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Thorvaldsen Bar

Thorvaldsen Bar (Austurstraeti 8, Reykjavik) – this is a popular locale for the 30 plus crowd. This is a posh yet relaxed bistro-bar, which fills up during the weekends. For those in a mood for food, a variety of Asian-fusion items are served here. Of course, a selection of wines is also available.

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Slipp Bar Inn

Slipp Bar Inn (Mýrargata 2, Reykjavik) – Slipp Bar Inn is located within the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina (walking distance from the Vikin Maritime Museum toward the city’s harbor). This is where you can experience Reykjavik like a local while enjoying exciting events such as Icelandic music, art and even some chuckling stand-up comedy. This […]

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Prikid

Prikid (Bankastraeti 12, Reykjavik) – this one-time coffeehouse has evolved into a popular bar for young locals and visitors (with its interior feeling somewhere between a frat house and a saloon). P{rikid has two levels – with its upstairs drawing in late-night beer chuggers, while downstairs it’s a kaleidoscope of partying local youth. Since it’s […]

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Players

Players (Baejarlind 4, Reykjavik) – this is a popular local sports bar & eatery, where patrons can play pool, and watch various events, such as foot ball, rugby, boxing, etc. During the weekend, Players become a disco, where the floor is converted into a large dance floor.

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Ölstofan (Vegamotastigur 4, Reykjavik)

Ölstofan (Vegamotastigur 4, Reykjavik) — focusing primarily on beer, Ölstofan offers quality names both Icelandic and inported. Ranging from 25-30 brands at any given time you can be sure to find something to suit your taste. For the beer enthusiast the houshold beer Bríó is a must and for those who prefer finer spirits the […]

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Karaoke Sport Bar

Karaoke Sport Bar (Frakkastigur 8, Reykjavik) – this is exactly what it says it is – a sports bar that happens to throw in karaoke nights (which are frequent). A great place for tourists to test their vocal cords.

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Kaffibarinn

Kaffibarinn (Miðbær, Reykjavík) – this popular venue is another fixture in Reykjavik’s bar scene. Its wooden interior adds character to this venue, and drinks are reasonably-priced. Occasionally, live locals bands perform here. First-time patrons should be warned about this bar’s “no photos” policy (presumably to maintain the privacy of its other patrons).

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Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross (Hverfisgata 26, Reykjavik) – this is one of the few Irish pubs found in Dublin (this one seemingly catering to locals). This may explain why the staff is surprised when foreigners find their way there (given its out-of-the way location at Reykjavik), especially during certain events that attract international visitors. This is a […]

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Café Rosenberg

Café Rosenberg (Klapparstígur 25-27, Reykjavik) – live music fans will certainly appreciate this nightspot. Café Rosenberg has a regular roster of bands playing everything from jazz, to blues, folk and indie rock. Being here offers a great chance to discover some of Iceland’s most talented musicians: folky troubadours, bluesy guitarists, elegant jazzmen and many other […]

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Café Amsterdam

Café Amsterdam (Hafnastraeti 5, Reykjavik) – located within walking distance of Parliament House and Harpa concert hall, this bar regularly books post-punk, jazz and funk bands.