My last time in Copenhagen was almost three years ago and from what I remember, there was not much real cider around the city except the alco-pop produced by the Carlsberg Group. Now, three years later, cider significantly gained in popularity and is offered by many restaurants and bars. More to that, some restaurants list cider in the wine menu, not in the beer menu as almost the rest of the world does. So where you can find real cider in Copenhagen? Scroll down to see my recommendations.
- Holm Cider (Istedgade 44, 1650, Copenhagen)
Holm Cider is the absolute #1 in Copenhagen in terms of cider. Conveniently located in a very popular and apparently the coolest neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Vesterbro just behind the Copenhagen Central station and Tivoli Gardens with countless bars and restaurants. Holm Cider is a place that has a great atmosphere and offers a wide selection of cider on draught, by the glass or bottle to drink there or bring home. They will even make you a cocktail based on cider. If you are new to cider and don’t know exactly what you’d like to have a very friendly and knowledgable staff will assist you with your choice. Sometimes Danish cider makers stand behind the bar. Hence, Holm Cider is a true cider gem in this part of Europe. As for cider producers, you will find mainly cider from local Danish producers such as Aeblerov, Ciderrevolution, Decideret Cider or Mergelsø. But also cider from many European cider makers such as Dunkertons, Burrow Hill, Manoir du Grandouet, Andreas Schneider or Cidrerie du Leguer just to name a few. Holm Cider has also an outdoor seating area so when the sun comes out you can sit outside with a glass of cider and get a feeling of Danish hygge.
Actually, I remember Holm Cider already from my last visit to Copenhagen. At the time Holm Cider was just a cider shop located on the other side of the street with very strange working hours. Since I was also on a business trip last time, I didn’t manage to get inside and speak to the owner. I was just looking through the window at cider bottles of producer I have never tried before. Finally, I had a chance! And, it was fantastic!
- Rødder & Vin: Bar (Ravnsborggade 10, 2200 Copenhagen)
- Lord Nelson Bar (Hyskenstræde 9, 1207 Copenhagen)
Lord Nelson Bar is a tiny bar in the city centre that doesn’t make a good impression when you walk in as it’s dark and smells of cigarette smoke although no one actually smokes there. Nevertheless, it’s worth a visit as the owners make their own cider from apples grown in an orchard close to Skælskør. They make a few different English style ciders from whole juice usually by blending two to four apple varieties. I’ve tried their Danish Misstress and really enjoyed it. Usually, they have two different ciders on tap that have various level of sweetness/dryness. For their current offer click the link.
- Taphouse (Lavendelstræde 15, 1462 Copenhagen)
Taphouse is also located in the centre of Copenhagen so if you are doing sightseeing here you might sooner or later pass by this bar. Taphouse is a craft beer bar that has astonishing 61 taps and two of them are dedicated to cider or perry. At the time of my visit, they had perry from Hecks’s Cider and cider from Sheppy’s but they have also local cider from time to time. Check their website for the current tap list here and look at Tap 7 & 8 for cider/perry.
- Fermentoren (Halmtorvet 29C, 1700, Vesterbro, Copenhagen)
Fermentoren is another place in Vesterbro offering cider. And, another spot that I really like in Copenhagen. I feel in Fermentoren like a student again meeting up with friends and having a good time. They have also an outdoor seating area which is great both when it’s hot and cold as blankets are available. Some places have just good vibes. Their current tap list can be found here. Cider/Perry offered on tap 2.
- Charlie’s Bar (Pilestræde 33, Copenhagen)
I think Charlie’s Bar should actually be renamed to Little Britain as it is a true British gem hidden in Copenhagen. The moment you walk inside you feel that you are in an actual pub in the UK. Not only because everyone speaks English here. Just look at the picture below and tell me if I’m wrong. Cider wise they have only The Westons Old Rosie and an alcopop from Mortimer’s on draught. But due to reasons named earlier, it’s really worth visiting.
- Mikkeller Bar (Viktoriagade No. 8 B-C, 1655 Copenhagen) & Mikkeller CPH Airport (Terminal 2)
Mikkeller is a famous Danish craft beer producer that has set up craft beers bars offering his beer all around the world. Can’t speak for other branches, but Mikkeller Bar in Vesterbro and Mikkeller Bar in Terminal 2 at Copenhagen Airport offer cider from time to time. Although admittedly, this cider is usually hopped. I loved the fact that Mikkeller also has a bar at the Copenhagen airport as I could say goodbye to Copenhagen by drinking Aeblerov+Mikkeler’s’ Citra Dry Hopped Cider. Check here for current tap list in Mikkeller Bar in Vesterbro and here for CPH Aiport.
- Kødbyens Fiskebar (Flæsketorvet 100, 1711, Copenhagen)
Yes, it is another place in Vesterbro. Kødbyens Fiskebar is a fish and seafood restaurant located in old industrial premises in the Meatpacking District (Kødbyen). I had a delicious set of oysters as starter and fish & chips as main here. Cider is listed in the wine menu and available only by the bottle either from Aeblerov or Ciderrevolution.
- Rødder & Vin (Ravnsborggade 8, 2200 Copenhagen)
- La Tienda CPH (Flensborggade 11, 1669, Copenhagen)
This is the place to go in Vesterbro if you’re looking for Asturian sidra from El Gaitero.
If there are more cider spots in Copenhagen worth mentioning, just drop me a line! I would be happy to update my post.