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 Wine Bar
Cosy and tucked away with a secretive vibe, Port 9 is a hidden gem with an extensive wine list. From the house selections, to the by-the-bottle list, to the endless handwritten book of rare and fine wines, there can be only one winner here. “You can barely find it,” said the panel. “It’s intimate, and the customers have gone out of their way to end up there.” It’s not too stuffy or formal though: “I’ve been there in my pyjamas and nobody said anything,” said one panellist. “It’s also the only place in Reykjavík for that special Tinder date.”
Since the “KlausturFökk” scandal, when drunk MPs were recorded having a horribly sexist conversation, this cosy establishment has seen an unexpected bounce in popularity. “For wine and secrets go to Klaustur,” laughed the panel. “Drink your Pinot Noir in silence at Iceland’s current most infamous bar.”
Located in the pleasant bustle of Iceland’s first foodhall, Kröst has a carefully curated and ever-evolving selection of wines, selected by expert bartenders and available by the glass. Whether you’re on a date, with friends, or perched at the bar waiting for a bus, Kröst is a keeper.
2018: Port 9
2016: Mikkeller & Friends
2015: Skúli Craft Bar
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