Bars, music venues and nightlife in Copenhagen
Many of Copenhagen’s best bars are located in the residential Bridge Quarters of Vesterbro and Nørrebro. The former, in particular, is home to stylish newcomers – with several, such as Bakken, located in former butchers’ shops in the meatpacking district of Kødbyen – as well as old-school pub-style bars known locally as bodegas. Freddy’s [no website]is a good example of the latter, with ’80s jukebox tunes and a house-party feel after-hours. Lidkoeb, meanwhile, offers a more exclusive experience, with quality cocktails and a whiskey lounge with a fireplace. Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus, the archetypal modern nightlife spot of multicultural Nørrebro, is another popular Copenhagen bar. A stone’s throw from here is one of the Copenhagen’s best nightlife venues for both rock concerts and clubbing: Rust.
Good bets for a tipple in the historic centre include ‘Twin Peaks’-inspired bar The Log Lady – for mysterious decor (think big cacti, tree-stump tables and neon signs) and a genial vibe – and the bijou K-Bar, just around the corner from Amagertorv.
Many of Copenhagen’s renowned jazz bars are also centrally located, among them the legendary Jazzhouse and high-profile newcomer The Standard, housed in a waterside art deco building near Nyhavn and offering international jazz acts alongside quality cuisine. Loppen, in the counter-cultural commune of Christiania, provides a more alternative live music venue, with an adventurous booking policy that takes in jazz, electronic and rock gigs.
Nightlife venue details
Bakken Flæsketorvet 19-21, Copenhagen, no phone.
Freddy’s Gasvaerksvej 28, Copenhagen, +45 33 22 70 95.
Lidkoeb Vesterbrogade 72B, Copenhagen, +45 33 11 20 10.
Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus Sankt Hans Torv 30, Copenhagen, .
Rust Guldbergsgade 8, Copenhagen, +45 35 24 52 00.
The Log Lady Studiestræde 27, Copenhagen, +45 50 30 60 85.
K-Bar Ved Stranden 20, Copenhagen, +45 33 91 92 22.
Jazzhouse Niels Hemmingsens Gade 10, Copenhagen, +45 33 15 47 00.
The Standard Havnegade 44, Copenhagen, +45 72 14 88 08.
Loppen Bådsmandsstræde 43, Christiania, Copenhagen, +45 32 57 84 22.