Best Copenhagen Nightlife

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    10. Culture Box

    Fans of electronic dance music should note this established offbeat venue on Kronprinsessegade not far from Kongens Have. Ever since two DJs passionate about electronic music teamed up to open Culture Box back in...

    Photo courtesy of Willy Lopez
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    9. Loppen

    Like the free state of Christiania where it is based, Loppen ("the flea") has been a mainstay of alternative Copenhagen for many decades, standing persistently fast as other fads come and go. Located in the large...

    Photo courtesy of elchicogris/creative commons
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    8. Karriere Bar

    This arty cocktail bar and restaurant is dominated by its one-of-a-kind bar counter and accompanying lights, the work of artists Jeppe Hein and Olafur Eliasson respectively. Karriere Bar was one of the first...

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    7. Ruby

    In Copenhagen, nothing's strange about the city's hippest and most forward-looking cocktail bar being housed in a listed townhouse from the 1700s. Ruby is exquisitely furnished with oriental rugs, chandeliers and...

    Photo courtesy of Ruby
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    6. Jazzhus Montmartre

    When it reopened in 2010, Jazzhus Montmartre was about paying homage to a vital part of Copenhagen's musical history. The new non-profit Jazzhus Montmartre is open thanks to the endeavours of Rune Bech, a passionate...

    Photo courtesy of Cafe Montmartre
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    5. Dunkel

    The name comes from the Danish word for dark or murky, and this gay-friendly, open-to-all nightclub exudes a shady, dark aura of living slightly dangerously more familiar to cities like Berlin and London than to...

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    4. Copenhagen Jazzhouse

    Copenhagen Jazzhouse is the official center of Copenhagen's thriving jazz scene, opening in 1991 to fill the void made when Jazzhus Montmartre closed some years earlier. The venue presents around 200 concerts a year...

    Photo courtesy of Copenhagen Jazzhouse
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    3. Operaen

    You don't have to be fan of opera to have heard of Copenhagen's opera house: Inaugurated amid much fanfare in 2005, the Henning Larsen-designed masterpiece is one of the most expensive opera houses ever built...

    Photo courtesy of Lars Schmidt
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    2. Vega

    At the end of the '90s, during Copenhagen's first wave of gentrification, Vega was about as hip as it got, deep in gritty district Vesterbro and the preferred hangout for the quarter's many students and beautiful...

    Photo courtesy of Kristian Gade
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    1. Koncerthuset

    The concert house of national broadcaster Danmarks Radio was moved out to the new broadcasting headquarters DR-Byen in Orestad in 2009. The ultra-modern, purpose-built cube is the creation of noteable French...

    Photo courtesy of Federico Parodi

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About Copenhagen Nightlife

Small though it is, Copenhagen promises a broad array of nighttime activities for folks who crave time on the town. A young clientele frequent the city’s bars and clubs, going out mainly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Even then, things don’t pick up until after midnight, so if you’re planning an early evening of fun, you may have to create it for yourself. Gathering with friends for a Carlsberg is a popular pastime, especially before club-going kicks in. Once that happens, folks can hang out and socialize or head for a dance club or jazz haunt. Clubs inundate patrons with vibrant sound, light, and music, promising high-energy, sensory appeal at places like Pan and Café Rust. Jazz clubs, on the other hand, grant stylized ambience and terrific live music. Jazz, in fact, is a Copenhagen signature that’s celebrated during summertime festivals and cultivated in busy, long-lived venues like La Fontaine and Copenhagen Jazz House. For an extra dose of chic style, don’t forget to swing by Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus in Nørrebro and hang with the cool cats.


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