For a top rated place in Reykjavik it was a must stop, but I must admit I was a bit disappointed. I did get a few ticks, but only a few, since the draft list wasn’t so long and some of it I’d already tried. The information on the different beers were a bit lacking, which is disappointing in a good beer place. Prices are not cheap. But I will return when I return to Reykjavik, since I believe I can get more ticks.
Nice little basement bar in the heart of Reykjavik, tugged away next to a restaurant. Selection on the 14 taps was solely Icelandic with a Belgian exception. They are connected to the Gæðingur brewery and offers a good range of their beers. The big thing here is that you can buy sampler boards with 5 or 10 small glasses, so your Icelandic beer venture only will cost you one kidney, not both of them. Staff wasn’t exactly chatty but had knowledge of the beers and was honest enough to recommend the coffee in the restaurant upstairs instead of their own. Happy hour is a big one for the price of a small one. If you know what I mean. Best place for beers in Reykjavik.
Cool little basement place near the waterfront in Reykjavik. All local beer on tap, with a good international bottle list. Good recommendations, and friendly staff. Prices are Icelandic, of course - something like $60 for a 10-beer tasting set. That ends up being cheaper than buying those beers any other way, of course.
Great prices (for Iceland) during happy hour and slightly better otherwise comparatively. Great Icelandic beers and helpful staff. Easily my favorite craft beer bar in Reykjavik. The place is downstairs after you enter.
A pretty small place set in a basement in central Reykjavik. Nice atmosphere. But if you don’t have a seat, it would not be fun - there’s not much extra space for standing. The tap list had about 10 Icelandic beers and a few others beyond that (UK breweries on my visit). Long bottle list but nothing that really excited me. I tried five of the local beers; a couple were decent, but some of the hoppy ones taxes a bit faded. As is to be expected, the beer is expensive (around £20 for the flight of five beers, each about a 1/3 pour). Decent service. Free wifi. Overall, definitely one of the best places for a beer in the capital, but not a world-class bar by any means.
Great bottle list options, tap selection was ok, the service wasn’t so great, the guy was listening to music with earphones and I don’t feel like he wanted to be there. A group of people was there shouting at each others, they were very loud, that’s why I don’t give a good rating for ambiance. I like that almost every chairs in the bar were different.
Small bar in the basement next to a couple restaurants. Beer was fine, 10 taps of Icelandic brews and 4 taps of things that are imports. Prices are pretty expensive, but you can get a flight that includes all 10 Icelandic beers. Small bottle list, but some solid options. My only complaint is this place was invaded by a really crappy crowd while we were there, which has influenced my rating. Not sure if that is normal or not. Bartenders were fine, not very talkative though.
Visited the Micro Bar 3 times in July 2016, after first going there in 2013. It used to be in the Centre Hotel but now in bigger premises in the basement of the Reykjavik Hotel, with some seating also outside. Taking value into account it’s the best bar in Iceland, with 14 taps, all micros, and a good beer for 700 IKr a pint in happy hour 5 to 7pm. Good atmosphere with friendly service.