The Spot: Kaffibarinn, Reykjavic, Iceland

Oct 12, 2012 6:01 pm

Iceland: So hot right now

For a mysterious reason, there is a London Underground sign outside the door. Once you spot that, you know you're at the right place
For a mysterious reason, there is a London Underground sign outside the door. Once you spot that, you know you're at the right place
 
Cozy, like your grandmas living room, except you'll leave trashed
Cozy, like your grandmas living room, except you'll leave trashed
 

Every bon vivant enjoys great food, wine and, of course, a night on the town. From where to eat in which city to what to wear for every occasion, Food Republic's got you covered when it comes to food culture. That's why we've decided to launch The Spot, a weekly nightlife column where our nightlife insider will traverse sea and land (and velvet ropes) to bring you what's new and noteworthy in the world of nightlife from New York City to Tokyo.

The Location
Keffibarinn
Miðbær 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
551-1588

The scene
Here's something you probably didn't know: Iceland is not covered in ice, and is known for its vibrant clubbing scene. In fact, Iceland is so hot right now. Some of the most amazing musical talent comes from Reykjavik. Think Sigur Ross, Björk and Emilíana Torrini. The city is pounding with hot dance beats. Keffibarinn is located in the city center and is arguably the most famous club in Iceland. The tiny spot is part-owned by Damon Albarn of the U.K band Blur and was also featured in cult film 101 Reykjavik. The place feels intimate and is open during the day, when you can stop by and hang out with friend over a coffee. By midnight, it transforms to a dance mecca with thumping beats and probably the most animated dancers you'll every see. 

The music
Every night the club features different musical talents. DJs, both local and international, spin from Wednesday to Saturday. Björk has been known to stop by when she has a minute, so keep your eyes peeled for her.

The drinks
We (coincidentally) dropped by during National Beer Day, celebrated on March 1st. Needless to say, beer was all we had. Apparently, from 1915 to 1989 beer was banned in Iceland. Mind-boggling, but since those days the Icelandic people have embraced brewing and are actively trying to make up for lost times. Icelandic beer is good stuff!

The food
No food, sorry.

The door  
The door is somewhat relaxed, but the venue is small and tends to get packed, so show up early and you should be good to go. 

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