A Danish term you’re guaranteed to hear is hygge (pronounced hu-gar), which is without direct translation, but means comfort, warmth and togetherness. Just add alcohol and you have Lidkoeb. Ideally set back from the bustling main shopping street in Vesterbro, the building dates back to 1886 which housed the production facility of a pharmacy for over 100 years. The product may have changed, but the purpose is still the same: Help people feel better!
We visited this highly rated bar at the end of May as the city was experiencing the hottest week in 140 years, (imagine Danes de-robing and jumping in the harbour) perfect for enjoying the outdoor terrace before exploring the three-storey libation laboratory. København can be prohibitively expensive for drinking but Lidkoeb is more affordable, cocktails costing 110 Danish Krone ($17/€15/£13/R245).
Compulsory on the expansive menu is the Jornødde Old Fashioned. We loved the Danish take on a familiar American classic — which has a big Scottish influence — the current cocktail list being conceived by Bravehearts Colin Edie, Paul Graham and Steve Hill. Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is fat-washed with peanut butter then left for 48 hours before being frozen. Then come the bananas: syrup instead of sugar (for richness) and dehydrated slices instead of orange zest, served on a large block of ice. Skål! (Cheers).