In September 2012, a new cocktail bar opened its doors in Copenhagen: Strøm. Situated on downtown Niels Hemmingsens Gade just off the picturesque (yet frustratingly unpronounceable) Gråbrødretorv square, Strøm is the vision of two Swedish brothers, Andreas and Mikael Nilsson, and their Danish colleague Simon Haugaard Pedersen. Strøm is inspired by the art deco movement of 1920s and 30s in European cities and embodies sophistication, luxury and class.
A great deal of attention has been given to the interior and decor of Copenhagen's newest cocktail bar. — Photo courtesy of Strom Bar
The bar is located in a midtown listed building dating back to the mid-18th century that formerly housed Irish pub Bloomsday Bar. Guests of the previous establishment are unlikely to recognize the bar after its art deco transformation, a movement dominated by Europe’s intellectual elite and synonymous with luxury and style.
Enjoying a cocktail at Strom — Photo courtesy of Strom Bar
With more than a decade of combined experience in some of Copenhagen’s most legendary cocktail bars (as well as lounges in other European cities), the trio behind Strøm have been dubbed a ‘dream team’ in the local media. The bar’s cocktail card lists just 12 different cocktails, with the drinks carefully selected and the entire menu revamped every three months.
The bar houses two rooms, one of which is divided into individual booths seating up to nine, creating intimacy and a place to relax. As a Copenhagen first, Strøm is currently the only bar in the city to serve cocktails on tap, a growing trend in US cities. Advocates of ‘custom cocktails’ argue this new way to serve simple cocktails is more environmentally-friendly.