This craft beer joint set on the high street Laugavegur might be small in terms of size, but it's big in personality. Having grown from the local Kaldi brewery—famous for creating a tasty line of less chemically laden Czech-style beers, including a very popular unfiltered brew—in 2011, it serves a range of great international artisan beers as well as its own brews. On top of the friendly service, there’s light pub food on offer, comfy couches to relax on, and even a piano to play should you feel the urge (or drink enough). Generally popular with a young, arty crowd.
Kaldi is a cozy haunt where you can can choose from several local beers on tap and hang out with Reykjavik's natives. The bar is on one of the city's main streets, but it feels more intimate. Kaldi is where you should be drinking and meeting people each night if you want a quality experience without the tourist crowd. Image courtesy of Kaldi on Facebook.