Visited today, nice selection of beers, even some country ticks i havent had who would have guessed that. La Trappe Quad Oak Age B19 for around 13 euro, thats only 3 euros more than in the NL. for the rest are prices good compared to pubs, but still expensive.
Service was ok.
Not bad, will see if other vinbudins are better.
Inside a large shopping mall, lower level. That means plenty of parking, taxi queue available, or a 30 minute walk from the city center. Well served by city buses as well. Larger selection than the other locations makes this one worth the short trip, and the mall is OK too.
bjakk (82) Skagafjordur, Iceland | December 18, 2013
theisti (848) Kansas | November 25, 2013| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited during my trip to Iceland, early May 2008. I visited both the Kringlan and Austurstreiti locations. The Kringlan certainly had the best selection, with what appeared to be all Icelandic beers that were being sold at the time. The selection at Austurstreiti was less, though you would still be able to get a decent selection of Icelandic beers, and is far more convenient if you do not have your own transportation. Overall, I found both shops to be clean, well layed out, and with helpful folks wandering the store. I have seen far worse state run liquor stores in my days!
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Visited the store in Kringlan, Reykjavik in March 2011. The staff was friendly, the man at the cashier took the time to tell me about the Icelandic beer scene.
The store itself was clean and reminded of the Swedish monopoly Systembolaget or the Finnish equivalent.
The supply was good, but not in the class with the Swedish monopoly. Still a lot of beers from Iceland and Faroe Islands that I had never seen before.
Prices were lower than expected, a bottle of Ölvisholt Lava did cost 589 ISK, thats about 5 USD.
I had a rental car, and the store was easy to find from the central Reykjavik. Free parking.
I have visited the Vin Búð in Kringlan several times, since I live nearby. It has the best selection of all those around the area. The ambiance is pleasant and sophisticated; everything is clearly labeled and spread out. I have not had much need for service, but the register staff has been friendly enough. For Iceland it has a pretty good selection, with all the beers of the North-Atlantic area, and a reasonable amount from international locations. I’m not sure how to rate the value, since all the Vin Búð are the same, and the government has a monopoly on alcohol. Suffice to say that liquor is absurdly expensive, and wine and beer are not cheap, but are reasonable enough to buy.
The Kringlan shop is a must, use bus or taxi. All the Icelandic beers available, even six from the Faroe Islands as well as imports from around the globe. With the Krone gone down the drain, it is fairly cheap.
Bright and airy shop, similar to Systembolaget in Sweden.