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Address: Bergstadastraeti 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Phone Number: +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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Up a side street and not on the main road. Small front bar with a further bar at the back. Cosy. Welcoming staff

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
MrsTinckles
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Bristol
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Bristol
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104 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Up a side street and not on the main road. Small front bar with a further bar at the back. Cosy. Welcoming staff

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Thank MrsTinckles
Bristol, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped in here on a bit of a bar crawl. It might have been okay is we were as drunk as the others in there but it was very rough and crowded. Toilets were very bad and I know this can be down to the public using them but they really were too bad to use.

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Thank GeorgieHudson
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great spot. Good mixed crowd of locals and tourists. bit of a hipster vibe. Cool disco ball! Gets going around 12 then open til the wee hours. Good music. Nice happy vibe!

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Thank Suzannedublin2013
Antwerp, Belgium
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

okay, this bar is part owned by Blur-frontman Damon Albarn, but this may be the most remarkable thing about the place. it's not dissimilar to your average UK pub, without the cosy atmosphere, but with cool icelandic beer. it can get very rowdy late at night. so not the best place for a quit night out.

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Thank bart_steenhaut
Auckland, New Zealand
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51 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A few locals, a few tourists, good mix. Good. Music too, can get a bit crowds though. Things don't tend to crank until 12pm

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Thank Alex B
Reykjavik, Iceland
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best Dj during weekends. If you want to dance until the morning and meet fun & cool people of Reykjavik this is the place !

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Thank Hildur83
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here on reading recommendations from various forums. Found the staff member behind the bar "uninterested "when I was asking what beers were for happy hour. Not busy at all in there we did have a nice local beer. Didn't eat food so can't comment. Maybe more lively late in ebenign. .

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Thank Karen M
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This place had been recommended by a friend of a friend but I think it's only for drinking and feeling semi-cool..that is if you can get the attention of the bartender who wasn't particularly busy but just "too cool to serve". Go somewhere else if you want edible food and somewhere else if you want a nice atmosphere for a... More 

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Thank Susanne D
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

We went on a Sunday when most other bars in the city were quite slow and this place was great! A DJ, very attractive crowd, busy but not overly so - I live in New York and it reminded me of a hip fun NYC bar. I recommend!

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Ireland
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47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

was one of my hangouts while visiting, just comfy and friendly, Quite touristy but that is expected. The staff are friendly and helpful and the wifi is a plus

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