North Iceland drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Akureyri

Ölstofa Akureyrar

The place in town for draught and local beers, this convivial spot has recently partnered with local (and well-loved) brewery Einstök to create a brewer's lounge ( where you sample their delicio…
Bar in Akureyri

Akureyri Backpackers

Always a hub of convivial main-street activity, the fun timber-clad bar at Akureyri Backpackers is beloved of both travellers and locals for its occasional live music, good-value burgers and weekend brunches, and a …
Bar in Akureyri


The locals' favourite drinking spot, fun and central Götubarinn (Street Bar) has a surprising amount of cosiness and charm for a place that closes so late. It's all timber, mirrors and couches, and there's even a do…
Bar in Sauðárkrókur

Grand-Inn Bar

Cool mountain-peak graphics and vintage sofas set the scene at this end-of-week bar on Sauðárkrókur's main drag, where local brews are on tap, plus loads more in bottles. Gæðingur is the local draught pick: Indian P…
Bar in Akureyri


An easy-breezy stop for an evening drink, convivial R5 has a mixed bag of decor (tiles, carpeted banquettes, timber tables) and an array of Euro brews, including local drops. Look out for occasional live music, too.
Bar in Akureyri

Café Amour

Café Amour lures Akureyri’s bright young things with its lengthy cocktail list and New World wines. The small club upstairs is pretty garish but draws the crowds at weekends. Occasional live music, too.