Little known on an international scale, Aalborg has made its name as a stellar nightlife destination due to having the longest continuous string of bars and clubs in all of Scandinavia. This means that, despite the lack of a hugely recognizable name, Aalborg still packs quite a punch when it comes to drinking options and competitive pricing.
No self-respecting nightlife writer can do well in overlooking the obvious. And it's obvious that Jomfru Ane Gade, with its thirty or so bars and drinks as low as 10 DKK (under $2 USD) before midnight, has a nightlife atmosphere worth making at least a night or two in the city. Walk this pedestrian street and make your nightlife choice from the energy that spills out onto the patios and the deals on the signs outside; if you're really looking for suggestions, Rock Nielson and Manhattan are both quality places to drink and dance, but there are many others that are just as enticing. Be aware, though, that once alcohol consumption gets going, this street can attract the sort of meat-head idiocy that can really turn your night in the wrong direction. Still, the street is well policed and your nightlife options otherwise are quite limited, so don't feel as if you'll be unsafe.
Although there isn't an abundance of establishments elsewhere in the city (for that, head to Aarhus or Copenhagen), try staples like the Sogaards Bryghus microbrewery on C.W. Obels Plads, the archetypical John Bull Pub on Østerågade (near the “party street”), and the Wharf on Borgergade (a great beer selection). For more information on what other establishments thrive in this small city, take a look at our nightlife entries.