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Address: Bergstadastraeti 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 551 1588
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Activities: Drinking
Description: 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 wooden bar, good tunes!

This is a great place to enjoy a few drinks while visiting Reykyavik in a genuine local environment. Fantastic music selection!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a little fun late night bar. We weren't there on a weekend so it shut pretty early but there was a DJ and drinks were flowing. Good fun. I could imagine it getting very loose in there !

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to enjoy a few drinks while visiting Reykyavik in a genuine local environment. Fantastic music selection!

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South Florida, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It was very hot hot in Kaffibarinn when we were there which made it hard to enjoy our beer and Brennivin. It was warm outside (65 degrees f) and they do not have air conditioning. It would probably be a lot better when it is cooler outside. Other than the heat, this place was fine - a local and tourist... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Iceland is a great place to go for cool bars that generally don't try as hard as places like Berlin. King of the effortless cool bars in Iceland is Kaffibarinn. It has a very relaxed vibe. It feels like a locals bar but has a most friendly atmosphere to it. Convieniently located in the centre, this is a must do... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Realy creamy coffee and great sandwiches! My son said it was the best ham and cheese sandwich he ever tasted... Well, it is good, but the is it the best....?

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I seldom go to bars, but as this one was recommended, we went, and glad we were. Three different drafts, one more delicious than the last. And the atmosphere, so funky and real. Next time I'm in Reykjavik, I will go there and drink slower so I can stay longer.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Super bar with good music and full of young people. Drinks are great and the atmosphere is trendy. This is a must try night out!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Nice place, good vibe (from the customers). Really cool music. However, as other reviews have noted here, they REALLY do not like people taking photos! We took one picture (just of ourselves, not of other customers, the staff or even the bar itself really). A woman seemed to instantly pop up out of nowhere to rudely snap at us. I... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Tucked away in the central area and very English feel to the Pub... Good service and nice drinks. Great for conversations and a starting or ending nightlife.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This bar is really nice. Great vibe, cool staff and reasonable happy hour prices. The music is not commercial and it gets better as the night progresses on the weekends. Good local nightlife experience surrounded by an older crowd!

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