Nice typical Bishop Arms style as I know it from Sweden. Quite ordinary beers on tap though when I was there, several taps were not in use. Got told I came on a bad day as they had problems with delivery. Very nice service.
A blueprint of the Swedish Bishops Arms, with it’s long bar, differnt seating areas, and a "library" department with comfy chairs. Good Swedish beer selection, also some good Danish ones. Visited during Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011, when this place was newly opened, service was excellent, as well as knowledge of the beer selection in the fridge. There was a low frequency noise, which seems to originate from the HVAC system, this was really annoying when first noticed.
Visited the well known Swedish beer embassy called Bishops Arms. It’s not exactly as in Sweden. I cannot tell you what the difference is. In Gotheburg it’s in the basements, here it’s in normal level. The beer selection is poor. I want more "non standard" beers on tap. Number of taps, whiskies etc. is all right. Come on. I know you can do better than this!
Imagine there were kits for building a pub – a bit like those model aeroplane kits surely every schoolboy knows. Then imagine that you couldn’t decide which model to choose, so you bought the whole set but when you got home you still couldn’t decide which to build first so you took a few parts from each box and put your pub together. Hey presto! You might then have ended up with something a bit like the Bishops Arms. Oh, but you took the taps from all the boxes and included them in your shiny new pub so that there were 20 or more rather than the usual 3 or 4.
The Bishops Arms is a Swedish chain that’s been going for 20 years. The Copenhagen branch, the first outside Sweden, opened in March this year. It promotes itself as a British-style pub and to emphasise this point it has a coat of arms just like the one on the front of my passport under the bar. When we visited it had many British beers on tap, including Punk IPA from BrewDog (one of my favourite house beers), as well as a more local selection – Norrebro Bombay Pale Ale, Mikkeller Snapphane and Mikkeller Exotic Punch, to name but three. There were also Walkers crisps and an impressive range of single malt whiskies.
It’s a large, long and narrow place and, as I indicated above, it has no unifying theme. There are mock Tudor beams, Indian restaurant flock wallpaper (but turquoise rather than red), wooden panelling, wallpaper from a 1930s bedroom, brass plates, horse brasses under the bar and atop the columns supporting it, pictures of sailing ships, the sort of multicoloured carpet usually found only in British pubs, a slate floor not unlike that in our kitchen at home, wall lights and Tiffany-style lamps over the booths. A real mishmash of styles! You might find any of these in a pub in England, but not all in one place. Having said that, it was comfortable enough but deserted on a weekday lunchtime, apart from a couple of other people who tucked themselves into a booth at the far end of the room. I felt rather sorry for the barmaid, who was friendly but woefully underemployed.
(Visited 24 May 2011).
The brand new Bishop Arms in Copenhagen gave a rather good first impression after a visit on a Sunday afternoon in late May. Clean and tidy, inviting interior, especially the library section. Relaxing atmosphere. Tasty food, we had the brunch plate. Attentive barmaids that made us feel comfortable here. Seven hand-pumps, mostly Fullers, 20 on keg and two fridges filled with interesting bottled beers – we had some tasty big bottles from Port Brewing. Central location (Visited with Danish friends 29.05.2011).
The tap list looks impressive, but checking a second time i found not that much i had not tasted other places. Worse, most of the beers on tap were plisner, bitter, vienna and other similar styles, leaving not much tap choice if You were after something heavier. This could be a random thing, bad luck, or perhaps their taps are aiming at the occational beer customer, not someone out for something extreme. Most of the beers on tap were mainstream/macro beers, very well known stuff like westmalle, bavaria, fullers etc. 3 of 4 casks had fullers. The place is nicely laid out with a larger leather-chair-book area that does well for some cozy beer sampling. Other areas are more pub like, and other areas again resemble a burger joint. All in all a nice and very large place. The beer list was a bit of a dissapointment too first time i was there, i had already rated every single bottled beer they have for sale. However if You ask if they have anything special not on the list - they dig up 6 much more expensive, but also quite rare brews. I don’t thnik ’ive rated any of those - but I didn’t buy them either, cause the price was pretty steep. If i can’t get them anywhere else, i might go back. I think my main problem with the place is that even though they have lots of beer, they don’t have much beer that is not pretty common. Of course the bar is much better than the average bar - but the beer menu is not in top-3 for copenhagen as I see it. You can get Närke ! bottled If You have the money for it. That’s pretty cool.
Nice bar in central Copenhagen with lots of space and a cool library section.
Their selection has already improved since they opened and their tap prices are average but the bottles is quite expensive - Närke Stormaktsporter and Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter is 450DKK a bottle (25cl)!.
I can definitely recommend their food but if you are after a great Italian pasta dish or pizza the restaurant "La Vecchia Signora" is right around the corner 50m away.
Large and new place in Copenhagen. 30 taps - 4-6 of them Cask. Good bottle selection of Swedish , Belgium classics and British beers mainly. No rarities to be found and pretty boring draft lineup. A bit more expensive than your average Copenhagen beer bar! Friendly service.