This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.
A transformation occurred in Copenhagen with the New Nordic cuisine movement, and what was once littered with tiki cocktails and beer bars has become an epicenter for innovative cocktails. Diners and drinkers were finally able to access creative food with local ingredients that opened their palates and go beyond pork, potatoes, and beer (not that there is anything wrong with that triumvirate). A dedication to playing with flavors, textures, and colors has not only changed the way that people dine but also they way they drink. Read on for nine must-try bars that are transforming the way Copenhagen drinks.
The Bird and The Churchkey
Step downstairs into this cavernous den for some of Copenhagen's best gin. With over 80 varieties and almost 60 beers on the menu, you can choose from expertly crafted drinks ranging from simple classics to complex modern takes. A must-drink is the Neoclassic G&T served with Hendricks, Fevertree tonic (which you pour over to your liking), frozen cucumber ice cubes, and rose petals. Or dive into something more adventurous with the Monkey Kong, made with Money 47 gin, rhubarb, vanilla, star anise, and Fentimans tonic. The bar gets busy so try to snag a table to one of the many tucked away rooms that are equipped with board games. The service is friendly and the place is lively on Friday and Saturdays and a heaven for gin lovers.