Opened in 1996, Vega consists of two state-of-the-art concert halls: Store Vega, a larger venue accommodating 1500, and Lille Vega, a smaller venue for 500 that belts out live acts on a regular basis, in addition to a stylish bar and a lounge. Vega attracts a range of pop, rock and techno bands from Denmark and abroad. Please confirm specific events schedules and nightclub timings on the website.
Cherish your Mojo, like Mike Myers in Austin Powers and visit Mojo's blues bar in Copenhagen, with live blues every single night. In the evenings, live bands are on from about 10:30p, but acoustic blues often starts at 9p. On Fridays and Saturdays, an admission fee is charged, but on all other days admission is free. Mojo has a happy hour between 8p and 10p, during which draft beer can be bought for half price. Dancard is accepted.
Café Intime is a treat. Here, in the middle of kitschy souvenirs and a cozy ambiance, they serve reasonably priced drinks. The owner and hostess will most likely sing cabaret tunes that make you think of Weimar Berlin rather than Copenhagen. The majority of the clientele is gay, but everyone is welcome.
Loppen has in its fairly short history fought against violence, close-down threats and aversion, but has survived because of the strength of its non profit-making organization. With its location in the free city of Christiania, just next to Pusher Street, these conflicts may come as no surprise. Overcoming all odds, Loppen has fought for the good reputation it has now achieved. The club aims at a minimum of four concerts a week, in which the style is rock as well as alternative and pop. Some famous names on the program in the past have been The Verve, Smashing Pumpkins, Blur and The Cardigans. For bigger international concert names, tickets can often be booked in advance through Billetnet or Sex Beat Records.
Bang and Jensen is on Istedgade; the former red-light district of Copenhagen. The interior is fun and kitschy, and the ambiance is friendly. The ancient pinball machines and the table football are popular with the patrons. Most of the clientele at this cafe consist of the young and the trendy, especially women. Breakfast, which is served all through the day until 6p, is the specialty of the house, though the menu leans more toward brunch offerings. The unique thing about Bang and Jensen is that you are given a form on which you fill in exactly how you want your food served. The bar takes over after 8p on Saturdays and after 10p the rest of the week.
Centrally located on Sankt Hans Square in Nørrebro, Rust is where Copenhagen's lovers of live music convene for a night out on the town. With a bar, disco and concert venue spread over three floors, Rust features a wide variety of musical styles ranging from techno to alternative rock, house to hip hop. The admission price changes depending on the night, as does the age limit. Check their website for the schedule of live shows.
Opened in the 1860, the Vesterbro Bryghus has seen a lot of changes and upgrades since its genesis but still manages to hold on to its old world charm. With open brick walls, a sparkling chandelier dangling from the ceiling and brass and copper fixtures with intricate designs, the bar has a definite turn-of-the-century feel. The house brews a few specialized hand-made beers which is unpasteurized and unfiltered. Team them up with traditional Cajun food and indulge in the perfect combination of good food, bubbly drinks and a trendy yet cozy ambiance.
This might look like a traditional English pub from the outside, but it isn't; it is Scottish. Kilts, fishing equipment, bagpipes leave you with no doubt. You can choose from 70 different whiskeys, ranging from ordinary Johnny Walker to 25 year-old Bowmore, a single-malt. The clientele consists mostly of 30-somethings drinking McEwans (of course). Live music is played every day.
Whether you want to have a hearty breakfast consisting of fresh-made bread from the in-house bakery, lunch on fresh salads, homemade burgers and delicious steaks or simply sit at the bar and grab an afternoon craft cocktail or a cup of gourmet coffee, Streckers Cafe is the place to go. With a sleek wood bar, leather stools, a massive gilded mirror, open brick walls and fancy hanging lamps, the pub gives the feel of a new-age tavern. Live music nights are held every evening wherein international artists come in and perform for an enthusiastic audience. With so much happening, it is a very popular spot for both locals and tourists, so remember to book a table.
A photo of Winston Churchill is on the wall at one end, and photos of cricket, football and rowing at the other. Directly opposite the Tivoli Gardens lies this mini-England that makes you think of a nineteenth-century British pub, with its high ceilings and brass décor. The actual bar counter does date from the nineteenth century, being 180 years old to be exact, and the bartender behind it is almost guaranteed to be English (although not as old).British Empire favorites like Double Diamond, John Bull, New Castle Brown and Caines are sold and The Old English Pub is also the only place in town with Stella draught beer. Many come here to watch football as they promise to show their eager customers everything off Sky TV. If there is not a Premier League match on, then there is live music in the evening.
Put on your best dress (no sneakers allowed), flash your best smile, and enter the lively world of Rosie McGee. One step away from fairy-tale Tivoli lies your evening of dining, drinking and dancing in one of Copenhagen's largest bars. The interior is known to be one of the most expensively done-up in Scandinavia, and it boasts of over 100 beer taps. Most people here are in their mid-twenties. The restaurant is open from noon till 23:00 from Monday to Saturday and till 22:00 on Sunday. On some weekdays, there is live music.
BrewPub enjoys a Central location, just a few minutes away from the City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen). The local microbrewery is housed within a charming old, 17th-century building on Vestergade. BrewPub offers several kinds of American-style beers midst vibrant and thorough uber-modern decor. Existing beside the brewery itself is a great little restaurant and beer garden where you can enjoy relaxed meal over a few beers. The food is the usual American pub fare - salads, sandwiches, burgers and such, which are quite tasty. Before you commit to a single kind of beer, you should try the brew taster to get the gist of what BrewPub is all about. For more information on brewery tours, check their website.