Uppsalir makes for the perfect retreat when you want to escape the harsh Icelandic chill. A warm fire glowing among the wooden interiors is the picture you'll take home after a visit to this upscale yet cozy cafe. Cakes, coffee refreshments, cheese and the like are the usual treats on offer. A chic bar can help you with something stronger if coffee alone can't warm you up! Uppsalir is also a popular venue for receptions.
Throw all caution to the winds and give in to the sheer pleasure of good food and great company. Although this restaurant and bar is open for dinner only, it can be booked in advance for lunch, for 15 people or more. The Tapas Barinn follows the Spanish tradition of making dining a ride to indulge your senses. It's all about letting go. The food here is delicious and served in large portions to satisfy every tummy. Try the Saltfish Catallana Style or the Grilled Marinated Fillet of Lamb and Lobster Tails with Baked Potato, Fresh Salad and Alioli. End the evening with coffee or sumptuous dessert.
Cafe Solo enjoys an ambiguous identity that comes from being a lot many things at once. From a decent cafe-bar and bistro during the weekdays to a throbbing discotheque at weekends, the place lets you have an insight into 'the good life' of Reykjavik. To add to it, its off-the-street location makes it a great stop for a cup of coffee or a mug of chilled beer with some light fare. Do not hesitate to drop in even if you're in a large group: the special group menu offered at Solon will take care of that!
Kaldi Bar is a popular watering hole amongst the locals and tourists alike in the city of Reykjavik. This bar is known for offering a wide range of local and international beers and has at least four beers on tap along with other spirits of your choice. Its cozy interiors and friendly staff make this an ideal spot for unwinding after an exhaustive day with your loved ones. Besides, this bar is famous for hosting a plethora of events and regularly hosts live music performances by talented artists.
Whether you're a beer enthusiast or not, you will definitely enjoy your time spent at Mikkeller & Friends. Pioneers in craft beer, here is where you will most certainly find one that suits taste and perhaps even come to like a few more. Setting the first impression is the funky decor of the bar, which features a number of child-like artwork, from vivid window paintings to life-size drawings of clowns, which showcase its theme of fun. Featuring 20 different beers on tap and few other wines and spirits, this bar keeps the excitement going until it's time to close. Customers can also sample a few of the experimental brews, before purchasing a bottle of their choice.
The Lebowski Bar is a trendy sports bar, popular for milkshakes, White Russian cocktails and fast food like fries and burgers. The interiors are funky with chessboard flooring, neon lights and plenty of television screens. They have a dedicated sports calender and broadcast important football matches. Try the caramel or strawberry shake along with tangy chicken wings and jalapeño poppers. The alcoholic beverages include Pink Russian and The Siberian White Russian Shake with Smirnoff Vodka. Head here during their happy hours for the best deals on drinks.
One of the best places to catch up on your favorite game is the trendy Classic Rock Sportbar. The bar is pretty hep and is known for its lively ambiance. Each table has a dedicated dart board and there are a couple of pool tables where you can challenge your buddies to beat you to the game! The food menu is pretty extensive and features classic bar style food- a variety of sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and quick bites are available.
Located within the KEX Hostel, Sæmundur í Sparifötunum is a lively gastropub known for serving delectable bar food, fine wines and other tantalizing drinks. Sæmundur í Sparifötunum uses the choicest of local produce and fresh ingredients- their menu changes daily and their expert culinary team serves scrumptious seasonal specialties as well. The ambiance is beautiful with spaciously laid out tables, rustic decor and a chalkboard menu. Enjoy your perfectly cooked meals while you enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and the picturesque Faxaflói Bay.
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.