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a little buzzed blogging for ya

It’s kind of amazing, what’s going on at this bar I suddenly have the privilege of working behind.

I say this because being there is so fun already and feels so perfect that I’m worried that writing about it so admiringly will jinx it.

I’ve spent the past two evenings working behind the bar at Søernes Ølbar, the new sister bar of Ørsted Ølbar. Tonight was the third night in a row I’ve had chips, sausage, peanuts, and high-gravity porters for dinner (and subsequent fourth meal) and I’m totally okay with it BECAUSE this new bar is the greatest thing ever.

Part of assimilating into Danish culture (or just out of American culture) is dropping the overuse of hyperbole. Example: “This is the best mocha I’ve ever had!” or “OMG this salad is inspirational, how did you make it? Tell me everything!” Statements like this are usually answered with doubtful smirks. Over complimenting does not exist in the Danish language. It leaves a fine vernacular code to decrypt in order to understand how Danes really feel about anything.

I am drunkenly digressing. The point is, after being present for the bar’s opening and first Friday night on the lakes, I am pretty sure that the surrounding community is crying happy tears that there is a new super-sweet afternoon drinking spot located smack in the middle of their neighborhood. Tonight, my favorites were the two fifty-year-old men who came up and squealed, “Are these ALL taps??!” and then started clutching each other with joy when I said yes. Here, the excitement is not understated. They are just as happy as I am.

But what I think is most impressive about what I’ve seen over the last few days is the beginnings of a loyal customer base we already seem to have. Prior to this weekend I was unaware that there was a huge community that truly appreciated what the owner, Kim Christiansen, had done with Ørsted Ølbar and loyally followed him to the lakes to check out his new location. Not that I am at all surprised! But after having my Facebook feed flooded with Mikkeller updates about its new bar on Stefansgade for months before their opening and not hearing a peep from Søernes, I wasn’t sure how the crowds at this week’s grand opening would compare.

The place was packed shoulder to shoulder when I walked in for my first shift at 6pm, when the bar was only an hour old! The crowd of 2000+ at Mikkeller was proof that social media works, but the crowd that showed up to Søernes to shower Kim in congratulatory cards, beer, and gifts at Søernes were proof that some people are big enough ballers not to need it. It’s interesting to think about in terms of arts management; Mikkeller beer might be high art in the Danish craft beer scene, but nobody said it needed to be served in such a sterile environment. Søernes has it all. DJs, soccer, ducks, mood lighting, and the best beer I’ve ever had.

It’s gonna be hard to get me away from this place. Good thing I’m on payroll.




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first impressions, spring in copenhagen, family time

If I had both the money and energy to apportion to one creative project while living here, I would place twenty cameras in strategic places throughout my regular bike commute in Copenhagen and program them to take video footage over a year. Then, I’d be able to craft an epic time-lapse masterpiece that would capture the essence of the city as it changes with the seasons.

It’s the only way to show the incredible contrast between winter and spring. I feel like I’ve suddenly been transported somewhere else. Suddenly, all the doors are open, people are actually making use of outdoor seating, people are smiling and switching to their spring jackets, and, finally, leaving the house doesn’t feel like a punishment. What a difference ten degrees makes! There are people biking in swarms. I had no idea this many people lived in Copenhagen. Achiamar is terrified.

On a more personal note, the change in weather meant the city had more of a reason to make use of me (about freakin’ time). This week I was introduced to two new positions I’ll be taking on as classes wrap up: one in a cafe in Norrebro and the other in a new craft beer place opening up on Thursday. I met around twenty incredibly awesome people this week, and the only thing I regret about it is that I didn’t meet them earlier.

RETRO Norrebro is a young cafe on Jaegersborggade, which I discovered when working at Manfreds & Vin on the same street. It’s a brilliant and refreshingly organized non-profit cafe/bar whose proceeds are sent directly to fund three humanitarian projects in Sierra Leone. The RETRO association focuses on engaging creative individuals in order to promote charity, and have successfully created an uber-cozy environment that comes with an added karmic bonus. Performances are hosted twice a month, foreigners can come practice their Danish on Tuesdays, people who are cold (so, everybody) can come to knitting circle nights, and there are several social mixers for the 200+ volunteers that make it all happen.

But probably the best part of this deal is that it all really works. After leaving my last volunteer barista position for utter lack of organization (as in, the ‘profit’ part of the ‘non-profit’ never happened) it’s exciting to be a part of something with a deserved reputation for doing good. I’m going to be joining the music coordination team, seeking out singer/songwriters and booking them to play on Friday nights at the cafe. Bonus: I have the opportunity to get some actual interviews done in the process and get some new content for this site!! But even if not, I’m excited to become familiar with a small section of Copenhagen’s undiscovered to up-and-coming music scene.

And the second: Søernes Ølbar is a brand-spanking-new beer bar right on the lakes in Osterbro. This one has twenty taps (convenient because I know my numbers in Danish to just about that point), plenty of space, done in neutrals and brick, and complete with outdoor seating and a view of the ducks.

But the best thing about this new gig is the staff dynamic. There is absolutely NO replacing my UCD Hickey Pool coworkers, but this is the first time I’ve met a bunch that came even close to the bar that has been set so high. The combination of old and new bar staff is a truly stimulating and OUTGOING (!) handful of twenty or so individuals who were hand-selected based largely on personality. Everyone is excited about the new bar and, for the first time, I’ve seriously considered extending my stay here to continue to be a part of it.

SO: it’s a beautiful time to visit Copenhagen, and if you happen to be dropping by in the next week, here are two things to check out:

  1. Søernes Ølbar is opening on Thursday 4/11 at 5:00pm. FREE BEER until 7. Check them out on FacebookSortedam Dossering 83, 2100 Kbh Ø
  2. Singer-songwriter Anja Ahm is performing on Friday 4/12 at 8:00pm @ Cafe Retro, Jægersborggade 14, Copenhagen 2200 N

Until then. Achiamar has landed in Copenhagen! Three Lee girls in the apartment means triple volume, triple trouble, triple helpings of food, and triple laziness. Achiamar is also an amazing photographer, so you can look forward to seeing some more aesthetically pleasing things on here in the next week or so!

tak for at læse,


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