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Best Of Reykjavík 2018: Best Place To Watch Sports

Best Of Reykjavík 2018: Best Place To Watch Sports

Published April 29, 2018

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 Place To Watch Sports

American Bar
Austurstræti 8-10

If sports is what you’re after, what better place than the namesake of the land that honours athletes like an Italian grandma does the Pope. This place is more “Everybody loves Tom Petty, right?” than “Let’s build a wall between Mexico!” kind of American, so it’s quite friendly and down to earth, with their big screens all over the place showing all kinds of physical things involving balls. They often have the game schedule on the window out front so there’s no reason to miss a match. You gotta support the team.

Runner-Up:

Lebowski Bar
Laugavegur 20a

Another big huge place with lots of screens showing lots of games, this fully carpeted bar honouring The Dude is another nice laid-back place to just zone out with some good sports. Unpretentious and even graced with its own mascot, Púki the cat, who drinks virgin White Russians in the window.

Runner-Up:

Bjarni Fel
Austurstræti 20

An oldie but a goodie, Bjarni Fel is one-hundred percent a sports bar from beginning to end. Alcohol, screens, games, good sight-lines, good match programming. The only thing is that it can be a wee bit cramped, but if that’s how you like to enjoy your sports, then cram in.

Previous Winners

2017: Lebowski Bar
2016: American Bar
2015: Bjarni Fel
2014: Bjarni Fel
2013: Bjarni Fel

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