The city of Aarhus has an awesome bar scene. It has everything from high-end cocktail bars to gritty beerhouses. Most tourists want to experience at least one night out when they come to visit, so let’s take a look at the top ten bars in Aarhus!
Most bars in Aarhus are expensive, but we will try to include venues within all price ranges. The address of the bar will be added to each description.
Travelers are welcome at all of these bars, although the crowds will mostly consist of locals – fortunately, this is exactly what most visitors are looking for!
BarStart is an ultra cool bar that could fit well into a Tarantino film. It is known for its high-quality drinks. The bartenders are talented and there is a clear focus on cocktails. However, you can also buy beers, and the menu card has a bit of everything. At BarStart, it is not as loud as in other Aarhus bars, so you can actually sit down and talk to people. It’s a decent place for a date. While the venue doesn’t have any official dress code, most guests show up well-dressed, so you should do the same.
The bar is open from 6 pm to 2 am on Thursdays, and from 6 pm to 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Address: Fiskergade 28, 8000 Aarhus C
This bar has a great reputation among the locals and it ranks as the top bar in Aarhus for the mature audience. You must be over 25 to visit, so that sorts out most of the young troublemakers.
Clemens has all sorts of drinks. You can grab a beer there, or you can order a cocktail. The bar is famous for its gin. It’s a relatively large venue, so you can either hang out there and talk to people, or you can go on the dance floor. The only negative is that Clemens is only open on Fridays and Saturdays. Opening hours are long on those days though, as the bar typically stays active until 5 am. It has a great location on Åboulevarden (the centre of Aarhus’ nightlife) under the Skt. Clemens Bridge of which the bar takes its name.
Address: Åboulevarden 35, 8000 Aarhus C
St. Pauls Apothek
Located on Frederiksbjerg, St. Pauls Apothek is one of the most popular cocktail bars in Aarhus. It used to be a pharmacy when the building opened in 1899. Now it is run by the sixth generation of pharmacists, but they sell a different type of cure – drinks!
Despite the grand history of the venue, it is actually a super innovative bar with some of the freshest drinks out there. The menu card has more than 30 cocktails on it, and the majority are inspired by the nightlife in cities such as London and New York. The bar equipment is Japanese-inspired. So you certainly get an international feeling when you visit St. Pauls Apothek, and the drinks are among the best in the city. The bartender will typically serve a complimentary snack that fits with the taste of the drink. The bar has previously won the Danish championship in cocktails.
Opening hours are somewhat limited (the bar usually closes at midnight or at 2 am) so it is a place where you go early in the night, before proceeding to other bars in Aarhus later on. The good news is that St. Pauls Apothek is open from Tuesday to Saturday, so you can go there for most nights of the week.
Address: Jægergårdsgade 76, 8000 Aarhus C
Rømer is one of the most central bars in Aarhus and it has a positive reputation among locals as well as tourists.
It is a café / cocktail bar / lounge where you can order high-quality food and drinks. Rømer is open all-day long and serves brunch, lunch and dinner. On Fridays and Saturdays, it turns more into a cocktail bar and there is a clear emphasis on well-tasting drinks and a calm vibe, rather than getting absolutely drunk.
We recommend going to Rømer to have dinner with a drink or two, before going out to other bars. Rømer is a place where you can sit down with your partner or your friends and have a good time together. It is not the best place for socializing with strangers, but it can be a great venue for a date or to have a cozy evening with those you travel with. Located on Åboulevarden, you can easily move on to another place if you later want to dance or have more drinks.
Address: Åboulevarden 50, 8000 Aarhus C
The Australian Bar
As the name suggests, this bar has a strong Australian vibe and is inspired by the country Down Under. Most locals just call it the A-bar.
It has a very young audience. Most guests are between 18-22 so if you are an exchange student in Aarhus, or if you are traveling to the city right after finishing your education, it should be one of the top destinations in the Aarhus nightlife. Prices are very reasonable, the music is loud, and the bar is physically very spacious so there is room for a lot of people. It is open from Wednesday to Saturday, and it usually doesn’t close until 5 am!
Address: Åboulevarden 21, 8000 Aarhus C
If you are more into wine than beer, this is the place to visit. S’vinbar is run by an wine expert, and it’s a really good place to go if you want a nice glass. The wines on the menu are all authentic, and you can order wine from all parts of the world: Italy, France, the US, Chile, and all the top wine producers, but also the bar also has wine from Georgia, Austria and lesser known producers.
They have a cool tradition where you can ask them to pick the wine for you. And if you correctly guess what wine it is, the bottle is on the house. But this would require you to be a true expert, so it is easier said than done! You can order snacks to go with the wine, which many guests do.
Address: Klostergade 62, 8000 Aarhus C
This is basically a merge of a nightclub and a bar, but we will include it. Shen Mao doesn’t have too much space, yet you will most likely have a great time if you visit. People go there to drink, play ping-pong, and to dance. If you love playing games while you are drunk, this place will be fun. The walls have a lot of graffiti on them and adds to the gritty vibe. Shen Mao is popular among the young crowd. It’s not the kind of place you stay for the whole night, but it is awesome for an hour or two, and it can be a great place to meet some other people to hit the next bar with.
Address: Sankt Clemens Torv 17, 8000 Aarhus C
Heidi’s Bier Bar
Beer is probably the most popular drink in the Danish nightlife, and if you want to go crazy with classic brews, go to Heidi’s Bier Bar. It is strongly inspired by German and especially Bavarian culture, but it also has some Danish traditions.
It is a large venue with three floors. You can sit down and talk with your friends, or you can go to the dance floor. There is only one certainty: You will get a lot to drink. This bar is literally flooded with beer and most guests end up extremely drunk by the end of the night. For an old-fashioned fun night out, Heidi’s Bier Bar is an awesome choice. It is open Thursday to Saturday from 8 pm until 5 am.
Address: Klostergade 34B, st., 8000 Aarhus
One of the more dodgy bars in Aarhus and locals have mixed opinions about it. Some love it and some hate it. It’s an old-fashioned bar with smoke-filled rooms and cheap beers, and it does have a legendary reputation in Aarhus since the opening under its current name in 1996. Most guests at Kurts Mor are regulars, and the vast majority are locals. If you want to visit a non-touristic bar in Aarhus with a real bar-vibe, this could be a great choice. It is open until 2.30 in the weekends with more limited hours for the rest of the week.
Address: Fredens Torv 7, 8000 Aarhus C
Bodegaen is another classic bar in the Aarhus nightlife. It is a great place to go with friends, as you can have some drinks, talk, and play games. The music is not as loud as in other bars and the beers are some of the cheapest on Åboulevarden. There’s no dress-code at all, so this is the place to go if you simply want a good time without being fancy. It is one of the best places to socialize, and another positive thing about Bodegaen is that it is open every night of the week – often until 5 am, and sometimes even longer (on Thursdays).
Address: Åboulevarden 33, 8000 Aarhus C
Before rounding off the article, we want to wish you a good time when you visit the bars in Aarhus.