Every month, we tell you about Reykjavík’s newest restaurants, bars, hangouts, and more. What is hip and happening in and around the city? In this month’s edition: Einstök Bar, Perlan Zipline, Monkeys, and SKOR.
With the opening of Einstök Bar in downtown Reykjavík, there is one more reason to visit Iceland! Einstök Brewery has its home in Akureyri in the north of Iceland, and you could already visit their Brewer’s Lounge there, but now Reykjavikings can also enjoy a freshly tapped beer. Einstök is probably one of Iceland’s best-known breweries. They have been exporting worldwide for years and won several international prizes. The new Einstök Bar is located at Laugavegur 10. Skál!
Perlan, a glass dome-like building on top of four water tanks, is one of Reykjavík’s best-known landmarks. Next to wonderful exhibitions including an ice cave, an observation deck, a coffeehouse, and a large bouncy castle for kids, there are now also two ziplines! The ziplines are over 200m long and reach a speed of up to 60kmh. They start at Perlan’s observation deck and go down in the direction of Kópavogur into Öskuhlíð forest. The zipline experience takes about 30 minutes and guests are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for preparation.
Monkeys is an exciting new restaurant bringing Nikkei cuisine to Iceland, which is a fusion of Japanese recipes and traditions with Peruvian ingredients. Nikkei cuisine dates to the second half of the 19th century when Japanese immigrants settled in Peru and started to mix cooking techniques and flavours from Japan with Peru’s cuisine. For instance, miso, ginger, soy, wasabi, and rice vinegar are mixed with quinoa, bell peppers, Andean potatoes, and corn. A great addition to the Reykjavík culinary scene! Monkeys is set to open at the beginning of July at Hjartagarðurinn square.
SKOR is a darts and karaoke bar, so fun guaranteed! They are located outside of the downtown area in the historic JL building which also houses The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts. It has one of the best karaoke rooms in town and uses computer-assisted darts with automatic scoring. With a modern yet casual décor, the place invites everybody to have good time. SKOR is open from Wednesdays till Sundays. You can find them at Hringbraut 121 and you can book the karaoke room or darts at www.skorbar.is.