Historically, beer has played both an economic and culturally important role in Denmark. To some degree, this still applies today, with new microbreweries popping up regularly and enriching the Danish beer scene. As Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen can invite thirsty hops connoisseurs and malt enthusiasts to a wide range of beer bars, which include everything from socio-innovative bars run by autists to large beer bars with more than 20 different draught beers and even more bottled beers.

    Check out our suggestion for the 10 best beer bars in Copenhagen, so you’ll always know where to go when your beer craving hits.


    Søernes Ølbar

    A full-blooded beer bar in Østerbro, with 20 different hops on tap

    With its beautiful location at Sortedams Dosseringen down to Sortedam Lake (Sortedam Sø), you'll find Søernes Ølbar. This relatively large beer bar invites guests to an excellent selection consisting of 20 different beers on tap and around 100 different bottled beers, from both Danish and international breweries.

    The beer bar is rustically decorated, with raw wooden furniture and sandblasted brick walls, which are adorned with old enamel signs and four large flatscreens. This allows sports enthusiasts to watch anything from football to biathlons, while enjoying an ice-cold draught beer. In the summer, the beer bar’s guests spend warm summer evenings outside at the tables and chairs, admiring the beautiful view of Sortedam Lake.

    Location: Sortedam Dossering 83, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

    Phone: +45 32 19 63 80


    People Like Us

    Enjoy a delicious beer from a socio-innovative brewery focusing on autism

    Right in the middle of the pulsating district of Nørrebro, you'll find a small, pink gem of a beer bar, where you can enjoy a world class draught beer or bottled beer while listening to new, promising artists and well-established names from the Danish music scene. The bar is called People Like Us, and apart from being a bar, music venue and brewery, People Like Us is also a socio-innovative company with the goal of creating lots of workplaces for socially marginalised people.

    Their idea of running a brewery with help from persons with autism is supported by the Danish microbrewery Mikkeller, which contributes to People with their extensive knowledge within the world of beer and their experience with how to develop and run a successful global brewery and brand.

    Location: Jagtvej 135, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

    Phone: +45 31 32 18 63


    Mikkeller Bar Viktoriagade

    Satisfy your thirst for hops at the first Mikkeller Bar in the world

    In Vesterbro, in central Copenhagen, you'll find a small basement bar, which may not seem like much, but it's home to the very first Mikkeller Bar. Mikkeller is the name of the Danish microbrewery, which with its bar in Viktoriagade, is well on its way to fulfilling the dream of creating the best beer bar in the world.

    However, Mikkeller Bar on Viktoriagade is not just a world class bar with wonderful design and a cosy atmosphere – here you'll also find many different types of beer, all in a class of their own. Regardless of whether you are a beer enthusiast thirsty for hops or if you just like a nice, tasty beer from time to time, Mikkeller offers a menu that ranges from IPA to stout.

    Location: Viktoriagade 8 B-C, 1655 Copenhagen V, Denmark

    Phone: +45 33 31 04 15


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    Nørrebro Bryghus

    Would you like to taste beer from a trailblazer of Danish beer culture?

    Come inside and taste unique and experimental beer at Nørrebro Bryghus on Ryesgade in Nørrebro. The brew house was founded in 2003, and it's therefore Denmark’s first microbrewery. The great success of Nørrebro Bryghus was a catalyst for the wave of small Danish breweries.

    Nørrebro Bryghus is located in an old factory building from 1857. It’s home to an organic restaurant on the first floor and a thirst-quenching beer bar in the basement, which form a beautiful symbiosis. The food at the restaurant is inspired by Nordic cuisine and its raw ingredients, but it's also based on the beer at the brew house. Much like the food at the restaurant, the beer is also organic.

    Location: Ryesgade 3, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

    Phone: +45 35 30 05 30


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    Charlie’s Bar

    The only bar in Denmark with the beer equivalent to the Michelin star

    Do you love a good pub? Then you will certainly love Charlie’s Bar! This little beer bar is full of genuine English pub atmosphere, to such an extent that the proper way to toast is ‘cheers, mate’.

    The beer bar – or more correctly, the bodega – is decorated in true English style, and there is just as much variation among the clientele as there is in the 18 different kinds of beer, which are served on draught. Make sure to try their ‘cask ale’ before you go. Charlie’s Bar is the only bar in Denmark that received the coveted ‘Cask Marque’ award, which is the UK’s equivalent to the Michelin star for beer bars.

    Location: Pilestræde 33, 1112 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Phone: +45 51 21 22 89


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    Frederiksberg Ølbar

    Choose between 23 different draught beers and 140 bottled beers

    In the middle of Frederiksberg’s beating heart, you'll find Frederiksberg Ølbar. With its spacious premises, this bodega has earned its title as Frederiksberg’s first big beer bar, and with its 23 different kinds of draught beer, there is plenty to choose between. The bar also offers 140 different bottled beers and is particularly known for its numerous specialty beers. For example, what about a chili-liquorice porter? If all this is just a bit too much for you, you can always order a good old Tuborg Classic.

    Frederiksberg Ølbar is not just for beer enthusiasts, it's also for sports geeks who love to watch English and Danish football in the atmospheric sports lounge. During the summer, the bar opens its doors to a cosy outdoor area, where you can sit in the shade and enjoy a cold pilsner.

    Location: Falkoner Alle 79, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

    Phone: +45 33 22 01 71



    A bar centred around a strong passion for beer and gastronomy

    Close to the Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) in Copenhagen’s inner city, you can find the microbrewery Brewpub in a beautiful and charming historic building from the 17th century. Apart from being a microbrewery, Brewpub is also a bar and restaurant centred around a strong passion for beer and gastronomy. It is possible to buy small courses at the bar, which are inspired by the flavours of the locally-brewed beer.

    Apart from the 11 different draught beers that come straight from Brewpub’s own brewery, the bar also offers a selection of beers from other microbreweries as well as imported quality beer from all over the world.

    Location: Vestergade 29, 1456 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Phone: +45 33 32 00 60



    A beer-brewing eatery founded by two high school students

    Smack dab in popular Nørrebro, you'll find BRUS, which is more than just a world class beer bar. It’s also an experimental restaurant, which can satisfy anyone’s hunger or thirst. The long, rustic bar is home to an overwhelming selection of 32 draught beers and home-made cocktails, which include everything from American porter, pale ales, IPAs and light wheat beers to apple cider, old fashioned and gin & tonic. In other words, there is without doubt something for everyone – and certainly something you have not tried before.

    The brewery To Øl is behind BRUS’ varied selection of beers. It was founded by two high school students on the other side of the street, under the expert guidance of the man behind the Mikkeller brewery.

    Location: Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

    Phone: +45 75 22 22 00


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    Visit an idyllic oasis in the middle of multi-cultural Nørrebro

    Belgian beer, pub quizzes, live music, comedy and board games. Does that sound like the recipe for a good evening to you too? Then drop by the beer bar called 1420 in the hip, multi-cultural district of Nørrebro, which specialises in Belgian ‘lambic’ beer. A ‘lambic’ is a spontaneously fermented beer, which is also called a ‘sour beer’ in everyday language. 1420 has an exclusive selection of 10 draught beers as well as a few hand-pumped specialty beers and around 300 bottled beers.

    The bar is in a basement with windows at street level, and the interior is decorated in a charming and well thought out vintage style. With candles, cold beers and board games on the tables, the scene is set for many hours of fun in good company.

    Location: Griffenfeldsgade 20, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

    Phone: +45 31 72 25 43


    Fermentoren Beer Bar

    A comprehensive beer bar run by expert and friendly staff

    At Fermentoren Beer Bar, you'll be met by friendly and competent staff, who are ready to help you find just the right beer. The beer bar is equipped with no less than 24 beers on tap. Some of the draught beers are replaced from time to time with different ones so as to allow for new flavours, and this attracts the more serious beer connoisseurs. Naturally, Fermentoren has also brewed its own pale ale.

    Fermentoren Beer Bar is in a cosily-decorated basement, with candles on barrels and soft leather furniture. In front of the entrance, there is a patio decorated like a German biergarten, where you can sit and enjoy the rare summer sun.

    Location: Halmtorvet 29C, 1700 Copenhagen V, Denmark

    Phone: +45 23 98 86 77


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