Let’s not beat around the bush: Icelanders love to drink. In fact, there is probably nothing Icelanders like to do more than drink, which could very well be why this country doesn’t have a space program. 2019 was a big year in the downtown drinking scene, with some old favourites closing and some strong newcomers opening. Some facts of life, however, remained the same: alcohol is still expensive, but that doesn’t stop us from partying. How else would we have sex?
Best Place To Start The Night
For the second time in a row, Veður has snatched up the Best Place To Start The Night gold medal. And for good reason. This charming, low-key, hole-in-the-wall serves up some great cocktails and a dedicated crowd that grabbed each member of the panel’s heart. “There’s something casual about Veður in that you feel fine relaxing and chatting but it’s still a nice and sophisticated bar,” one panellist explained. “But that said, the first time I went they were playing a new wave punk playlist, so it’s not your average quiet cocktail bar.”
“Loft is perfectly situated between the two areas of downtown and their Happy Hour lasts until 21:00,” one panel member raved. “Their service is also great, and their balcony is fantastic in the summer.” It’s no wonder the hostel’s cosy bar has a cult following. Go there on weeknights for a plethora of events including karaoke, watercolouring, and speed dating.
Miami has a lot going for it—an amazing interior, delicious cocktails, and a relaxed atmosphere early in the night that’s very conducive for chill convos and bonding. “It’s a good vibe in the early evening,” one panellist raved. “Also, it’s a well-done novelty bar. I love that.”
2018: Mat Bar
2016-17: KEX Hostel
2015: Loft Hostel
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