16 Best Bars In Copenhagen That Won’t Break The Bank

16 Best Bars In Copenhagen That Won’t Break The Bank

Copenhagen is trending right now, and it’s easy to see why. Colourful architecture, stunning beaches, obscenely cool nightlife and an obsession with coziness… Sounds like our kinda place! So, what’s the catch?! Well, most backpackers think they can’t afford it.

Whilst there’s no denying this isn’t going to be the cheapest city break of your life, it is possible to do it on a backpacker’s budget. There’s glorious street food, amazing hostels, loads of free things to do… But a warm bottle of Carlsberg costs about €15, right?! Wrong! From bodegas to breweries, we’ve put together a guide to the best bars in Copenhagen where you’ll get more bang for your buck. Skål!

1. Eiffel Bar

best bars in copenhagen eiffel bar @louiseystrom

Cheap beer in Copenhagen –  yes, it does exist! 📷@louiseystrom

This popular Copenhagen bodega is a veritable institution – a real, old-fashioned, down-to-earth watering hole for locals of all ages and walks of life. Copenhagen beer prices are notoriously high, but Eiffel Bar proves there are exceptions to this rule. At under €3 for a beer, you’ll be hard-pushed to find anywhere cheaper. If you’re looking for an all-round authentic Copenhagen experience, this is the place to go.

Address: Wildersgade 58, 1408 København K

2. Mesteren & Lærlingen

best bars in copenhagen Mesteren & Lærlingen @milllalite

A rough and ready spot with beautiful people and amazing DJs 📷@milllalite

Before the Meatpacking District blossomed into the hipster paradise it is today, it was the haunt of local slaughterhouse workers at the end of their shift. Today, the area is home to one of the coolest bars in Copenhagen. Mesteren & Lærlingen still retains the original tiled walls and unfussy decor, only the clientele has changed. The great DJs and reasonably priced drinks (try their ‘Dark & Stormy’!) make it a winning combination. The party usually spills out onto the street, so wear trainers and don’t expect a seat.

Address: Flæsketorvet 86, 1711 København

3. Café Dyrehaven

best bars in copenhagen Café Dyrehaven @stinebuje

Al fresco cocktails and a spot of people-watching 📷@stinebuje

Café Dyrehaven is one of those places that feel like they’ve been around forever. Everything about it feels familiar, from the cozy booths to the wood-paneled walls and the shelf above the bar lined with lemonade and beer bottles. This all-day spot, popular with locals for its purse-friendly breakfast, turns into a neighborhood bar at night and is perfect for grabbing a few beers and people-watching on the terrace outside.

Address: Sønder Blvd. 72, 1720 København V

4. Von Fressen

best bars in copenhagen von fressen @jmbx

Von Fressen’s Happy Hour will make you happy 📷@jmbx

This down-to-earth bar and restaurant channels Berlin vibes and melts perfectly into the hip Vesterbro neighbourhood. Head to Von Fressen for casual candlelit drinks with friends, and make use of the happy hour from 6 to 9pm when you can get two of their delicious signature cocktails for €13. We recommend the ‘Karl Marx’ which features vodka, ginger and blood orange.

Address: Vesterbrogade 124, 1620 København V

5. Copenhagen Street Food

best bars in copenhagen copenhagen street food @mikkehe

Cheap cocktails and gorgeous views at Copenhagen Street Food 📷@mikkehe

There aren’t really any affordable rooftop bars in Copenhagen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find an awesome view to go with your drink. When it comes to cheap nightlife in Copenhagen, you can’t beat a street food market. One of our favourites is the imaginatively named Copenhagen Street Food, where you can get delicious and cheap cocktails to enjoy by the water. On a summer’s day, there’s no better place to drink.

Address: Warehouse 7 & 8, Trangravsvej 14, 1436 Copenhagen K

6. Studenterhuset

best bars in copenhagen studenterhuset @andreas___petersen

This student bar is perfect for a fun mid-week drink 📷@andreas___petersen

Probably the most popular student bar in Copenhagen, you’ll find great happy hour deals in a laid-back setting. The audience is young, and because it’s a mostly student crowd, there’s a lively atmosphere every day of the week. So it’s great if you want to party mid-week, but they also have free concerts, DJs and other cool events on the weekends.

Address: Købmagergade 52, 1150 København K

7. Vinhanen

best bars in copenhagen vinhanen @fostermycello

Enjoy some of the best wine in Copenhagen from €5 per glass 📷@fostermycello

This is not your ordinary wine bar – at Vinhanen, the selection of mostly French wines is stored in large steel tanks and tapped directly into glasses or bottles to order. So there’s a wider than average choice of excellent wines you can order by the glass. The concept also keeps prices wonderfully low by Copenhagen standards, with a glass starting at around €5 per glass. A classy place for wine-lovers on a budget!

Address: Baggesensgade 13, 2200 København N / Enghavevej 24, 1770 København V

8. Neighbourhood

best bars in copenhagen neighbourhood @bylindhage

The cocktails at Neighbourhood taste so good they should be illegal! 📷@bylindhage

At €12 for a cocktail, Neighbourhood is definitely the splurge option on this list (though still very reasonable compared to many Copenhagen bars). However, we couldn’t write a guide to the best bars in Copenhagen without including it, because their cocktails are just so outrageously delicious. Not only that, they’re organic, unusual and you can also order a mind-blowing pizza to go with it. We love the ‘Cu-Cress Garden’ cocktail featuring mint-infused Danish gin, fresh cress, cucumber, lemon and egg white. Yum! But the best bit about a trip to Neighbourhood is that if they repost one of your photos, they owe you a free pizza. Boom!

9. Kølsters Tolv Haner

best bars in copenhagen Kølsters Tolv Haner @heliyeah

Organic craft beer in Copenhagen from €3 📷@heliyeah

This cozy, beautifully-designed spot has twelve taps serving only hand-brewed, organic beers. No Carlsberg or Tuborg here! The smaller sampling glasses from just 3 are a great way to experience the many delicious beers Kølsters Tolv Haner has to offer without breaking the bank. They also have a wide selection of organic ciders, served in champagne flutes, for the fancier ones among us. Whilst the beer isn’t brewed on site, the bar is run by one of the best breweries in Copenhagen, so you can be sure the staff know a thing or two about great beer.

Address: Rantzausgade 56, 2200 København N

10. Petanque Bar & Terrace

Generator hostel copenhagen @malenepuls

Boules on the rooftop or drinks in the ice bar? Generator Hostel have got you sorted 📷@malenepuls

Have you ever played petanque aka boules on a rooftop? If not, you might want to check out Petanque Bar & Terrace on top of Generator Hostel Copenhagen. Play a round or just sip an ice cold drink and enjoy the view with your new hostel friends. For an extra special evening, head to the hostel’s recently opened ice bar. Entry is 20, but that includes a cocktail and a shot in a glass made of ice – not to mention some epic ice sculptures. This is definitely one of the most unusual bars in Copenhagen.

Address: Vendersgade 22, 1363 København K

11. Nemoland

best bars in copenhagen nemoland freetown christiania @jensandersen750

Freetown Christiana is a must for many visitors to Copenhagen 📷@jensandersen750

You’ve probably heard of Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen’s famous hippie commune. But did you know that this cannabis-loving anarchist enclave is also home to one of the best cheap bars in Copenhagen? Nemoland is a great outdoors spot for long summer days and nights. Beers are cheap, there are board games and old school rock music, and the audience is a colorful, easy-going mix of locals and travellers.

Address: Fabriksområdet 52, 1440 København K

12. Café Auto

best bars in copenhagen cafe auto @awesomeinredning

Laid-back drinks with the locals at Cafe Auto 📷@awesomeinredning

A bit off the beaten track, Café Auto is loved by locals for its healthy brunches and as a casual dinner spot – and for the delicious drinks that won’t break the bank. Try their cocktails from 7, or share a pitcher with friends. What makes this one of our favourite cocktail bars in Copenhagen is the unpretentious, friendly vibe  and ample outdoor seating.

Address: Griffenfeldsgade 22, 2200 København N

13. Mikropolis

best bars in copenhagen mikropolis @phantomspirits

Sample the goods from one of the best breweries in Copenhagen 📷@phantomspirits

Over twenty beers on tap, starting from under 4, and a delicious selection of expertly-mixed cocktails. Mikropolis is one of around 30 bars around the world run by one of the best breweries in Copenhagen: Mikkeller. Founded by a local maths and physics teacher in his kitchen, this micro brewery is now internationally renowned and is a must for craft beer fans. There are a several Mikkeller bars in Copenhagen alone, but we love Mikropolis best for its cozy atmosphere and friendly staff.

Address: Vendersgade 22, 1363 København K

14. Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

copenhagen downtown hostel @marcforne

Laid-back vibes and cheap drinks at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel 📷@marcforne

Everybody knows that hostels are usually one of the best places in any city to find cheap drinks and new friends in a strange city. Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is one of our favourite hostel bars around: the beers are cheap, the decor is gorgeous and it attracts a winning mix of friendly travellers and locals. There’s always something going on here – from the daily Happy Hour to live music and free board games – so it’s a great mid-week option.

Address: Vandkunsten 5, 1467 København K

15. Café Sommersted

best bars in copenhagen cafe sommersted @estheredith

“Just one more” at Café Sommersted 📷@estheredith

Café Sommersted is what people call a ”go-home-pub”, the place where you end up for that last beer of the night, when you really should have just gone home. But it’s precisely those wee hours of weekend mornings that make for the best memories. The bartender, Cindy, has run the place for 20 years and she, like her bar, is a real Copenhagen institution.

Address: Sommerstedgade 2, 1718 København V

16. Dupong

best bars in copenhagen dupong @ninna_knudsen

Ping pong and cheap drinks = a great night out! 📷@ninna_knudsen

Fancy a game of ping pong with your friends or total strangers – a beer in one hand and bat in the other? If that sounds like the recipe for a great night to you, then you need to pay a visit to Dupong. The happy hour deal of two cocktails for €9 makes it one of the cheapest bars in Copenhagen, where you can also get a pretty good workout to boot.

Address: Griffenfeldsgade 52, 2200 København N

 

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