Thursday 23 November 2017

Slashed beer prices, live music and transport details - Copenhagen ready to welcome Ireland fans

Irish fans will travel in big numbers to Denmark
Irish fans will travel in big numbers to Denmark
Irish fans, pictured celebrating James McClean’s winner against Wales, will hope to take in the sights of the Danish capital Photo: Sportsfile
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Ireland fans heading to Copenhagen for this Saturday's crunch World Cup play-off first leg against Denmark will be welcomed to the city with open arms and knock down beer prices.

While the Green Army have often faced price hikes for everything from beer to taxis in cities all over Europe, numerous Irish bars in Copenhagen have confirmed they will drop the price of alcohol and will also lay on competitive deals for food.

Close to 8,000 Irish fans are expected to travel to the Danish capital this weekend and while there are just 2,450 tickets for the away team, wily supporters have snapped up Danish end tickets over the past couple of weeks.

THE IRISH ROVER

Kieran Cahill, owner of the Irish Rover, has reduced the price of pints and bottle significantly and will also have live music on matchday from Catalpa's Ciaran Warfield, son of Brian from the Wolfe Tones.

All pints have been slashed from over 50kr to just 35kr, which works out at €4.70 while five bottles of Carlsberg will set you back 100kr (€13.50) and a pint and a pie is 89kr (€12).

Cork man Kieran Cahill,owner of The Irish Rover, is still recovering from the Rebels' double delight following their FAI Cup win over Dundalk at the weekend, but he promises late nights and a vibrant atmosphere all weekend.

THE SHAMROCK INN

The Shamrock Inn have also dropped prices with Carlsberg, Tuborg, Christmas Beer and Cooneys Cider pints all 40kr (€5.30).

THE DUBLINER

The Dubliner confirmed to Independent.ie that pints of Carlsberg/Classic will be sold for 35dk instead of 59dk, and Guinness for 45dk, down from 63kr.

THE GLOBE

Another Irish Bar rolling out the red carpet. Carlsberg 43kr, Guinness 49kr and "much more specials".

The Globe are quick to point out that RTE is shown in their establishment which has eight HD screens, three indoor bars and one outdoor bar.

KENNEDY'S

"The best Guinness in town," is the talk coming from Kennedy's who are based just a shoty, five-minute walk from the central station.

Again, all drinks are reduced with Guinness for 49kr and Carlsberg 40kr. Homemade pies will set you back 50kr and the opening hours are from 12 noon to 2am.

DEN GLADE GRIS (The Happy Piglet)

Popular sportsbar, Den Glade Gris (The Happy Piglet), is throwing a pre-game party from 3pm, and have draft Guinness (0,5 cl) for only 29dk.

 

Over on YouBoysInGreen.ie, a Danish fan going by the user name MadsV has been providing useful information for Ireland fans.

Things to do in Copenhagen?

  • Christiania -  Christiania is chilled and you can have a walk around the surrounding lakes. Good place to unwind.
  • Nørrebro and Vesterbro areas for cool bars and shops
  • Hire a citybike to get around town and see where it takes you
  • Nyhavn area (expensive) and Copenhagen Street Food across the pedestrian bridge

Places to eat?

Studiestræde and Gothersgade are two of the main streets if you just want to get drunk. Not my type of places. There's a placed called Brus in Nørrebro that I go to - really good beer - spacious too.

Pub & Sport by City Hall is a sports bar with pool, darts etc.

There's a chain called Madklubben (The Food Club) that has a lot of different type of restaurants. Usually a three-course meal for 300 Danisk Kroner (great food for the price)

Price of beer in off licences?

Off-license are not really a thing here. You can buy alcohol in every kiosk and drink it on the streets. It's about €2 a can

Mikkeller beers are getting pretty famous worldwide. Don't care for Tuborg or Carlsberg myself, too bland.

The city pass on public transport for €11 looks a good option on matchday?

A single ticket for buses, metro etc. in the city center is 24 kroner = €3. So you will probably be better of with a city pass if you're taking a trip around the city. Taxis are very expensive.

  • Single metro ticket (city centre): 24 kroner
  • Single metro ticket (airport): 36 kroner
  • City Pass 72 hours: 200 kroner

Copenhagen Card includes entry to a heap of museums, which presumably won't be of interest if you're only there for football and drinking.

Thoughts on the cheap bars Mads? Billy Booze, Heidi's etc...

If you're just looking for drink specials then it will do just fine, but those places are tacky. If I had to choose one of the two I would go for Heidis or Guldhornene next to it. Billy Booze is filled with troublemakers and reality show contestants.

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