The best places for beer in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is an awesome city that ticked so many boxes for me from all the great food options from comfortable cafes to excellent street food. There was top-notch coffee, amazing craft beer and it’s a very walkable city to explore.
It is a reasonably expensive place for a trip, a 0.4 beer could cost you between £6-£8. I’d say that enjoying some quality and perhaps not quantity is the best way to enjoy what Copenhagen has to offer. I walked a lot to see the sights and tried different sorts of places for food (no Michelin stars!), as well as sourcing ingredients from the markets and local supermarket to do some self-catering.
Here are is part 1 of my Copenhagen trip favourites which is all about the bars and beer.
This was our local neighbourhood bar which we frequented a few times, it has a smaller menu than some of other bars which was not a problem for the indecisive like myself. My go to beer was the very refreshing Bærbegær Kettle Sour (4.5%) with passionfruit and blackcurrant and I tried the Plysningens Dialektik, a hazy IPA at 6%!
This bar was my favourite as it’s down to earth vibe reminded me of my local Walkley Beer Co and they played the best music (Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs to Johnny Cash).
The service was very personable too and I must thank the bartender who kindly gave me a list of places she’d recommend for food on our last night when I asked for suggestions. See the Ethiopian restaurant Ma’ed in my next Copenhagen post.
Kølsters Tolv Haner
Not far from our apartment we came across this bar, I liked the rustic and quirky style with up-cycled furniture and the botanical artwork. With plenty of light from the big windows and the scattering of tables outside which were ideal for people watching, it is a place you can take your time with beer (or two). All the beers are written up on the mirror and I tried the Porse at 5.3%
Mikkeller and friends
Mikkeller is maybe one of the most well-known in the area as they have many bars and even food combos places with Ramen To Bíiru. I’d been to one of their bars before in Barcelona and wanted to try one in Copenhagen, they also have bars in Iceland and in the U.S.
Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the guy who set up Mikkeller was a maths and physics teacher and after school he taught a couple of students about brewing, they went on to set up To Øl brewery. Mikkeller and friends opened in 2013 and is a partnership of Mikkeller and To Øl breweries!
This bar has a polished cool vibe and staff are knowledgeable and happy to give recommendations on beers to try. There are a lot to choose from, I only tried a couple and they were the lower abv ones at 6%!
Brus is another stylistic beer place popular with beer fans and they have everything with a bottle shop, beer hall and they do food. To Øl are the brewery behind Brus and they have a large beer menu with a few cocktail options too.
We called in after a long day of walking the city and sightseeing so we were ready for refreshment and a chance to rest our tired legs. We took a bench outside to enjoy the sunshine and I tried some thirst-quenching sours, these were relatively low abv with Gose to Hollywood at 3.8% and Santa Rabarbera at the same.
Copenhagen part 2 – my favourite food places coming soon…