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Gay Copenhagen

Scandinavia's Gay Capital

Copenhagen is northern Europe's most cosmopolitan and gayest city, celebrating gay life like very few other cities do, with a major gay film festival every October, and the Gay Parade in August.
This shouldn't surprise anyone after being reminded that Denmark is one of the world's most tolerant and gay-friendly nations. Its national gay and lesbian organization was founded all the way back in 1948, and in 1989 it became the first country in the world to introduce gay partnership laws.
The capital has a lively, relaxed gay scene where almost everything is within walking distance, although you'll want to do plenty of walking -- watching those tall, gorgeous Danes strolling by is like watching a catwalk filled with plenty of eye candy.

Oscar Cafe, gay cafe and bar, Copenhagen Oscar Cafe
Here's one of the best options in the city for a coffee during the day. It also offers light meals and some cool cocktails, as well as happy hours in late afternoon. When it's sunny, this is a great place to sit outside. If you choose to have dinner elsewhere, return after that for more drinks and perhaps some moves on the tiny dancefloor.

CAN CAN - Mikkel Bryggers Gade, 11
A jukebox plays pop hits at this friendly bar in the center of the city. It attracts all ages, although it seems to get an especially large number of older guys as the night progresses.

COSY BAR - Studiestræde, 24
This is one of the oldest gay bars in Copenhagen, with a relaxed and often cruisy atmosphere. It often hosts theme nights, as live DJs attract everyone to the small dancefloor.

There are many well-established gay bars in the city but this one is the oldest. It also stands for the fact that the bartenders seem to love to talk to the mixed clientele, both young and old. It's a good choice when there is a special event during the week days (check the website).

Code says it's the biggest gay lounge bar in Europe, and we are not going to confirm or dispute that. But it is in fact a cool gay hotspot in Copenhagen, especially for exotic cocktails. It's also a good place for a sandwich or a piece of cake in the afternoon. Be sure to pass by on weekends when a DJ makes it even more enjoyable.

This "concept bar" includes a restaurant upstairs but no matter on which floor you're being served, your waitor will likely be dressed in a cop uniform. Even if that's not your fetish, this is a great place to be, with a friendly atmosphere and good contemporary Danish food.

Masken Bar
Both levels at this bar are filled with young gay men drinking and engaged in conversation. It's just the welcoming place you're looking for to meet a local.

Men's Bar
The name says it all, with guys acting macho in leather or jeans as they cruise through the room. Its Sunday brunch is quite popular, but also pass by on weekdays for the daily happy hours that seem to last through the afternoon starting at 3PM.

Foxy Club
Foxy is a new favorite, with top DJs spinning house, R&B, and pop at the frequent parties.

Lights are dimmed at this alternative bar, creating a cosy mood. But it can get quite lively when the DJs provide a fun soundtrack on weekends.

An old factory hall is now the venue for gay party nights where shirtless guys dance to lound electro sounds. The open courtyard is used for a break. Check its MySpace page through the link above to know when you can experience the fun too.

The Wonk parties originated in Malmo, Sweden but are held in the Danish capital once a month. Many of the world's top DJs are invited to guarantee a great night. For when the next one is taking place, check the website.

This mega club is for lovers of loud music and the right place to show off that gym-perfected body. It can get quite crowded and cruisy, and membership is required.


Amigo Sauna
The biggest sauna in the city has 800 square meters of saunas, steam baths, and cabins, especially busy on weekends. It also has a shop in the reception area.

Copenhagen Gay Center
The city's Red Light District is home to this cinema and sauna complex that includes a Finnish dry sauna, darkrooms, and a shop with a vast selection of gay publications and toys.


Café Chaca
Most lesbians meet here for drinks, a light meal, or a night of karaoke. You'll find people of all ages, creating a welcoming atmosphere especially during the occasional special events.

Previously a strip club, this is now a lesbian club, although the vintage furniture and red colors have remained. Men are welcome too, who will also enjoy the reasonably-priced cocktails and "pussytails."


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