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 Place To End The Night
This classic party place is still the late-night hangout of choice in 101 Reykjavík. The raucous local crowd is a mixture of Iceland’s fashion folks, artists, hipsters and intelligentsia—as seen in the KB “Barflies” photo book. “It’s a perfect meeting point where you can go for the dancefloor, space out in the back, or chat all night in the smoking area,” said the panel. “The staff are always genuinely nice to you, even if you’re pretty drunk. Everyone goes there. It’s the only place I’d go after putting a friend in drag and end up having my numerology done by a stranger.”
If you’re going out dancing, Kiki can’t be beat. With DJs playing pop classics and an energetic, disinhibited crowd, the panel enthused: “It’s so much fun! You can dance, hug your friends, kiss your spouse… you can let everything out and dance your ass off in a safe, welcoming environment.”
On the other end of the spectrum is the no-frills drinking room of Ölstofan. With low music, dim lighting, lots nooks to converse in and a big central bar, “It’s a no-bullshit place,” said the panel. “There’s an interesting older crowd, it’s always open late, and you can have a pint and chat without anyone bothering you.”
2014-5: Paloma Basement
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