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Jolene

Address Flæsketorvet 81-85; 1711 Copenhagen V
Neighbourhood Vesterbro – Kødbyen | See on map
Metro Dybbølsbro [A, B, C, E, H]
Telephone +45 35 85 69 60
Website https://www.facebook.com/JoleneBar
Price Free.
Hours Sun-Thurs 17-02. Fri-Sat 17-03.

“This is not a fucking cocktailbar,” a sign at the bar charmingly states and, sure enough, people are doing shots and swigging bottles rather than demanding anything remotely complicated. It’s slightly seedy, with barren, purple-painted walls and antique candle sticks scattered amongst half-tiled surfaces.

But just being based in Kødbyen, the city’s trendy meatpacking district, gives a place automatic kudos and cool credentials, and Jolene is somehow still hanging onto hers, despite becoming more mainstream and, dare we say it, a bit studenty. (Though nobody seems expected to graduate until their mid-thirties in Denmark.)

Started by a duo of Icelandic girl DJs who were listening to the Dolly Parton ditty at the time, the decks still attract top Danish line-ups (electronic during the week and more commercial hip hop on weekends), and its dance floor remains packed with an impossibly louche crowd. It’s laidback and somewhat sexually ambiguous, so watch out – somebody might take your man.