A grand café, Café Victor oozes Parisian atmosphere with its lavish bouquets of fresh roses, mirrored walls, spotless zinc counter and plush leather seating. Attracting a well-groomed cosmopolitan crowd in their late 40s, the flatteringly soft-lit ambiance offers the perfect location for a cocktail or nightcap and gets busier with each passing hour.
Ny Østergade 8, Copenhagen.
Adjoined to the Royal Copenhagen flagship and next to the Georg Jensen brand store, the shaded café courtyard offers a verdant oasis with a soothing sound of trickling water. The high-ceilinged café (almost nine meters high!) serves tapas-sized versions of Danish open-faced sandwiches, called ‘smushi’. And perhaps the best thing about these unique miniature munchies is that they won’t kill your appetite for the café’s delectable pastries and cakes.
Amagertorv 6, Copenhagen.
RUBY COCKTAIL BAR
Ruby is everything you’d ever want from a cocktail bar. It’s tucked away anonymously in a cavernous heritage apartment from 1740 with squeaky floors and views to the canal. And there’s also a private backroom salon for more clandestine cocktails. The top-rated mixologists start conjuring up cocktails at 4 pm – so conquer your barstool before the crowds turn up.
Nybrogade 10, Copenhagen.
The woman behind the bar, Kirsten, is famed for her crisp service and uncanny intuition – she’ll know exactly what you are looking for, even if you’re not sure yourself. The counter in the oblong establishment is lower than most regular places, allowing you the privilege of following each step in the mixing process. Martinis are the house speciality with no fewer than 13 versions featured on the dedicated Martini list.
Ved Stranden 20, Copenhagen.
The bartender, Gromit, is known by most locals as one of the city’s whiz kid mixologists. So expectations were high when he opened his own joint in 2008. The result was a funky yet elegant downtown bar named after the precinct postal code, 1105. And as the owner says: “I opened the kind of bar I’d like to hang out in myself – a place where guests should feel at home.”
Kristen Bernikows Gade 4, Copenhagen.
It’s the kind of under-the-radar lounge where you really have to be in the know. Find the black door and sound the brass buzzer – the doorman will let you right in. The Union is where fashion model types flash their red-lacquered Louboutins and big-name designer bags. At DKK 125 a pop, drinks are a little pricy – and the cool clientele sometimes a little aloof.
Store Strandstræde 19, Copenhagen.