Copenhagen’s cocktail bars are in a golden age, where style and class are everything - but whereas places like Ruby, Lot, K-Bar, and newcomer Strøm are synonymous with fashionable clientele and expensive, minimal decor, for down-to-earth Copenhagen Sankt P, it’s all about the drinks, the music, and having a good time.
the atmosphere is relaxed at Copenhagen's new cocktail bar, Copenhagen Sankt P. — Photo courtesy of Copenhagen Sankt P
Open from mid-week onwards and located in a basement in Copenhagen’s downtown Latin Quarter, Copenhagen Sankt P is one of the few bars left in Denmark where smoking is still allowed, due to its tiny premises, in the smoking lounge. The clientele are a loyal crowd of regulars, most of them in their 20s, who come for the music, the drinks and the atmosphere. The DJ booth sees a selection of DJs that could just as easily be a hopeful from the crowd as it could a local celebrity – and the tiny dancefloor is just about large enough to show off your best moves.
The cocktail card is written on a blackboard at the bar; one of the bestsellers is the DKK 95 Ginger Passion. Sankt P also happens to be one of few bars in Scandinavia where you can drink absinthe (this potent, highly alcoholic spirit is the key ingredient in the Langelands tea, named after a Danish island). And if your preference is for a simple bottle of lager, you can order that at the bar, too.