There is one thing abundantly clear from our very scientific drinking research, Hverfisgata is one hot little street right now. After getting massive internal road surgery a couple of years ago, it has come out thriving with a great bunch of watering holes from the casual to the swanky. Reykjavík’s bar scene seems to be shifting towards the latter in general, and the formerly beloved dive-bar trend looks like it’s taking a disco nap. Some facts of life remain the same: alcohol is expensive and that doesn’t stop us from partying. Bottoms up, babe.
Best Beer Selection
Upstairs from one of our best pizza places is this super cool bar dedicated to one of Denmark’s finest breweries. Their astounding and extensive beer list is exceeded only by the staff’s expertise and congeniality. “It’s a great place to start a night with a couple of really good quality beers,” said one panellist. “There’s always something new to try,” said another referring to the bar’s regular guest brewery takeovers. Antique Reykjavík décor and the wafting smell of pizza are just added bonuses. A must-try for any beer aficionado.
Down in a large dim cellar in the bottom of downtown, you find this beer barrel heaven with an ever-changing and diverse menu of tasty brews. It has a great open indoor-garden feeling, still intimate enough to have a great date or to just sample until you’re sloshed.
Skúli’s another solid option for the beer-lovers of the world, boasting an equally extensive and diverse menu as our runners up, but with a decidedly different atmosphere. Set on a ground floor with giant windows around most of the bar, one may prefer the open feeling or feel a bit exposed, but it’s a lovely place.
2016: Mikkeller & Friends
2015: Skúli Craft Bar
2014: Micro Bar
2013: Micro Bar
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