Reykjavík is a relatively small city, but even so, sometimes you need a bit of local advice to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a good people-watching spot, somewhere to see some contemporary art, or the best place to catch an Icelandic movie. Don’t worry, friends—we’ve got you covered via our Best of Reykjavík 2016 series. Here are some of our favourite spots in Reykjavík, for all kinds of super-fun days and nights out. Enjoy! And if you try our list, you can let us know what you thought of the selections via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Place To Watch Sports Over A Beer
Winner: American Bar
This is a great bar for watching sports due to its many seats and large screens. It offers good ol’ American food from Dirty Burger and Ribs, which is located in the bar, as well as a wide selection of beers and cocktails, and an outside smoking area. It has regular troubadours and DJs, and hosts a happy hour from 16:00-19:00. The bar runs all major sports games, and it’s perfect for enjoying a burger and a beer while rooting for your team.
Runner up: Bjarni Fel
This place must have almost as many TVs as seats, which makes it ideal for that surround-sound, on-the-field experience, or if you want to keep an eye on multiple games (or sports) at once. It’s a little small, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with its engrossing feel. There are no distractions—everyone here is glued to the onscreen action.
Runner up: Ölver – Sportbar
Ölver is located in Glæsibær. It’s been running since 1984 so it’s been around for quite some time. It’s one of those classic bars that’s never going out of business. Not only does it show sports games, it also offers great food and has the largest selection of karaoke songs in the country.
2015: Bjarni Fel
2014: Bjarni Fel
2013: Bjarni Fel
2012: Úrilla Górillan (RIP)
2011: Hvíta Perlan (RIP)
Read more of our Best of 2016 lists here.