Nordic cuisine and sour beers may come to mind when one thinks of Copenhagen, but Denmark's capital has an elevated cocktail scene that will please the most finicky of drinkers. Imbibers demand an adventurous approach and exacting precision, and Danish bartenders respond with creative twists on classics. These ten bars range from old timer classics to exciting newcomers.Read More
Where to Drink Cocktails in Copenhagen
The Danish capital shines with more than great Nordic cuisine.
This four-month-old Vesterbro bar combines minimalist style with a classic cozy environment. If you order only one drink, let it be the "El Obsequio," a combination of rum and mimosa syrup, served in a glass wrapped in brown paper.
Eight years old and hotter than ever, Ruby offers classic cocktails and house creations without a lot of fuss. The bartenders are friendly and their booze mixing craft is of the highest quality. The best way to experience it is to order one of the seasonal drinks. [Photo: Yelp]
Duck and Cover
In what seems to be a Mad Men-inspired setting, this otherwise unassuming garden level space features beautiful mid-mod Danish furniture and a well-edited cocktail menu of classic and contemporary seasonal creations like the Floral Fizz. [Photo: Facebook]
Sister bar to Ruby, this spot, situated in a former pharmacy, is bustling with energy best experienced from a seat at the bar. The cozy interior features strong wood elements. In addition to classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned and Grasshopper, a section of creative modern drinks is available, some with Nordic influences. [Photo: Lidkoeb]
Noma co-founder Claus Meyer is behind this multi-purpose restaurant and jazz club set on the water. Here one will find Michelin starred Studio restaurant on the first floor, meanwhile the more accessible Almanac (with all day Danish dining) takes up the ground floor, with part of that space devoted to Italian eatery, Verandah. Grab a modern cocktail at one of the many bar options and enjoy the waterfront view. [Photo: Meyersmad]
This gorgeous old-school space has a grand European feel that's best enjoyed early in the evening when cocktail service commences at 5 p.m. The room is quieter than your regular bar, perfect for great conversation and a classic cocktail served in bulky crystal glassware. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]
The Barking Dog
The Barking Dog offers an unassuming, understated Nordic ambiance, delivered with a bit of humor. Don't ask your bartender what his favorite drink is; just tell him your favorite flavors and he'll recommend something for you. A tiki drink is the right choice here. [Photo: Facebook/The Barking Dog]
More of a restaurant than a bar, Baest, helmed by Relae's (number 45 in the world according to S.Pellegrino) Christian Puglisi, expertly executes classic and modern cocktails often spiked with fresh fruit and vegetables. Grab a seat at one of the high-tops and order small plates or charcuterie with your drinks. [Photo: Facebook]
Posh and refined, this bar is a staple of the cocktail scene in the Danish capital. You may not love the bartenders' butcher-style outfits, but you'll forget all about them once you try the ultra-creative cocktails. [Photo: Facebook]
A hipster's paradise, this fish and oyster house will surprise you with mixed drinks that are straightforwardly charming without being fussed over. Oysters and cocktails is what it's all about here. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]