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“nice and cosy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kaffibarinn

Kaffibarinn
Bergstadastraeti 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 551 1588
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Ranked #55 of 151 things to do in Reykjavik
Activities: Drinking
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Owner description: 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.
DERBY, England
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“nice and cosy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

My husband and I visited this bar due to the fact that it is or was part owned by Damon Albarn from the band Blur? my husband is a total indie kid. We visited it on a cold, wet and windy night. We found a sofa to snugle up on and were quite comfy people watching for a few hours, the drinks are reasonably priced too.

Visited November 2011
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“THE spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

If you want to go out in Reykjavik - this is where everyone is. The people are entertaining to watch and the decor is pretty as well. It was crowded, but if you don't mind standing against a wall then this is for you. The DJ was good and when we left around 2am it was still going strong.

Visited September 2011
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“Too cool for school”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

We loved this place, it's got to be one of the coolest bars in the world, nice atmosphere, good drinks and not too expensive given you are in one of the most famous bars in Iceland. Don't bother getting too dressed up, there aren't any party dresses on display here, just people rocking their own styles and being too cool for school!

Visited July 2011
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“Great bar with cool atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

This bar rumouredly part owned by Damon Albarn of ex-Blur fame, is legendary. It features heavily in the film 101 Reyjkavik and really captures the quirky nature of Iceland. It's a great place to people watch, have a pint and listen to some cracking DJs. The sound system is of a high quality and the bar has a laid back unpretentious vibe. It's great watching cool Icelanders party here in bohemian surroundings. Highly recommended.

Visited March 2011
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“Fabulously drunk untill the rising of the sun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

Kaffibarinn is the best. If you like artistic people this is the place to be. At times it is the best bar you will ever go to, but sometimes it is not that crazy. I really do recommend it, during my stay I had the best time of my life. You can be as free as you want to be, and dance as wild as you can :). GGo for it!

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