While we were in Copenhagen, the International Bartender’s Association was hosting the World Cocktail Championship in the city. This competition brings together bartenders from around the world to show off their skills and enjoy the bar scene. While we have a long way to go before we even think of competing in the competition, we did explore some of the best Copenhagen has to offer.
Here’s where we drank in Copenhagen:
Ruby is in an old townhouse in the heart of Copenhagen. The signage is subtle, if you aren’t looking closely you might miss it. We did miss it and were standing in the road confused, until the bartender knocked on the window and pointed the door out to us. The inside is cozy and warm, with comfy chairs and cushioned walls. The menu featured interesting combinations and unique takes on classic cocktails. The Julep and Co. shakes up the classic julep by substituting Irish Whiskey and adding a hazelnut orgeat. It’s garnished with smoked hazelnuts, creating an intensely nutty aroma combined with the classic minty aroma of a julep. Another stand out was The Dark Side. It combines Zacapa’s rich Edition Negra rum with with Laphriog for a dark and smokey flavor, but brings in a complimentary fruitiness with elderberry liquor. It’s served with a smoked pineapple on the side for you to nibble on as you enjoy the cocktail. The pineapple brings a brightness to an otherwise very dark cocktail. It felt warm on a cold Danish night.
Copenhagen’s craft beer scene is on the rise, and Olsnedkeren is the place to be if you like trendy microbrews. The place was packed, but we found a cozy corner and grabbed an array of beers from the bar. We opted for the Wit or Without You, the Omega 369, and the Norrero Sahti—three very different styles. The Belgian wit boasted above average citrusy hop flavors, which was a pleasant surprise, while the Norrero Sahti featured whiskey aeromatics that complimented the flavors of the deep amber ale. The Omega 369 was a citrusy double IPA that made us reminisce on West coast IPAs from back home. The beer was a bit expensive—about seven euro—but then again, it wasn’t totally out of the ordinary for the higher Scandinavian prices we experienced in the city. Overall, it’s a kitchy place to stop in for a beer, but if you’re on a budget, stick to one round.
While Olsnedkeren was nice, our favorite spot for beer in Copenhagen is the Tap House. A former Free State brewer recommended this place as the place to go for beer in the city, and the recommendation didn’t disappoint. Separated by style of beer, menu has more than 60 brews on tap from around the world. Between us, we tried a strong ale, a pale ale, an imperial stout, a dunkelweisn, a double IPA, and a few sours—just to make sure we covered our bases, of course. Hands down, the best was the Celery Sour by Chapter Brewing out of England. Celery doesn’t sound like something I’d normally like in my beer, but the flavor was pleasantly surprising, not overwhelming, and incredibly refreshing. We’d definitely recommend Tap House for groups with varying tastes because there you’ll find something for everyone. Again, beers can be a bit pricey, but most of the selection costs less than those at the smaller microbreweries. If you get one place to try beer in Copenhagen, this is the place.
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