It’s not a secret that I’m a huge fan of cocktails. I’ve never been a beer person (despite being German!), but wine and cocktails - that’s right up my alley! Thankfully, Copenhagen has a fantastic cocktail scene, from classic, world-famous bars to smaller, new speakeasys - Copenhagen is buzzing with new drinks waiting to be enjoyed. So, for your next afterwork or before your next dinner, why not stop by one of these places for a little refreshment? I’ve compiled this list of my ten favorite cocktails spots in Copenhagen, but of course there’s many more - which one’s your favorite?
If you ask someone where to get a good cocktail in Copenhagen, chances are that they are going to name Ruby as one of the first three options. Its popularity is deserved, though, because it is an absolutely amazing place. Located on Gammel Strand, across from the parliament, this bar isn’t initially easy to spot because it has no sign - the entrance is shared with the Maltese embassy. The bar has two floors, with the basement being opened only on Fridays and Saturdays, hidden behind an old bank vault door. The interior is like a fancy apartment, super cozy and stylish, and the drinks are brilliant. They have a seasonal menu, and if you ask, the bartenders will also freestyle your drink of choice for you. [web - map - prices DKK 100-120]
Curfew is the “new kid on the block” in the Copenhagen cocktail scene. Located in Vesterbro, where pretty much everything is happening right now, this stylish bar opened its doors in the second half of April, but has been attracting lovers of fine drinks ever since. This modern speakeasy draws inspiration from its founder’s homeland, Portugal - the design and interior are a unique combination of classic, minimalist, and cozy. On the drinks menu, you’ll find a bunch of oldschool classics, but also many of the owner’s own creations. I highly recommend the “First Aid”, an incredibly fresh gin-based cocktail with aloe vera and grapes (pictured on the right). [web - map - prices DKK 95-120]
I’ve written about 1656 before (post here), and this relatively new bar in the heart of trendy Vesterbro really stole my heart! It has this speakeasy feel to it, with only a small sign outside the door, blackened-out windows, velvet furniture, and generally cozy feel. I like to go here for an after-work drink, or before or after dinner in one of the many restaurants in the Meatpacking District. Their menu is seasonal and regionally inspired, but you’ll find some classics here, too. [web - map - price DKK 110]