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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.