Copenhagen At Night

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Copenhagen is a beautiful and welcoming city and one that is worth exploring during any season, day or night. The city is a vibrant and cultural destination with lots to do in the evening. As it is very pedestrian friendly, with public transport running until the small hours, it is easy to get around on foot, by hiring a bike or by metro-hopping between bars. The streets of Copenhagen are clean and safe, and the entire city is well-lit with streetlights and plenty of atmospheric fairy lights.

Clubbing or going to bars is a great way to see the city from a locals point of view, and there are plenty of cosy, trendy and live music bars to choose from. If this isn’t for you, many of Copenhagens museums have late openings, events and even talks after dark. The city also has many live music venues, theatres and cinemas. There are plenty of exciting things to do in Copenhagen at night, and here are 20 to get you started.

Copenhagen At Night

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Nyhavn Harbor in Copenhagen at night.

20 Things To Do In Copenhagen At Night

1- Go On An Evening Canal Cruise

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The cityscape of Copenhagen at night.

Book a canal tour and enjoy a relaxing evening on the water with spectacular views.

Cruises will take you past some of the most iconic of Copenhagen’s landmarks, including The Little Mermaid Statue.

Some tours offered in the city also include a luxury dining experience on board, featuring a range of delicious dishes using locally sourced ingredients.

Most evening canal tours run during the summer when the weather is warmer and the days are longer.

Canal tours begin at the harbour.

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2- Join A Night Walking Tour

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The royal museum in Copenhagen at night.

A walking tour of a new city is always a good idea, but one at night can be even more magical.

A range of tours are available across the city, each offering something a little different.

Head out on a city tour to see Nyhavn fully lit up with its light-adorned boats in the harbour and some of the most famous sights without the crowds.

Other tours offer the chance to get a locals view of the best bars and restaurants on a food tour, or for the brave, head out after dark on a ghost walk to experience the haunted side of this Scandinavian city.

Night Walking tours begin at various destinations across the city.

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3- Meet New Friends On A Pub Crawl

If clubbing isn’t for you, but enjoying a local drink with friends is, head out on a guided pub crawl.

Many pub crawls are offered throughout the city, each with a knowledgeable guide to take you to the best spots in the city for the atmosphere, friendly locals and, of course, the best drinks available.

A pub crawl is a great way to explore the city’s nightlife, find hidden gems and meet new people on your travels.

Recommended tour: Copenhagen: Guided Bar Crawl with 4 Shots and 1 Beer

4- Evening Segway Tour

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Copenhagen at night is delightful.

Another great way to see more of the city at night is on an evening segway tour.

Evening segway tours typically last for 2 hours and take in the top sights of the city, including the Little Mermaid statue in the harbour, the lights and subtle jazz music of Nyhavn and the Danish Parliament.

While taking in the sights, tour guides will also reveal some of the city’s history and grizzly tales.

Your knowledgeable guide will also recommend some of the best restaurants, bars and clubs as you roll around the streets.

Segway tours begin at various locations across the city.

Recommended tour: Copenhagen: 1 or 2-Hour Segway Tour

5- Wander Around Tivoli Gardens at Night

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Visiting Tivoli Gardens should be at the top of your list of what to do at night in Copenhagen.

Even if you have visited during the day, Tivoli Gardens is a great destination once the sun has set.

The entire park is filled with glittering lights, music, and plenty of things to see and do.

Tivoli’s rides and attractions are open till late, as are its many places to eat and drink.

A visit to Tivoli Gardens at night is also a great opportunity for some creative travel photographs, thanks to its wide array of lights, particularly around the garden’s lake.

During the summer, Tivoli holds a weekly firework display every Saturday that children will surely enjoy.

During the summer, Tivoli shuts between 11 and 12 pm. In winter, the park closes at 10 pm, allowing you plenty of opportunities to marvel at the magic of the gardens after dark, whatever season you visit.

Tivoli Gardens is at Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V.

Recommended ticket: Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens and Unlimited Rides Classic Combo

6- Watch A Show At The Royal Danish Theatre

Enjoy a night at the opera at the Royal Danish Theatre for a sophisticated and cultural evening.

C.F. Harsdorff reconstructed the theatre’s original 1748 building in 1774, allowing for crucial changes involving space and seating for guests to be adapted.

Today the theatre consists of the Old Stage, Opera House and the Royal Danish Playhouse.

Performances are on year-round, either traditional Latin operas or Danish language plays.

However, several performances are available in English and other languages for international audiences.

Royal Danish Theatre is at Kongens Nytorv 9, 1050 København K.

7- Wander Around Nyhavn

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Nyhavn Harbor is an enchanting sight in Copenhagen at night.

Nyhavn is one of the trendiest areas in Copenhagen to visit during the day, however, at night, the area comes to life. 

Nyhavn is Copenhagen’s old port district, dating from the 17th century, with a small canal running through it.

Along the canal are many boats all with colourful fairy lights lit up at night.

The atmosphere at night in Nyhavn is relaxed and full of hygee, as its bars and restaurants spill out onto the pavements during summer for outdoor dining, and the sound of jazz from the clubs fills the air.

Nyhavn is a neighbourhood in Copenhagen.

Recommended tour: Copenhagen: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Boat Tour Option

8- Catch A Movie At Vester Vov Vov

Enjoy a movie at Vester Vov Vov if you are in the city during cold or rainy weather or are simply looking for a before-dinner activity.

The cinema is housed in a building from the late 1890s, which once was a Roman-style bathhouse before becoming a tea room, paint works, and eventually the cinema.

The cinema opened in 1975 and has only two screens with limited seating, creating a cosy and relaxing atmosphere.

Inside is an airy, open cafe filled with plants, old movie posters, and movie projectors.

Movies at Vester Vov Vov include those in Danish with English subtitles for international visitors.

Vester Vov Vov is at Absalonsgade 5, 1658 København.

9- ClimbTthe Round Tower To See The City’s Lights 

While you may have already climbed the Round Tower during the day, seeing the views from the top after nightfall is nothing like seeing the views from the top.

Christian IV built the Round Tower in the 17th Century for his team of astronomers.

The observatory inside is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.

The observatory opens every Tuesday and Wednesday evening during the winter for a night of star gazing and for talks by the resident astronomers.

Climb to the top of the tower, look out across the city towards the water, and see it lit up for a perfect way to round off your evening.

Round Tower is at Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København.

10- Visit The David Collection Museum

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Tick the Copenhagen Opera House off your list of where to go at night in Copenhagen.

C.L. David was a prominent Copenhagen lawyer who, upon his death, left his home and his vast art collection to the future of the people of Copenhagen.

Since its founding in the 1960s, the museum has expanded its collections to include 18th-century European Arts and Islamic Art.

The David Collection also includes early Danish Modern Art and art from the 17th and 19th centuries.

Included in the collection are works from Vilhelm Hammershøi and J.F. Wilumsen.

While the museum typically shuts at 5 pm each day, it opens late on Wednesdays, allowing you to stroll through its halls without the crowds in Copenhagen at night.

The David Collection is at Kronprinsessegade 30, 1306 København.

Recommended: Copenhagen Card-Discover: 80+ Attractions & Public Transport

11- Listen To Live Music At Nemoland

Freetown Christiania In Copenhagen
Freetown Christiania has plenty of Copenhagen attractions at night.

If you are spending a day in Christiana during the summer, call Café Nemoland on a Sunday to listen to live music.

Café Nemoland holds two free live concerts each Sunday on their open-air stage, showcasing some of the best up-and-coming bands in the country and hosting classic bands from the 80s and 90s.

The concerts begin at 6 pm and 8 pm, giving you plenty of time to grab a bite at the cafe.

Their extensive menu includes a range of toasts, fish and chips, loaded fries and plenty of freshly grilled meats and fish served with fresh vegetables.

Nemoland is at Fabriksområdet 48, 1440 København.

12- Go Clubbing In Trendy K­­ødbyn

Kødbyn is Copenhagen’s former meatpacking district and today is the city’s nightlife centre.

The area now has excellent restaurants, cosy bars and cool nightclubs.

Start your night in NOHO, a favourite of the city’s cool crowd, where you can dine and dance in its industrial-style warehouse interior filled with colourful neon lighting.

Surround yourself with an eclectic crowd at the popular LGBTQ+ bar Jolene for live music in a shabby-chic environment.

Mesteren & Lærlingen is one of the city’s most popular bars and one of the oldest bars.

If you are looking for a more hygge-filled clubbing experience, this cosy bar and club serve a range of food and drinks, with live music or DJ’s performing every day.

Kødbyn is a neighbourhood in Copenhagen.

13- Have Fun At Bakken Park

Only 10 minutes outside of the city centre is Bakken Park, the oldest amusement park in the world.

The park is set inside the woods of Dyrehaven and offers visitors a unique theme park experience that combines nostalgia with modern rides.

Bakken was founded in 1583 and has been entertaining visiting guests since.

Entry to the park is free, however, there are fees for the rides and the games offered.

There are 32 rides in the park, including the oldest ride in the park, the Rutschebanen, a wooden roller coaster with top speeds of 34mph (54.72kph)

The park has late openings throughout the year, with later closing times in summer, allowing you to make the most of the rides, games and overall thrill of the park.

Bakken Park is at Dyrehavevej 62, 2930 Klampenborg.

14- Tap Your Feet At Jazzhus Montmartre

Fully experience Copenhagen’s jazz-filled nightlife at Jazz’s Montmartre, one of the city’s best venues for live music.

Jazzhus Montmartre has created a unique and cosy surrounding to spend your evening in, with its warm and inviting atmosphere, plenty of tasty dishes in its restaurant, and incredible music.

The club specialises in local food and drinks and partners with a local farmhouse brewery, Herslev Bryghus, which grows its grains in the fields surrounding the brewery.

The restaurant is open for dining before the live shows start at around 8 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Jazzhus Montmartre is at Store Regnegade 19A, 1110 København K.

15- Dine In A Michelin-star Restaurant

Geranium is one of the most desirable restaurants in Copenhagen, and with two Michelin stars, it is easy to see why.

Set on the 8th floor in Common Gardens, Geranium serves outstanding dishes and offers outstanding views over the gardens towards the city and the windmills beyond.

Each season a new menu reflective of local and seasonal ingredients is offered.

Diners typically experience a three-hour dinner with various beautifully presented dishes served across 16 courses.

Chef Rasmus Kofoed carefully designs each dish to reflect the ingredients and the season and invoke all of your senses.

Geranium is at Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8. Sal, 2100 København.

16- Drink Cocktails In A Sleek Cocktail Bar 

Cocktails On Bar Background
Enjoying a cocktail is one of the fun things to do in Copenhagen at night.

Copenhagen has many excellent cocktail bars, such as Ruby, which has been one of the city’s most popular bars since it opened in 2007 for enjoying cocktails.

The bar is set inside a 1750s townhouse in the Old Town close to the Danish parliament and Thorvaldsen’s museum.

During its lengthy history, the building was used by Det Danske Spiritus Kompagni, the Danish spirit producers, which forms some of the inspiration for the bar today.

Ruby aims to give guests a fully rounded experience of delicious and carefully curated drinks in a cosy and timeless atmosphere.

Their current summer menu includes a range of fresh and fruity drinks, including their frozen Amaretto sour with apple and plum, and a unique whisky cocktail named ‘whisky for breakfast’ that combines smooth Jonnie Walker Green Label with toasted oats, milky oolong tea and a splash of tonic soda.

Ruby is at Nybrogade 10, 1203 København.

Recommended: Copenhagen: The Meatpacking District Tour

17- Try A Variety Of Local Brews

After opening in 2007, Mikkeller has turned its small home-brew business into a must-visit bar in Copenhagen and several other European locations.

The bar was opened by Mikel Borg Bjergsø, who made beer at various breweries nationwide.

Upon opening his first branch of Mikkeller, Mikel found that his unique brand of beer combined with a range of tasty snacks was an immediate hit with the locals.

Visit the original Mikkeller in the city to find taps pouring the bars own brews and a range of bottled beers.

The bar is clean, minimal, and reflective of modern Danish design, creating a relaxed and trendy environment.

Mikkeller is at Viktoriagade 8, B-C, 1655 København.

18- Go To A Gig At Loppen

Another excellent music venue in Christiana is Loppen, an alternative concert venue.

Set inside an old army hall from the area’s military base days, Loppen has welcomed music enthusiasts since 1973.

The music played at Loppen ranges from alternative to dance, reggae and hip-hop.

Bands performing at Loppen are typically local up-and-coming artists in the Danish music scene.

When Loppen isn’t hosting concerts, the venue is used as a gallery, restaurant, and flea market.

Loppen is at Sydområdet 4B, 1, 1440 København.

19- Step Back In Time At Dandy

Dandy is perhaps the most trendy cocktail bar in Copenhagen and is instantly recognisable thanks to its hot pink flamingos.

The bar was designed to reflect the Hollywood lounge aesthetic popular during the 1960s.

As well as serving delicious drinks such as their Hunky Dory, Dandy offers a range of delicious dishes in their restaurant.

Away from their bar’s bold pinks and golds is a wide dance floor that is filled on Friday and Saturday nights.

Dandy’s decor is also perfect for adding colourful shots to your Instagram of your trip to Scandinavia.

Dandy is at Dronningens Tværgade 9, 1302 København K. 

20- Listen To More Jazz At La Fontaine

Indulge in Copenhagen’s jazz scene at its oldest jazz bar, La Fontaine.

The bar holds live jazz performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Inside, the atmosphere is cosy and electric, with plenty of space to dance.

La Fontaine specialises in providing a venue for young jazz talents to perform and develop their skills.

While the venue hosts many concerts, it is also well known for hosting impromptu jam sessions where even the patrons can get involved.

Aside from jazz music, once a month, La Fontaine hosts the Copenhagen Poetry Club for live readings.

La Fontaine is at Kompagnistræde 11, 1208 København.

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Sarah Holmes is a travel and fashion writer living in the heart of England. From family adventures in numerous parts of the UK and Europe to exploring cities as an adult, Sarah has a wide knowledge of the best areas, sights and local tips that the UK and the neighbouring continent can offer. Sarah grew up in the North East of England, with incredible sights and landmarks only a short drive away. Her favourite places to visit include Seaham Beach, the Lake District and Alnwick Castle. Sarah has written for a range of fashion and travel blogs and print publications.