• Malthe Barrett

Curfew Bar - A trip back to the prohibition era

Take a trip back to the beginning of the 20th century and enjoy a delicious cocktail at Curfew Bar. The place and atmosphere are an experience of their own which you do not want to miss out on.

ADDRESS: Stenosgade 1, 1616 Copenhagen V
ACCESS VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORT: within walking distance of Vesterport, as well as busses 31, 7A and 9A

A speakeasy is usually and correctly associated with American Prohibition (1920–33), but the word actually goes back to the late 1880s in the United States, and back even further in Australia (the 1830s). Speakeasies are so named not because the customers were quiet, shy, or taciturn, but because no one wanted to attract the attention of unsympathetic neighbors, the local police, or the revenuers by talking too loudly.

Located on the quiet street Stenosgade, between the pulsating Vesterbrogade and Gammel Kongevej, Curfew hides in plain sight as a traditional style speakeasy. Appropriately, it is said that this very location previously acted as a gangsters hangout for the Copenhagen mob in the 50's. The black door, accompanied by one gold button, hints the secrecy of a forgotten time, when alcohol was prohibited in the US in the 20s and 30s.

Here in the hidden bars, all across the US, adventurous, shady, and thirsty customers met up to discuss business, have quiet celebrations, or simply have a drink in peace.

At Curfew, they strive towards excellence in all manners of the theme, and they deliver on all parameters. Besides the hidden-in-plain-sight location, the bar features interior design highly reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s, as well as showcasing a great variety of vintage prohibition era artefacts, as old cocktail shakers, spirit bottles, and photographs. The staff is appropriately dressed in old fashion white shirts and suspenders, and the speakeasy is divided into two velour-covered lounge areas, split by the seated bar area.

As for the drinks, the menu has been created by one of the best cocktails bartenders in Denmark, Humberto Marquez, who is also the owner. The menu excellently incorporates old school classics like the Negroni, Sazerac, and Old Fashioned, as well as modern cocktails such as the Little Dragon and the La Croix Elixir. While the core of the menu remains constant, each season will bring new cocktails inspired by the ever-changing weather in Denmark.

As with the cocktails, the service is astounding. The staff members are welcoming, knowledgable, and always start your evening with a cool glass of cucumber water. They are always ready to help picking the cocktail which is right for you.

The prices at Curfew are relatively high, with prices between DKK140 and DKK180; however, a visit to Curfew should be seen as an experience, rather than a place to get drunk. As with many other things, the price greatly reflects the quality.

Further, Curfew has pledged to donate 1% of all sales to the Plastic Pollution Coalition in hopes of raising awareness and educating the world to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, AND NOW REFUSE!


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