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Bakken – El Barrio

Bakken – El Barrio

Address Flæsketorvet 17-19; 1711 Copenhagen V
Neighbourhood Vesterbro – Kødbyen | See on map
Metro Dybbølsbro [A, B, C, E, H]
Website http://bakkenkbh.dk/
Price Free entry. Dinner DKK 150-200
Hours Thurs-Sat 17-05. (El Barrio serves until 22)
Best night Cockwhore & Macho’s Werk It party

Due to the protected status of the buildings, there are limitations to what the bars, restaurants and galleries in Kødbyen, Copenhagen’s meatpacking district, can do to the former slaughterhouses. Bakken, however, has always distinguished itself with a look that’s somewhere in between squat and public loo.

Ironically named after the squalid amusement park just north of town, it has nonetheless resonated with the VICE-reading crowds and, coupled with a devil-may-care, anything-goes attitude, made for many memorable nights out. And though predominantly straight and often very young, nobody really cares who you’re eyeing up in the open air backyard or in which year you were born.

Before mayhem kicks in at night, the place operates as El Barrio where you can line your stomach with burritos, nachos and other Mexican-inspired dishes. The owners also run Condesa in the city centre, and it’s the same kind of – surprisingly good – fare served up here. For an inexpensive meal – even if you party elsewhere later – it’s worth considering.