The Best Bars In Reykjavik To Visit While On Vacation In Iceland

Are you heading off on vacation to Iceland? Lucky you! The Icelandic capital city is one of the most beautiful on the planet and offers a host of amazing activities for tourists to enjoy. However, despite all of the sightseeing potential, you should still make sure that you take some time out of your busy vacation schedule to experience some of the best bars in Reykjavik where you can kick back, sip a drink and soak in the amazing ambience. Here are just a few of the bars that you should definitely find time to visit during your trip.

The Reykjavik Casino Club Bar

Combine two of your favourite activities when you’re visiting downtown Reykjavik in the Reykjavik Casino Club Bar. Sometimes known by its other name, Monako, this venue combines the best of both worlds with a casino and bar in one spot. This is one of the best and most accessible Iceland casinos with a great choice of drinks into the bargain. You’ll have a great choice of slot titles here and who knows, this could be your lucky night! Grab a local Viking beer, pop some coins in the slots and spin the reels!


If cocktail bars are more your thing, you’ll love Slippbarinn, the first-ever cocktail bar to be opened in Iceland. It offers a wide variety of unique and delicious cocktails which use some truly unusual ingredients. We recommend you try the Metamorphosis – a tongue-tingling combination of Yunnan tea and gin!

Snaps Bistro-Bar

If you want to enjoy some delicious French-style cuisine while you sip a drink, head to Snaps Bistro-Bar. The cosy atmosphere is hard to beat, making this a perfect spot for a romantic evening or a quiet gathering with friends. You should definitely check out the menu of gin and tonics for something a little more elegant to add to your evening.

Kex Hostel

Would you like to try some local beers while you’re in Iceland on vacation? Then the Kex Hostel is the best place to go. Overlooking the stunning Mount Esja, this bar is located in an old biscuit factory and serves up a wide variety of Icelandic beers all served on tap together with tasty bar snacks. The bar and lounge both boast a stylish vintage vibe, and on Tuesday nights, you’ll even be entertained for free by jazz musicians.

The Micro Bar

True beer lovers are sure to make a beeline for The Microbar, a cosy spot in the basement of the Restaurant Reykjavik. This bar specialises in microbrews and has an incredible local selection to pick from. However, if you prefer European imports, you find plenty of those here too. We recommend that you try the ten beer sampler, but you might want to share it with a friend!

Gallery Bar 

If you’d like to keep things sophisticated during your Icelandic vacation, you should head to the Gallery Bar at the legendary Hotel Holt. Here, you can sip a classic cocktail or a glass of fine wine in style, surrounded by framed sketches created by Johannes Kjarval, the most famous Icelandic painter, in the comfort of red leather chairs and before a roaring fireplace.

Kaldi Bar

The original microbrewery in Iceland, the Kaldi Bar, is a great spot to enjoy your favourite brews. Having recently opened its own Beer Spa, the Kaldi Bar prepares brews using a traditional Czech method with an Icelandic twist. All of the water used to make the beer here is from the Solarfjall mountain to the north of the country and is responsible for its unique and crisp taste.

Mikkeller And Friends

If you’re looking for a casual spot to enjoy a few drinks after a tasty dinner, head upstairs to the Mikkeller & Friends bar. Despite its old exterior, when you step inside this bar you’ll be amazed by its theatrical circus-themed design which was created by a famous film set designer. It isn’t all about the style though, you can also choose from twenty beers on tap.

These are just a few of the top Icelandic bars for you to enjoy during your vacation – skál!