Nightlife in Copenhagen has a couple of gears and the real party doesn't rev up until very late at night. To jumpstart the evening, most wait the night hours away in a huge variety of popular cafés and bars that usually serve both food and drinks. These can range from renovated historic buildings with new edgy décors to newly built and fashionable cafés.
Hybrid bars are a perfect way to begin the night as they change themes and almost reinvent their venue several times in a single night. This lets patrons enjoy easy listening music and nice meals before late night DJ's take over with a dance club atmosphere.
Those looking for more culture than party should visit the 150-year-old Pantomime Theatre, which stages commedia dell'arte productions with free admission. The modern Tivolis Koncertsal offers classical entertainment from opera to symphonies. You can often find last-minute discounted tickets at the ticket kiosk across from the Nørreport train station at the corner of Fiolstræde and Nørre Voldgade.
For those that venture on in the early morning, the night clubs are just waking up. Venues pop up and disappear quickly in Copenhagen which gives a fresh variety of choices, although old favourites, like once popular jazz clubs, are abandoned. However, certain areas of the city, such as Nyhavn and Boltens Gaard, are long time Copenhagen nightlife districts that can always promise great venues. These often stay open until five in the morning.
For updated listings of what's happening in Copenhagen, pick up a free copy of Copenhagen This Week at the tourist information centre.
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