Copenhagen may have plenty of nightclubs – but where do you go if you want to dance? Whether you’re a lover of mambo or a serious techno freak, this list should point you in the right direction.
The Latino wave moved over Copenhagen in the last decade and opted to stay. For lovers of Latin dancesteps from salsa to tango, Club Mambo is the premiere nightclub in Copenhagen, offering lessons early in the evening as well as occasional live shows at this lively nightspot not far from Rådhuspladsen. On weekends, the lounge area of the spacious club is transformed into a dinner and dance hall, with three-course menu to compliment the Latin atmosphere; reservation essential.
Another Latin dance group, Salsa Libre, offer classes and weekly club nights every Thursday at Søpavillonen, the large white pavilion at the edge of Peblingesø lake. Those looking to liven up their Sundays should check out Salsa Libre’s Sunday night Club Mojito at café bar Havana, next to Frederiksberg Metro Station.
Copenhagen’s electronic scene is small but industrious. The city’s party people organize a number of different street parties, festivals and pop-up summer clubs—often open air—including May’s Distortion and the Trailer Park Festival held every August. These same collectives organize plenty of party nights at either times of the year, so if this is your thing, it’s well worth signing up for the mailing list.
Regular electronic clubs include Culture Box, on Kronprinsessegade not far from Kongens Have, with a good reputation for bringing world-class electronic DJs to Copenhagen. Enjoy a cocktail in the pre-club ‘Cocktail Box’ next door before the serious party starts at midnight. A newcomer to the scene is KB18,short for Kødboderne 18, a massive warehouse venue that offers a mix of live electronic and techno music and rock/garage concerts in the suitably grungy surroundings of the city’s newest gentrification quarter, the old meat-packing district Kødbyen not far from the Central Train Station.
Image of party people in Kødbyen by Kristian Thøgersen.