Exploring Copenhagen’s Gay Nightlife

Exploring Copenhagen’s Gay Nightlife

The Danish are famous for taking their nightlife and drinking culture very seriously. Many traditions through the course of a Danes’ life include drinking and partying, so you’ll know that a night out in the capital city of Copenhagen is sure to be a good time. 

By day Copenhagen has a lovely atmosphere, the city lives in harmony with a gentle river, and is frequented by cyclists, tourists and Danish locals who spend afternoons lazing in the sun, grabbing drinks at food markets, or strolling through parks and back streets. But the evening atmosphere in the city is a world of its own, and there are plenty of LGBTQ bars and clubs to be explored during your stay.

Copenhagen has a designated gay neighborhood in the old Latin Quarter of the city, primarily on Studiestræde and nearby streets. Here you will find many gay bars, new and very old, where you can have a chill and intimate night out, or a wild time with friends and strangers. 

Cosy Bar If you’re looking to literally dance the night away and pull an all-nighter, this is the spot for you. This inclusive bar and club offers cheap drinks, good tunes, and a lively atmosphere until 8 A.M. on Friday and Saturdays. Cosy Bar has been in business for over 70 years and is guaranteed to bring a diverse and upbeat crowd.

Vela Bar Copenhagen’s only exclusive lesbian bar resides in the trendy neighborhood of Vesterbro. Beyond offering the classic bar experience, Vela also hosts poetry and literature readings, live music, and special events on a weekly basis. 

Centralhjørnet Spend the night out in Copenhagen’s oldest LGBTQ+ bar. This spot opened in 1917 and became a gay bar in 1950. Located in the heart of the city, all are welcome here for happy hour on weekdays from noon to 6 P.M., or stop by on the weekend for a cheap beer and good times with friends. 

Jailhouse Jailhouse offers a kinkier experience with a fun atmosphere, and bartenders dressed as sexy police. However, this bar is all about community and making you feel at home, so grab a drink and relax. On weekends or holidays, attend special events celebrating everything from Halloween to Eurovision.

Never Mind As one of Copenhagen’s most popular gay clubs, you’ll find that the hype is worth it. Here you can enjoy great drinks and a happy hour between 10 P.M. and 1 A.M., and if you like late night fun you can stay until dawn because Never Mind is open until 6 A.M.

Oscar Bar & Café Looking for drinks al fresco? Oscar, centrally located next to city hall, has plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy warm evenings with friends. They are also known for serving brunch, sandwiches, burgers and more, along with coffee, tea, cocktails, wine, and beer. Stop in on Friday for a live DJ or hang out for a midday drink any day of the week.

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