We at the Grapevine do not encourage people to drink to excess, but if you ever wanted to have 12 drinks at 12 bars in 12 hours, we’ve mapped out the best way to do that! Most bars in Reykjavík have a happy hour, and if you align them in the correct order on a Friday, you can get a dozen in a row. If you give yourself 15–20 minutes to get from place to place, we reckon you should be able to make it. You’ll need to have a friend with you though, as a few places on the list have a two for one deal. So, have a hearty meal before you set out, pack a snack to nibble on between places, and have fun!
The venture begins at Osushi, a (you guessed it) sushi place, where the food is delivered via conveyor belt. Osushi currently has the earliest happy hour in Reykjavík and if you want to add two beers to the dozen, you can start here as early as noon.
In case sushi isn’t your thing, you can order other food at Sólon Bistro to go along with that beer. Enjoy the opportunity to do some people watching through the massive windows, and bask in the sun if the weather is good. But be sure to pace yourself, though, as we have a long journey ahead of us.
This stop has both the smallest bar and the cheapest happy hour on offer. If you don’t fancy craft beers or whisky, you can just stay here for a few hours and skip the next few stops and shave off a bit of change, or make it back on the slots machine. Maybe the bartender will even take song requests.
Micro Bar prides itself on having a great selection of (you guessed it) micro-brew beers, and they routinely rotate what’s on happy hour. They don’t ever have live performances, and on good days you might get away with sitting outside.
Kaldi beer may be brewed far up in the North of Iceland close to Dalvík, but it has a bar dedicated to it in Reykjavík that serves the beer filtered and unfiltered. The place is a real treat for the beer fans of Iceland, and the waiters are super nice. If you are lucky, DJ Flugvél & geimskip might even serve you your beer.
Whisky: 550 ISK
This stop features our very first non-beer recommendation, as Dillon isn’t just a bar, it’s a whiskey bar! Make sure to ask the bartender for recommendations as to whether you should have your drink smooth, with a few drops or on the rocks. If you don’t fancy the water of life, you can get a beer instead for the same price.
400 ISK (2-4-1)
If you haven’t been stuffing your face with junk food between bars, you should order something from Tíu dropar’s menu. If you don’t want to mix berries with barley, fret not, for the cosy French-themed basement café also has beers on tap. Do note you’ll have to buy two glasses to enjoy this deal, so bring a friend.
Húrra is not only known for hosting a lot of cool live events, but also for having Einstök Pale Ale and White Ale on tap during happy hour. If that isn’t a reason for letting out a hoo-rah, we don’t know what is. Check out the downstairs lounge if you want some peace and quiet.
450 ISK (2-4-1)
At this point things must be looking pretty grim, even if you’ve been stuffing your face with subs, had some cake at Tíu dropar and had a lot of water along the way. Fortunately, this is an American-style steak house, and they can whip you up something nice and meaty. You might even try their Empire State Burger, which we voted “Best Specialty Burger” this year. Do note you’ll have to buy two beers to enjoy this deal.
At this time on a Friday evening you can expect a dirty rock band to be whipping the crowd into frenzy with guitar shreds and machine gun drums. In other words, if you want to avoid spilling your beer, don’t go into the pit downstairs. If it seems like a good idea, it’s probably the alcohol talking.
If your eardrums aren’t accustomed to rock and fucking roll, you’re in luck because the next stop is a hip hop den. If you are still of sound mind, you can also go exploring the complicated floor plan of Vegamót with your fancy cocktail glass in hand. Just don’t get lost, ok?
Wait, hang on, did you make it all the way here? That’s amazing! This is the end of the line, and also the very latest happy hour in town. Go on, have that last beer, sit down in one of the big booths, and pat yourself on the back and finally allow yourself to pass out, you deserve it buddy!