Published September 25, 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 all-around bar
This was a tight contest between Húrra and Prikið. “Húrra has it all, including more female toilets, but Prikið has more soul and a food menu,” one panellist said, continuing: “Prikið is like a family, and Geoff [the owner] is the dad.” It has hearty breakfasts in the morning, burgers at night, an outdoor smoking area and a small dance floor. After careful consideration, we’ve decided it’s the winner. The panel agrees, sort of.
Runner up: Húrra
This place will quickly win you over, as you can tell from our glowing recommendation in the “best bar for live music” category. Subdued by day, Húrra has a great vibe by night, and always has something going on. “Húrra has everything,” said the panel, “pub quizzes, concerts, cheap beer and parties on weekends.”
Runner up: Kaffibarinn
Kaffibarinn is a downtown institution that has evolved over the years. Once it was the go-to place for Reykjavík’s in-the-know party people, but these days the secret is out. Now you’ll find yourself rubbing shoulders with a wide range of international visitors and every kind of Reykjavík local, chilling by day or dancing to the pulse of house music by night.
2012: Faktorý (RIP)
Read more of our Best of 2016 lists here.