Copenhagen Nightlife Guide

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The Danes are a social bunch who love to have fun.

When I was there, nothing really happened from Sunday-Wednesday nights.  The majority of the fun occurred from Thursday to Saturday nights.  And by fun, I mean all-night partying, dancing, and drinking more booze than you can imagine.

The young and lively crowd is very, very good looking.  Almost so good looking that I felt a little out of place… I tried to dress nicely to make up for it 🙂

Anyways, Danish people start partying from a very young age (like 16).  Some of the bars I was at were packed with 18 years olds, but they looked so much older.  I would have never known they were so young if some random Danish guy didn’t tell me.

If you are in Copenhagen on a weekend, then you’ve gotta head over to the Meat Packing District.  This area is packed with trendy clubs and bars that stay open until sunrise.  It’s almost a guarentee that you’ll make some Danish friends, because they are so friendly.

Just walk up to a group of Danes, raise your beer and say “Skal”  (cheers) and it’s off from there.  If you want some more confidence, then learn the Top 10 Danish Words and then you’re good to go.

Here is my list of the best places to party in Copenhagen!

Disclaimer: The following list of clubs and bars was put together mostly from my own personal experiences, but also with the addition of my friends recommendations.  Things may have changed over the years, so I am trying my best to keep this list updated.  If I missed something, please comment so I can add it to the list!  Enjoy :D

*Top Clubs* 

#1. Club Rust

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Photo by daiseykat on Flickr

Overview:
Club Rust has a strong impact on the clubbing scene in Copenhagen.  Four days a week, this club is poppin’ with special events and awesome people.  Several of Denmark’s finest DJ’s set the tone and keep the going all night.

A good mix of locals and foreigners can be found at this club, making it a perfect place to make new friends.   There are four bars on three floors.  The stage bar has beer, shots and standard drinks.  The living room is a lounge area with soft cushioned seats and cocktails. The basement is where the DJ stage and dance floor is located, also selling beer and shots.  Lastly, the upstairs bar where the smoking room is located.  Go party at Rust and create memories that will last forever!

Prices:
Cover is usually around 60Kr ($10USD) and drinks are a little pricey, but cheaper than other premier clubs in Copenhagen.

Address:
Guldbergsgade 8  2200 København, Denmark

#2. Culture Box

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Photo by Kristoffer Trolle on Flickr

Overview:
If you like electronic music, both underground and big-name DJ’s, then Culture Box is THE place for you!

This multi-floor venue plays everything electronic like techno, house, electro, dubstep, drum’n’bass and trance.  This club features a state-of-the-art Martin sound system that will shock you with epic quality and sound.   The ground floor hosts the main dance floor and a lounge area with a large bar.  The basement floor is a smaller, more intimate bar with a dance floor as well.  Culture Box’s atmosphere is everything you’d expect and more from an awesome dance club like this- young, lively and fun!

Prices:
Cover is about 60Kr ($10USD) and drinks can get a bit pricey, so pregame hard beforehand!

Address:
Kronprinsessegade 54  1306 Copenhagen K, Denmark

#3. Vega Natklub

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Photo by ‘isa’ on Flickr

Overview:
Vega Natklub is a giant concert area in Copenhagen, and has been named as the best concert arena in Europe by the international music magazine. There are two separate concert halls, one with a capacity of 1,500 guests and the other can hold up to 500 guests.  Vega has 12 bars, a sweet lounge area and an even better atmosphere.

Around 150 concerts are held at Vega every year, from rock, soul, pop, hip hop and of course big name DJ’s in the electronic music world.  The quality of the sound system is some of the best around.  Check for special events, because Vega is the place to be when there’s a concert in town!

Address:
Enghavevej 40  1674 Copenhagen, Denmark

*Top Bars*

#1. Kulør Bar

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Photo by Bastian Møller on Flickr

Overview:
Kulør Bar is one of the best places to party and a guarantee fun night out in Copenhagen!  Inside has a lounge area with tables, disco balls, fun lights and a great set-up for dancing.  It is most popular among students (both Danish and study abroad) because of their student friendly prices.

For example, on Tuesdays you pay 150 Kr (about $25USD) and it is all you can drink beer.  The great music brings people to the dance floor and it is an absolute blast.  This is a very fun place to come with a group of friends and an even better place to meet people.  The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly and it’s impossible to have a bad time at Kulør Bar!

Prices:
Usually small cover charge, but drink are cheap! Look out for deals

Address:
Gothersgade 8F, 1123 Kobenhavn, 2845 2840

#2. Francis Pony

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Photo by ‘Blue Square’ on Flickr

Overview:
This bar was built by the “talking army mule,” as you will find out when you step into this awesome place.  The first thing you need to know about this bar is they have great cocktails.  The bartenders know what they are doing, and will always give you a stiff and tasty drink.  The atmosphere is somewhat “hipster” people in their twenties, having fun and jamming out to the music.  Francis Pony has nothing but good vibes and a lot of fun.  It is also located in the center of the city with lots of activity around, so you can bar hop when you’re done!

Address:
Klosterstræde 23  1157 Copenhagen, Denmark

Located a block away from the Church of the Holy Spirit

#3. Australian Bar

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Photo by ‘A.Currell’ on Flickr

Overview:
Most commonly known as A-bar, this is a favorite place for teens and people in their early twenties.

Despite the name, you most likely will not meet any Australian people there- the name comes from the interior decorations.  A-bar has many pool tables and foosball tables on one side, and the other side is a dance floor with a DJ.  They even have awesome beer pong tables in the front. Australian bar has plenty of delicious beers on tap (shown in the picture). The music is mostly electronic, ranging from 90s techno to EDM hits of today.  This place is a great place to meet local Danes, as I did myself.  But be careful because I thought that I was talking to some girls my age and they said they were only 18!

Prices:
Cover is usually $5-10 USD, but the drinks are cheap and they often have specials!

Address:
Vestergade 10  1456 København K, Denmark

#4. Den Glade Gris (Happy Pig)

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Photo by Michael Ericsson on Flickr

Overview:
This three story venue is a hotspot for young partiers who like to dance.  It is partly a sports bar that shows all the big fútbol and sporting events on its large HD screens, and turns into a great place to party by night.  On weekends, the dance floor will stay crowded until the sun rises.  It’s location near the University means the crowd is student-heavy which gives it a lovely atmosphere and a great overall buzz.  Tuesday is tequila night, Thursday is open mike night, and weekends are always a blast!

Prices:
Cheap! No cover and $5 beers.

Address:
Lille Kannikestræde 3  1170 København K, Denmark

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