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Drag queen-gruppen Campari Camping performing at Pride in Copenhagen 2015. Photo: Shutterstock
Drag queen-gruppen Campari Camping performing at Pride in Copenhagen 2015. Photo: Shutterstock

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Guide to LGBTQ clubs in Copenhagen

Denmark was the first country in the world to permit same sex marriages, and the relaxed and tolerant approach to homosexuality is reflected in the Danish capital's large choice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender bars. Here are a few places you can warm up, end up or hook up during Pride Week in August.

Like many other big cities, Pride Week in Copenhagen has developed into a spectator event with around 30,000 participants and over 150,000 spectators, who go to support friends, family and familiar faces, to promote tolerance, or simply to have a good time.

And whether or not it’s Pride season, LGBTQ clubs guarantee a good time. Many operate an open door policy, where you’re welcome whether you’re LGBTQ or straight. Here’s a selection of great LGBTQ bars in Copenhagen.

Masken

Masken is one of the oldest gay bars in Copenhagen and was named Denmark’s Best Gay Bar in 2013. A classic and lively place with a mix of LGBTQ clientèle of all ages, where they celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest and serve loads of Fernet Branca.

Masken

Studiestræde 33, Copenhagen

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G.a.y

The man behind Masken is also the man behind G.A.Y., a city center bar on Rådhuspladsen. There’s a big choice of alcoholic drinks, Eurovision Thursday, Beyonce Breakdown and the Eurovision Song Contest and a lively LGBTQ crowd.

G.a.y

Vester Voldgade 10, Copenhagen

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Cosy bar

High camp drag artist DJs from Berlin with names such as Jacky-Oh Weinhaus and Charlet Crackhouse, are a couple of the headline disc jockeys in one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most iconic gay bars. Smoke, music and a tiny dance floor await in the bar for night owls of any sexual persuasion who often arrive when other clubs shut.

Cosy bar

Studiestræde 24, Copenhagen

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Men’s Bar

As the name suggests, Men’s Bar is exclusively geared towards gay men and the place to go dressed in leather, rubber or uniforms. Men’s has been on the scene for 25 years and is a classic gay leather bar, but without strict dress codes. Popular with leather, bears and mature guys. Serves brunch on the first Sunday of each month.

Men’s Bar

Teglgårdsstræde 3, Copenhagen

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Centralhjørnet

An iconic, lively gay bar that has been in existence in Copenhagen for over 100 years, making it one of the oldest in Europe. The place where brown bodega drag meets Eurovision and Pride, extravagantly decorated at Christmas and other high days and holidays. Mostly for men of all ages.

Centralhjørnet

Kattesundet 18, Copenhagen

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Oscar

Very popular LBDQT café and bar on the corner of Rådhuspladsen, with outdoor tables in summer. Cool DJs, Cocktail lounge, classic café food, numerous draft beers and a smart clientèle.

Oscar

Regnbuepladsen 7, Copenhagen

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Amigo Bar

Amigobar was originally a gay bar for men, but has since become a party magnet for both gay and straight visitors. Queer bodega atmosphere, loads of themed parties, karaoke nights, good atmosphere and open late.

Amigo Bar

Schønbergsgade 4, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen

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Vela Gay Club

Vela is a lesbian bar and disco where you can always expect a good time. Famous for its painted glass windows with Japanese kimono ladies, subdued lighting and shots with crazy names. The clientèle is overwhelmingly gay women, but men are not turned away.

Vela Gay Club

Viktoriagade 2-4, Copenhagen

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