SO, HERE’S THE THING ABOUT HIMMERIGET: IT’S EASY TO WALK STRAIGHT PAST ITS INCONSPICUOUS FAÇADE, OR SIMPLY NEVER END UP ON ITS STREET AT ALL. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS HIDDEN GEM OF A BAR IS ON A RATHER ODD CORNER OF NØRREBRO, IN A LOUD STREET FULL OF CARS.
So while it’s just a stone’s throw away from the “cool” Rantzausgade, it feels a bit removed at the same time. But it would be a shame to miss out on a bar as pleasant as Himmeriget, and you’ll probably be thankful for the slightly out-of-the-way location because Copenhagen’s best bars tend to get crazy-full very quickly. At Himmeriget, you can stroll on in and enter a calm escape full of lush plants, 70s-vibe wooden detailing and a dreamy, tripped-out psych-rock playlist with a particular affinity for Ariel Pink and Morgan Delt. Don’t be intimidated by the Kurt Vile-lookalike bartender, or overwhelmed by the impressive list of local craft beers: it’s all good.
While it often seems like Copenhagen’s coolest bars favour serving Mikkeller – probably the most famous craft brewery born in the capital – Himmeriget has over twenty types of Evil Twin available for you to guzzle down. (Evil Twin is another revered brewery in Copenhagen. With varieties named Femme Fatale and Honey I’m Home!, you can expect a beer that doesn’t take itself too seriously, while still hitting all the delicious notes you want in a bottle. Besides the local beers, Himmeriget is sure to surprise you with an international New York-focused selection that ranges from I-can’t-believe-this-is-so-sour cherry ales to hearty coffee stouts. And if you’re not into beer? Take a peek at the extensive menu of delicious and affordable cocktails.
The crowd at Himmeriget is low-key, making this the perfect spot for a one-to-one catch-up, or for some artful and boozy concoctions to get the night started. If you get hungry you don’t have to leave the bar: just ask the bartender to order you an aubergine and burrata pizza from next door.