Iceland is notoriously pricey for eating and drinking. Here is a guide to the best happy hours around the beautiful island nation, so you can wet your palette at a reasonable price!


Reykjavik is the lively capital with lots of live music, bars, and a great nightlife. You will find no shortage of watering holes with happy hour specials!

KEX Hostel is a favourite of ours! This brewery, restaurant, hostel has excellent beer & affordable food. Happy hour: 5-7pm. Beer & Wine 650 ISK

Bravo has the longest happy hour in the city from 11am to 11pm! Beer 850 ISK | Wine 950 ISK    

Boston has a great atmosphere and a big patio for summer days. Happy hour: 16:00 – 20:00. Beer 650 ISK | Wine 750 ISK

Bar Ananas is quirky and fun with good cocktails. Downstairs is cozy and upstairs often has a DJ spinning. Happy hour: 4-8pm. Beer 600kr | Wine 700kr

Hlemmur Square has a good happy hour outside town near the bus station from 4-8pm. Beer 750 ISK | Wine 700 ISK

Loft Hostel has a great balcony, live music, and communal activities like yoga. Happy hour: 4-7pm. Beer 750 ISK | Wine 800 ISK

Kaffibarinn is cozy and atmospheric. Happy hour: 3-8pm. Beer 700 ISK

Lebowski Bar is modeled after the film, the Big Lebowski, serving 30 White Russian variations. Happy hour: 4-7pm. Beer 750ISK | Wine 750ISK

The Dubliner is ramshackle and cozy, as all Irish bars should be. Happy hour: 12-10pm. Beer 700 ISK | Wine 800 ISK

English Pub is an institution with a strong selection of ales. Happy hour: 4-7pm. Beer 650 ISK | Wine 750 ISK


Akureyri is the capital of the north. After driving around most of the country, it’s the only other place that has a buzz that comes close to Reykjavik. It’s a lively little city with lots of great establishments to check out. You won’t run out of happy hours here!

R5 beer lounge was our favourite place for a drink. There’s a crazy selections of ales and a great ambiance. Happy hour: 4-6pm.

Aurora Bar in the Icelandair Hotel is a great happy hour for cocktails, beer and wine, in a modern setting. Happy hour: 4-6pm.

Café Berlin is a popular brunch spot and cozy cafe. Happy Hour: 4pm-6pm

Múlaberg has one of the best happy hours in town, with the cheapest beers and good cocktails. Happy hour: 4-6pm. Beer 550ISK / Cocktail 1100ISK

Café Amour has the second-longest happy hour in town and is very popular thanks to its extensive cocktail and wine list. Happy hour: 6-9pm.

Bláa Kannan is inside a cute house. It’s a cozy place for a drink. Happy hour: 5-7pm.

Akureyri Backpackers always has a good vibe. Happy hour: 5-8pm.

Ölstofa Akureyrar is a hole in the wall beneath Einstok brewers lounge. It’s a well-kept secret with the longest happy hour. Happy hour: 6-10pm.


Seydisfjordur is a picturesque fishing village surrounded by fjords. It’s one of my favourite stops and is the liveliest of the small towns we visited. The pub is fantastic and there are lots of cute cafes and restaurants.

Kaffi Lara is a lively pub with excellent specials and delicious food. Happy hour: 3-6pm. Beer 750 ISK / Wine 750 ISK

Bisto Skaftfell is a cute arty cafe that serves pizza. Happy hour: 3-6pm.


Vik is a lovely town only a few hours from Reykjavik on the south coast. It’s beautiful, but a bit sleepy.

Smiðjan Brugghús has a good beer selection and fun atmosphere. Happy hour: 3-6pm. Beer 750 ISK.

Hotel Kria features half-price beer, wine & cocktails. Happy hour: 330-6pm.


There isn’t too much going on in Hofn but there is a nice pub and the langoustine restaurant, Humarhöfnin Veitingahús, is excellent!

Kaffi Hornid is the liveliest place in Hofn, with hearty food and happy hour 3-6pm.


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