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Coined after a legendary song written by noted songwriter Paul McCartney and first released by the acclaimed rock band Beatles, Ob La Di Ob La Da is a lively karaoke venue in the northern part of the Icelandic capital. An artsy-themed atmosphere greets lovers of karoake, while the Beatles memorabilia adds to the hip setting. Live concerts by indie bands are regular here, while a few troupes also play Icelandic blues and other local genres to an enthusiastic audience.
Kol is a seafood restaurant and bar which offers a range of salads, steaks, finger foods and desserts as well as an array of craft cocktails and wines which complement the dishes. Run by head chefs Kári Þorsteinsson and Einar Hjaltason, the open kitchen is an organized unit which is entertaining to watch. The space, as designed by Tom Dixon, is trendy and chic with two floors of cozy booths and leather furniture.
For a taste of Ireland in Icelandic city of Reykjavík, look no further than Boston, an intimate two-level bar. The lower level feels like a traditional Irish pub, though the food is a bit more eclectic than what is traditional found on menus throughout Ireland. Upstairs, patrons will find Victorian furniture and decorations that are both elegant and inviting. The spot is known for hosting live music events and for whipping up delicious cocktails.
Dillon Whiskey Bar is a watering hole known for offering a wide range of whiskeys from local as well as international brands. With a collection of over 100 whiskey brands, this cozy bar is just a perfect setting to catch up with your friends on a relaxing evenings. Though the bar doesn't serve food, you can hop on to the various restaurants that dot its neighborhood. Its friendly staff and elegant decor along with the beverage variety, will make you want to come back for more. Besides, Dillon Whiskey Bar is popular for hosting live music performances by local talents and is a great spot to unwind in the company of your friends or by yourself.
Kiki Queer Bar is not only one of the city's only gay bars, but is also a great place all round to hang out and dance the night away. As is the case with most Icelandic clubs, the doors do not open until 11p, and the party only really starts after midnight. Stop by early for a drink, check out the scene and stay for a night of revelry that stretches into the wee hours of the morning. Whether you fancy guys or gals, at the Kiki Queer Bar you will always be welcomed with open arms. Although spread over two floors, the club is actually quite small and gets pretty crowded, a fact that only adds to the general air of bonhomie that thrives here.
Bravó is a trendy, up-beat bar which is a popular hangout with locals and tourists alike. Known for its live music acts by local bands in the electronic genre, the club also organizes regular DJ nights to keep the crowd entertained. Sip on one of their selection of beers or throw back a couple of shots of their assortment of liquors and let the music sweep you away.