Vinhanen Wine 101

Wine culture can be tricky to penetrate, especially for the untrained or new-to-the-game. If you’re looking for a place to start, though, you’d have trouble finding anywhere better than Vinhanen. Frequented by wine aficionados, novices and casual partakers alike, vine-elitism and forced convention are passed over in favor of a relaxed and open-minded atmosphere here—so don’t feel like you need take a whiff and pretend you can smell tannins and liquorice if you can’t.

Prices lean towards supermarket while the stock screams quality and depth, and if you feel a little too spoilt for choice, the well-versed staff are more than happy to partner you up with a tipple to suit your preference. They stock returnable bottles too, so if you’re short for time or stopping in on the way home, you can grab a vintage to go. It’d be a shame not to stick around and delve deep into one of their mean plates of charcuterie whilst you sip away though right? Damn right.

Fortunen Nordic nonchalance featured

It’s not easy to make the transition from daylight nosher to late-night swiller, but Fortunen makes a sterling job of it. Their (poorly kept) secret? Craft local brews on tap, mean cocktails flowing from the mixers and a consistent lineup of DJs who fall firmly into the ‘up and coming’ category (read: unknown but damn good). The main draw of this establishment, though, is still its food.

The term gastropub is often abused to justify ridiculous prices for small dishes, so we won’t do Fortunen the injustice of calling it that. It’s rather a casual modern eatery with a mix-and-match approach to dining. They recommend two to four dishes per person, so it’s best to go with an unfussy friend and get really stuck into the menu. The grilled hanger steak is not to be missed, though it’s pretty hard to put a foot wrong.

KB18 Dirty little rave secrets featured

Copenhagen may be a pretty clean city but that doesn’t mean its residents don’t know how to get down and dirty with the best of ‘em. Nowhere more so than the bare concrete warehouse rave-hole that is KB18. This is a place where the decks are set up on wooden slats, fat speaker stacks are about the only decorative flourish, DJs are face-to-face with wide-eyed shape-throwers and the idea of a ‘dress code’ is utterly alien. Because when you’ve been raving for several hours straight to an eclectic set of sounds that encompasses anything from psi-trance to tech-house and garage to drum n’ bass, you should be allowed to enter a state of dishevelled undress to cool yourself down. Right? Damn right.

Karriere The art of nightlife

Art is life at Karriere, or rather art is nightlife. Transformed by a crack squad of world class artists from a meat packing district dullard into a funky yet functional social space, this artistic impresario of a bar-slash-club has become one of the city’s buzzing nightspots. Replete with enough design flourishes—crazy lamps, an L.E.D wall mounted world map and a polished metal dance floor—to keep you distracted for hours, the big space gets raucous with the best of ‘em later on when the DJs start spinning and CPH’s cool crowd come out to play.

Motto Charlottenborg Cultural compendium

The integrity of tangible books might be in jeopardy, but places like Motto Charlottenborg remain ever-resilient to change. Cross-genre in nature, Motto is housed in an elegant art hall and cultural hot spot. A self-publishing showcase, the walls boast an array of vibrant pièces de résistance of the aesthetic world, while open space for exhibitions, forums, and lectures allows lovers of the medium to wax poetic about the function of publishing and writing in a fast-paced world.

Hotel D'Angleterre Beds fit for a princess featured

The grand old dame of Copenhagen hotels, the D’Angleterre has been around since 1755. Since then it has garnered a plenitude of history and stories to be told. It was here that the first draft for Denmark’s constitution was presented, thereby ending the king’s absolute power in Danish affairs. Anyone from visiting royalty, politicians and rock stars have lived here, as well as defeated generals and fugitives from war.

All in all, the D’Angleterre with its 123 rooms and 19 suites is a Danish landmark. Offering guests the utmost luxury, you can expect to be well taken care of if you chose to stay here. Indoor swimming pool, spa, in-house masseuses, and 24-hour room service are ready to cater to your every need.

Currently, the D’Angleterre is closed for renovation. It is slated to reopen in May 2013 as one of the most exclusive hotels in all of Scandinavia.

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