Best Outdoor Drinking (Summer)
Týsgata 9, 101 Reykjavík
When thinking of a good place to drink outside in Iceland, the first thing that comes to mind is the question: “Is that possible?” Move over rooftop bars and sheltered yards that keep the North-Atlantic breeze away, Bodega on Óðinstorg is the place to be. In the summer, Óðinstorg square is decked out with tables and chairs, perfect for a sunny day of al fresco drinking. “If you’re going outdoor drinking, Bodega takes it,” said a panellist. “The sun lasts very long at Óðinstorg and, if you want, you can move over to the steps. It’s a nice spot for an international feel.”
Ingólfsstræti 2a, 3rd floor, 101 Reykjavík
You can’t go drinking outdoors in Reykjavík without mentioning Petersen Svítan. Be prepared that like-minded people will probably have the same idea as you. Fortunately, there’s lots of space, as Petersen has not one, but two outdoor patios. The second one, albeit a bit smaller, is located above the main balcony. “You can even order your drinks at the table and have them served,” said a panellist.
Bankastræti 7, 101 Reykjavík
The second runner-up, Loft, has been a wildly popular place for good reason. Its outdoor area is one of the best in town. “They’ve also installed outdoor heaters,” raved one panellist. “Game-changing.” The view up there is also worth acknowledging, as you have a good vantage point over downtown. Use that powerful perch to spy on your neighbours, or just enjoy the beautiful cityscape while you drink a cold one.
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