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The ultimate guide to Vínbúðin and Happy Hour in Reykjavík

The ultimate guide to Vínbúðin and Happy Hour in Reykjavík

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The legal drinking age in Iceland is 20 years. So Americans, welcome to the land of the free (to drink a year earlier). After waiting for so long, we enjoy every single drink. Also, because drinking is quite expensive, we guide you to the best Happy Hour in Reykjavík. Keep reading if you don’t want to be left high and dry.

Vínbúðin is the One & Only

Besides bars and restaurant, there is only one place to buy alcohol in Iceland: Vínbúðin, also called Ríkið. Don’t miss out on the duty-free shop at the airport nearby the luggage belts. Icelanders & Tourists alike use the chance to get their hands on mainly less expensive alcoholic beverages and skincare products, and the candy section is worth a look.

So if you want to enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer without going out, then Vínbúðin is the only place. Beers will range from 2 to 4 USD instead of 7 – 10 USD you will pay at a restaurant or bar. Vínbúðin has a good selection of Icelandic Beer: Borg Brugghús, Einstök Ölgerð, The Brothers Brewery, Steðji, and Kaldi are a few good Icelandic breweries.

Unfortunately, there is no Icelandic wine, but we make up for it with excellent vodka, gin, whiskey, and of course, Brennivín. The latter one is probably the most authentic Icelandic liquor.

You probably did not come to Iceland to drink alone in your hotel room. Don’t worry; there is another way that won’t cost you a fortune – depending on how much you will drink. Happy Hour!

Happy Hour in Reykjavík

The best way to find places that offer Happy Hour in Reykjavík is to go to https://happyhour.is/. They have a list of places, the prices, and where they are. This page is far from perfect, so if you want something more comfortable and more convenient, check out the appyhour app (cleaver right). 

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Appy Hour App Screenshot by Honest Iceland

Another way to save some bugs is to use the Icelandic Coupon App that we recommended in another blog post. If you are using the discount of the app, you might as well enjoy the 2 for 1 offer on beer in selected bars.

If you love beer and fine wine, you should keep alcohol prices in mind when you plan your Iceland budget. Alcoholic beverages are empirically the biggest part of the food budget.

We recommend 

Miami Happy Hour: 4 PM – 8 PM

“Party in the city where the heat is on. All night, on the beach till the break of dawn”. Welcome to the 80s! Arriving at Miami Bar is like taking a short break from Reykjavik. Let yourself sink into the velvet seats with a cocktail in your hand, and enjoy the colorful atmosphere.

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Miami Bar in Reykjavík, Photo by Miami Bar on Facebook

Kaffibrennslan: Happy Hour: 4 PM – 8 PM

Beer from 550 ISK, Wine from 750 ISK.

Kaffibrennslan is a warm and cozy cafe in the center of downtown Reykjavik. Kaffibrennslan offers one of the cheapest happy hours in Reykjavik, and no place can match the friendly atmosphere. 

Bastard – Brew & Food Happy Hour: 4 PM – 7 PM

You get 500 ISK discount on wine, big draft beers and draft cocktails

If you long for something more Icelandic, Bastard is the place. With a spacious area inside and outside, enjoy locally crafted beer and delicious snacks – like the Cheese & Charcuterie.

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Bastard Brew & Food, Photo by Bastard Brew & Food Reykjavík on Facebook

Kex Hostel Unknown Happy Hours – Beer starts at 750 ISK

A place so cozy and inviting, you might want to spend several hours. Besides the bar, there is a hostel, a barber, and a bistro. Kex is a place to come together, chat and play board games, or just watch the ocean. With their newly opened outdoor area, you have plenty of space to sunbath if Icelandic weather allows.

Spánski Happy Hour: 2 PM – 8 PM

Beer from 650 ISK, Wine from 850 ISK

Not only does Spánski offer a generous happy hour, but they also have fantastic tapas. So if you want to warm up the winter with Spanish style tapas, then Spánski is the place for you.

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Enjoy your trip, and don’t forget: Drink Responsible!

Steffi & Aðalbjörn

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