Copenhagen's gay and lesbian scene is open, tolerant and full of variety.

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.

Men's Bar
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Tucked away in the heart of Copenhagen's student-friendly Latin Quarter, this is Copenhagen's only leather bar; staunchly homosexual, it practices a strict men-only policy and the tiny premises are filled with uniforms and gay icons – both on...  Read More

Cosy Bar
Photo courtesy of Camilla Lantz/Cosy Bar


A tiny, long-running bar in Copenhagen's student-friendly Latin Quarter, the name says it all really: This place is cosy and open to all, both gay and straight. Despite its small size, Cosy Bar has a regular DJ and a dancefloor that attracts...  Read More

Vela Bar
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A tiny, unpolished bar tucked down one of Vesterbro's more grimy streets close to the Central Train Station, Vela Bar is decorated with an oriental theme and is one of the few lesbian clubs in Copenhagen – and while the clientele is mostly...  Read More

Jailhouse Cph
Photo courtesy of Jailhouse Cph


Probably Copenhagen's most novel gay bar, Jailhouse Copenhagen's basement bar is decked out like a jail cell, complete with a barred entrance, scratches on the walls and serving staff in prison guard uniforms. Don't be put off by the get-up,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Insouciance


Downtown Centralhj?rnet – 'The Central Corner' - is the oldest gay bar in Copenhagen, dating back to the first half of the 20th century (no-one seems sure of the exact date). Open daily from noon until the early hours, this traditional,...  Read More

Oscar Bar and Cafe
Photo courtesy of Magnus Ragnvid


Oscar Bar and Cafe is without a doubt the respectable side of Copenhagen's gay scene. Those looking for obvious clichés of gay culture will not find them here; instead Oscar, located just on the side of city hall square R?dhuspladsen, is a...  Read More

Cafe Intime
Photo courtesy of Cafe Intime


Cafe Intime (as in 'intimate', not as in 'time') is a small, cosy piano bar in Frederiksberg not far from Frederiksberg Have and just off the Runddel that celebrates its 100th birthday in 2013. Its crowd are gay-friendly rather than gay-only,...  Read More

City Centre
Never mind
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This small, gay-friendly nightclub is located on Norre Voldgade, close to Hotel Fox, and looks pretty closed up during the daytime. After midnight however, the club's small but much used dancefloor is enjoyed by a mixed crowd of music lovers,...  Read More



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 Copenhagen. Don't be afraid,...  Read More

Club Christopher
Photo courtesy of Club Christopher


Named after New York's Christopher Street, the scene of 1969's Stonewall demonstrations that were to be crucial to the history of gay rights, it's pretty clear where Club Christopher's leanings are, though the club considers itself more...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane