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While Iceland is currently experiencing a booming beer culture revival, its cocktail bars are still not to be missed. While you can definitely find your famous cocktail standards, the most innovative bars in Reykjavik are making twists on the old classics and giving them a distinctively Icelandic spin, featuring local spirits and native flora.
This bar is located in a quiet, picturesque neighborhood that is home to many. The cozy atmosphere, complete with low-lighting, hanging plants, and large windows, is one of the most memorable in Reykjavik. If you want a quiet evening with friends in a sleek, cool environment, go here and check out the gin and tonic menu. They also offer a range of French brasserie-style dishes, such as moules marinières, prepared with mussels harvested at Breiðafjördur, and French onion soup, made with Icelandic Ísbui cheese.
Located on the top floor of the elegant Harpa Concert hall, this Italian restaurant and bar is a great place to enjoy a cocktail or aperitif before or after your Harpa event. This multi-level bar is well known for its exotic cocktails served by professionals. The view from the award-winning designer facade is incredible and adds a magical touch.
This quirky establishment is great for dancing late into the night. Their Hawaiian and neon-themed décor match perfectly with their tropical array of cocktails. Trending towards reggae and dub music, this is one corner bar that is not to be missed on your night out in Reykjavik.
This cozy restaurant, bar, and hotel are open all day with an amazing selection of European gastropub food with an Icelandic twist. Located on a busy corner street downtown, this place is hard to miss with its large windows full of eclectic remnants of its former days as a pharmacy (Apotek means pharmacy in Icelandic). With an extensive cocktail menu, including locally sourced ingredients such as dill, Estragon, and pepper mixed with Icelandic liquor, you can’t go wrong.
This bar dedicates itself to the monk-like study of wine, hops, and spirits, which is fitting for a klaustur, or cloister. It is also a quiet place to learn, reflect, and meet. Located at the center of Reykjavik just by the Dómkirkja and Alþingi and serving a great array of drinks in a low-lit corner bar, you will have plenty to choose from with their Klaustur Martini collection, which is created out of the freshest fruits and herbs to make martinis using homemade recipes.