Copenhagen nightlife is so varied, the elite traveler is sure to find something of interest in the Danish capital.
For music lovers, there’s the excellent Copenhagen Opera House and the legendary Jazzhus Montmarte. The cocktail scene has become hugely popular in the last few years, and the capital now boasts some of the finest bars and mixologists in the world. And there are some seriously trendy clubs for those who like to stay out a little later – but remember that clubs don’t really start until after midnight in Copenhagen, so it really will be a late night. These are the best things to do at night in Copenhagen.
Cocktail bars are all the rage in Copenhagen, and it’s easy to see why with fun places like Ruby.
Located in an 18th century building and with a décor that oozes class and sophistication, the bar has become one of the places to go in the capital. Passionate bartenders serve some of the best cocktails in the city, such as “The Dark Side”, which brings together Zacapa Edición Negra rum, Norliq elderberry liqueur, black cardamon syrup, pastis infused with coffee and cacao nibs. Wealthy, young Copenhageners tend to head to Ruby to start their evening before moving on to the clubs.
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You’d be forgiven for feeling at home in Bar 7 – after all, the bar has been designed to resemble an apartment building.
Created around the motif of ‘different ideas for different people’, the bar has several separate areas, each with their own distinct décor. There are plenty of comfy chairs and interesting art pieces on the walls, giving the bar a chic vibe that ensures it attracts Copenhagen’s hipsters. The drinks are a mixture of classic and modern cocktails served by the well-trained bar staff. A great place to relax and enjoy a few drinks.
The history of the name of one of Copenhagen’s favorite bars is simple – 1105 is the postcode of the local area.
A simple name, and a simple philosophy; to serve amazing cocktails to people looking for a good time. 1105 offers no attempts at pretentiousness and despite being hidden away from the street and shying away from big money advertisements, the bar is one of the most popular places in the city. This is mainly due to the quality of the cocktails; manager Hardeep Rehal is three times Danish Champion and will be participating in the World Championships later this year. Innovative, creative and extremely tasty, the drinks have wowed critics for years. If you’re looking for a truly special experience in a wonderful atmosphere, head to 1105.
Another cocktail bar in Copenhagen competing for the title of the city’s finest, K-Bar has made a name for itself due to the quality of the drinks on offer and its trendy, laid back atmosphere.
Named after Kirsten Holm, the owner of the bar and one of the most respected bartenders in the city, K-Bar is best known for its Martinis, with revelers particularly enjoying the Lychee concoction. The bar has a grown-up clientele, all of whom are cocktail lovers and are usually happy to share their drinks knowledge over a cocktail or two.
The legendary Jazzhus Montmarte earned a worldwide reputation as a jazz hot spot during its first incarnation during the 50s, 60s and 70s.
After reopening, the club once again resumed its place at the helm of world jazz, with regular performances from top-class acts, as well as many up-and-coming young artists. Described by the New York Times as: ‘one of the best places to visit in the world’ and dubbed the ‘Rebirth of Cool’, the Jazzhus Montmarte is a must for any jazz lover, as well as elite travelers just looking for a fantastic night out in a cool location.
THE COPENHAGEN OPERA HOUSE
Generally considered one of the most expensive opera houses in the world – construction cost a cool $500 million – the Copenhagen Opera House is also one of the finest.
Often compared to the Sydney Opera House due to its striking architecture and symbolic significance – both were designed by Danes – the Opera House features a wealth of state-of-the-art equipment and technological advancements. The two stages: Main Stage and Takelloftet host a variety of top-class performances. The Royal Danish Theatre administers the Copenhagen Opera House; contact your concierge for details of listings.
Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the Koncerthuset is one of the most intriguing buildings in the Danish capital.
The blue, airy nature of the concert hall means that by day it appears to blend into the sky, while its evening lights turn the entire building into a giant, organic light show. The Koncerthuset plays host to some excellent orchestras and performers from a wide variety of different styles and genres, including choral, rock, pop, jazz and classical. The outstanding acoustics, innovative interior design and quality of show on offer, have together ensured that Copenhagen has one of the finest modern concert venues in Europe.