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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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Nice place, excellent music - but (really) NO PHOTOS!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Montreal, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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71 reviews 71 reviews
7 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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derbyshire
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Worth a visit, kind of quaint and quirky, if your not used to Icelandic culture, it can be quite an unusual experience, but most people we met were friendly. Quite a lot of drunken people turf out onto the streets at closing, but we didn't see any trouble.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Was hoping this would be kinda cool, it looked enticing from outside. The bar staff on the night that we visited was not very friendly and it seemed we were stopping them having a conversation with a colleague. It was a Sunday night though and it was very quiet. Maybe try again on another visit

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My boyfriend & I went to this bar every night while we were in Iceland. It was a friendly bar with a relaxed atmosphere... Most of the time! We too saw the roaming dog - in fact two different dogs on two nights but both were friendly enough. On the Monday evening of our visit there was a choir rehearsing... More 

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glasgow
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27 reviews 27 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We ended up in Kaffibarinn following the Sonar festival. It's a great bar and very lively with decent music and drinks (Kaldi). I wasn't so keen on the female queue jumping that was accompanied by screeching so loud some wild dogs in Canada thought they were in for an easy ride. Overall the locals are great fun, really friendly and... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

After a relatively tame night out, we were sedately walking home when we decided to step in to Kaffibarinn for a night cap. It's a busy bar, full of locals of all ages, playing eclectic music (Naughty By Nature - OPP had us all dancing). It's great for a lively drink with a mixed crowd - the atmosphere was definitely... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

I had a good experience at this bar on a previous trip to Reykjavik so recommended it to my friends on a return visit. A dog roamed around the very busy bar, which was quite upsetting for a friend as she was allergic. My friend took a photo of me at our table, and a staff member rushed over and... More 

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