Lord Nelson

Hyskenstræde 9
Copenhagen, Denmark 1207
bar  4.2/5.0 92 reviews
Mon1530-2230; Tues-Thurs 1530-0000; Fri 1500-0500; Sat 1200-0500; closed Sunday

Mayor: Borup (2) | Taps: 14 | Bottles: 0
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Boudicca  (1125) London, England | July 5, 2011| Updated May 10, 2014
It’s unusual in Denmark to find a small bar that is not either stylish or “hyggelig” (the best translation seems to be “cosy”) and, indeed, many manage to be both at the same time! The Lord Nelson is neither. In fact it’s quite scruffy. When I visited a few years ago they were laying a new floor, which now looks like dirty MDF, but not much else has changed. The décor remains basic - unadorned except for the picture of Nelson which presides over a model ship, a couple of small prints of the Battle of Trafalgar, a barometer, one of those small glass cases containing nautical knots, an Ølenthusiasten award (bronze medal) in a cracked frame and a photograph of a football team.

Although it’s just off Strøget in the heart of town, the Lord Nelson probably isn’t the kind of place you’d come into if it weren’t for the beer range, but I always enjoy visiting. It’s in a basement with the bottom of the windows at street level although, even with the low ceiling, it can seem quite light and airy as there are also windows at the back opening onto an inner courtyard. There are some high top tables, benches against the wall with wooden tables and chairs and high stools at the bar.

The bar is quite small but packs in 14 hand pumps and not a boring beer amongst them. There used to be a printed beer list each day but this seems to have been discontinued.

There’s no food apart from nuts but there is decent music, free wifi and assorted comics and beer-related magazines such as Dansk Ølenthusiasten and Beer Advocate in a stand by the door. The staff are always very friendly and welcoming and usually knowledgeable about their wares, although I have to say that on one visit the otherwise very nice barman (a New Yorker) served us a Refsvindinge Røde Mor in place of Nordkystens Banjer Øl without realising it; and no recompense was offered when the mistake came to light, even though we’d said when first choosing our beers that we wouldn’t have the Refsvindinge because we weren’t generally keen on them. More recently the barman (also a very pleasant chap) tried to tell me that the Hornbeer brewery was in Copenhagen. A petty gripe perhaps, but there you go.

(Last visited 5 May 2013).
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn  (696) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 27, 2008
Not an incredible selection, but on tap there are almost exclusively good Danish beers. I like to stop here in the late afternoon, use their wifi connection and keep working for an hour or two with a pint of beer. Ølfabrikken, Raasted, Ørbæk among the most common ones here.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | May 28, 2007
Maybe a bit underrated? This most excellent bar offers nothing but danish microbrews on tap, at very decent prices. Basically pretty much what th beer tourist looks for, so go there simply put. Even the locals regularly find something they have not tried yet. Easy location from the city centre as well and rather calm, well lighted basement interior feels relazing enough.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Bryne  (650) Bryne, Norway | September 22, 2015
A small cellar bar with low ceiling and full of cigarette smoke. And, watch your head when entering, if you’re not a Hobbit. Good selection of Danish craft beers on tap. Can’t complain about beer and service, but it’s hard to enjoy the smell of fresh beer when everything smells of tobacco. (Visited September 18th 2015)
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Rune  (639) Tromsø, Norway | October 10, 2008
A small, cellar pub right in the heart of central Copenhagen. Lord Nelson has been running for three years now and presents an ever-changing range of beers from Danish microbreweries. Usually there are at least 12 different beers on tap, in addition to a few ciders from the Nelson farm. During the years the variety of offerings has expanded, and the draft menu now also includes ales from Djævlebryg, Amager and Mikkeller. Their website contains the whole menu and is updated every week. This is a very cosy and friendly place it is easy to get in touch with other guests. The staff is super friendly and attentive. A lovely place for exciting beer drinking that should not be missed (last visited 10.09 and 15.09.2008).
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh  (639) Tampere, Finland | February 18, 2010| Updated September 10, 2010
Small, cozy place with good service. The American bartender was here for the first time, but still very friendly. All together 14 taps with Danish micro breweries like Croocked Moon. At least I will visit again next time I’m in KBH.

Second visit. Definitely great place to visit when in town. This time bartender was highly knowledgeable and friendly. Lots of local micros to taste.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
rlgk  (612) Göteborg, Sweden | July 25, 2011
Small bar in the centre of Copenhagen. Decent but not outstanding beer selection.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
gnoff  (597) Mölndal, Sweden | July 14, 2009
Visited on Jul 10 and July 11. Fairly rowded place with a nice draught beer selection. Good service and nice regulars. Haven’t tried eating. Not fun that smoking is still allowed, but otherwise a very nice place.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
gunnar  (570) Sandnes, Norway | December 7, 2010
A tiny beer bar close to Strøget, mainly good danish beers on tap on my visit.Great service, a nice haven and rescue from the shopping frenzy.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Brugmansia  (567) Jylland, Denmark | July 10, 2013
Visited several times, easy to get to placed in the citycenter. Small cosy pub, placed in the basement. Can at times be rather busy, and in the summer rather varm as well. They serve a nice selecion of danish micros, a few ciders as well. Most times in good condition. Friendly, serviceminded staff. This place is a beery pub, they don´t serve food. Worth a visit you are around.

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