Little place near the train station. Only four house beers on tap, but tons of rotation and seasonals, apparently. The beers were alright for the most part, particularly the two wheat beers. Prices are okay for Copenhagen.
The Apollo is right by the main entrance of Tivoli and next to the Hereford Beefstouw, with which it shares its glass frontage. Inside, it’s rather like being in a large conservatory. There are scrubbed wooden tables (with the tea lights ubiquitous in Denmark) around a vast gleaming copper and mash tun which rise from the basement through a wrought iron and brass balcony. Over this and the stairwell to the bar downstairs soars a glass seagull with its wings outstretched. The copper theme is continued in the ladies toilets downstairs, where a long copper trough takes the place of sinks. [2013 update - the toilets have been switched round and the men’s now have the copper trough!]
The menu comes as a four page broadsheet newspaper and lists the small array of regular brews plus a beer of the month. All the beers come in large, medium and small sizes with the prices listed on a blackboard near the bar, for drinking in or take away. There must also be an unlisted size of beer as we were amused to see a fellow diner being served with an enormous Kwak-style contraption (a meter of ale perhaps?) full of schwartzbier. We went for more manageable quantities of pilsner, schwartzbier, havre stout and blonde belgisk ale to accompany our meal. The beers aren’t particularly exciting but this is a pleasant place to visit, just for a drink or for food. The menu is fairly short but always offers a reasonable selection of good fare and the staff are friendly.
In some ways the Apollo is reminiscent of some American brewpubs – and indeed it is part of a small chain, with sister places in Odense, Herning and Aarhus – although it’s in no way sterile and is done here with much more panache and style.
(Last visited 6 May 2014).
I liked this place (and I realise that seems to place me squarely in the minority). Great location, and I thought the house beers were quite good, as well as eclectic. My service was fine, although it was a Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t busy. The skylights provide plenty of natural light and provide a certain cheeriness to the joint. Prices aren’t cheap but pretty par for Copenhagen, I suppose. Overall, this is a much better brewpub than the one down the street.
Since Tivoli in Copenhagen does not open before the middle of April, Apollo is not as busy as it used to be during the Tivoli season. An open and rather spacious place serving five of its own ales during my visit on Palm Sunday 2010. Even if it is far from the most exciting beer drinking places in Copenhagen, their beers are decent and well kept, and I remember a time when Apollo was the only brewpub in Copenhagen. Polite service in alright surroundings, not much atmosphere, though. Worth a visit, if not essential (visited 28.03.2010).
I would say that Bryggeriet Apollo gives the impression of being a steak house more than a brewpub. In the entrance a sign says "Please wait to be seated" Ignore it and turn right to the bar. Limited seating by the bar, but good enough for me. I only wanted to try some of their beers. Their Blonde Ale was actually a good beer! Not a bad start at noon Saturday. (Visited September 19th 2015)
3 house beers, we had 2. More of a restaurant than bar, but pretty coppers and a nice outside cafe make it a pleasant place for a couple. Service was typical for a non-beer place. Not worth going out of your way for, but it’s right across from Central Station, so you won’t.
This place was around before the micro revolution really took off in Denmark so I guess it must be regarded as something of a veteran these days. Of course, in terms of beer quality and range it’s been overtaken by plenty of other brewers and bars these days. But I like to pop in to see what’s on offer. On the latest occasion (May 2011) there were three new beers for me so I don’t know whether they have increased their range - it always used to be just the Pilsner and one monthly special from what I recall - or I was just lucky. All the beers were decent, if not world-beaters. Food was decent and, whilst hardly cheap, prices were not too outrageous. It’s a pleasant, airy place with a glassed-in conservatory feel although not, pehaps, the cosiest ambience in town. Service was firendly and attentive.