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The 7 best bars in Copenhagen


Copenhagen’s bar scene is wonderfully varied, with everything from cosy pubs to exclusive secret hideaways

Sally McIlhone,

The Barking Dog
Fusing the cosiness (or ‘hygge’ as the Danes call it) of a pub with the drinks menu of a bar, The Barking Dog is a relaxed drinking establishment with affordable beverages and friendly staff. Perch on a stool at the bar and sample an absinthe-based Ivan The Pink cocktail.

The Barking Dog, Sankt Hans Gade 19, 2200 Cøpenhagen, +45 3536 1600, thebarkingdog.dk

Ruby
Resembling a traditional town house that’s been converted into a cocktail haven, Ruby is the perfect home away from home. Brave the cold in the bohemian outdoor area or lounge in a leather armchair with a seasonal cocktail. Our favourite winter offering is the Grilled Peaches.

Ruby, Nybrogade 10, 1203 Copenhagen, +45 3393 1203, rby.dk

Lidkoeb
Drink in a taste of real Scandinavia at Lidkoeb. The décor is clean and tactile, with wood and leather furniture, a roaring fireplace and a changing selection of hand-brewed ales. Tucked away in a courtyard, it’s easy to walk past, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled to avoid missing out.

Lidkoeb, Vesterbrogade 72B, 1620 Copenhagen, +45 3311 2010, lidkoeb.dk

Gilt
One of the most famous bars in Copenhagen, Gilt is known for its classic cocktails. The dark and atmospheric candlelit bar is like a secret waiting to be discovered. Sample the Chestnuts cocktail, which combines mezcal, chestnuts, chocolate and Cocchi Americano.

Gilt, Rantzausgade 39, 2200 Copenhagen, +45 2726 8070, gilt.dk

Nimb Bar
Nimb Bar is just as popular for its delicious drinks as it is for its high teas and luxury brunches. Copenhagen’s oldest hotel bar naturally offers a particularly opulent setting, with chandeliers, stunning wall murals and a grand piano. Bar manager Helmut Clausen invites you to try the cocktail of the season: the Atomic Punch.

Nimb Bar, Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577 Copenhagen, +45 8870 0030, nimb.dk

Fugu
Short for ‘Freddy’s Unique Garden Union’, Fugu was set up by five friends who bonded over concocting cocktails in Freddy’s garden. When Freddy moved away, the group sought out a new place to continue their beloved pastime. At Fugu you can meet friends, try one of the modern infusions and enjoy al fresco drinks throughout the year.

Fugu, Gammel Strand 42, 1202 Copenhagen, fugu.dk

The Union Bar
This is perhaps the most exclusive bar in the Danish capital; you’ll note that there is no street number listed in the below address or on the bar’s website. Visitors must simply look out for the black door with the golden bell. For a night of mystery with a hip crowd and excellent drinks, look no further.

The Union Bar, Store Strandstræde, 1255 Copenhagen, theunionbar.dk

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