Copenhagen Cocktail Week
Winter Holiday food’n drinks
For the past eight years Copenhagen Dining Week has been luring Danish foodies out to eat in the cold winter holiday week in February (11th-18th in 2018).
By now the food festival is the biggest of its kind in northern Europe and Copenhagen’s restaurants have become really busy during a week that has otherwise traditionally been quite slow.
In 2018 the festival is extended with Copenhagen Cocktail Week so food enthusiasts are able to explore some of the best cocktail bars in Copenhagen before or after dinner.
A festival voucher for 110 DKR gets you a festival cocktail and a signature cocktail from the bar you visit.
Here’s a list of the cocktail bars we have featured on our blog, that you can visit during the week:
Balderdash means gibberish, non-sense or bar talk. And that actually says a lot about the atmosphere the owner Geoffrey Canilao has created at Balderdash. In his own words, they have no concept there – just creativity. Go there for one of Copenhagen’s most fun, creative and chameleon like bars where the menu is never the same.
Curfew is like going behind the scenes of Alice in Wonderland. It’s a treasure chest of stories, details and wonders morphed together like nowhere else. Curfew is the embodiment of what it’s founder Humberto Marques has collected through a life time behind the bar. The menu? Scandinavian with a Portuguese twist.
Kester Thomas offers a comfortable setting to enjoy quality drinks and good company, and caters to a mature audience who appreciates a well thought out concept. Everything on the menu is related to grapes (everything from wine to cocktails with champagne syrup). You might mistake the 1st floor for your own living room with its many books, a fireplace and globe bar. Sipping a drink in the comfy Danish Modern furniture you’ll feel right at home.
Gensyn on Frederiksberg must be the only place in Copenhagen where you can enjoy a well-balanced old fashioned with a couple of friends over a round of five pin billards. Two old lanterns and a green wooden door mark the entrance to this relaxed and non-pretentious bar. No huff and puff – just quality products, impeccable service, good beer and decent affordable drinks.
You pass through one of the oldest buildings in Copenhagen as you enter Lidkoeb which itself is housed in a charming old pharmacy built in 1886. All cocktails on the menu at Lidkoeb have Danish names and the managers take pride in building the menu, always with an eye for interesting flavor mixes and variety.
If you prefer to put a little distance between yourself and the busyness of the city center Helium is a nice alternative for the more mature audience with cozy dimmed lighting and a Boheme butique ambience. Within 5 minutes walking distance you have a long range of acclaimed restaurants available. Helium is ideal for setting the mood with a pre-dinner drink or continuing the good conversation in a new setting with an after dinner cocktail.
Ruby is the cocktail crown jewel of Copenhagen. Having been featured on the select list of the World’s 50 Best Bars six times, Ruby is renowned way beyond the borders of Denmark. In the basement bar, you literally enter an old safe! The safe now holds wall-to-wall glass cabinets full of rare bottles of vintage spirits. It’s a treasure chest available to the curious cocktail enthusiast.
K-bar is recognized by many as the first modern cocktail bar in Copenhagen. The interior is classic but with a distinctive minimalist modern twist of clear lines in black, white and steel. A Japanese inspired low bar desk makes you feel like you’ve been invited into the bartender’s kitchen to take part in the creative unfolding that takes place behind the bar.
Get your tickets and find the full list of cocktail week bars here.
Copenhagen Cocktail week runs from the 11th to the 18th of february 2018.