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 Newcomer Bar
With a glut of new bars to choose from, the attention to detail of Brewdog pushes them to the top of the pile. Turns out, being part of chain played out positively in this instance, with a professionally put together bar that maintains a laudable consistency. “They have such strict standards,” said the panel. “They had protocols about who they hired, the training, and making sure the staff are all educated about the beers. They delayed opening to make everything perfect—they really took the time and did the work.” Scottish and Icelandic beers, great food, and good vibes… well done, Brewdog!
A bar everyone wants to love, our panel is willing the Session craft bar on to make the atmosphere of the bar room match the ambition and quality on the taps. “They have a beer school for small or large groups,” they said. “We hope they’re gonna iron out the kinks with the lighting and interior. They’re trying.”
This stunningly decadent cocktail bar is an instant design classic with cocktails, ping pong, and a bizarre Wes Anderson airport lounge vibe. “The designers lost Oddson, unfortunately, so Miami is the pinnacle of the city’s beautifully designed spaces,” said the panel.
2017: Pablo Discobar
2016: Bryggjan Brugghús
2015: Mikkeller & Friends
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