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"Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, friendly old girl of a town," Danny Kaye sang. And then tellingly continued, "Salty old queen of the sea."

Explore the gay friendly Danish capital using the 60by80 gay guide to Copenhagen with Club, Queen and King-sized recommendations on what to see and do, and where to eat, shop and go out.

Karrierebar


Friday afternoon.


Henrik VibskovCLUB-SIZED
Snack on a hotdog from one of the ubiquitous pølsevogne and then head to the Latinerkvarteret district home to some of the town's coolest shops like Pede & Stoffer and the Henrik Vibskov flagship to get kitted out for the weekend before happy hour kicks in.

Ny Carlsberg GlyptotekQUEEN-SIZED
The founders of Carlsberg left behind what’s just called Glyptoteket in daily speak. Probably the Best Museum in Copenhagen. Visit the impressive collection and get a bite in the cafe amidst tropical plants, or at the nearby Danish Design Center.

Hay HouseKING-SIZED
Book a table from home for a traditional Danish lunch at Slotskælderen hos Gitte Kik, then get your gift shopping done by hitting some of the temples of Danish design like Hay House, Normann Copenhagen, Illum Bolighus and Royal Copenhagen.

MORE SHOPS AND AREAS IN OUR COPENHAGEN SHOPPING SECTION


Friday evening.


Atlas BarCLUB-SIZED
Laid back and bohemian, the Atlas Bar restaurant lures a young, fun crowd to its hippy, dippy basement with its well-affordable and exotic cuisine. Set in the middle of the Pisserenden area, it's the perfect vantage point from which to explore the gay bars later.

RelaeQUEEN-SIZED
Sure, Relæ may occasionally be more daring than delicious, but ex-Noma staff serves up a gastronomic experience at well accessible prices. Try introduced to the fabled new Nordic cuisine at this unassuming spot. Even cheaper is Manfreds & Vin across the street.

GeraniumKING-SIZED
Geranium may not yet have a Michelin star but it may well have the world’s hottest young chef – Rasmus Kofoed just won the prestigious Bocuse d’Or prize – and you’d do well to get acquainted with his skills here.

MORE DINING REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN OUR COPENHAGEN RESTAURANT GUIDE


Friday night.


Cosy BarCLUB-SIZED
Explore the gay bars, starting out at Masken and probably ending at Never Mind or Cosy Bar; messy, but all in good, polite spirits, and you won’t leave home empty handed if you don’t want to. Pony is your best bet for a Friday (house) boogie.

VegaQUEEN-SIZED
The Vesterbro scene is slightly more laidback and alternative but there's something to please most in the stylish Vega and Ideal Bar complex. Warm up with cocktails at nearby hipster hangout Lidkoeb.

1105KING-SIZED
Have a "Copenhagen" (or six) at the chic 1105; the town may be better known for Carlsberg, but it actually has its own signature cocktail and it’s concocted by the barman here, the best in town.

MORE SUGGESTIONS FOR GOING OUT IN OUR COPENHAGEN GAY NIGHTLIFE SECTION


Saturday morning.


BioMioCLUB-SIZED
Begin the day at BioMio - with an all-organic bar full of biodynamic ingredients, it'll get you detoxed. It's huge, a bit neo-hippie and right next to the hip Kødbyen district. Explore its hot galleries after brunch.

Café SommerskoQUEEN-SIZED
Shops shut early on Saturday and are closed on Sundays, so now's the time for retail therapy. Strøget has something for everybody, with trendier selections in the Købmager Kvarter district. Refuel at Café Sommersko.

Nimb BrasserieKING-SIZED
Treat yourself to brunch at the Nimb Brasserie for a taste of the sweet Nimb lifestyle. Conveniently located across from the Central Station, you can then jump on a train to visit the new Zaha Hadid-designed annex to Ordrupgaard.


Saturday afternoon.


KoedbyenCLUB-SIZED
If the hip dbyen district isn't sufficiently cutting-edge, then head even further out on Vesterbro to explore the former brewery grounds of Carlsberg, full of galleries and creatives.

The Black DiamondQUEEN-SIZED
The Royal Danish Library is worth a visit for the staggering architecture of The Black Diamond alone but also hosts concerts, the national museum of photography, and regular talks. Catch the 3pm guided tour (in Danish, but often flexible).

LouisianaKING-SIZED
Only a short train trip away (and relatively close to Ordrupgaard), Louisiana is worth a day trip out for its beautiful location alone but also happens to be one of the world’s best modern art museums.

MORE COPENHAGEN ATTRACTIONS IN OUR THINGS TO DO SECTION


Saturday evening.


Zoo BarCLUB-SIZED
One flashy Tom Dixon makeover later, the fashionably laid back crowd of creative-looking people still rocks up at Zoo Bar for a cocktail or six. And for its great value dinner offer.

FiskebarenQUEEN-SIZED
If you want to know where the hipsters hang out, it’s at Kødbyen, the meatpacking district of town. Have dinner at Fiskebaren, then drinks at Karrierebar. Or vice versa. Or just shuttle between the two.

Nimb LouiseKING-SIZED
The offerings of the Nimb universe range from hotel to wine bar and brasserie, but the jewel in the crown is the Michelin-starred restaurant Nimb Louise. Eat here, then sample the rest at will.

MORE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EATING OUT IN OUR COPENHAGEN RESTAURANT SECTION


Saturday night.


OscarCLUB-SIZED
For good ol' fashioned disco ball-style gay clubbing, the main Saturday options are Club Christopher and Heaven. Get merry and make new friends beforehand at Oscar.

SimonQUEEN-SIZED
For something alternative, check our What's On agenda for less regular club nights like Homo Electric in Kødbyen. Or try your luck getting picked for Simons. If Simon says it's a fit, it might be.

Bar RougeKING-SIZED
For something more cosmopolitan, try Skt Petri's Bar Rouge. Loungey until the DJs crank it up on weekend night. For something more low-key, the speakeasy-style Madam Chu isn't far away.


Sunday morning.


Bastionen & LoevenCLUB-SIZED
Located near the green areas of the infamous hippie-commune Christiania, and with beautiful views of picturesque Christianshavn, brunch at the disused windmill Bastionen & Løven before exploring the hood.

Café Dan TurellQUEEN-SIZED
A classic attracting everything from early risers to all-nighters, you'll fit right in brunching at Cafè Dan Turèll, one of the oldest cafes in Copenhagen, and inspired by the smoky boho dens of Gay Paree.

Custom HouseKING-SIZED
With three restaurants, two cocktail bars and a terrace right on the harbour, Terrence Conran's Custom House is ideal as a one-stop entertainment solution or to lay the foundation for a lazy, boozy Sunday with its grand champage brunch.


Sunday afternoon.


ChristianiaCLUB-SIZED
Get rid of the weekend's excesses or prep yourself for some more. If you're roaming Christianshavn and Christiania, then the massive Fitness World Base Camp is nearby and offers inexpensive day passes.

Canal TourQUEEN-SIZED
Fresh air, wind in the hair, pretty sights, and probably your cheapest one hour spent in Copenhagen. What’s not to like about a Canal Tour? Departing from the pretty Nyhavn, stop by contemporary art space Kunsthal Charlottenborg, too.

OrestadKING-SIZED
Get yourself some wheels, solo or with a guide, at Copenhagen Tours, and explore the exciting architecture in Ørestaden. Then stretch your worn pins during a matinee at Koncerthuset or Operaen.


Sunday night.


MotherCLUB-SIZED
All the usual gay bars are open Sunday night, but so is the club kid scene at Jolene in Kødbyen. Grab a bite at the trendy Mother pizzeria beforehand.

RubyQUEEN-SIZED
Finding a restaurant open on Sunday can be a challenge, but for Les Trois Cochons the challenge is only finding a dinner companion as dishes are strictly for sharing. Wind down the weekend with cocktails at Ruby.

Café VictorKING-SIZED
Time hasn’t moved much at 80s yuppie haven Café Victor, but the glam bar-brasserie is open Sundays and remains a popular fixture and great for a drink or bite in classy surroundings.

FIND RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHERE TO STAY IN COPENHAGEN IN OUR HOTELS SECTION

 

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