Liven up a Sunday in Copenhagen

Nightlife, Things to Do — By Jane Graham on March 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

Sunday nights are notoriously quiet in Copenhagen. After the clubs have stayed open until 6am or later the two previous nights, Sundays are a day to stay long in bed, read the papers, enjoy a leisurely brunch and then to retire to the sofa to watch the latest crime drama on Danish television.

For those who really can’t bear to stay in, options may seem non-existent: But don’t worry! NileGuide have come up with five places where Monday’s early rise is forgotten and where the weekend isn’t quite over yet, whether you’re in the mood for some serious dub reggae, learning some salsa steps or listening to some of the city’s best jazz musicians get their groove on in a jam session.

  • At gritty, jazz venue La Fontaine—the oldest jazz club in Copenhagen—some serious jam sessions kick off at 9pm most Sunday nights and keep the beat moving until 1am, or until the musicians feel like stopping: Entry is free. Check the club website for program.
  • Those who want to take the energy up a notch might want to put on their dancing shoes and head over to the white-painted beach house Søpavillonen, where long-standing salsa club Salsa Libre host their own ‘Club Mojito’ every Sunday night from 7pm until 11.30pm. the first hour is reserved for dance classes, after which the DJs take over for a ‘salsatek’. Entry is 50kr.
  • Those who like to feel the bass amp shaking might dare to venture over to the reopened Stengade club and venue in Nørrebro, where the popular alternative dub reggae club Rub-a-Dub Sundays has recently returned. With its motto being, ‘F**k Your Mondays’, what more can we say?  Some legendary Jamaican acts have found their way into this offbeat venue. Rub-a-Dub nights kick off at 9pm with a door price of around DKK 50, and run until 3am.

  • Not your cup of tea? You could try one of the city’s smartest cocktail bars, Ruby, and the only one to open on a Sunday. With a decor reminiscent of a private gentleman’s club, this is the place to unwind in style; relax and enjoy.
  • Finally, for many of the city’s gay bars, Sunday is as much an excuse for a party as any other day of the week. Nightclub Never mind, between Rådhuspladsen and Ørstedsparken, is open from midnight until 6am every Sunday, meaning you can boogie to Eurovision classics until the bakeries open for breakfast.

Top image courtesy of Karolina Zapolska (La Fontaine jazz session). Below: Ruby Cocktail Bar.

Tags: Copenhagen clubs, gay bars, jazz jams, salsa nights, Sunday opening