Taps: 20 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
4.51/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
12/29/12 and 12/30/12
An Italian home brew shop owner, a SABMiller rep and two Minnesotans walk into a bar. No joke--that's just the sort of beer geek pull that is the Mikkeller Bar. Hampus of the Malmo Bryyghus sent us on our merry way to this exquisite find in the Vesterbro section of Copenhagen. On our first visit, we were literally standing on the corner across a narrow street, map in hand, saying "It must be here!" The trick is to look on the outside of the street's bend to the subterranean Mikkeller. Or, check for a slew of bicycles parked irregularly but away from neighbors (a sign kindly asks bikers to park appropriately).
Packed on a Saturday night, we left for dinner and our first foray to Fermentoren. Returning on Sunday, it wasn't much less crowded. It thinned enough later that we scored two seats at the small bar with the tap list in full view. Primarily an outet for Mikkeller beers, we drank our fill of the house brew. The fresh hop Green Gold and an IPA called Tiger Baby were my favorites. But I also had excellent offerings from To Øl, Stillwater and a fantastic collaboration ale by Amager, Kissmeyer and Mikkeller.
While at the bar, one patron excitedly exclaimed that "We can't get beer like this in our country!" He was from Italy and we chatted briefly about drinking Rome before his beers arrived. He was either a bottle shop or brew shop owner, hard to understand, but clearly knew and appreciated beer. Literally, it was better than Christmas morning for this Italian.
Then came trouble: we looked at the extensive and well curated bottle list. And, yes, I said curated: a wide range of select specialty beers, including but not restricted to Mikkeller brews. Brew Dog's Tactical Nuclear Penguin was daring us for just 600 Kroners (about $120 US). I was about to take the plunge when I did some last minute research on BeerAdvocate (again, love free WiFi), which changed my mind. I didn't mind the price (cheaper than at Delirium last summer), but repeated reviews were from disappointed drinkers. Then I turned to the very front of the bottle list and looked at the staff recommendations. A bit more research and we ordered a more reasonable splurge of 225 Kroners: Mikkeller's 2012 Nelson Sauvingnon. Exquisite.
A young Swedish couple at the end of the bar ordered the same beer but the 2009 version. Daniel, Agnes and us became quick friends sharing sips of our respective bottles while chatting about the Scandinavian brewing world, Daniel being an SABMiller rep with a fine taste for beer. For me, our night epitomized a peak moment of beer questing: old and new friends laughing and learning in an environment of beer respect while drinking the art.
01-12-2013 21:45:44 | More by FightingEntropy
5/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Atmosphere: The place was great and cozy. Full of beer enthusiasts, including the bartenders, and while I was there, friendly expats and Danes.
Quality/service/selection: 20 or so beers on tap (mostly Mikkeller), a huge bottle list, and great service from knowledgeable bartenders.
Value: The beers on tap were a great value, especially for Copenhagen. The bottle list was a bit more pricey, but had several gems (e.g. aged bottles of limited Mikkeller releases) that looked interesting.
Overall: A must if you're in Copenhagen.
05-15-2012 22:19:57 | More by Heretic42
4.6/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Finally made my way to this lovely place a wam summer day. As mentioned previously it´s easy to miss and you really have to know where to look.
We stumbled in at early afternoon and the place was not all too crowded.
The bar was simple, some chairs and tables outside and some places to sit inside.
Had a selection of 20 beers on tap. You can choose a big or a small glass. The prices are really good in my opinion.
Gets some minus though because the didn´t serve bottles at this time.
But this is a must if you´re in Copenhagen.
01-12-2012 18:10:07 | More by LinusBohman
4.68/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
If you're going to Copenhagen, this should be your top priority, along with Olbutikken. Conveniently, they're within a block of each other.
You can easily miss this place, as it just has simple lettering on the window, but as you step down into the small bar, it exudes Danish design. White walls, simple furniture, great music. This is definitely my style of place.
Draft beers all tasted fresh, and they had a couple styles of glasses, but not perfect. The draft list is okay, but the bottle list is where you should spend your time. You name a rare beer from Denmark or the Netherlands, and they have it, not to mention some of the rare stuff from the U.S. and Belgium (vintage Dark Lord, other FFF, etc.). They have virtually every barrel aged Mikkeller brew ever made, along with his sours, etc. Solid prices, ranging up to bottles costing you hundreds of dollars, but you can get some awesome stuff for $30 (think Black Cognac). Service was awesome, as they gave small pours of Utopias to a couple guests, tastes of a couple drafts, etc.
The only food available are nuts or sausages, which are great, but I don't want to review that. This is an exceptional bar and worth visiting once in your life.
07-03-2011 14:54:02 | More by ChrisPro
4.16/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I made it to Copenhagen and spared no time in seeking this place out. It was very subtley marked with no sign so keep your eyes peeled, it's worth it.
Modern interior with lot's of black and quite small. Prices seemed on par for Copenhagen and cheap for Mikkeller stuff, especially since I've never been able to buy it at home. Great selection and always interesting taps that are always rotating. The pils and wheat are the only things that stay for good, the rest rotate and the guest beers are creative and interesting. The bottle list was extremely extensive and impressive.
Helpful bartenders that CAN be chatty. There is a slightly pretentious feeling to this place though, personified by my extremely bitchy bartender who was almost uninterested in me since I'd never heard of one of the breweries they were featuring. Beer snobbery at its finest. There were a few locals that chatted with me a bit and I met a guy who took me to Olbutikken after a day of drinking so that was nice.
Overall, I'd say that the Mikkeller Bar is a pretty awesome and well run place. A must visit if you're in Copenhagen, just watch out for the snobs.
06-09-2011 19:14:24 | More by tbeckett
4.58/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
I went to Copenhagen for two days this was one of my first stops about four hours in.
First of all I pulled up and thought I had come to the wrong place. When you think of Mikkeller I was thinking some big fancy place, totally crazy and trendy atmosphere etc, in reality not even close. It is a hole in the place, located on the basement with a little lettering in the window, really easy to miss. You walk down and its a really small place about 10 tables at max with bar seats. White everything, very Euro look, nothing much on the walls to look at but nice and cozy...They have 10 Mikkeller, 5 guests, and a vintage list that is very impressive, tons of rare mikkeller, rare lambics, dark lord 07, 08, 09, you get the idea. The quality is all top notch stuff, except for the draft Mikkellers's, I kid sort of. They had a nice selection of beers all varied so you could taste all of them, which I did naturally. Just not a huge mikkeller fan yet, too much like dfh to me, all gimmick. Mostly, that proved to be true as a lot of the beers I tried just weren't very good, nice tries in theory but lacking in execution. There were some exceptions beer geek bacon being one of them. This isn't a referndum on Mikkeller beer so I'll finish by saying that is a great bar to go to and super cheap, I spent about 45 us dollars to try 13 beers. A must place to go, if just only to see the vintage list.
07-11-2010 08:03:11 | More by jrallen34
4.78/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in here a few times during a recent stay in Copenhagen.
Atmosphere is cozy - you walk down stairs to enter the pub and there are a few tables on the right and the bar on the left. If you follow the bar around to the left there's additional seating around the back. The chalkboard above the bar highlights the available beers and there are a few tables available outside.
Quality is very good. The glassware selection is somewhat limited but they're all rinsed before serving and are at a good temperature with proper amounts of head.
Service is very good. The bartenders can answer any question about the beer you may have and then answer another question you didn't even know you had. Additionally they're absurdly friendly and never make you wait to place another order.
Selection is simply amazing. Not only can you find one-off beers from Mikkeller among the ten dedicated taps but you'll find five other world-class beers on-tap and countless others available in bottles.
Value is good, especially considering it's in Scandanavia. Small pours run about $4-5 and larger ones from $5-7.
Overall this was hands down my favorite place in a city of full of world-class pubs. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.
07-06-2010 19:39:43 | More by glid02
4.9/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Mikkeller bar is in a pretty quiet street between 2 main streets, maybe a 10min walk from the main train station.
a wonderful atmosphere, chairs and tables to sit outside when the weather is nice, friendly people all around, couple smaller rooms to sit in and a real nice bar.
service - top notch! the bar tenders are very friendly and very knowledgeable, they will give you a couple tastes to find what you want and are happy to chat about beers and what not
quality/selection amazing on both fronts. this isnt a look at us we have 100 taps or 5million beers, they have 15 taps (10 mikkeller and 5 guest taps) that rotate. nice mix of several styles. and the mikkeller beers are great!
the bottle list is mind blowing! probably around 150 bottles: JJ blau, root, kagen, westvleteren, DL 07,08, Behemoth Barleywine vertical, stille nacht and oerbier verticals,
food - some delicious cheeses to be paired with beers, some other small things, smoked sausages, chips
value - more than fair 25cl 30-35dk (around 5) 50cl 60dk
i cannot recommend this place enough!
06-27-2010 08:47:08 | More by digita7693
Mikkeller Bar in København, Denmark
97 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.