There's no doubt that Copenhagen is a great city for gay culture, with a long-standing reputation for openness and tolerance and a wide selection of gay-friendly clubs and bars that runs from old-fashioned bars with regular drag shows and lively high-energy nightclubs with an open door policy to men-only leather bars. The city's gay bars are probably at their liveliest during regular events like the lesbian and gay film festival, Copenhagen Mix and August's Copenhagen Pride Parade, but you can be sure of a warm welcome at any time of the year - and whatever you're into.
For those who love dancing, great music and a mixed crowd, clubs like Dunkel, Never Mind and Club Christopher are lively, friendly places where the party can last well into the early hours.
More old-fashioned entertainment is provided at some of Copenhagen's oldest gay bars, like the regular drag acts at Centralhjornet and piano bar Cafe Intime. Another veteran of the gay scene, downtown Cosy Bar is a great place to meet locals.
For an unusual night out, check out Jailhouse Copenhagen: This bar and restaurant is cheekily kitted out like a jail cell, complete with prison guards behind the bar. As the name suggests, nearby Mens Bar is men only, while oriental-styled Vela Bar is mostly for girls. Oscar Bar and Cafe on the city hall square, meanwhile, is at the other end of the scale, a trendy cafe where the restaurant card is swopped for DJs at night.