In the spirit of Iceland launching what some are calling ‘the hardest karaoke song in the world’
, intended to acquaint people with the notoriously difficult Icelandic language
, we take a look at the best places in Reykjavik where you can freely experience the trials and tribulations of karaoke.
KEX Hostel is a popular place for tourists and locals alike. The warm, well-placed vintage decor and interesting past (it was a biscuit factory) makes this one of the city’s best bars. They have an excellent menu and great craft beers on tap. The weekly rotation of live music and gigs features karaoke, jazz, and a variety of festivals and concerts.
KEX Hostel, Skulagata 28, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland, +354 561 6060
This cool bar has its own private karaoke room, making it one of the most convenient places to bring a private group or hold an event. Located in a historic building outside downtown Reykjavik with a beautiful view of the North Atlantic Ocean, this place is expertly designed and has a Miami mid-90s vibe with plenty of plants and gold touches. They also have weekly scheduled yoga and meditation, as well as an excellent restaurant.
Oddsson Bazaar, Hringbraut 121, JL husinu, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland,+354 519 3510
When speaking of the top bars in Reykjavik, Glaumbar is often forgotten because of its slightly run-down character. However, sometimes these off-the-map places can make the most memorable karaoke experiences as there is absolutely no standard to uphold. The weekly line-up changes so check in when you visit to see exactly when they will be hosting their next lively karaoke night.
Glaumbar, Tryggvagata 20/101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 552 6868
Bar, American, Northern European, $$$
This eco-friendly downtown hostel boasts a cafe, bar, and simple stage setup. Throughout the week you can find all kinds of activities ranging from workshops and clothing swaps to poetry readings and karaoke. Check their website for exact dates and times.
Loft Hostel, Bankastræti 7, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland, +354 553 8140
Courtesy of Ölver Sportbarinn
This bar is the classic sports bar and has been around since 1984, back when beer was still illegal. It hosts many sporting event viewings that are a delight to watch on the 20 screens surrounding the place. See the list of karaoke songs on their website before you visit for their weekly karaoke night.
Ölver Sportbarinn, Álfheimar 74, Reykjavík, Iceland
This is the official queer bar of Reykjavik, which, of course, means that everyone is welcome. This vibrant dance club holds a weekly rotation of events including karaoke, live DJs, and themed nights. It is an especially popular place to go dancing after the Eurovision song contest or during the Gay Pride Festival.
Kiki Bar, Laugavegur 22, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland, +354 571 0194