There is one thing abundantly clear from our very scientific drinking research: craft beers and gastropubs have arrived in force. You can’t throw a stone without hitting someone washing down a dry-aged chilli burger with a local IPA. After a few stable years, Reykjavík’s bar scene seems to be shifting in general, with more wine, cocktails and fancy beers available than ever before. Some facts of life, however, remain the same: alcohol is expensive, but that doesn’t stop us from partying. Bottoms up, babe.
Best Craft Bar
The craft beer explosion finally reached Iceland in recent years, and Mikkeller & Friends has done a stellar job of bringing the cream of crop to thirsty locals. From lip-curling sour ales to black-as-midnight stouts, solid house lagers and oddball passion fruit quintuple IPAs, Mikkeller is a haven for drinkers with a sense of adventure. “The selection is always changing,” said the panel. “You can sample what you want—the bartenders don’t judge you and give interesting tips. It’s a good place to learn about beer, and you can go there with friends, on a date, or for a solo drink.”
This cosy drinking hole has a great selection of local and guest craft brews, with the option of a flight of beers for the indecisive or curious. “The staff are real beer nerds,” said the panel. “There are board games, good snacks and food vans out back. It has that dude energy, but it’s perfect for a quiet drink.”
The Brewdog empire’s Iceland outpost is an instant hit. “Sure, it’s a chain, but they have a really good beer selection,” said the panel. “The menu is great, and the staff are friendly and accommodating. They have both Brewdog and Icelandic beers, and Wings Wednesday.”
2018: Mikkeller & Friends
2016: Mikkeller & Friends
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