Copenhagen favorites: 1656 cocktail bar
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed quite a few pictures of cocktails. I’m the first to admit, I love a good drink (or two), and I’m always looking for new cocktail bars to try out. Copenhagen has a solid cocktail scene, with bars like Ruby or 1105, and I can say that I tried most of the “big names” (there’s a “Top 10 cocktail bars in Copenhagen” post coming up soon, so watch this space).
One of the newer cocktail bars is 1656, located on Gasværksvej in the trendy Kødbyen district. It has a speakeasy feeling – just a blackened-out window front with a simple black door, and the four-digit name in small white letters on the side. With its living room-like cozy style and its amazingly well-mixed cocktails, it has quickly become one of my favorite bars in Copenhagen.
The bar itself is relatively small, dark, and extremely “hyggelig”: vintage, one-of-a-kind furniture, heavy curtains, velvet sofas, brass tables, candle light. And of course these awesome lamps with metal feathers!
Their drinks menu is seasonal and has classic cocktails, like the Bellini, but also some very innovative own creations. They also have champagne by the glass or bottle, for when you’ve got a special occasion to celebrate!
Two of my favorite cocktails here – although I haven’t tried them all, by far! – are the Kentucky Milk, a deliciously decadent concoction with almond milk and cinnamon, and the Past Eight, with pear, white chocolate, and a hint of mint. Both of these are better described as dessert in a glass, to be honest!
The staff at 1656 are extremely sweet and very knowledgeable about the drinks. They’ll sit down with you and help you navigate the menu to find your drink – a very hard decision since everything looks and sounds absolutely fantastic! Their cocktails are all DKK 110, which is in line with the general price levels in Copenhagen, and absolutely fair considering the quality of the drinks. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 7pm, though Fridays from 4pm – perfect for a happy hour drink! I also love this place for a little nightcap after dinner in one of the Meatpacking District’s many great restaurants.
Have you been to 1656? And what are your favorite cocktail spots in Copenhagen? Happy weekend!