Don’t know what a Red Snapper is? It’s the original Bloody Mary cocktail made with gin and a hint of orange juice. We have tested cocktail bars in Copenhagen and the best Red Snapper in Copenhagen is probably served at Salon 39 in Fredriksberg. You should indeed enjoy a Red Snapper in Salon 39 in Copenhagen.
Salon 39 was established in 2005 by chef Kasper Georg Jensen, a Michelin-star trained chef from Hotel Vier Jahrzeiten in Hamburg and bartender Thomas Raae Rasmussen. It is a cocktail bar and restaurant in the Frederiksberg neighborhood just across the Western Bridge, on a corner of a quiet street leading to Danas square.
This hidden gem furnished in 1920s style is tucked away on the edge of Frederiksberg. Salon 39 is a small place with an amazing ability to mix a few ingredients together to create outstanding flavors in both food and drinks. The aim is to create great cocktails while serving a few simple dishes and snacks so people would hang around instead of leaving to go get food elsewhere.
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Approaching the bar it almost feel as if we could be anywhere else in Europe. The immediate surroundings have a sense of spaciousness and familiarity, inviting us to slow down and enjoy the present moment. The terrace setting is somewhat reminiscent of many European cultures where hedonism is woven throughout everyday life and culture, a place where you can sit down without feeling overwhelmed by traffic, yet still feel as a part of a living city, the ideal set up to enjoy a scrumptious meal and well concocted drink.
Sunday brunch and evening menu are inspired by Italian food and Danish home cooking respectively. Food is prepared with lots of love and great ingredients, cocktails are made with the best liquors imported from around the world.
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Salon 39 holds a privileged position in the space and is beautifully set in what appears to be a welcoming area, with small tables along the windows, and direct access to the bar. A nice way to arrive and land before having a meal.
New owners, who took over the management a year ago, claim they will continue the concept as is.
For solid food, Salon 39 offers 39 different varieties of poached eggs and omelets, wiener schnitzel, steak Bismarck, fresh fruit, yoghurt, American pancakes and fresh bread. Red Snapper is recommended for eggs and sausages, which go well with the tomato-based and lightly spiced drink.
The drinks menu includes classics such as Sazerac and Red Snapper, but also the house’s own specialties such as Hemingway Punch (absinthe, orgeat, cream, lime, orange blossom water, apple juice and egg white), Jackie Brown (Fitzgerald 12Y bourbon (possibly whisky), Benedictine liqueur, maple syrup, bitters and dark chocolate and Mona Lisa (chamomile brandy, lemon slice and champagne).
The soundtrack is vinyl jazz records. My main reason for loving this place is the management’s insane passion for making sure that both food and cocktails are the very best. Probably not the most fancy, but the very best!
Enjoy a Red Snapper in Copenhagen, written by Tor Kjolberg