Whether you're looking for a small bar, a busy nightclub or a live rock music venue, Copenhagen has something for you.
Throughout the city you'll find a great selection of bars, with some of the most popular places located in the city centre, Vesterbro, and in Nørrebro around the Blågårds Plads area.
In Vesterbro, much in the way of nightlife can be found along three of the area’s main streets. These are Enghavevej, Istegarde and Vesterbrogade. Once known primarily as Copenhagen's red light district, this area now boasts lots of bars, gastro pubs and clubs, as well as one of the city's best live music venues, Vega.
Around the city centre, you'll find a lot of places to drink and dance in the Straedet area, which is comprised of two main streets, Kompagnistraede and Laederstraede. There are some popular spots along the streets of the Strøget area too, and around the Rådhuspladsen, close to City Hall and Tivoli.
Enghavevej 40, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Here you'll find both the Ideal Bar and Vega music venue and club. The Ideal Bar is small enough but there are lots of couches and low tables to sit at, as well as a long bar with high stools. Popular with a young local crowd, this bar hosts events like poetry slam nights that are fun, even if you can't understand what’s being said. Lots of bands from all over the world play in Vega, one of the best places in the city to see live rock music.
Open Wed 9pm-1am, Thurs-Sat 9pm-5am.
Amagertorv 5, Copenhagen, Denmark
Live music every night of the week and TVs showing all the major sporting events are just some of the reasons why this bar in the city centre is such a popular spot. The big dome shaped skylight sheds some natural light on the inside seating area, which hosts a mix of long benches, tables and couches. Outdoor seats are available too. Specials of the day are offered here.
Open Mon-Thurs 10am-2am, Fri-Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 12pm-1am.
Vimmelskaftet 49, Copenhagen, Denmark
As well as a foosball table and TVs showing major sporting events, this bar also offers a lot of cheap drinks offers. All shots are the same price, as are all the various cocktails and pints on offer. This long, narrow bar has lots of places to sit and is handily located right in the heart of the city centre.
Open Sun-Thurs 12pm-5pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-9am.
Vesterbrogade 2A, Copenhagen, Denmark
This bar is close to the city centre and a great place to get a drink after a day of wandering around. On Fridays it does a selection of drinks promotions. Every day a musician plays acoustic guitar inside and from Monday to Saturday, there's a DJ at night. Spread over 2 floors, Rosie McGees has 4 bar areas and 3 dance floors, one of which vibrates. The upstairs section is open on Fridays and Saturdays. It's a busy and popular place, with lots of red leather couches and elaborate fixtures. There's a large selection of beers and spirits, with cocktails on offer too. TVs dotted throughout the bar show major sporting events.
Open Mon-Fri 12pm-1am, Sat 12pm-5.30am, Sun 12pm-4.30am.
Svaertegade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark
Slightly off the beaten track but still close to Strøget, this bar is small and smokey inside. It has a great atmosphere and friendly staff. While you have a drink at the long bar lit up with fairy lights, check out the drawings all over the walls. Happy hours are long here, lasting from 9pm to closing time on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Open Mon-Wed 1pm-6am, Thurs-Sat 1pm-7am, Sun 1pm-3am.
Rådhuspladsen 16, Copenhagen, Denmark
Check out the backpackers' nights held here on Monday and Tuesday nights to sample some of the great drinks offers and meet a huge number of travellers from all over the world. There's live music 6 nights a week, a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays, and specials on cocktails and shots. Brave souls can try one of the pipes, which hold 4 litres of Carlsberg, more than enough to have you dancing up a storm all night.
Open Mon-Thurs 4pm-3am, Fri-Sat 4pm-5am, Sun 4pm-2am.
Bargmester Jensens Alle.k, Copenhagen, Denmark
This is a summer only outdoor café with local bands and a disco (Wed-Sat) providing entertainment. On Sundays concerts are held followed by tango lessons and dancing until midnight with no cover charge.
Open from May-Aug.
Osterbrogade 79, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lose yourself in this huge club with 2 dance floors, a live music hall and rooftop patio. It also has a drinks menu of an arms length, and a diverse selection of food. Several times a week, Park presents live music, and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you can boogie through the night. Be prepared for queues though, which begin at 11pm.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-2am, Thurs 10am-4am, Fri-Sat 10am-5am.
Narreg 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Enjoy the cheap drink and dancing here. The cover charge on Fridays and Saturdays includes an open bar.
Open Sun-Thurs 10pm-5am, Fri-Sat 10pm-10am.
Longangstraede 21 C, Copenhagen, Denmark
This bar is situated just behind the Town Hall and not far from Strøget. Blues and jazz are played throughout the year. Happy hour is from 8-10pm with cheap draught beer. Warms-up bands start at 9.30pm, before the main band of the evening. There is a cover charge at weekends.
Open daily 8pm-5am.
Vestergade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark
This Australian theme bar has pool tables, a disco from Thursday to Saturday and frequent live music. The variety makes it quite popular, and cocktails and Australian beer are served. On Thursday nights all drinks are 10DKK and the entrance fee is 30DKK.
Pool bar open 4pm, disco open 10pm-5am.
Guldbergsgade 8, Copenhagen, Denmark
Situated in an area with a high student population, this is the ultimate venue for all clubbers with a host of resident DJs. The club houses a venue, two dancefloors, a bar and a cocktail lounge called Livingroom. Top name American bands frequently play here. The dance area starts after 11pm from Wednesday-Saturday. Both the staff and guests are friendly. Beer is 20DKK per bottle for the local brew Tuborg and cover charge is 25DKK after 11pm so get there early!
Open Mon & Tues 7.30pm-2.30am, Wed-Sat 7.30pm-5am.
Vestergade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark
A good place to start if you are in search of cheap beer with draft beers costing 10DKK. They have billiards and other games to while away the hours. The food in the kitchen upstairs is also reasonable but a reservation is recommended.