Copenhagen’s drinking scene is as vibrant as the rest of Scandinavia’s culinary culture. Drinks from Denmark and from around the world are available, and venues range from traditional British pubs to elegant Champagne bars. The cocktail scene here is healthy, with some places changing their menus in line with the seasons. Wherever you chose to visit, there will be a strong focus on décor and a lively atmosphere. We recommend making the most of the diverse options while you’re in town and trying a drink you’ve never experienced before. With so many choices, the hard part will be deciding which one: skål!
A regular on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, which is compiled each year by Drinks International, Ruby has become an integral part of the Danish cocktail scene since its opening in 2007. Located in the oldest part of town in a townhouse dating from 1740, Ruby’s thoroughly modern approach to mixology is in stark contrast to its historic surroundings. While the cocktail menu changes every season, there is also a permanent beer and wine list, along with a selection of classic Champagnes.
Ruby, Nybrogade 10, 1203 Copenhagen, +45 33 931203
The Cocktail Bar
While many people visit visit Papirøen (Paper Island) for the renowned stalls at Copenhagen Street Food, those in the know also visit the island for the drinks. The Cocktail Bar offers a wide selection of drinks, which are served in glasses or in bottles along with a bucketful of ice. This makes the Cocktail Bar a great option for those wishing to keep their beverages chilled as they walk around the food stalls or sunbathe in the deck chairs.
The Cocktail Bar, Tyregangen, Trangravsvej 14, Papirøen, 1436 Copenhagen
Portvinsbaren boasts over 40 kinds of port (fortified wine) and, as Denmark’s first and only port bar they take the drink seriously, serving it at the ideal temperature in the correct glassware and with the perfect cheese and almond accompaniments. Visit on a Wednesday when board games are brought out and when special offers are available on distinguished ports. The concept has proved to be very popular and it’s easy to see why.
Portvinsbaren, Kingosgade 4, 1623 Copenhagen, +45 88 932818
The Bird & The Churchkey
For a touch of east London, visit the Bird & the Churchkey where the cheery staff will guide you through the selection of 40 beers and 20 gin and tonics. With such as choice, you’re sure to find a drink to suit you and, if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Gin & Beer. This unusual drink is a blend of Bulldog gin, Cherry Heering liqueur, lemon juice and sugar syrup which is topped with Franziskaner Hefe beer.
The Bird & the Churchkey, Gammel Strand 44, 1202 Copenhagen
Balthazar Champagne Bar
With the reopening of Hôtel d’Angleterre came the opulent Balthazar Champagne Bar. As Denmark’s frst champagne bar, the elegant establishment prides itself on its extensive selection including Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon. The food is just as impressive: lighter options include on delicacies such as caviar and oysters, or enjoy a three-course dinner.
Balthazar Champagne Bar, Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050 Copenhagen, +45 3312 1262