10 Best Spots in Copenhagen for Late Night Bar Flies and After Hours Drinking

Denmark’s relaxed licensing laws allow most bars to stay open until 4am each night; outside of weekends, however, when Copenhagen parties well into the morning, most nightspots choose to close around midnight. For those who aren’t ready for the night to end just yet, but not partial to paying a hefty club entry or negotiating doormen and tricky dress codes – those looking for a place with a relaxed atmosphere, drinks that don’t cost the earth and perhaps even a tiny dancefloor, here’s the lowdown.

Copenhagen’s gay bars dominate our list: Places where last orders are called when the owner feels like it, where everyone is welcome and anything goes: Places like Cosy Bar, known among locals as the last spot on the night’s crawl, or aptly-named clubs Never Mind and Dunkel (meaning dark).

The international community gravitates toward Rosie McGees, close to Tivoli and the Central Station, with its international bar staff but be warned, high drink prices; others wander over to Christiania and Woodstock Cafe, where customers range from the homeless to touring international pop celebrities.

Student hang-outs Gefarhlich, in Nørrebro, Vesterbro’s Ideal Bar – the lounge bar of popular venue and nightclub Vega – are also great options for a late-night midweek drink and to warm up for the weekend with Wednesday night DJs. In the downtown Indre By, options include casual cocktail bar Copenhagen Sankt P and perennially fashionable Zoo Bar – finally, for those desiring sophistication with their drink, smart cocktail bar Ruby has polish and panache.

Photo courtesy of 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 chesterfield sofas, with added...  Read More

Copenhagen Sankt P
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Copenhagen's most informal cocktail bar can be found in this smoky basement on Sankt Peder Straede in the heart of the city's downtown Latin Quarter. Copenhagen Sankt P is a popular hang-out for students and other local drinkers, most of them in...  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

Photo courtesy of Christian Alsing


Multifunctional cocktail bar, restaurant, nightclub, art gallery, and hairdresser Gefahrlich, in the trendy end of the Norrebro district takes its name from the German term for living wild and dangerously ("Lebe Wild und Gefahrlich") and has...  Read More

Rosie McGee's
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A favorite with visitors from outside Denmark thanks to its close proximity to the Central Station, the hotel district, and Tivoli as well as to its international crew of bar staff, nightclub and restaurant Rosie McGee's has two dancefloors and...  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

Zoo Bar
Photo courtesy of Zoo Bar


This fashionable after hours club, cocktail bar and restaurant reopened in late 2011 in new, larger premises on the street level of the Berlingske Media building, not far from Copenhagen's most exclusive shopping district. Open until 2am on...  Read More

Woodstock Cafe
Photo courtesy of Ty Stange


The oldest cafe and bar at the end of "Pusher Street" in Copenhagen's alternative community Christiania, Woodstock is about as informal as it gets. This unique cafe is probably the only place in the city where you can be sharing a spot at the...  Read More

Ideal Bar
Photo courtesy of VEGA


The street level bar of popular Vesterbro nightclub VEGA, Ideal Bar is both part of VEGA and a separate entity with its own character. The small, intimate bar setting provides a framework for a series of events and club nights from Wednesday...  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


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