Slagteriet Hip guest-DJ's and raw industrial club mood in a former slaughterhouse

Drinking | Rugårdsvej 5, Odense C | Written by: Kristian Bang Hansen | 13 recommendations

You should go to Slagteriet, if you want a rustic and sweaty nightclub, hard-hitting cocktails, and first class guest-DJs. Two young Odense boys have transformed the meat laboratory of the old Danish Crown slaughterhouse at 5 Rugårdsvej into a modern nightclub with industrial coolness and the presence of history. Slagteriet has made the Phono Festival’s symbiosis of new electronic sound and the industrial decay of the past into a regular Saturday – and sometimes also Monday or Friday – event in the city.

Odense’s night scene is changing fast. Gone are the days where the playlist from TheVoice and a cheap Tuborg equalled success. By all means, these places still exist. But they are increasingly forced to either close down or reinvent themselves. With Slagteriet, the two industrious event entrepreneurs, Jonas and Julian, have proven that a thorough concept is what it takes to survive – not just free beer and catchy choruses.

We respect them for having the guts to open a club – or indeed anything – on the wrong side of Strationsvej. Odense’s party society have always been renowned for their lazy bones, refusing to walk more than 50 metres from the absolute centre of town. But if there is something worth the walk, it is this ambitious nightclub. It is open every Saturday from 12 pm to 5 am, the rooms are unusually raw and stylish, the sound is probably the best in the city, and the cocktail selection is particularly thorough. You can also enjoy the late summer nights at their wonderful terrace behind the club with a view of the rising tower blocks nearby - perfect.

Slagteriet is known to go all in on guest DJs and since the opening in October 2013 they have had a string of high profile names behind sound board: Tomas Barfod, Thomas Madvig, Ena Cosovic, Jean Von Baden (five times!), Le Gammeltoft, Henri Matisse, Mike Sheridan, Zebra Katz, Pelle Peter Jensen, DJ Static, SNAVS, Nonsens, Few Wolves, DJ Buda, KANT, Borneland, WAQAR, Vendelboe, Lou Van, Kris Menace and none other than MK (!!).

Walk that extra 200 metres and experience the city’s most ambitious nightclub. It is the best decision you will make tonight.

  • Mon - Thu: -
  • Fri: 23.45 - 05.00
  • Sat: 00.00 - 05.00
  • Sun: -
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Musikhuset Dexter Jazz, blues, Americana and more in an authentically no-frills venue

Musikhuset Dexter
Culture | Vindegade 65, Odense C | Written by: Kathrine Guldmann | 56 recommendations

You must lock arms with your friends, stroll through the streets, into Jazzhouse Dexter, one of Odense’s most authentic clubs, which serves as a playground for jazz loving people from far and wide. Meet talented jazz musicians, who will offer a terrific experience from Dexter’s intimate corner stage under the low ceiling. The acoustics are wonderful, the atmosphere unique, and if you arrive early you might snatch a seat up front and enjoy a beer and an (imaginary) cigarette, and be close enough to the musicians to smell them.

If you are one to hide in the corner, under the shade of your hat with a Whiskey and a Cuban cigar, find somewhere else or put out your cigar, because at Dexter’s smoking is prohibited. Luckily, there are other things to do. If, on the contrary, you are the type, who cannot help but shake your tail feather when the live music crawls through your ear canal, feel free to show off your moves on the dance floor. For everyone else, there is also the option to sway discretely off stage.

Follow the blue lights and come along! Do not miss the lovely, wanton and vivid music played here – whether world class jazz equilibrists or the budding musicians of Odense. It is going to be wonderful.

If you ask me, Jazzhouse Dexter’s free Monday events are one of the best ways to spend your Monday evening in Odense. Whether the menu offers jazz jam, blues, or gypy/hip hop/poetry slam-fusion there is something about the atmosphere around small tables in dimmed lighting that always adds something to your evening.

For most, Sunday is the day of rest, reading the newspaper, and general regenration after the hardships of the preceding week. If, however, you feel like bursting the sleepy Sunday bubble, Dexter offers the vitality, which most Sundays lack. Therefore, I have no qualms about bringing my mopey eyes to Dexter’s soft light, without fear of dozing off. I have no doubt that a shot of swinging big band energy or captivating drum solo rythm acrobatics should suffice to wake most people from their Sunday slumber and send them forward with renewed energy.

I love Dexter! I like Posten and Kansas City, but I love Dexter!


  • Mon - Sun: -
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Svalernes Genbrugsbutik Flea market goodies at old-timey prices

Svalernes Genbrugsbutik
Shopping | Ørstedsgade 20, Odense C | Written by: Pil Lindgreen | 1 recommendations

A bonafide miscellaneous thrift shop like back in the day. In the country, there are huge flea barns with junk stacked roof-high, where only the most persevering venture in. Meanwhile, in the cities, you are stuck with second-hand stores with rows and rows of easily-surveyed Merkel-style polyester pantsuits and patterned tea service with no cups sold seperately, not to mention those insufferable luxury-thrift dealers, who adjust the price tags when copper and teak come back in style.

Luckily, there is also Svalernes Genbrug; the perfect amalgam of gold and junk; the best of both worlds.

Svalerne are rag pickers with hearts of gold and old-world habits. If you have enough time, you will exactly what you (did not know you) needed under breadmakers, chandeliers, tin soldiers and TV stands. Those easily tempted (such as yours truly) are in imminent danger of finding themselves heading home on their bicycle with a full set of garden furniture slung over their shoulder, even though one has no garden, and even so, could not resist the temptation of this particular set and its candy-stripe bolster and affordable price.

If you gather up a nice variety of things, Svalerne will throw in the spoons for free, and there is almost always cake, and coffee on thermos.

The best garage sale in town is open twice a week; show up early to have time to nose out the good stuff.

  • Mon - Tue: -
  • Wed: 15.00 - 18.00
  • Thu - Fri: -
  • Sat: 10.00 - 14.00
  • Sun: -
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Restaurant Goma Exceptional contemporary Danish-Japanese fusion cuisine

Restaurant Goma
Eating | Kongensgade 66-68, Odense C | Written by: Brian Lindskov Larsen | 1 recommendations

Goma was one of the first substantial alternative gourmet restaurants to appear in Odense and with its neat fusion of Japanese sushi and, well, everything else, including pork rinds, served in cool surroundings, it quickly became a hit – and it hasn’t lost its momentum since.

I once celebrated a birthday there with my girlfriend and child and on top of great, inventive meal I was pleasantly surprised to find the waiters friendly without being fawning. There is a hyped cocktail bar in the evening with herbal gins and a dj and the restaurant features occasional exclusive wine, champagne & gastro events.

Goma is youthful without being stupid – a rarity.

  • Mon - Thu: 17.30 - late
  • Fri: 16.00 - late
  • Sat: 17.30 - late
  • Sun: -
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Den Smagløse Café The ugliest café in the city is also the cosiest. Turns into a popular bar at night

Den Smagløse Café
Drinking | Vindegade 57, Odense C | Written by: Kathrine Guldmann | 3 recommendations

Whenever people come to Odense for the first time I recommend a visit to this bizarre café. I’m actually at Smagløse right as I write this, drinking a good cup of coffee at one of the old bus seats in the corner. Young people come here too. I am here. Every day, Smagløse’s wonderful bartenders serve good coffee, and on the other side of the bar is the infamous Pòlseum. A must-see!

It’s like stepping into grandma’s old living room - except for the Indian elefants on leash rows, the newspaper-wallpaper, the old paintings hanging from the ceiling, the old Aristonia radios and walls that are as orange as my parents’ old kitchen from the 70’s. This place is so cozy, nice and comfortably shady. Still, right in front of me, is a quite disgusting plastic baby head, quietly spinning when the wind creeps in. Spooky, but pretty cool.

Here you can sit and philosophize while staring at the shiny antique globe, or enjoy the sun and the nice weather in the climber-covered backyard. You can have deep conversations, drink craft beers, rendezvous with your lovers or do any other café-like thing with people near and far. The crowd is diverse, of all ages and types, and hey! There’s my teacher, Bob da dap bob! He’s right there!

Come the evening, the music gets louder. The good one. Gorillaz, Caravan Palace, the latest pop hits from the radio and a lot more. The atmosphere is top notch and the energy is unlike anywhere else.

This place is perfect for a date, to break up with your partner, or for a job interview.

Honestly, I just love this place.

  • Mon: 12.00 - 01.00
  • Tue - Wed: 12.00 - 02.00
  • Thu - Sat: 12.00 - 03.00
  • Sun: 12.00 - 22.00
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La Piazzetta Tiny space with Italians serving up pizza to stay or to go

La Piazzetta
Eating | Vindegade 88, Odense C | Written by: Brian Lindskov Larsen

La Piazzetta is my favorite pizza-pusher in Odense. It's up to debate whether their pizzas are better than Della Nonna's by the harbor or Rosticceria's on Hjallesevej/Brandts, where they also speak (or shout) in Italian in the kitchen. Or even better than newcomer Gorm's in Brandts Passage where shouting is Danish But their crust is as crispy as you can dream of, and they also have a good choice of Italian non-pizza dishes on the menu — try for instance their amazing veggie soup.

Another plus is that the city's absolute best ice cream parlor, Il Gusto, is just next door, ready to satisfy any imminent craving for dessert.

For good measure, you can even much conveniently bring your pizza to Den Smagløse Café across the street, take a sit, and drink a beer or soda with discount, if you show a receipt from the pizza place.

  • Mon - Thu: 16.00 - 21.00
  • Fri: 16.00 - 21.30
  • Sat - Sun: 16.00 - 21.00
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Il Gusto The most wonderful Italian ice cream

Il Gusto
Eating | Vindegade 84-86, Odense C | Written by: My Rasmussen

Stefano Di Gaetano fell in love with a girl from Funen and traded Copenhagen for Odense and his job as a pedagogue for being an ice cream maker.

Now, he skillfully experiments with flavours in his gem of an ice cream shop, which contains velvety classics like chocolate and strawberry but also new signature flavours like acacia honey and walnuts, or vanilla, lemon, and meringue. Or apple pie. Or Whiskey-cream.

Try the Sicilian "brioche": buttery bread sliced and served with two scoops of soft gelato.

You can also warrant your popularity by bringing an ice cream cake with you as you head into the summer landscape. Doors will open, walls will fall!

  • Mon - Sun: 12.00 - 20.00
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Bar Rar Good rum cocktails in a smoky atmosphere

Bar Rar
Drinking | Dronningensgade 2b, Odense C | Written by: My Rasmussen | 1 recommendations

The place to go if you need to go out, but would also like to talk to the people you bring along.

And if you enjoy drinking a truly well-made Margarita in a high bowl with chrystalized salt on the rim, but would rather not pay a fortune for it.

And if you enjoy imbibing your cocktail in a very unusual, smoky atmosphere, which doesn’t have the smell of lingering farts. And if you want either House or Motown to flow from the speakers. Or if you would just really enjoy a cheap draught beer and a round of table football.

And if you like laminated, greasy drinks cards with doofy names like ”Zombie drink”, of which you can only drink two. Or else you die.

  • Mon - Tue: -
  • Wed: 19.00 - 01.00
  • Thu: 18.00 - 02.00
  • Fri: 15.00 - 03.00
  • Sat: 18.00 - 03.00
  • Sun: -
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Bahn Mi Saigon Vietnamese to go. Bahn Mi sandwiches that will save your day

Bahn Mi Saigon
Eating | Vesterbro 21, Odense C | Written by: Jens Krog | Translated by: Laura Malahovska

Bahn Mi serves food the way the owner's mother made it. Hanh Mai, who owns the cafe, moved from Vietnam to study here, bringing the Vietnamese cuisine with her via skype conversations with her mother. The concept is Vietnamese street food and is perfect for a grab and go lunch if you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy your bahn mi (sandwich), rolls or curry dish. You are met by a courteous and helpful staff, despite the fact that the place is mostly for people on the move.

The menu is simple for a restaurant but impressive for a takeaway place, and they even serve tea, coffee and cake and cold drinks of Vietnamese origin. Although "authentic" is gradually a cliché word, it fits well here. They can make tofu taste good, and you are guaranteed fresh street food with fresh vegetables, which shows us there are alternatives to China-boxes, pizza-slices and durum wraps.

  • Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 20:00
  • Sun: -
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