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Five Bars to Visit In Down-town Reykjavík

By Sara McMahon

  • Kaffibarinn is one of Reykjavík’s most established watering holes.

KAFFIBARINN is one of Reykjavík’s most established watering holes, having celebrated two decades of business last year. Mondays to Thursdays the atmosphere is quite laid back, but on weekends it becomes loud, sweaty and seriously crowded. If you are fine with rubbing shoulders with sweaty strangers, you’re guaranteed a fantastic night out.
Crowd: Kaffibarinn tends to attract arty hipster types.
A little tip: Do not sport your favourite pair of shoes to Kaffibarinn on a Saturday night unless you´re okay with having them stomped on repeatedly.

SLIPPBARINN is situated in the Marina Hotel and overlooks the harbour. It´s a popular place for aperitifs and easily accommodates large groups. When it comes to the décor, it’s obvious that Scandinavian design was the inspiration when the bar area was designed; simple yet colourful and functional.
Crowd: Local and international.
A little tip: Try one of their gin cocktails. 
Happy hour: Every day between 16 and 18. Beer 500 kr. Wine 500 kr.

Skúli is situated byt the small Fógetagarður square. It’s rather small space, but has a great selection of local and international micro brews for beer connoisseurs to enjoy and the staff is friendly and chatty.
Crowd: Popular with tourists and beer connoisseurs.
A little tip: Ask the bartender to recommend you a beer.

KEX HOSTEL BAR is what you could call the epitome of quirky hipsterism. Situated in what used to be a cookie factory with a fantastic view of the bay, the bar offers tasty craft beers on draft and bistro-style food in case you get peckish.
Crowd: Members of the city council, hostel-guests and hipsters.
A little tip: Kexið has a large outdoor patio and a little park out back which are worth a visit during summer.

B5 is a modern-looking bar equipped with its own burger joint at the back. It tends to get extremely busy during weekends, so be prepared to get bumped and jostled while trying to make your way to the bar through the crowd.
Crowd: Young and trendy. A place frequented by football- and handball players alike.
A little tip: A long queue will form outside B5 shortly after midnight. Arrive early if you want to skip it.
Happy hour: Every day between 5 pm and 10 pm. Beer 550 kr. Wine 550 kr.

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