Indre By Bars & Nightlife
Nybrogade 10, Indre By
Located in an old building (so old that Det Danske Spiritus Kompagni, one of Denmark’s leading spirits distrubutors, formed in the townhouse in 1882) in an even older part of town, Ruby is a thoroughly Copenhagen cocktail bar. The featured drink menu changes with the seasons and incorporates ingredients like lovage and fennel seed. Champagne, beer and wine round out the list, along with non-alcoholic drinks as enticing and creative as their boozy counterparts.
Gråbrødretorv 8, Indre By
Descending down the staircase to the cocktail bar sort of feels like walking onto a Mad Men set—which is exactly the retro vibe the owners are going for. Avoid the basement club space and instead stick to the more mellow, intimate cocktail bar. Settle into one of the comfortable armchairs or a discreet corner table in a room that resembles a cozy, wood-paneled library (there are actual shelves filled with books), and order a drink from the award-winning bartenders.
Ved Standen 10
Ved Standen 10, Indre By
Situated right on the canal opposite the stunning Christiansborg building (home of the Danish Parliament), Ved Standen 10 has a loyal following (read: always full). A favorite drinking spot for the city's best chefs, there's a broad selection of natural and biodynamic wines as well as craft beers on tap. The interior is incredibly inviting: floor-to-ceiling shelves are filled with wine bottles, and patrons sit at cozy round tables. The owners know how to keep it interesting—Monday nights play host to guest chefs of all levels and Wednesdays are reserved for tastings. The food is tapas style, ranging from cold cuts and cheese to roasted pork belly. You'll see the same people perched on stools, glasses in hand, every time—this bar is a neighborhood institution.