Copenhagen Guide

In order to figure out where the hell am i going to spend the evening the next time, my friends ask “what shall we do tonight” i have compiled this list of places/events/links that should give me a fairly fast way to get an overview of what’s happening in town… perhaps you might find it useful as well ;)

(Click on the Green names to see the lineup.. mostly links to facebook events for the sake of consistency)

Mostly for Well known A list artist.

LiveNation

general ticket sales for larger events in big venues

Billeto

General ticket sales for various events, festivals and concerts

Tap1

large hall (6000 people) mostly for well know international artists and other events

Forum

large hall (10.000 people) mostly for well know international artists and other events

Falconer Salen

medium sized hall (3000 people) all kinds of events and artists

And more casual venues

Vega

website

Main venue in cph for various lesser know bands from all kinds of genres.. indie, rock, pop, electro, dj’s… you name it. 3 stages (1550/550/250 people)  and plenty of lineup.

Pumpehuset

Website

Pretty decent medium sized venue (2 halls 600/400 people) mostly well know alternative/metal/rock bands mixed with occasional electronic/pop.

Loppen

small venue in free town of Christiania – lots of lesser know but very decent foreign artists. some of the cheapest entrance fees in town.

Huset Kbh

Website

Cool little culture hub consisting of several venues/theatre/cinema/bar/restaurant. Mostly danish artists.. rock/pop/jazz/classic/etc. always part of festivals such as jazz festival and so on

Drone

(free but smoking inside)

Cool little dive/bar/venue… always playing some fairly interesting pop/electric/rock you’ve never heard of. you can start with a band and keep going afterwards since it gets quite filled after 12 a clock unfortunately smoking is allowed inside :( but drinks are cheap and peope are fun :)

KB18

medium size venue/club. Music varies from really bad to really good stuff, mostly lesser know artist from many different genres.

Spillestedet Stengade

Small venue with lots of weird shit from ruba’dub to metal to Balkan to psychedelic electronic pop, etc. Not really a big fan of the vibe there but the music can be pretty nice :)

Cafe Retro

Mostly just a cafe so it has few events but when ever ive caught one, its been quite cozy and nice

High Voltage

Bar with with mostly danish metal bands playing on weekends

Global

Mostly world music… always wanted to go but never have mad it there actually.

Mojo

Seems to be one of the main blues bars in town never managed to make it there though.

LA Fontaine

Oldest Jazz bar in town, unfortunately another one ive never made it to :/

Bolsjefabrikken (candy factory)

This is a fairly special place… looks like a trashed up apartment block from those mtv videos back in the 90s. so you can imagine the vibe :) Not much in the sense of live performances mostly party and dj’s but it depends. mostly urban music as i understand.

Rust

Venue / club … lots of urban music mostly. never really had a very good time there but plenty of people do like it.

Culture Box

little basement club with a lot of well known dj’s. mostly electronic music. Usually fairly crowded and sweaty with not so good ventilation but highly regarded bu the fans of electronic music.

Urban ranger camp

| 395 / 3-4h

An adventure track/obstacle course 50 meters above ground! REALLY pricey compared to similar attractions around europe but pretty fun for 3-4h. been to ones on top of trees in france and australia, which i think was a bit more fun compared to this really linear experience but if youre afraid of heights, its a pretty alright experience.

Copenhagen Cable Park

| 300 / 1h or 150 with your own gear

very decent circular wake boarding track with a little bar/cafe/lounge are on the side… really nice for a sunny day. prices are

Copenhagen watersports club

| 600 / year

If you want to be doing a lot of SUP/rafting and make some friends in the process then this would be the place. Once you go through the intro and sign up for a membership, you can paddle as much as you want. They normally have group training pretty much every day throughout the summer. while you can just jump in on the sup however you want, the rafting groups are a bit more dedicated as i understand with more or less fixed teams and an occasional competition every now and then.

Kayak republic

| 150 / 1h

Right in the center! Offers kayak courses and rental. Also includes a cozy bar/restaurant and possibility for a sauna

Amager kayak hotel

| 150 / 1h

kayak and SUP rental and courses in amager strand

Kitesurfing Around Copenhagen!

| good wind + your own gear and transport

This is my favorite activity around here :) Denmark is a land of wind so this one’s perfect for a local… all you need is your own gear and you can keep going 365 days per year with a decent wetsuit. Started back in 2013 myself  all you need is taking a course (just google, theres plenty) and then get some gear off dba transport wise, it is really nice to have your own car since the best spot is like 1h bus ride which goes once per hour… but if you make some friends and get on a car its just 25min from the centre… and if the wind is good then amager strandpark right next to town works as well but not good for beginners since its deep

Paintball / laser tag – Refshaleøen  or Kongenslund

| 8-10 people groups

Large hall in Refshaleøen with optional  , human football, sumowrestling, gladiator fighting and electric rodeo bull.

Bungee Jumping

| 550 / Jump

Jumping off a crane next to Refshaleøen… always wanted to try it but never found anyone willing to join me for some reason :/ maybe this summer :)

GoKart

| 300 / 25min

Try not to do this with a hangover… twirling around 25min in the exhaust fumes is pretty intense :P there used to be one in frederiksberg as well but seems like their site is down

Climbing

| 359/month  or 350 for a 2h intro

Theres actually many climbing clubs around town… if you want to do things regularly (and cheaper), find one that fits you and sign up. if you just want to try then one of the biggest climbing centers is right in Refshaleøen.

Skate Parks

Lots of skateparks all over town, ranging from 4500 square meter behamoths to tiny street corner ramps

GoBoat 

| 399 / 1h up to 8people

This one’s a pretty fun one if you want to chill with some friends, maybe have a birthday or some other event. you can rent an electric boat for 8 with a little table in the middle… just get some snacks and drinks and hit the canals. only during summer though ;)

Air Experience

| 445/ 1.5h (2min of actual flight)

“Skydiving” using a big fan… nuff said :) somewhere on the outskirts of cph… kinda pricey but you get 1.5h of safety lecture for it and less than 2min of flight :P have not tried it out yet so no clue if its worth it or not… looks fun though

Room Escape #1

Room Escape #2

| 225 – 1000ish?

get locked in a room with a few friends and try to figure a way out… havent tried it but sounds fun :)

The Royal Theatre

Consisting of the Old stage in Kongens Nytorv, the Playhouse in Nyhavn and the Opera House across the harbor, this is where the biggest shows go down. if you are a student or less than 25 year of age then you are in luck! the tickets are 50% off, same goes for over 65 but only on mondays and tuesdays. If you dont speak danish then the best bet is Ballet… the quality really varies from pretty bad to really really good stuff. unfortunately, the ballet is mostly in the old opera house which is pretty tight and lacks proper ventilation. if the ballet is in the new one though then its usually a pretty good one so well worth a visit.

Due to my lack of danish, i have not been to these ones but worth listing never the less i guess

Republique

A little theatre with more emphasis on modern, international theatre as opposed to classical, looks pretty promising actually…

Danse Hallerne

Dansehallerne presents national and international dance and choreography… so quite possibly a nice option if you dont speak danish?

teaterbilletter.dk

Seems to have a mix of different venues with a decent discount if you order tickets to 3 different shows (teaterabat)

Folketeatret

A little theatre close to norreport

Østre Gasværk Theatre

Theatre built into a cool circular industrial building from 1883

Det Ny Teater

Apparently the largest theatre in denmark? down in vesterbro

Louisiana Museum 

| 115

while not exactly in copenhagen, rather a 30min train ride up north, this one is probaby my most favourite in Denmark along with Aros in arhus. Usually hosting around 2 major temporary exhibitions. The museum itself is really nice – built inside a huge mansion on the seaside, its very “danish”, has long corridors and basements full of really well set up exhibits. you can also take a stroll in the surrounding closed garden to enjoy the sun, sea and a few sculptures. for people up to 27 years of age, theres a year pass for almost the same price as a single day ticket (and theres many different shows during the year so its well worth it) The shows vary a lot but usually its featuring really well known artists.

The national Museum

| free

A fairly large museum with exhibits from Ethnographic Collection to cosplay. usually hosting some interesting temporary exhibitions as well

The National Gallery of Denmark

|  free

One of the largest museums i Denmark. lots of classical paintings mostly from europe and an occasional temporary show or two

Rosenborg Castle

| 105

Smack in the center of Copenhagen. Being one of the most famous ones in denmark and also hosting the royal crown juvels, it is  probably the castle your’e going to visit if you dont have time for more

Carlsberg Brewery

| 85 (includes 2 beers!)

This is a pretty popular one, havent made it there myself though

Den Blå Planet (Aquarium)

| 170

Quite nice architecture, very modern and cozy, dark atmosphere. not very large though so you can run through it fairly fast

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

| 110

Kinda out far out of town and not too large but the exhibits can be quite nice

Amalienborg Palace

| 75

Home of the royal family…

Glyptoteket

| 95 / free on tuesdays

a fairly small museum for classical Danish & French art with also a fairly nice Egiptian exhibit in the basement along with some ancient sculptures from the Mediterranean area

Kulturnat

| October

One night where most museums are open along with many special events and you can tour them all for just 90kr including free public transport. on the downside… anything that’s remotely fun has huuuge lines everywhere

COPENHAGEN GROTESQUE BURLESQUE

| 1-2 times per year

One of my favorite events and a must see if you like dressing up in costumes. Some people really go all out here by spending days/weeks? on building extravagant outfits.fairly sensual vibe, cool shows, nice installations and lots of awesome people to be met! keep in mind that you really need to dress up though… ticket or not, you wont get in in your usual weekend party gear ;)

Zombie Crawl

| May

Super fun event… hundreds of people dressing up as zombies and going bar hopping in a horde. Been attending since 2012 and its been a blast every time :)

Monsters Night Out

| End of october

Everyone dresses up as monsters, has a few beers and then goes all together to ride the attractions in tivoli, if im not mistaken, the right tickets had a bit of a discount and the tour group had a priority in line over other visitors. Pretty fun, especially when you and your friends are dressed up as clowns to scare and make crown ups cry :P

God Goes Deep

| various dates

This is a fairly funky one, have not managed to catch it yet but from what i hear from friends its really cool… non-profit event, takes place in a church, they set up lots of colorful lights and play some ambient dj sets for you to chill by

J dag

| November

Danes have this weird “holiday” j dag.. its the day turborg starts selling their christmas beer… over the years they have managed to turn this marketing ploy into one of the most celebrated holidays :D most bars have special events, lots of free beers all over the place, Turborg “christmas” trucks on a convoy with the goal of getting people drunk and so on… if youre young and like beer then have a go at this, just hit any bar in town

Dyrehaven

right next to Bakken amusement park is the Deer park which is equally amusing when you realize that animals in Denmark are so Danish that they have absolutely no fear for people… so breathe in the fresh air while enjoying the trees while being surrounded by lots of deer who really dont care if youre there or not.

Amager strand

A large artificial beach down im amager… has a nice twisting concrete path in the middle of it you to take stroll/bike ride/longboard/skate/etc. on. theres like 4? beach stations with showers and bathrooms and kiosks during summer, theres food/icecream trucks in summer, wind buggy track and a nice circular bridge/beach building in the end of it all for some jumping and chill

The Sci-Fi sector (Ørestad)

| photos

If you like architecture then this is a nice place to take a walk around… all the buildings are latest from around 2000 or so. lots of apartment blocks by renown danish designers… while the road side facade’s arent that interesting, you need to take a walk to the other side of the buildings to see whats going on. definitely take a walk up the figure 8 building for a nice view

Mons Klint

This one’s not really copenhagen but a well worth day trip down south a bit. As i understand, public transport down there is pretty terrible but with a car its a 2h trip or so. really nice place and well worth a visit

The Boat Tours

As corny as these might seem, they are actually surprisingly enjoyable if you havent seen the town before… perfect on a sunny day with a 6pack and a friend ;)

Tivoli

This one’s pretty obvious but definitely worth a mention… if you get a year pass for the entrance, it is quite nice for a little walk or eating a sandwich while looking at the tropical birds run around, going trough the rides can be fun as well but as usual, do not attempt it with a hangover :/

Odrupgaard

A little museum north of cph, specializing in 19-20th century french art… while the exhibit is not that large, the the architecture and the surrounding park are quite a relaxing visit

Nyhavn

while most of denmark is pretty uniform with same style of architecture all over, Nyhavn is actually pretty colorful… take a stroll down the street, maybe have a beer on the pier, the restaurants right on the colored street are expensive tourist traps though ;)

Christiansborg tower

| 11-21 Tuesday-Sunday

The highest point in Copenhagen! and free at that! :)

Malmo

If you’ve seen all that copenhagen has to offer  then Malmø just a 20 minute ride away (maybe 50 if they’re still checking the passports)

Distortion

| June

This one’s probably the most “Copenhagen” of them all. Its an electronic music fetival where for a week, parts of Copenhagen are closed down and the streets will be completely jammed with people partying. The street parties are free with no restrictions on your own booze so theres tons of people (and huge lines behind every porter potty it) it all culminates in a few days of party next to Refshaleøen with a bit less people and a bit more music since this one’s with tickets. complete with water taxi parties to get ya there ;)

Copenhell

|June

3 days of some of the biggest names in metal killing it behind Refshaleøen

Roskilde

| june-july

Not really Copenhagen but during the week, half the Copenhagen is empty with this being the largest festival in Denmark with really strong traditions (running since 1971) so lots of fanatics attending it every single year with large groups of friends for 15 years in a row :)

Borderland

| july

This is probably not the festival most people are looking for ;) kind of an (unofficial?) regional burn for Scandinavia (for those familiar with Burning Man festival). So think of it as an all out hippy camp where you make the event yourself. Theres no lineup, no commercial involvment… No food trucks, no bars, etc. you take your own food and supplies. what ever trash you might make, you need to put in your bag and take back home. you try to contribute as well as you can because you want to! its more of a spiritual and social experience rather than a festival. Found out about this through some new friends just recently so i hope i can get a membership to attend to it this year since ive been to Burning Man itself the last 2 years but cant make it there this time around :)

Frost

| Feb

Gigs in the bottom of pools, churches or botanical garden or as their own website describes it: Frost aims to constantly push the boundaries for live music. Every show is a new and unique opportunity for our guests to interact with the bands and musicians and to experience concerts with a fresh and different perspective.

CPH Dox

|November

International film festival for documentaries

Jazz Festival

| Feb

Lots of jazz gigs all over town for 20 days

Stella Polaris

| August

A travelling electronic music festival going through several towns before ending in Copenhagen

Trailer Park Festival

| july/aug

A fairly cool mix of an art/music festival with large art intallations all over the place, many of which are interactive. music wise mostly electronic/pop/etc.

Strøm

| Aug

Electronic music festival for Danish music

Copenhagen Pride

| Aug

lgbt parade & afterparties

Sakura Festival

| April

Tiny little event for cherry blossoms, arranged by japanese embassy as i understand?

CPH PIX

| April

International feature film festival

Bar 7

$$$

Large(ish) cozy dance bar… dark with white walls, neon blue, old sofas and nice coctails in jars (a bit too heavy on the ice perhaps)

Lidkoeb

$$$

Very cool hidden bar in an old 3 story miniature apartment block inside a courtyard (used to be a pharmacy lab back in the day) first floor you got a nice n classy hipster bar, second floor is a bit the same but more lounge like and 3rd floor is a really sweet dedicated whiskey bar… Dark woos, dim light, Chesterfield sofas and a true gentleman’s club feel along huge selection of whiskey… Definitely worth a visit at least once :)

The Jane

$$$

Quite a nice and cozy bar/club. super nice coctails, quite a bit of room but with a really tiny dance floor

Francis Pony

$$

In my mind, its always the trashier version of jane for some reason :P cheaper drinks, less classy interior but still with this dark and cozy vibe

Rum Club

$$$$

Fancy rum bar

Kind of Blue

$$$

Really cozy and dark bar/cafe with creat music like the doors playing. also an excellent beer selection

The library bar

$$$

Fancy victorian looking interior, 100kr ish coctails, cozy sofas

Gorki

$$

Cozy bar with great eastern european beer

Fugu

$$$

A little fusion place / coctail bar… i really like the interior looks really nice. Gives vibes of a higher end establishment.

The Bird & The Churchkey

$$$

Right next to fugu and same owners as well :) this one’s a bit more casual however but stiææ has great coctails

Gorki

$$

Cozy bar with great eastern european beer

The globe

$$

Pretty decent irish pub.. dark,cozy, good pub food, nice beers

Studenterhuset

$

Lots of internationals, mostly younger crowd from 20 to 30s , cheap drinks for KU studens,  not so cheap for the rest. the parties can be fun but usually die out fast unless its a really big one

moose

$

The dive to rule them all… charismatic, crowded, smoky with a jukebox running same classics over and over again.. cheapest beer in town

la bar

$$

Dive with dancing… smoky, hot, sometimes running the friends soundtrack or anything else from the 90s… super popular with students, cheapish drinks

Drone

$

Pretty cozy, nice music, cheap beer

generator

$$$

Hostel bar with designer furniture, nice atmosphere but a bit expensive drinks

Brass monkey

$$$$

Expensive and tiny/crowded but super strong and tasty coctails and cozy atmosphere

sjus

$

Just another bodega… but non smoking, which is nice :)

Out of juice

$$

Super cheap happy hour coctails from 9 to 22/23?

The barking dog

$$$

Cozy little hipster (coctailish) bar… probably the friendliest and most attentive service ive seen in cph!

Zefside

One of my favorites. Very crowded but usually fairly decent and easy to dance by music. Drinks are good and happy hour is great.

KB18

Often starts with a gig and then goes on so the night depends on the genre it started with

Bakken

Really popular one, however if you end up there late then there will be 30min to hour long lines to get in and once in, its so crowded you’ll just keep being knocked into. also never heard any music other than minimalistic electonic music… not really easy to dance by but i have many friends who still insist going there ever weekend :P

Jolene

Fairly crowded as well, usually huge lines behind the door in the end of the night and pretty much impossible to get in, people are normally 25+ music wise ive seen some good some meh so the usual i guess

Noho

More like a warm up bar for the clubs next to it but i quite like the vibe and the coctails are good

Zen

havent been to :/

Hive

Just been a few times, usually lots of stereotypical club scene people and music.

Rust

the place itself looks nice but ive never really been lucky with the music there.

Culture Box

consists of several little rooms that get fairly crowded and sweaty but if you like electronic music then apparently this is a very decent place for that.

Gefårlich

A fairly small but cozy little bar/club in norrebro. black walls, lines to the bar, tiny dance floor but very norrebroish vibe.

livingroom

very cozy and dark cafe for a good cup of coffee and a cake (or beer?)

Analog Bar

A bit less cozy but still neat for meeting up, also large table for larger groups

cafe retro

Very homey place with cheap drinks, soft couches or more private areas upstairs

Bastard cafe / huset

(board games!)

They really took a niche and made it work! usually filled with people since they have a huge selection of all kinds of board gamest to try… some for free, some for a tiny fee (or memership)

Studenterhuset

Also a bar in the evenings but in the day time its a pretty good place for doing some work… free wifi, cheap coffee and lots of tables, even normal desks for 4 people upstairs