Pub Culture in Denmark

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Danish pubs provide plenty of entertainment, from competing against friends at Meyer (a dice game), billiards or darts to singing along to vintage jukebox music. Danes of all ages frequently celebrate before graduation, during studentertid in summer months and Christmas time with festive gatherings known as julefrokost parties.

Going on a pub crawl tour in Copenhagen is a fantastic experience you absolutely have to consider during a Denmark visit. You will find a completely different culture you most likely never see anywhere else. This includes the things mentioned below and a whole lot more. 

Bodegas

Danish drinking culture cannot be fully experienced without visiting one of Denmark's iconic bodegas, or low-ceiling pubs with musty atmospheres featuring dark brown walls, old posters and dim yellow lighting. Bodegas provide the ideal environment to grab a beer and chat with friends or meet strangers; additionally they're an excellent place to sample open-faced sandwiches and cold beers!

Many bodegas have long histories, such as Hviids Vinstue in Denmark which has been open for over 300 years in its current location and known for serving up delicious glogg and open-faced sandwiches. Visiting any such location is going to help you make memories that are going to last a whole lifetime. 

Norre Bodega can be found along a busy street in Copenhagen's Norrebro neighborhood, giving off the appearance of a coffee shop with rows of black wicker chairs surrounding light metal tables and large posters advertising beer specials.

But there is more to this bodega than meets the eye; it was once home to a Nazi snitching operation and still boasts bullet holes from an attempted assassination of a German spy in 1944. When you visit your next bodega, take note of its history and soak in its welcoming ambience.

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Pussikalja

Near Aalborg in North Jutland lies this park housing iconic Danish troll and pixie figurines. Additionally, art exhibitions devoted to these mythical creatures can also be found here. You are not going to find something like this anywhere else in the entire world. 

Young Danes taking their gap year before university often embark on what's known as a hygge tour with locals to experience Danish culture and cuisine first-hand.

Bubbeli is Sebastian Lindgren's solo project, offering a mix of reggae, indie, and pop in Swedish, Finnish and English. His debut album ‘Maahe' garnered considerable interest, while singles “Maahe” and “Midnattsaventyr” appeared regularly on Ruotsin radio's playlists in 2019. After their pandemic breakthrough they released singles “En solig dag”, “Pussikalja”, and “Hermostunut Suomenruotsalainen”, all widely played on Finnish-Swedish radio.

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Graduation Hats

When June arrives, chances are you'll come across Danish teens wearing graduation caps called studenterhue for celebrations following graduation from gymnasium (high school) or upper secondary schools. These caps often display their national flag on their inner lining and contain notes written inside by friends and family members to wish good luck for future studies.

One of the more celebrated graduation traditions involves having all students from a class ride around town together in a truck known as studenterkorsel – this tradition allows them to visit each of the other students' homes, consume and drink together, host fun activities in public and follow a few key rules. It can be extremely entertaining even if you're not graduating yourself!

Graduations are easy to spot because graduates wear white caps with unique features that allow them to remove the white crown, which then reveals its black version when it comes time for new students to return. Graduation marks an important milestone in life in Denmark; seeing groups of young adults wearing their white cap while out and about is cause for celebration and offers of drinks should you see any.

Student Drinking Trips

Drinking is a key part of Danish culture and Danes love a good party! While drinking may appear excessive at times, there are actually rules in place that help ensure things remain safe – in fact drinking at parties is one of the main ways of meeting new people and making new friendships as well as providing an ideal way of unwinding from studies or work-related stress.

University students are all too familiar with “class drinks”, a drinking trip held annually before classes commence in September and involving all first year classmates being transported out to a countryside party for some pre-class celebration. Class drinking provides a fantastic way to break the ice and get acquainted with your peers before starting classes themselves.

Another tradition is the Friday bar, held at every student dorm across the nation every Friday afternoon and evening until late. At these bars, students can purchase drinks cheaply while dancing, playing games and just hanging out – provided that no belligerence or attempts at starting fights arises at these events – otherwise bouncers or security will immediately intervene to maintain order at these gatherings.

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