Small place, full but not overly crowded when we visited on National Beer Day. At least four brewers from three countries were at the bar drinking, not including the barman who is one of the owners/brewers of Gæðingur. Ten or so beers on tap, and a very large bottle list. They had the mysterious beer with whale testicles smoked over a sheep shit fire, which was one of the best whale testicle beers I’ve ever had. Good vibe. Attached to the City Center Hotel, so you can enter from either side. Well worth a stop.
Centrally located and beer-focused, so certainly worthy of a visit, but I found the atmosphere cramped and stuffy when it was packed on a Saturday night, with a lot of people wearing perfume and cologne. Bartenders are nice and knowledgeable but I think the operation was suffering. Some of the bottles seemed old, and many on the back shelf seemed to have been there for a long time collecting dust. The glassware was almost all dirty and smudged which didn’t make me want to stick around. And of the 8 or so taps, only 1 was something that was un-spiced, in good shape and interesting. This is the current top spot for Reykjavik on Ratebeer, but I put 73, K Bar and Hlemmur Square above Micro Bar for most-enjoyed spots in town. YMMV.
The creme de la creme place to hit when in Reykjavik. 10 beers on tap now, featuring a wide variety of all Icelandic beers. You can do a flight of 5 for 2500ISK or try all 10 for 4500ISK -- that’s some serious price gouging, but this is Iceland. Extensive bottle selection as well, some of which can be very pricy. Staff are helpful and friendly. A must-hit when in Reykjavik.
Micro Bar is the ground level bar for one of the city’s finer hotels and offers entrances from two streets. The bar area is small yet boasts on of Reykjavik’s largest and most diverse beer selections, if not the largest. The staff is friendly and attentive and even included a local brewer on one of our visits moonlighting as a bar tender. This is a must visit in town.
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.
Oakes (821) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 7, 2014
Review from 2013, wherein they had a few Icelandic micros, which was why I wanted to go there. That was cool. All foreigners in the place, mostly American. Worth the stop - there isn’t really a destination beer hunting place in Iceland so this should be included on your circuit.
Probably the best beer place in Reykjavik, situated on the ground level at Center Hotel, small bar with 8 great taps,one offs and special brews for this bar only. Walls are decorated by cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson, big mountainous wall murals with a few classic details, well worth the visit alone. The service was top at all my 3 visits, I even got to buy the last bottle of MIB, Icelands first gypsy brew, a delicious DIPA, served by one of the brewers himself.
Kind of minimalistic and a bit sterile bar. Great selection of microbrew, but not the best selection of Icelandic brews. A bit disappointing for me that the selection of Danish micros was better than Islandic. Still a fairly nice selection, but no Borg available here. Nice and friendly service. Both times I visited most of the guest seemed to be tourist, atmosphere was okay, but nothing special.
Visited May 2016. A nice hole in the wall (or basement) type of place with good Icelandic selection (if not great), a 5 glass sampler for 2400 ISK, good service, limited food. A decent place on the Reykjavik pub cralw circuit.
In any European city this selection of beers would be special. In Iceland, 66 degrees north of the equator and on the way to nowhere, and with alcohol taxed into the next century it is absolutely extraordinary. Good Icelandic representation, good information, best place in the nation. (So far.) Part of but unrelated to the City Center Hotel, for those who don’t want a long walk home.