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The best Copenhagen bars and clubs

From butchers turned bars to a ‘Twin Peaks’-inspired hostelry, Copenhagen’s nightlife is nothing if not colourful

Standard Jazz Bar, Copenhagen

The music venue setting The Standard in Copenhagen bars and nightlife© Copenhagen Media Centre

Bars, music venues and nightlife in Copenhagen

Lidkoeb, Copenhagen

Whiskey-a-go-go at Lidkoeb

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, +45 35 37 68 00.
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. 


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