Copenhagen cocktail bars
Most globetrotters will agree there is something especially pleasant about Copenhagen. Is it the seamless public transport? Its relatively small size? The absence of mass tourism, or the fact that a bike is the ideal means of transportation? When travelling from abroad, be sure to rent a bike. As locals say: "everything is only a 10-minute bike ride away".
Whatever "it" is, Copenhagen has it in spades. And so, too, its cocktail scene is a vibrant collection of driven professionals and tastes. The vicinity of one bar too another is pleasantly close, making it the perfect city for a cocktail bar tour!
A complete map of the featured bars can be found here. We list some of our favorites; be sure to drop us a line if you are missing your favorite watering hole!
A one-man show in the outer parts of Copenhagen. Here you will find authentic love for cocktails and spirits. Just don't talk politics.
Taking inspiration from what is going on in the vibrant food scene of Copenhagen, Balderdash was able to create a niche of its own. As a curious outsider looking in, it also fuses traditional Danish flavors in new ways with a laidback attitude surrounding it.
A cool neighborhood spot that reflects the love of agave by its owners. One of the best selection of agave spirits of the city.
Cool Prohibition style bar and eclectic paraphernalia. Run by owner and bartender Humberto Marques.
In the more upscale neighbourhood, this cocktail bar has won its share of awards. With experienced staff and bites from neighboring restaurant it is quite the pleasant hangout.
Duck and Cover
Very Swanky 70s décor gives way to some of Denmark's more trendy drinks and no-frill approach to garnishes. Sit back, relax and be surprised.
A cool local spot for more than cocktails. Includes a great selection of whiskies and beer.
A stone-throw away from Ruby lies this relaxed bar with a pleasant neighbourhood feel. Warm staff and pleasant design make this a place you find yourself coming back to. The owner is considered the Queen of Danish Cocktails.
French-owned, this bar focusses on a combination of French inspired cocktails with local sourcing.
This bar is operated by the same people behind Strøm, and boasts to be the highest volume cocktail bar of Northern Europe, including a biergarten, and three floors of whisky bar and cocktail haven.
Run by a talented bartender and centrally located in the city. Plus it boasts a terrace in one of the most important squares of Copenhagen.
Perhaps the cocktail bar that put Copenhagen on the map, this long-time cocktail bar continues to push the envelope. Serious skills with a trendy-meets-classic interior.
This bar oozes cool, and is able to be BOTH pleasant when quiet, as well as banging out drinks at high speed when busy; something not a lot of bars are able to do. Its many nominations and accolades attest to what the locals already know: this is a great spot.
Words by: Timo Janse & Geoffrey Canilao
Photography by: Marlijn Berendsen