The branch in central Reykjavik of the state-run chain of alcohol stores. Similar to the Swedish Systembolaget - but selection is very limited to Icelandic microes/makroes and a few foreign options. This was the biggest store I saw on Iceland - the shops in rural Iceland has an even more sparse selection and very limited hours. Everything is very expensive on Iceland - Vinbudin is no exception. However, you can find beers at a lower price than in restaurants and bars. Nice and service minded staff despite the hoards of somewhat confused tourists.
Recommended! Normal state run alcohol shop (wine, liquor and beer over ~2% alcohol). Not the biggest selection of craft, but good enough and VERY conveniently located in the heart of downtown as well as much better prices than the bars. I picked up Brewdog IPAs (~$6/bottle) and a very decent local Ulfur IPA #3 (a steal at ~$4/bottle). Limited hours and closed Sun. A much better choice value-wise if you just want some good beer as opposed to exploring the beer culture here.
A good option for picking up beers in the centre of town. Small selection of ’craft’ local breweries (probably fewer that 10 beers) but more stuff from more macro-y Icelandic breweries. They also have beers from the UK and US, Belgium, Scandinavia. Decent prices, considering. Nearly laid out shop. Keep in mind that you can only buy beer above 2.25% from shops like this. Also keep in mind that the opening hours are somewhat limited. Overall, fairly OK.
Bottle shop close to the Micro Bar. In fact, the guys at the bar suggested I go here to get my hands on some of the beers that were not currently available at the bar. Mostly used this shop to bring bottles to the hotel, it served my purpose. Selection is mostly the more common Icelandic beers, some Danish and the odd US beer. Fair prices for Iceland. Service was terrible the first time, guy wouldn’t even acknowledge our existence even though we greeted him politely. I guess he must have been bored by tourists, but hell this country gains a lot from tourism, so stuff the attitude and try to manage a smile.
The government liquor store of choice in the city centre. Hard to judge this one not having been to the others. Small, very limited selection of craft beers. Packages in six-packs but available for purchase in singles. Very inexpensive - way cheaper than bars. Worth popping into quickly when in town.
A bottle shop chain and this store is near Micro Bar, in the middle of downtown. The selection is mostly Icelandic with some Danish macro beers sprinkled throughout. Decent prices but everything here you can find at the local bars.
Standard bottle shop, just a few doors down from Micro Bar. Convenient, although selection is smaller than some of the other shops and a bit scattered. But you can buy singles of anything. Didn’t test the service.
Conveniently located in the city center. Not the most exiting selection of local stuff, but fair enough, or a bit disappointing to be honest. Worth a look if one is in the area (and that might very well be as it’s located very close to other beer destinations)