Ancestrale – amazing wine bar at Vesterbro


Vesterbro is certainly one of the most diverse areas in Copenhagen when it comes to restaurants. You’ll find anything from the finest kebabs to Michelin-starred food and everything in-between. Earlier this year, another little pearl was added to the pool. I’m referring to Ancestrale, a tiny wine bar located at Oehlenschlægersgade very close to Nimb.


Ancestrale has a very homely feel to it.

There are several reasons why I love this place. First of all, the three guys behind have had the wish to make the guests feel like if they were invited to a private get-together in their own living room. The result is a cosy room with wooden furniture and dimmed light giving a nice, calm atmosphere.

Then there’s the wine. The focus is on natural wines but not the most funky ones – there is something to satisfy every type of winelover. There is no winelist. Instead, you simply go to the wine “cellar” next door and point on the one you’d like. Obviously, if you have no clue, the guys are happy to help you find something you like.

Gut Oggau is one of the wineries represented at Ancestrale.

The third reason I like this place is the food. There are five dishes on the menu changing according to the season. They cost 95 kroner each, 375 for all of them. True to the wine bar spirit, the dishes are very simply yet incredibly tasty and satisfying. It could be the tender beetroots smothered in a heavily reduced beetroot juice accompanied by some goat fresh cheese and dill oil.

Beetroot and goat cheese.

I also loved the baked Jerusalem artichokes with pickled beech mushrooms and tarragon cream, which has the perfect balance between sweetness, acidity and richness – and lovely textures.

Jerusalem artichokes, pickled beech mushrooms and tarragon.

In other words: If you want to find a great wine bar that also serves amazing food, Ancestrale is where you should go. The staff is extremely friendly, service-minded at knowledgeable about their wines.

Oehlenschlægersgade 12
1663 Copenhagen V