Copenhagen resident Hans Christian Andersen may have been the "Ugly Duckling" at a few local parties, but modern Copenhagen is a great place for nightlife of all types. Fans of classical music and opera should check out world class venues Koncerthuset, the concert house of national broadcaster DR, and national opera house Operaen; State subsidies keep prices down and allow classical concerts and opera performances to be accessible to all.
If you feel like modern jazz harmonies are following you around, note that Copenhagen has quite a history with jazz. World-class venues like Copenhagen Jazzhouse and Jazzhus Montmartre attract international names as well as opportunities to hear local legends improvising in an early hours jam session.
Copenhagen’s young entrepreneurs are famed for their popup venues and one-off street parties: Summertime festivals include Copenhagen Distortion, 10 days of street parties to celebrate Copenhagen nightlife (May) and the Jazz Festival (first two weeks in July).
Though its reputation as a club has rather faded, Vesterbro’s Vega continues to attract many of the biggest names in alternative music, while for underground acts, Christiania’s Loppen still keeps it down and dirty. Culture Box is Copenhagen’s premiere electronica club while partygoers of all persuasions are attracted to the dark side of Dunkel.
In Copenhagen, you can sleep all day and still get your dose of arts & culture: Try Karriere Bar in trendy meat-packing district Kødbyen, where even the bar, and the lamps above it, are works of art. If you like to drink in style, cocktail bar Ruby makes you feel at home–if only all homes were kitted out as well as this.