Bullets at the bodega: hygge and horror in Copenhagen’s cosiest bar

December 3, 2016

Rosengårdens Bodega is warm and friendly, but has its darker side: it’s the spot where the Danish resistance caught up with a notorious Nazi informer in 1944

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A bullet is embedded in the wall behind the bar at Rosengårdens Bodega, a drinking den in central Copenhagen. A member of the Danish resistance movement put it there on 20 April 1944 – one of several shots fired during the assassination of a Nazi snitch known as the Horse Thief. Landlord Lars Matell-Hyllested will show you the bullet if you follow his simple rule: “Buy a shot, see the shot.” He’ll then point to a shelf bearing bottles of bitter Danish liquor. If you’ve got a bold palate, try Gammel Dansk. It means old Danish, perhaps because that’s how it makes you feel. Rosengårdens Bodega also serves a wide range of Danish beers.

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