An old courthouse dating from the 1300s may seem like a strange setting for a nightclub that considers its feet to be planted firmly in the 21st century. But late-night revelry is as much a part of this landmark listed building in the heart of Copenhagen's historic Latin Quarter as is medieval justice.
Formerly The Rock, a club and concert venue devoted to heavy rock music, the transformation into HIVE may have kept the late-night drinks license, but the decor has undergone radical change. Interior designer Anders Busk Faarborg, known also for designing the interiors for Aamanns Danish restaurant in NYC, is responsible for the new club's elaborate murals and repeating, three-dimensional hexagon motif that harks back to the club's name.
In addition to some great beats, HIVE aims to give its guests a memorable visual impression — Photo courtesy of HIVE Natklub
According to the club's owners, HIVE is intended as a "modern celebration of classic clubbing" with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Spanning two floors, with various bars and a number of private lounges, the club has impressed its female guests in particular, not least because of its clean, spacious restrooms (which also provide comfortable seating).
It's all part of HIVE's aim of giving its select guests a memorable impression, both visually and via other senses. This often means they experiment with the unexpected. For example, having opera singers or cellists sitting in the foyer surrounded by candles, both of which have been known to happen over HIVE's first year in existence.
One year on, the combination of modern outlook with medieval setting has proved popular with Copenhagen partygoers, and HIVE continues to attract the city's clubbers in swarms.
HIVE is open only on Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m.