What is it?
A spacious Irish-style pub with eclectic decor and a private karaoke room.
Although it’s difficult to rival Café Rosenberg, one of central Reykjavík’s keystone music venues, with a stable cast of regulars, cabaret, and live jazz evenings. But The Irishman has made every attempt to transform Café Rosenberg into an wide open space that’s strangely contrary to the cardinal rule of Irish pubs (à la stuffiness). Although The Irishman’s beer and wine selection is far from impressive, the prices are fairly low for Reykjavik (ca. 1.200ISK-1.400ISK a pop) and the cocktail selection is more than adequate. You can get yourself a tasty White Russian (2.200ISK) or their specialty: Irish Coffee (1.300ISK). A daily happy hour from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. gives The Irishman a special glow. It also boasts of a private karaoke room, where locals gather to imbibe liquor-heavy cocktails while connecting with their inner 90s popstar. (We recommend booking the karoake bar—which is a hefty 6.500 per hour—during happy hour to make the most of your evening charades.
In its current state, The Irishman is a venue fit for quiet drinks with friends rather than a Saturday night raver or a night at the cabaret, though the management does welcome local artists to perform every day of the week in a less formal capacity (i.e., sans stage). What we miss, however, is Rosenberg’s attentiveness to established and upcoming musicians and artists, who hosted concerts and events sans outrageous rental fees. Despite its unmissable charm and attempts to the contrary, The Irishman will have to step up its game in order to build a local following of the same calibre as the former artistic hub.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 – 01:00
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 – 03:00
Price Range: 1.200 for beer and wine; 2.200 for cocktails