A Local’s Top 5 Pubs in Reykjavík

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Looking for the best beers in Reykjavík?
You’ve come to the right place!


After an epic day of adventuring throughout Iceland, local or tourist, any two feet in Reykjavík would be happy to end up at a place that serves delicious brews. Am I right?!


From a local’s perspective – here’s a list of the best places to grab a unique beer in Reykjavík! Now this is an opinion piece with substantial (and I mean substantial) research to support these findings. This local likes a cozy pub with several different brew offerings on tap, a nice view and the occasional live music offering. Did I just describe you? Excellent! Keep reading.

Now, these are in no particular order as they’re all wonderful spots!


Mikkeller and Friends Bar

Mikkeller and Friends is a unique gem as it sells small-batch beers made by the much-admired independent Danish breweries Mikkeller and To Øl. It’s location is central, but the bar itself is quaint and easy to miss if you’re not looking. The 20 tap bar has a chalkboard menu that is ever-changing its range of new delicious and sometimes strangely good tastes. Mikeller and Friends is hip/retro spot located up a set of stairs that is conveniently located on top of a Reykjavík hidden secret ‘the pizza place with no name‘ (you’re welcome). Some say it is home to the best pizza in Iceland! The decor is cozy, the staff are friendly (allowing you to try a couple brews before committing, for you commitment-phobes) and the beers are simply amazing!

Address: Hverfisgata 12, 101 Reykjavik
Opening Hour: 4pm (2pm on Fri & Sat) – 12am (1am on Thu – Sat)
Price: 700 ISK and up

Here’s Mikeller and Friends website! And here’s their Facebook page.

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Skúli Craft Bar

Skúli is another cozy spot to grab a craft beer! Again, this place is central but definitely holds a more sophisticated vibe in comparison to Mikeller and Friends. You’ll find a more mature ‘classy’ crowd here. Skúli’s happy hour is offered between 2pm and 7pm! The extended happy hour makes it an easy sell as you’ll find alcohol in Iceland is no where close to cheap. But, totally worth it! The interior of the bar is relaxed and warm with dark woods and chilled atmosphere.

Address: Aðalstræti 9, 101 Reykjavik
Opening Hour: Sunday-Thursday: 2pm – 11pm; Friday & Saturday: 2pm – 1am
Happy Hour: 2pm – 7pm
Price: 700 ISK and up

Here’s Skúli Craft Bar’s Facebook page as they don’t have a website, to my knowledge.

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MicroBar

Take a little turn around the corner from Skúli and you’ll come across another gem, MicroBar. It’s now about three years old, which surprisingly makes it one of the oldest craft beer bars in Iceland. The interior is more modern and less warm than the above two locations, yet it remains to be charming. The taps hold 10 brews and a large variety of bottled craft beers imported from around the globe. MicroBar’s happy hour takes place between 5pm and 7pm to compete with its neighbours at Skúli!

Address: Vesturgata 2, 101 Reykjavik (basement of Reykjavik Restaurant)
Opening Hour: 4pm – 12:30am
Happy Hour: 5pm – 7pm
Price: 700 ISK and up

Here’s MicroBar’s website! And their Facebook page.

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Kex Hostel Bar

Now this may not be a place to soak up the very latest trendy craft brew, however Kex always has some nice staple beers on tap like Einstök White Ale and a vibrant & seriously hipster atmosphere to go with it. Kex Hostel might surprise you as a place where both travelers and locals come to gather for a simple catch up with friends or an evening of Jazz (every Tuesday). The views from the window frame the beautiful Reykjavík Harbour and Esja Mountain towering in the distance. It’s just a short walk from the main central streets, but definitely worth the small effort to go off the beaten densely populated downtown stretch. Also, the dinner menu is affordable and delicious! Another also, if you’re lucky enough to be here on a warm above 0 degree day, check out the patio at Kex!

Address: Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík
Opening Hour: 4pm – 12:30am
Happy Hour: 5pm – 7pm
Price: 700 ISK and up

Here is Kex Hostel’s website! And their Facebook page.

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Bryggan Brugghús

Are you up for a little stroll down to the old harbour area? Well, you should be! This place is a bit of a walk (which doesn’t say a lot in the small city of Reykjavík), but worth it. Bryggan is actually a modern brewery, bar and restaurant all in one. They brew wonderful beers on site with a range of variety also available on their 12 taps. This location is the first micro brewery and bistro in Iceland! The vibe is pretty relaxed during the day, but can get rowdier at night as the empties on the table add up and the music grows louder! Bryggan does offer a ‘Beer Academy’ to those interested! The seminars are held every Monday and Wednesdays at 8pm in English. The food is also great too and worth the price! Also, awesome jazz music every Sunday!

Address: Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík
Opening Hour: 11:30am – 11pm
Price: 700 ISK and up

Here is Bryggan Brugghús’ website! And their Facebook page.

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best beers in reykjavik places to drink grab a brew craft beer iceland party nightlife

 

That’s all for now folks!

Happy beveraging!

The Safari Quads Team

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