Props for throwing the pretence out of the window
Props is the place to go if you really need to wind down. The atmosphere is relaxed and so is the service. Take the barman: among his priorities is leaving the bar to make phone calls fairly often. Granted, this would be annoying in most places, but at Props it is surprisingly enough accepted, if not appreciated. It fits in with the laid-back atmosphere of the place that you can’t really be in a hurry.
And besides, the place is nice and warm, the music is alright – so what’s the rush? When the bartender finally decides to return, you just make sure you order two pints. And when he’s around, the bartender is fairly knowledgeable and helpful about their beer selection. Music-wise they play it safe with a standard indie rock playlist, but it suits the place and you appreciate the fact that you don’t have to shout to have a conversation.
Props is not what you would call overcrowded, but it is fairly busy both on week days and during the weekend. The crowd is typical of Nørrebro: hipster but not the ‘look and be looked’ at kind of hipster, more of the “I have no worries in the world and I have time to go out and stay out any time of the week.” It’s definitely one of those places where you will stand out if you have spent too much time dressing up.
Admittedly, the selection of beer that Props offers means that I haven’t managed to try any of their other drinks. Aside from their regular lagers, they also offer Lagunitas, an American microbrewery that has a wide range of great beers and oftentimes, if not always, this is enough to stay put for a long time. The ale Lagunitas ‘Censored’ comes especially recommended.
The prices are reasonable – yet another reason why you might decide to hang around for that extra pint you didn’t initially plan to. It’s just 25 kroner for an ‘Ole’, their house lager, and 40kr for their Lagunitas.
During the day it is more of a coffee place (hence the name), and it is somewhat easier to find a place to sit. In the summer, Props also has outside seating.
So relax, have a pint and embrace one of Props’s poster mottos: “Sund fornuft er yderst skadelig for dig og dine omgivelser.” Which translates into English as “Good sense is extremely harmful to you and your surroundings. Take care to avoid it.”
Props Coffee Shop
Blågårdsgade 5, Cph N; Open: Mon-Wed 11:00-24:00, Thu-Sat 11:00-02:00, Sun 12:00-23:00; 3536 9955; www.propscoffeeshop.dk