6 of the best craft beer bars in Copenhagen
August 22, 2018
Danish micro-breweries have, in the past decades, certainly rekindled the relationship between Danes and their beer. From previously being enjoyed in old, smoky bodegas, or in combination with meals, this alcoholic beverage has made a remarkable transformation. It is no longer just something you pick up at the supermarket or drink with colleagues after work (with only some beers elevated to gourmet status). And beer-bars have sprouted up all over Copenhagen to accommodate the ever-increasing demand.
Supplementing the already exiting venues proudly serving traditional beer and ales, the newer beer-bars also incorporate Nordic ingredients and flavours into their produce, bringing a gourmet experience to the simple enjoyment of beer. Here are a couple of places, both new and established, where you can enjoy this golden brew among like-minded enthusiasts.
Mikkeller, Viktoriagade 8 B-C
With initial aspirations to become the best beer-bar in the world, Mikkeller has been pushing beer boundaries ever since it opened for business in 2010. Mikkeller’s popular home brew redefines beer as we know it, and the place has attracted a lot of visitors. So many, in fact, that Mikkeller has since opened several bars in Copenhagen and even the occasional venue in San Francisco and Hong Kong. Surely, so many continents can’t be wrong? Besides being internationally renowned, the bar on Viktoriagade is pleasant and always has a large variety of seasonal beers. This bar also sells Mikkeller’s first beers, so you can understand where they started. If you’re on Nørrebro, drop by Mikkeller & Friends on Stefansgade 35 for a similar beer experience.
Dudes, Vesterbrogade 55A
With so many excellent craft-beer bars in Copenhagen, Dudes have done an excellent job in setting themself apart as their menu card of craft-beers mainly feature Danish micro-brews from Danish breweries! They’ve taken the best features of other very succesful beer bars and implemented them in their own way, which just works and with most craft-beer bars the menu card is ever-changing to cater to picky beer afficianodos. The bar also feature a pizzaria with delicious Italian-styled pizzas that goes superb with the thirst that comes from quenching a few pints.
Brus, Guldbergsgade 29
With a large variety of bottled beers and several options on tap, To Øl’s brewery – Brus – guarantee that you’ll never leave thirsty and if they run out they just brew some more as all their beers are produced in-house. Besides the variety and relaxed atmosphere, they also offer different events (but with no rowdiness, since a proper beer in-hand remains the most important aspect of your visit). Consider complementing your beer with a delicious side as well, since they have a large ever-changing gourmet menu with sides such as pork rinds, burgers, kimchi and so on that goes well with the beers. Be sure to ask the bartender what sides and beers that compliments each other really well.
Taphouse, Lavendelstræde 15
Taphouse is Copenhagen’s largest craft-beer bar with over more than 60 taps that are ever-changing. They don’t brew their own beers, but rather choose to feature small micro-breweries from all over. Don’t worry about not being able to choose though, they have color-coded the beers in different styles, so you always are able to pick the variety of beer your body craves. When the light flicker, it’s time to visit the bar, since it means there is a new beer on tap – they change to a completely new beer when they run dry, so expect a huge variety of beers in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Charlie’s Bar, Pilestræde 33
Charlie’s Bar is the only Danish (read: English) pub that has received the Cask Marque, which ensures thirsty enthusiasts proper English beers and ales. The venue is small and popular with its regulars who are cramped together, but friendly nonetheless. Foggy windows, lively conversation, and that special pub-feel coexist beautifully in this establishment, which has the most knowledgeable and quirky staff you’ll come across outside Great Britain. The assortment of beer can vary, but there are several sorts to please the growing fan base. Here, the love of pints is shared with everyone thirsty enough to venture in!
Lord Nelson, Hyskenstræde 9
One of the first real places to sell beer produced by Danish micro-breweries, Lord Nelson is continuously popular with beer-enthusiasts. It’s owned by a Brit and has hearty British service, which only makes your beer taste better. The owner, Richard Derby, also makes homemade cider and is more than keen to let you taste the several varieties available in the bar before making your choice. That’s genuine passion for the brew.
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