separate rooms, a private dining room, a cute courtyard and outdoor seating area ideal for warm sunny days. The very same rooms that nowadays brim with Copenhageners sipping on a glass of champagne or an ice-chilled cocktail were once a favourite hangout for H. C. Andersen and other Danish intellectuals two centuries ago.
Fashionable guests in their 30s and experienced bartenders doing their magic behind a square bar are the first things visitors will see when entering 1105. The popular cocktail bar is well known for its excellent service, the laid-back atmosphere and their Cucumber Yum-Yum cocktail that’s perhaps the most ordered drink in the place.
If you want your cocktail accompanied by upbeat music while surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd always eager to perform their upbeat dancing moves on the dance floor, then Brass Monkey is the place for you. The colourful cocktail bar brings a bit of the South Pacific’s sunshine and light-hearted mood in the centre of Vesterbro. Like every tiki bar that respects itself, Brass Monkey has a great collection of high-quality rums, which when mixed with the bartenders’ secret ingredients make some of the city’s best cocktails.