Published September 24, 2016
Reykjavík is a relatively small city, but even so, sometimes you need a bit of local advice to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a good people-watching spot, somewhere to see some contemporary art, or the best place to catch an Icelandic movie. Don’t worry, friends—we’ve got you covered via our Best of Reykjavík 2016 series. Here are some of our favourite spots in Reykjavík, for all kinds of super-fun days and nights out. Enjoy! And if you try our list, you can let us know what you thought of the selections via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Newcomer Bar
Winner: Bryggjan Brugghús
In the up-and-coming Grandi neighbourhood just west of downtown, Bryggjan Brugghús is quickly becoming everyone’s favourite brewpub. This place is huge, so it’s great for big groups of people and parties. “Bryggjan isn’t really a bar, but it’s a good place with delicious food, good beer and a solid view,” according to one of our panellists. Bonus points for being able to watch the beer being brewed on site.
Runner up: Tívolí
This new downtown bar fills the hole left by Dolly, one of Reykjavík’s grittier establishments. It’s quickly becoming a favourite among some Reykjavíkingar for its nice decor, and there are rumours of reasonably priced (and reasonably good!) cocktails.
Runner up: Kaffi Vinyl
This recent arrival fills a welcome spot in the Reykjavík bar scene, offering a selection of good vegan food, a chilled-out atmosphere, and the crackle of vinyl records playing on the speakers. It’s a nice spot for a quiet beer and some laptopping.
2015: Mikkeller & Friends
2012: Slippbarinn, Hótel Marína
2011: Faktorý (RIP)
Read more of our Best of 2016 lists here.