Himmeriget

Himmeriget, “Kingdom of Heaven”, is a small craft beer bar on Åboulevard, Frederiksberg.

The small and simple bar has quickly made its name in the local craft beer scene since its opening last year, and has been featured in international medias including The New York Times and Financial Times, thanks to its extensive rare beer collection in cans and bottles, as well as their geeky tap allowing you to choose the beer temperature and foam mix.

Their décor is simple and atmosphere relaxed, leaving beers take central stage. The place is also frequented by young beer geeks and local hipsters who want to avoid the mainstreams.

Address: Åboulevard 27, 1960 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Photo courtesy of Himmeriget

Generator Hostel

Hotel bars and restaurants have been pretty boring in Denmark in comparison to its American or Asian counterparts. Most of the time, they are hardly occupied apart from breakfast hours. You will see a couple of tired business travelers who are too tired to dine out. In a typical hotel restaurant, the atmosphere is rather dull.

However, it seems the trend for tourist residences to strengthen up their F&B arm has finally kick started in Copenhagen, with Dángleterre’s Marchal gaining a Michelin star, Nimb opening a gourmet vegetarian concept Gemyse and Hotel SP34 partnering with the city’s best burger joint Cock’s & Cows.

The trend is not only limited to 5 star establishments and design hotels. Lately, Generator Hostel has also (literally) beefed up their menu. Their Bar & Restaurant serves some tempting gourmet burgers, slow-cooked meats and a whole lot more delicious gastropub foods at very reasonable prices.

Grab a beer and hang out at the spacious Petanque Terrace. Who would have thought that this traditional French game is (well – probably cheap beer and cozy alfresco space too!) so popular among the Danes that even locals fill the dining hall of this hostel on weekends.

Recently, their icebar, Reflections, has also generated a lot of buzz. Well, if you don’t think the Scandinavian weather is cool enough, cave in the ground floor bar frozen with ice from the Torne River in northern Sweden. Some vodka will Absolut-ely warm yours up.

Address: Adelgade 5, 1304 Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Barr

Barr is Noma’s new bar and restaurant specializing in beer and classic Nordic dishes with a modern twist.

Occupying the former space of “The World’s Best Restaurant”, Barr by the waterfront shall promise a dining experience with a view.

It’d be really cool if the space gets more opened up, allowing us to chill alfresco. (Maybe something like Papirøen, Copenhagen Street Food Market Hall?)

Barr is yet to open on 5 July 2017 and they are taking reservations here already. We look forward to testing it out.

Address: Strandgade 93, Copenhagen, Denmark

Telephone: +45 32963293

Fermentoren

A low-key, down-to-earth craft beer joint close to the meatpacking district in Vesterbro, which is less known to tourists.

Beer is world-class and the cozy place is an amazing alternative to the world-famous Mikkeller when it is too busy serving non-local visitors. When the weather is nice, their outdoor garden is a great place for a chilled pale ale.

There is an extensive selection of craft beers, mostly from microbreweries within the city, eg Amager / Nørrebro. Staff is friendly and is helpful in recommending a beer that suits your taste. They are generally generous if you show genuine interest, so don’t hesitate to ask for a taste.

If you are looking for something off the beaten track, yet close to the city, this is your place.

Address: Halmtorvet 29C, 1700 København v

Phone: + 45 23 98 86 77

Mikkeller

Mikkeller is probably the most well known craft beer venture in Denmark, so famous that they even have a wikipedia entry. They have several bars in Copenhagen; make private labels for Michelin starred restaurants such as Kiin Kiin; export hundreds of bottles across Denmark and overseas; have several international outlets, including one in San Francisco, Tokyo, Bangkok and more cities; won many awards, and has established itself as THE place to visit in Copenhagen.

Mikkeller is primarily a microbrewery specialising in small-batch, one-off brews. Flavours are often experimental and yet approachable. Their bars break away from classic feel of traditional pubs that are often dark and masculine, presenting a delightful, refreshing touch with an iconic Nordic simplicity.

In general, Mikkeller’s craft beers are considered to be relatively pricey. In fact, they serve some of the most expensive ones in town; but for those coming from cities like New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore where alcoholic beverages don’t come cheap, the cost isn’t really that bad.

Here is a list of their bars around town; and what we think of them:

Mikkeller Bar (Vesterbro)

It all started here. Located in a vibrant street in Vesterbro with stylish restaurants and bars nearby, the legendary joint is always packed with tourists and beer geeks alike. The place is fairly small. On a sunny day, it’s not too bad to avoid the crowd by staying outside and have a chilled beer.

Mikkeller & Friends (Nørrebro)

The second bar of Mikkeller established with To Øl. This bar is larger than the venture’s original one in terms of its size and menu. Located in the trendy Nørrebro district, the place is popular among hipster locals and tourists alike. Pop by the place after exploring the Michelin-starred Ralæ or its sister Manfred’s & Vin around the corner if you are on a gourmet tour and want to tick all of the boxes.

Koelschip (Nørrebro)

This Belgium-inspired little joint is right next to Mikkeller & Friends in Nørrebro. Fancy glassware and Belgium snacks await.

Mikropolis (Nørreport)

A craft beer bar that also highlights cocktails made with small-batch liquors. A great place to take your female friends whilst you can enjoy your pint of IPA (let’s admit it, some ladies really do not drink beer at all). It’s located in the heart of Copenhagen, next to the lakes and the city’s famous food hall Torvehallerne. Perfect to hop from one must-see place to another if you are visiting the city.

Warpigs (Vesterbro)

In the meatpacking district flooded by tourists, this American-inspired gastropub serves a wide selection of American-Danish style beers and Texas barbecue bites. A place to see and be seen, Warpigs is also a popular pick for those who are eager to meet new friends.

Mikkeller Barrel Room  (near Christianshavn/Holmen)

As its title suggests, you will find a selection of beer from Mikkeller’s huge barrel room. The space hosts special events regularly.


As the group is fast expanding, you can visit their official website to find out their latest new F&B concept.