Best Gay Bars in Copenhagen
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Best Gay Bars in Copenhagen

Mathias Mølgaard
Mathias Mølgaard
June 12, 2024
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Copenhagen is renowned for its open-minded and vibrant LGBTQ+ community, making it a welcoming haven for both locals and visitors alike. Denmark, as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly countries globally, sees Copenhagen at the heart of its inclusive culture. The city's relaxed and tolerant atmosphere allows everyone to feel comfortable and free to express their true selves. Throughout the year, Copenhagen hosts various events celebrating diversity, and the city's nightlife is a testament to its lively spirit, with numerous bars and nightclubs catering to the LGBTQ+ community.

If you want to learn more about Copenhagen's LGBTQ+ community and visit many of the featured bars, don't miss our LGBTQ+ History in Copenhagen tour.

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Here are the top 10 gay bars in Copenhagen, offering a mix of fun, music, and a welcoming environment for all:

1. G-A-Y Copenhagen

G-A-Y Copenhagen, established in 2014, has quickly become a staple in Copenhagen's LGBTQ+ nightlife. Located in the heart of the city, this smoke-free bar is renowned for its vibrant drag shows and lively DJ sets. The club hosts various events that align with the LGBTQIA+ calendar, making it a hotspot for celebrations. Co-owned by Patrick and Bo, who also manage Masken Bar and Jailhouse, G-A-Y Copenhagen caters to a diverse crowd, offering a welcoming space for queer men, women, and transgender individuals to enjoy dance beats, fun cocktails, and a vibrant atmosphere​.

  • Address: Vester Voldgade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

2. Jailhouse CPH

Jailhouse CPH offers a unique, prison-themed experience with its bar and restaurant. Located on Studiestræde, this basement bar features bartenders dressed as policemen, serving creatively named drinks like "Blue Lights" and "Handcuffs". The venue is known for its fun, lighthearted atmosphere despite its jail cell decor. Regular events, such as Bear Night and Halloween parties, add to its quirky charm. The restaurant upstairs serves a delicious menu on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, making it a complete dining and nightlife destination​.

  • Address: Studiestræde 12, Copenhagen, Denmark
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3. Centralhjørnet

Centralhjørnet is one of Europe’s oldest gay bars, having been part of Copenhagen’s nightlife for over a century. This cozy bar welcomes a mixed crowd and is known for its live entertainment, including Sunday-Jazz concerts and drag shows from October to April. During the summer, its outdoor seating becomes a popular spot for locals and tourists to enjoy the sunshine. Centralhjørnet remains a cornerstone of Copenhagen’s LGBTQ+ scene, providing a welcoming and historic venue for socializing and enjoying live performances​.

  • Address: Kattesundet 18, Copenhagen, Denmark

4. Men's Bar

Men’s Bar is a small, bodega-style venue located in central Copenhagen. It is particularly popular among men who enjoy a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The bar is known for its casual vibe, with many patrons donning jeans and leather outfits, though there is no strict dress code. It is an ideal spot for enjoying beers and strong Danish shots before heading to other nightclubs, making it a perfect starting point for a night out)​.

  • Address: Teglgårdstræde 3, Copenhagen, Denmark

5. Vela Gay Club

Vela Gay Club, located in Vesterbro, is the only lesbian-exclusive bar in Copenhagen, though it welcomes all. It offers a safe, relaxing space with cozy sofas, games, and ample room to dance. Vela is also known for hosting cultural events, literature readings, speed dating nights, and live music, making it a vibrant hub for socializing and entertainment. It’s a great place for women to mingle and enjoy the local LGBTQ+ scene​.

  • Address: Viktoriagade 2, Copenhagen, Denmark

6. Never Mind

Never Mind is a popular gay nightclub in central Copenhagen, known for its late hours, staying open until 6 am. The club features disco balls, chandeliers, and a warm atmosphere with pink and red lighting. It offers a variety of drinks and a happy hour from 10 pm to 1 am. With its welcoming vibe and lively crowd, Never Mind is a top choice for those looking to party into the early morning hours​.

  • Address: Nørre Voldgade 2, Copenhagen, Denmark

7. Kiss Kiss Bear Bar

Kiss Kiss Bear Bar is celebrated for its warm atmosphere and friendly staff. This two-floor venue provides ample space for dancing and socializing, staying open until 7 am on weekends. It is known for its inviting environment and vibrant late-night parties, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists to enjoy the night​​.

  • Address: Studiestræde 24, Copenhagen, Denmark

8. Oscar Bar & Café

Oscar Bar & Café is centrally located next to Copenhagen’s City Hall. This bar and café offer a relaxed atmosphere with a great selection of drinks and food. On Fridays, the venue transforms into a lively dance floor with DJs, making it an ideal spot for starting a night out. Known for its friendly staff and welcoming vibe, Oscar Bar & Café is a must-visit in Copenhagen’s LGBTQ+ scene​.

  • Address: Regnbuepladsen 7, Copenhagen, Denmark

9. Masken Bar

Masken Bar is one of Copenhagen’s oldest gay clubs, situated in the city’s ‘gay district’. It attracts a diverse crowd and is known for its lively music and affordable drinks. Open daily, Masken Bar has earned the title of Denmark’s Best Gay Bar, making it a staple in the city’s LGBTQ+ nightlife. It’s a great place to meet new people and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere​.

  • Address: Studiestræde 33, Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Cosy Bar

Cosy Bar has been a part of Copenhagen’s nightlife for over 70 years. This iconic gay bar is known for its late-hour parties, staying open until 8 am on weekends. Its popularity extends to heterosexual patrons as well, who come to enjoy the lively atmosphere and dance the night away. Cosy Bar remains a beloved venue for anyone looking to experience Copenhagen’s vibrant nightlife.

  • Address: Studiestræde 24, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
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