You have finished your dinner in Aarhus, the bill is paid and the question now is where to go next? The town has long been known for its culture and cosy atmosphere, so you could choose to go to an art exhibition, a live concert or to get something to drink.

    If you want a bit more action, you could go past the cinema or be an active participant at a board game café or an escape room. These are our 10 best suggestions for evening activities in Aarhus.


    Arts Hall Aarhus (Kunsthal Aarhus)

    Challenge yourself with modern art in this exhibition centre

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    Do you need some creative inspiration in Aarhus while you are relaxing after a meal? Then Arts Hall Aarhus (Kunsthal Aarhus) could be an option. Once a week this contemporary art museum is open late. You can find it right in the middle of Aarhus, not far from Mølleparken and the river. Here, you can admire new and experimental art within the installation, performance and video genres, and you can attend presentations with artists and researchers – and it’s all free.

    You also have the option to drink a cup of tea or coffee at the café or explore the sculpture park, where new works are added regularly.

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    Location: J. M. Mørks Gade 13, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

    Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday to 8 pm.

    Phone: +45 86 20 60 50


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    Bruun’s Gallery (Bruuns Galleri)

    Go shopping and drink a cup of coffee in this shopping centre

    If you want to browse the shops in Aarhus after your meal, you can detour past the shopping centre Bruun’s Gallery (Bruuns Galleri), which is smack in the city centre close to Aarhus Central Station (Aarhus Hovedbanegård). Here, you can roam an area of nearly 1 million square feet and choose between 100 shops with fashion, interior design, books and more.

    You can also visit a number of cafés if you want to drink a cup of coffee or eat an ice cream or some chocolate for dessert. Bruun’s Gallery (Bruuns Galleri) is also home to a cinema, and during the summer, you can play mini golf on the roof.

    Location: M. P. Bruuns Gade 25, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

    Open: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm; eateries and the cinema have different opening hours.

    Phone: +45 70 20 89 09


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    Visit the centre of the city’s nightlife after dark

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    One of the places in Aarhus which is always buzzing with life in the evenings is Åboulevarden, which runs on both sides of Aarhus River (Aarhus Å), not far from Store and Lille Torv. Here, you can find everything from cosy cafés to pulsating nightlife. In particular, the stretch from Europaplads to Vadestedet and Immervad is home to the highest concentration of bars.

    Find a table where you can sit with a glass of wine or something stronger while you enjoy the special atmosphere and all the people that always gather by the river.

    Location: Åboulevarden, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

    Open: Depends on the individual restaurant or bar.


    Aarhus Board Game Café (Aarhus Brætspilscafé)

    Have some fun with a board game with your friends or significant other

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    If you feel like playing a board game, you will find ample opportunities at Aarhus Board Game Café (Aarhus Brætspilscafé), which has two locations that you can visit after dinner in town. The café on Vestergade is five minutes’ walk from Lille Torv, while the other one is by Aarhus Rutebilstation.

    Both places charge a small fee per person, but then you can play as much as you like. Should you get hungry or thirsty, you can also buy drinks and snacks for your game.

    Location: Vestergade 58A, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark and Fredensgade 38, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

    Open: Vestergade: Monday to Thursday from 1 pm to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 1 am, and Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm. Fredensgade: Tuesday to Thursday from 3 pm to 11 pm, Friday from 3 pm to 1 am, Saturday from 12 pm to 1 am, and Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm.

    Phone: +45 81 11 90 05 og +45 81 11 90 06


    Tivoli Friheden

    End the evening at this atmospheric amusement park in Aarhus

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    A summer evening in Aarhus can certainly be spent at Tivoli Friheden, the town’s very own amusement park. Originally, this was a people’s park, and it is located in the northernmost part of the large Marselisborg Forest (Marselisborgskoven), about half an hour walk from Aarhus Central Station (Aarhus Hovedbanegård). Here, you can go on roller coasters, Ferris wheels and other fun rides, and you can admire the park’s gorgeous flowers. You can also find a number of cafés, restaurants and food stalls, so you might even choose to dine at the park to spend more time in the green surroundings.

    Tivoli Friheden is also open for Halloween and Christmas, where the park is decorated with pumpkins and a horror motif or sparkling Christmas lights, trees and baubles.

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    Location: Skovbrynet 5, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

    Open: Opening hours vary by season.

    Phone: +45 86 14 73 00


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    Grab a glass of wine at this charming bar

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    After a nice dinner in Aarhus you’ll want to continue the evening with a good glass of wine – or several – at S’vinbar. This wine bar is located in central Aarhus, a few minutes’ walk from Klostertorvet. Here, at this cosy corner bar, the bottles are lined up on the wall, and there are more than 300 different kinds of wine to choose from, most of which can be bought by the glass.

    Wine tastings are also held regularly, each with a different focus, so you can learn something about what you are drinking.

    Location: Klostergade 62, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

    Open: Monday to Thursday from 3 pm to 10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 1 pm to 10 pm.

    Phone: +45 72 20 66 20


    The Concert Hall of Aarhus (Musikhuset)

    Visit one of the largest concert halls in Scandinavia

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    With its 6 halls, The Concert Hall of Aarhus (Musikhuset Aarhus) has lots to offer, including concerts, dancing, theatre, comedy and much more. Finding a concert that is to your liking after dinner will be no problem at all. The cultural centre, with the impressive glass facade, faces a green park no more than 10 minutes’ walk from Aarhus Central Station (Aarhus Hovedbanegård).

    A long list of international stars have passed through here over the years, and The Royal Academy of Music (Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium), Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Aarhus Symfoniorkester) and the Danish National Opera (Den Jyske Opera) are based here.

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    Location: Thomas Jensens Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

    Open: Every day from 11 am to 6 pm and for events.

    Phone: +45 89 40 40 40


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    Go to the cinema

    Watch a movie on the big screen

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    Whether you like romance or comedy, there are several cinemas in Aarhus that you can visit, all depending on where you had dinner. In the centre, you will find the two big ones, CinemaxX and Nordisk Film, each on one side of Aarhus Central Station (Aarhus Hovedbanegård). Here you can watch the major premiere movies and, from time to time, special events are held.

    In the Latin Quarter (Latinerkvarteret), 20 minutes away, you can find the arthouse cinema East of Paradise (Øst for Paradis). This cinema shows different movies from all over the world, which it often imports itself. In the cosy district of Trøjborg, half an hour walk from the centre, there is yet another Nordisk Film cinema.

    Open: Depends on the show and the individual cinema.

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    The Cultural Production Center Godsbanen

    Get a dose of culture at the former goods station

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    Aarhus is all about culture, and one of the places where you can experience it is the Cultural Production Center Godsbanen. The former goods station has now been transformed into a cultural production centre, where you can experience exhibitions, theatre, concerts, book readings and get a cup of coffee at the restaurant.

    Godsbanen is around 10 minutes’ walk from Aarhus Central Station (Aarhus Hovedbanegård), and it is a site for art, business and education during the day. There are also open workshops where you can learn about textile printing, jewellery, etc.

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    Location: Skovgaardsgade 3, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

    Open: Varying opening hours depending on the event.

    Phone: +45 25 22 12 10


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    Escape Factory Aarhus

    Test your cooperation skills and creativity in this live game

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    If you want to feel your adrenaline flow after having dinner in Aarhus, you could drop by Escape Factory Aarhus. Here, you will be locked into a room with two to five people, and together you have 60 minutes to find your way out by deciphering clues and codes.

    Escape Factory Aarhus is in the Latin Quarter (Latinerkvarteret), close to the Port of Aarhus (Aarhus Havn), and you can try your hand at five different rooms, which include the games “the Alchemist” (Alkymisten) and “the Murder of Colonel Fitzpatrick” (Mordet på Oberst Fitzpatrick).

    Location: Mejlgade 52 st., 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

    Open: Monday to Thursday from 2 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 1 pm to 10 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm.

    Phone: +45 51 15 50 80


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