Copenhagen Nightlife, Denmark
One of the most interesting things about the nightlife in Copenhagen has to do with timing. There are many cities around the world that have a nightlife as rich as the one you will find in Copenhagen, but what makes Copenhagen special is the fact that it has a nightlife that begins after the day has already technically ended. If you go to a bar or a nightclub at 10 or 11 in the evening, you will not find a big crowd there. If you're at the same nightclub at a quarter after midnight however, you'll find that the nightlife in Copenhagen is definitely equal to the nightlife of any other European city. For people that are night owls, this presents a fantastic situation. For everyone else, Copenhagen's main nightlife advantage is that you can get in and party before the places become too crowded which is great for people that enjoy nights outside at bars and restaurants.
Another thing worth noting about Copenhagen is the fact that the nightlife in the city is very specialized. Different clubs and bars are around for different things and knowing the specialty of a particular venue beforehand is critical to enjoying your nightlife experience when you are in the city.
There are many different areas of specialization, but one of the major ones is dance. There are clubs out there that are purely dedicated to dancing. They have minimal seating space and almost everyone is always out on the dance floor. These clubs are great for younger people or people with high stamina that don't mind shaking it on the dance floor for hours on end, but for people that like to take a break sit down and get a drink in between songs, these are nightclubs they would like to avoid in a big way. There are other nightclubs in Copenhagen that have the dance bar feeling in which you can do that and knowing beforehand which category your clubs fall into is a critical element in Copenhagen. Fortunately, that information is available all over the place when you get there, so it isn't something you really have to worry too much about.
Another thing that is worth noting about Copenhagen is that a fair number of the nightlife venues play music that is exclusively local. There are some Danish musicians and groups that have become popular internationally, but these clubs will play local music from musicians you've never heard. If you want a nightclub that plays hits you'll recognize, make sure you stick with the big and well known nightclubs as opposed to visiting the lesser known ones.
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