Copenhagen has a good selection of authentic Irish pubs with an enthusiastic crowd of loyal regulars and the chance to drink a pint of the black stuff, see some sports and even enjoy a full Irish breakfast. And what better way to sample a little from each of Copenhagen’s Irish pubs than to partake in a St Patrick’s Day pub crawl?
Technically, Copenhagen’s official St Pats Pub crawl is more of a hop, as it takes the form of a three-legged charity race and has grown into quite a tradition not only amongst Copenhagen’s Irish community but also with Danes. A total of six pubs are included in the race, which costs DKK 50 to take part in—the money goes to charity. Just remember to wear something green!
This small, narrow bar is Irish owned and managed, and attracts a fairly balanced mix of Danish and expat locals.
- The Shamrock Inn
Copenhagen’s oldest Irish pub dates from 1989—which just goes to show how new the concept of Irish pubs is to Denmark—and while it doesn’t offer food, regular live music is a big attraction at the Shamrock, located behind Axeltorv.
Situated not far from Nørreport Station, The Globe is the pub for the sporting man. It has one of the most popular—and competitive—pub quizzes in Copenhagen (held every other Thursday) and its widescreen TVs show almost all sports you can imagine.
Conveniently located on Strøget, The Irish Rover is so confident you’ll be impressed by its bar meals that it now calls itself a gastropub: Especially worth a mention are the full Irish breakfasts and the Sunday roast dinners.
With its very name a James Joyce reference, it should come as no surprise that this pink-painted bar tucked away on a small street not far from Gråbrødretorv is popular with Copenhagen’s expat theatrical community.
Yep, it’s part of the chain, but not a bad edition, and certainly central, found on busy Amagertorv, opposite the Royal Copenhagen store: Ideal for a pint of Guinness, Caffrey’s, or a pub lunch.
More info on the three-legged race is available at www.paddysday.dk
Image courtesy of the Paddys Day Three-legged race.