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Kaffibarinn

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Address: Bergstadastraeti 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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+354 551 1588
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There is one word above all others that screams 'Reykjavik Nightlife':...

There is one word above all others that screams 'Reykjavik Nightlife': Kaffibarinn. Not everybody loves the place, but everyone knows exactly where it is and would be sad if it ever closed down. But there is very little risk of that, if the queues outside are anything to go by. Kaffibarinn (along with dearly departed Sirkus) is probably THE place responsible for creating Reykjavik's party town reputation. Its heady mix of hyper-uber-cool music, people in trend-setting clothes, late night drunkenness and not nearly enough space for all the dancing sweaty bodies... well, that's really what it's all about. It was in Kaffibarinn that the distinctive 101 music taste and fashion sense were born, and from there they took over the world (in a modest sort of way).

The place is open for coffee, beer and something to eat during the day. Disc jockey every night with various music. Mostly House during the weekends.

They don't like photography inside the bar. It has been like that for many years and they do like their privacy. It's nothing personal.

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Cosy bar!

We came here on a Friday night for happy hour after seeing it on the 'Appy hour' app (great app for bars in Reykjavik!!!) it was really busy and we ended up sat right at the bar... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Eleanor K
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Reykjavik
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This must have been the craziest night out i've had in a while. Oh my darling, the bartenders here are amazing. There is no such thing as a closing time. We partied well into the early hours and as soon as they said it was enough i just had enough time to shower, redress and show up for work. You... More 

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California
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This bar was fun for me because it was full of locals. I tried a delicious local Blonde beer and paid a great price as it was happy hour. I would recommend to go during happy hour, otherwise it is quite expensive (just like everything else in Iceland). Has a restroom and lots of seating.

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Thank Kristen G
Bathgate
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A recommendation led us here. The staff were lovely as were the drinks. Also locals were drinking here which is always a good sign.

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Thank Lesley F
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Happened on this one from the music coming out and wasn't disappointed when we went inside to find out more. Nice little bar with lots of character and a good crowd

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Thank Brendan G
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This lovely wee bustling pub is worth a visit, cosy atmosphere, lovely bar snacks and good selection of beers!

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Thank Gillian R
Wigan
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here on a Friday night for happy hour after seeing it on the 'Appy hour' app (great app for bars in Reykjavik!!!) it was really busy and we ended up sat right at the bar but we really enjoyed it here. There seemed to be a good mix of locals and tourists and even some family's with children... More 

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Thank Eleanor K
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Nice beers, buzzy atmosphere, not full of tourists as there were quite a few locals in there too and it was recommended to us by a girl who worked in another bar. It is a lot bigger than it looks from the outside and it dark and cosy with exposed brickwork and candles.

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Thank Philippa S
Vancouver, Washington, United States
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252 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is a cool bar with a nice vibe. We were there on a Friday night and there was a good mix of tourists and locals enjoying drinks. They had a DJ come in around midnight and it switched over to a more club-style theme which is what I expected. We enjoyed our night here.

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Thank Kailey T
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We were in here a couple of times on our trip to Iceland as it is small, friendly warm & cosy. Really friendly crowd, so relaxed just our enjoying a nice drink. Great place.

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Thank Alan D
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We come here searching for a happy hour deal! (Which they have, I can't remember the times though). Great atmosphere and good for mixing with other people.

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Thank Chloé E

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