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 Newcomer Bar
Although it’s been open for a bit longer than a lot of people realise, Veður has only come onto many peoples’ radar in the past few months. Well lit and nicely designed, this beautiful bar somehow manages to be both chic and laid-back at once. “The staff are super nice and the drinks are great. I go there all the time,” one panellist chimed in. “I like going there to drink prosecco and listen to new wave on Tuesday nights.” Sounds about right. Head on over to be casually classy, and look out for the cocktail happy hour.
Another one of the stellar new stalls in the recently opened Hlemmur Mathöll, this bright and cheerful bar serves up fabulous cocktails, wines and beers in the bustling market environment. Sit right up at the bar and hang out with the staff, or find yourself a table and watch the endless parade of crazy at the city’s central bus hub. Cheers!
With three floors of art above your head and views out over the Grandi harbour to 101, The Marshall House Bar + Restaurant is a spacious hangout with fine wines, great cocktails, and pleasingly cultural vibe. If
you wanna get smashed in style, head on down.
2017: Pablo Discobar
2016: Bryggjan Brugghús
2015: Mikkeller & Friends
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