Best Bar to Start the Night
Skólavörðustígur 15, 101 Reykjavík
12 Tónar brings the concept of the duality of man to the Reykjavík nightlife scene. One part of you wants to chill out and drink beer with some good friends. The other needs a place to pregame before going all out. “You can sort of choose whether you go partying or take it easier,” said one panellist. “You’re sent straight to the middle of the atmosphere and get all riled up,” contrasted another. As mentioned previously, this record store-cum-bar hosts all manner of music events, ramping up its claim for the best bar to start the night.
Hverfisgata 54, 101 Reykjavík
Is it strange to call a cinema a bar? It doesn’t need to be, as Bíó Paradís was one of the first cinemas in Iceland to start serving alcohol in its concession. You don’t even need to see a movie. “Going there for drinks is a very romantic idea,” said a panellist. “It’s an extremely vibey place. What’s better than popcorn and beer?” asked another. We can’t think of anything.
Klapparstígur 33, 101 Reykjavík
Veður is a nice middle-ground for all sorts of people to come together at the start of the night. There always seems to be enough space, as Veður also has downstairs seating, accessible by a wheelchair lift. They offer exquisite cocktails and if you’re there during happy hour (19:00-21:00), be prepared to down a few before you start your partying, or just enjoy your company, chatting the night away.
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