It’s late in the evening and you’re hungry, but you don’t feel like eating junk food. Where do you go? The restaurants in Copenhagen are known for closing early, but there are exceptions, and we have five restaurants that are open all night long.
For the midnight cowboy
If you’re a vegetarian, you might want to skip Rio Bravo. But if you’re a midnight cowboy, you’vecome to the right place. Rio Bravo is the perfect place if you want to enjoy a beer or a cold drink at the bar while sitting in an authentic cowboy saddle. But the meat dishes are the main attraction of Rio Bravo. The Rio Bravo casserole, which is their specialty, is a pretty good example of what the restaurant stands for as the casserole contains veal, pork, small sausages and beef in a creamgravy.
Rio Bravo is decorated in the spirit of the Wild West and serves food until the small hours of the morning. The place gained national fame back in the eighties because of the then-prime minister PoulSchlüter and the so-called Rio Bravo Deal. This was also the place where the Danish band D.A.D. signed their first record deal.
What: Rio Bravo
Where: Vester Voldgade 86
When: The kitchen closes at 4AM
For the gentleman
Restaurant Vita used to be a pharmacy, founded in the 17th century. The interior, however,seems more inspired by the 19th century and the food tells you a little something about what a hip Copenhagener ate around the beginning of the 20th century.
Dark orange wallpaper, wall-mounted, electric candleholders and ice cream with chocolate sauce. Or how about the traditional, Danish “stegtflæsk” (fried pork strips) with parsley sauce to the sound of piano music? Vita has it all: fried veal liver, red baseboards and window casings, and a hat-check girl at 4AM in the morning. There are plenty of treats on the menu, mostly classic, Danish dishes. As an added bonus, you can get a traditional Danish Christmas classic all year round: roast duck with prunes, apples, homemade Danish cucumber salad, red cabbage and both caramelized and white potates and honestly - who could say no to that at 4:30 in the morning on a lovely day in June?
What: Restaurant Vita
Where: Store Kongensgade 25
When: Monday & Tuesday 5PM-1AM, Wednesday & Thursday 5PM-3AM, Friday & Saturday 5PM-5AM, closed on Sundays. Kitchen closes half an hour before closing time.
When the night turns fishy
If you ask the trendy Fiskebaren (the Fish Bar) in the Meatpacking District, you don’t have to serve fish with white gloves and fish knives. Asthe name implies, Fiskebaren is a sort of casual counterpart of the more traditional, fancy seafood restaurants. The ambition has been to create a lively place that feels more like a bar than a restaurant, and they’ve done just that with 100 seats inside the restaurant and 60-80 seats outside, and they serve unpretentious seafood starting at DKK 115.
Granted, their opening hours aren’t as long as Rio Bravo’s or Vita’s, but the food might be a little more refined. After all, the place did receive a “Bib Gourmand” rating in the one and only Michelin guide, which means that they can pride themselves on serving great food at reasonable prices. The restaurant also serves some amazing cocktails if you want to add some spice to an already great meal.
Where: Flæsketorvet 100
When: Tuesday-Thursday 5:30PM-midnight, Friday-Saturday 5:30PM-2AM, Sunday-Monday closed
The organic midnight snack
A few years ago, Copenhagen got a restaurant where the chef uses everything from the pig, hence the name, Nose2Tail. Since then, it has only gotten more popular to visit the basement in the Meatpacking District. There’s a great atmosphere - perhaps because Nose2Tail offers a shot of FernetBranca for just DKK 10 – and the food is both tasty and organic. Animal welfare is pretty much the restaurant’s core value, so you can dig into some steak tartare and pork rillettes with a clear conscience. Compared to the rest of Copenhagen, Nose2Tail has long opening hours since they close around midnight on weekdays and at 1AM on weekends. If you visit on weekend nights, be prepared for a cheerful atmosphere and perhaps a dance with the staff.
Where: Flæsketorvet 13a
When: Monday-Thursday 6PM- midnight. Friday-Saturday 6PM-1AM. Closed on Sundays.
The American one
Diners are pretty much cultural institutions in the United States. They attract all kinds of people, day and night, and serve some traditional, American food with a smile from the waitress. It’s as American as Coca-Cola and Copenhagen’s “Times Square” has its very own diner, too. It’s called MAD – Modern American Diner – and it’s located in Industriens Hus (House of Industry) on Vesterbrogade 1. They’ve rented the corner located closest to Tivoli’s main entrance and they have two floors with room for more than 200 guests. And, as any other self-respecting diner, they have long opening hours – at least from a Danish point of view. Restaurants that are open 24 hours a day are still a distant dream for Danes, but MAD is a step in the right direction: It’s open seven days a week from 8AM until midnight, so you can get some good, traditional American food, no matter if you want it for breakfast or a late dinner.
What: MAD - Modern American Diner
Where: Vesterbrogade 1 P
When: Seven days a week from 8AM-midnight
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