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It is a proud tradition to celebrate the week’s academic achievements by burning off brain cells. Read all about the UCPH campuses’ best bars and clubs here (updated September 2016)
After a week of hard study there is nothing better than to snuggle under a warm blanket and watch an episode of Barnaby while you consider how you will become more determined and more oriented towards ‘study progress’.
Or maybe there is. You could visit one of the many University of Copenhagen (UCPH) Friday bars and leave your brain in the cloakroom. But which Friday bar? Where is it nice to chill with friends? And which of them maxes out with the strobe lights?
We allied ourselves with Mads Bak from the Universitetsradioen radio feature Festfronten and a bunch of party-loving Facebook-readers and can present an almost complete directory of the UCPH Friday bars.
Frederiksberg Campus, Dyrlægevej 7
A-vej (or Acaciavej) on Frederiksberg Campus has been named the best at UCPH several times, both by the regular customers, the happy guests and the party reviewers. Why? Maybe it is the nice rooms in the former agricultural university buildings, where the walls are adorned by Storm P’s murals.
Maybe it’s the cheap quality-beers that are vended to such an extent that the A-vej is one of Carlsberg’s largest customers, and has for this reason had its own beer glass made by the brewing giant. Or maybe it’s because the regulars, which include veterinary medicine, biotechnology as well as food and nutrition people, are so laid back.
“Low-key, nice and accommodating ,” our party reviewer called them the last time we visited – rounding off with “A-vej was a real hit with me. It is worth far more visits.”
Legendary A-vej is one of Carlsberg’s largest customers. Photo: A-vej.
South Campus, KUA2, Building 10
The Friday bar at ToRS (Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies) was through large parts of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 totally devastated by the construction of the KUA 3 complex, which swallowed the bar’s corner of KUA 2. But after months of hard drinking in ToRS’ ‘corporate pavillion’, which was what students named their temporary shed in front of KUA 2’s main entrance, BARstionen reopened on the old premises 1 February, 2016 with a couple of selling points: Rooftop and cheap beer. What’s not to like?
City Campus, Sølvgade 83
The biology students’ bar has for decades upheld a reputation for being one of the University’s cosiest. Unfortunately it is also one of the smallest, and the bar has as a result become a closed party, that is mostly just for the department’s own students, the organisers say.
Nørre Campus, Universitetsparken 15, Bygning 4
The Caféen? is a legendary café association on North Campus, that is older than several of the Friday Bar’s guests.
”keep an eye open for the Octoberfest in Caféen?, where we last year had Heidi-girls serving beer in one-litre mugs.”
“Friday = party,” says the deputy chairman of the association Paulin Delvaux, offering his take on the high point of the Autumn season. ”Drop by the freshmen bar nights, or rusbar evenings at the start of the semester, where new students compete to host the best parties. And keep an eye open for the Octoberfest in Caféen?, where we last year had Heidi-girls serving beer in one-litre mugs.”«
Adventurous guests can choose between different specialty brews, Limfjordsporter and Ale no. 16, that happens to be the deputy chairman’s favourite. The clientele is a mix of partygoing natural science and biological sciences students and Caféen? parties on every Friday through to 03.00.
Caféen? hosts freshmen bars at the start of the semester, where groups of new students try to organise the best parties. Photo: Lene Munk
”We are in the forest, far away from the cobbled streets, but we are still a part of the University. Unfortunately, we are always forgotten, but everyone is welcome.” This is what Ida Marquadtsen from Skovskolen, the forestry school, commented after this guide first appeared in 2015. We have now got over our shame and have therefore included the most northerly and beautifully constructed Friday bar on the list. The Flækken is, like the Skovskolen, in Nødebo, and offers a real log cabin atmosphere. Everyone is welcome.
Flækken seen from the inside. Photo: Flækken’s Facebook page
North Campus, Universitetsparken 2
Students of the pharmaceutical sciences love their well-attended Friday bar. That people clearly also love each other at freBAR, was made clear to a large segment of UCPH students and staff two years ago when Sebastian met Camilla at freBAR, forgot to get her number, and subsequently sent a very romantic e-mail enquiry to all Camilla’s and Kamilla’s at the university.
For something completely different: Beware of the huge – after three beers treacherous – staircase in the centre of the room.
”Sebastian met Camilla at freBAR, forgot to get her number, and subsequently sent a very romantic e-mail enquiry to all Camilla’s and Kamilla’s at the university”
South Campus, KUA1, Building 22
The language acrobats at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics host a Friday bar only once a month – so remember to do a little research before you drag your buddies with you. Unlike many other Friday bars at UCPH, this bar has no themed evenings, so the Frebaren may be the place for you who does not have the energy to jump into old carnival costumes and would rather just guzzle down cheap beer in pleasant surroundings.
City Campus, Østre Voldgade 10
“Geobar is quite inviting. Even as a guest”. This was according to A. K. Winding from the public health. Uniavisen got the same impression when we dropped by the last Friday bar event of the spring semester. The geography and geology students behind the bar are quite obviously at a huge party, and the good, yes, even loving, atmosphere spread to the crowded dance floor and the equally crowded area outside. Geobar is every other Friday and each Friday Bar event has its own theme, which is linked to a specialty brew imported for the occasion.
Geobar is a party – also for the bar personnel. Photo: Thomas Evaldsen
South Campus, KUA2, Bygning 12
Saxo – Institute students (of Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin and History) are fortunate to have KUA ‘s largest Friday Bar where the volume discount on shots may be the cheapest in the entire KUA Faculty of Humanities complex (10 for DKK 60).
The large rooms are creatively decorated with gold-framed paintings of historical figures – this is after all the student bar for history and archaeology buffs.
Chairperson Helga describes the café as proud and full of soul, and a gathering place for all Saxo-students with a penchant for Friday beers. She offers specific advice if you want to feel more comfortable at the bar: “We always sing our theme song Helga is beautiful, following the Helga is beautiful melody from The Little Mermaid Den lille havfrue . Good to know this song.”
The bar’s theme song ‘Helga is beautiful’ to the melody of ‘the Sea is beautiful’ melody from the Little Mermaid. Photo: Lene Munk.
City Campus, Jurahuset, Studiestræde 34
Every second week students of the second largest study programme at UCPH
flock to the bar in the Jurahuset law building. And they know how to party, says Mads Bak of Festfronten, who was on a high after seeing a packed dance floor and service-minded bartending. And the well-dressed patrons:
”They max out on their clothing at Jurabar. You really find good looking boys and girls here.”
”They max out on their clothing at Jurabar. You really find good looking boys and girls here.”
City Campus, CSS, Building 12
Friday Bar and parties are organised by students of the different departments at the Faculty of Social Sciences. And things get wildest when the sharp-suited economics boys and the wily psychology girls get together to organize the ‘psychonomics’ parties. DJ’s from Copenhagen’s nightlife are often on the roster, and on the good Fridays the wide dance floors are packed to the brim with happy students. That there is action at the Kommunen, which in English means ‘municipality’, is confirmed by Mads Bak from Festfronten: “There were really many who scored. I saw quite a few people kissing on the dance floor.”
things get wildest when the sharp-suited economics boys and the wily psychology girls get together to organize the ‘psychonomics’ parties.
Kommunen has table football, shots and cheap beer – and there are many dark cozy places with grubby sofas, perfect corners for kissing when the night is coming to an end. Purists may kick start the weekend with the so-called Municipal Beer Service (KØS ) every Friday from 15 -19 serving cheap specialty beers from microbreweries.
Purists may kick start the weekend with the so-called Municipal Beer Service (KØS ) every Friday from 15 -19 serving cheap specialty beers from microbreweries.
South Campus, KUA 1, Building 24
Each Friday the Kæ’feen hang out transforms itself into a sizzling Friday Bar, where there is ample opportunity until midnight to practice your foreign tongues with students in anything from German to Portuguese. Student of English Andrea Svaneeng is a frequent guest at Kæ’feen and reckons it is one of the wildest Friday bars at KUA. “I have visited many Friday bars, but have never partied as much as I did at Kæ’feen.”
The drinks card is varied and inexpensive, and if you want to drink yourself off a cliff you order the ‘plank’ – 12 shots for immediate consumption. There are more responsible ways to quench your thirst on a Friday in Kæ’feen however. As a patron, Andrea Svaneeng is particularly fond of the cold draft beer for DKK 12 served from its own draft dispenser, which is also known as the ‘Mother’.
“The drinks card is varied and inexpensive, and if you want to drink yourself off a cliff you order the ‘plank’ – 12 shots for immediate consumption.”
North Campus, Københavns Biocenter, Ole Maaløes Vej 5
Everyone is welcome at mBAR – a great little basement bar at North Campus run by volunteers from Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedicine.
South Campus, KUA2, Building 14
Each of the eight departments at the Faculty of Humanities have their own Friday Bar. At the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication (MEF) the bar was previously called Femmeren (because FEM is MEF backwards) but it switched 27 February 2016 to Olympen after a student ballot on new names.
Party reporter Mads Bak, who studies Communication and IT himself, says the old bar was “a good place to start a night out with some fellow students and a handful of beers”. We reckon that Olympen should be able to live up to this description – but to be certain we had better send a party reviewer when the season starts.
Image from when Olympen was called Femmeren.
South Campus, KUA1, Building 21
”A hip humanities student’s dream,” said the bar reviewer from Uniavisen the last time we dropped by Roland. Roland’s cozy rooms are filled with old posters announcing past receptions and sinking sofas that offer themselves to cultural radicals discussing first editions or vinyls. This fits the clientele which is typically the art and culture people from the study programmes Comparative Literature, Art History, Theatre and Dance Studies, Visual Culture, Musicology and Contemporary Culture.
“The vibe at Roland on a Friday night can best be described as a cross between Aqua and Foucault, Medina and Adorno.”
Liva Helio, a student of contemporary culture, captures the atmosphere of dancing, beer drinking and cultural-theoretical discussion with a beautiful turn of phrase: “The vibe at Roland on a Friday night can best be described as a cross between Aqua and Foucault, Medina and Adorno.”
North Campus, Panum-Instituttet, Blegdamsvej 3b, Building 9
Students of medicine at Panum, the Faculty of Health and Medicine buildings, can be justly proud of their Friday Bar which has the reputation of being one of the University’s best – and with the longest opening hours. Whether the students at Panum have access to special caffeine pills we will leave unsaid, but the fact remains that the Friday bars at Studenterklubben run from 11.00 (in the morning) to 23.45 (at night). Disco lighting, concerts and crowded dance floors are a fixture, and if you for some reason don’t think that 12-hour bars sound wild enough, don’t despair . Studenterklubben at Panum is in fact notorious for its intense 69-hour parties where DJs , live bands , stand-up comedians and themed bars party for 69 hours straight.
The advice given by connoisseurs is that the queue at the parties may be hours long – so come early if you want to party.
“Studenterklubben at Panum is in fact notorious for its intense 69-hour parties where DJs , live bands , stand-up comedians and themed bars party for 69 hours straight.”
Gossip: Panum’s Friday Bar once housed the ‘shaft’ or Skakten – a concrete shaft behind the Friday Bar room which you only had access to if you were topless or bottomless. According to the Studenterklubben the ’shaft’ has been closed.
Friday Bars at the Studenterklubben at Panum last from 11.00 til 23.45. Photo: Adam Garff.
City Campus, Købmagergade 46
”Drop by and have a beer with Jesus,” they write on TeoBar’s Facebook-page – but you can also get cheap drinks in this Købmagergade dive. The Friday Bar is open from 13 (afternoon) to 02 (night) , and the monthly theme bar only stops at 04 at night. ”People often say that the best part of student life at the Faculty of Theology is our Friday Bar because people come from all generations ,” theology student Tue Ravn says.