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Best of Reykjavík: Place to watch the World Cup

OK, so the World Cup has Iceland [like most places in the world] firmly in its grip — even to the point where vuvuzelas have invaded Icelandic football stadiums and are actually being permitted, even though horns and noisemakers are normally forbidden in Icelandic stadiums.*

Oy.

I’m kind of in the grin-and-bear-it category when it comes to the World Cup … I don’t get the hype, or the significance, or the writhing, agonizing displays of [apparently] excruciating pain by the players, who then get to their feet, hobble along for about two minutes with horrible grimaces before running off at full speed again. [Methinks it must be a variation of man flu].

Still, I sometimes hang out with EPI as he sits wound up like a coil spring on the couch, jumping up and shouting JÁ! JÁ! whenever, um, anything happens, and try to get all excited about the ball going into the, um, white square in front of the goal. Or something.

Anyway, because I know lots of people are NOT like me, and actually LIVE to watch the World Cup, and may be on holiday here, and would like to see a game on a proper big screen and everyfing … here is our pick for the BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP in Reykjavík.

The English Pub.

That’s it. That’s what EPI tells me, anyway, and in this case I have to rely on his expertise because, frankly, I don’t have a clue.

But — perhaps you do. Any readers who want to recommend the best place to watch the World Cup [or other competitive sports] in Reykjavík?

* Apparently ONLY for the duration of the World Cup, though. Here’s hoping.

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  • ecs June 24, 2010, 11:37 pm

    second the English Pub after watching there yesterday. There were plenty of seats and they were showing both matches simultaneously on enough screens that there were no bad spots to sit.

    The only downside is that if you want to order food, the menu is kind of pathetic. 2 kinds of pizza, cheese sticks, or a panini.

    but if you’re only interested in watching and drinking, it was quite great.

  • Michael Schulz June 24, 2010, 11:54 pm

    I watched twice for about 20 minutes each and I saw them footballplayers constantly spitting. Is that part of the game and do they really play in their own spit?
    Cheers,
    Michael
    Ps.: I obviously know nothing about this game and guys running after a ball.

  • hildigunnur June 25, 2010, 10:48 am

    Michael, hahah good one! Yeah, small wonder they tend to fall sometimes. Yeachh.

    Horns and noisemakers banned – well not the snare drums in handball games, though…

  • Joerg June 25, 2010, 11:32 am

    And I thought, I could get away from this hype in Reykjavik.

    In Germany we are currently getting an absolute overkill of World Cup related stuff. I begin to envy Italy and France.

  • Michael Lewis June 25, 2010, 1:58 pm

    In the UK it depends where you are – in most places in England soccer is the game. That said, in Wales and border areas of Bristol, Bath, Gloucester … I’d say Rugby is more popular, and that world cup is next year.

    I see England footie team have Germany to play. Don’t mention penalties … I think Rooney and Co, will be departing for the Caribbean (natch) soon enough.

  • Helena Hermanns June 25, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I would have to say ENGLISH PUB!! Without a doubt its the best place! Good atmosphere and overall a fun pub to hang at! Im heading over there in an hour to watch Brazil!

  • DeeZee June 25, 2010, 7:15 pm

    In 2006 I spent many exciting hours at Solon upstairs. Good atmospere and very acceptable foods. Don’t know whether they are doing it again this year as I’m back in sunny England.

  • sylvia hikins June 25, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Football….Merseyside…you HAVE to be a supporter. Being neutral is NOT an option ,ie: it’s either Liverpool or Everton. Anything else and you are run out of town. But when England played on Wednesday the roads were EMPTY!!! I think I was almost the only person driving through the Mersey Tunnel. I could steer the car down the middle of the two lanes and no one was there to notice. So there is an up side to the world cup 😉
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • James June 26, 2010, 12:23 pm

    I’d be happy anywhere watching England beat Germany…

  • Ari June 26, 2010, 9:49 pm

    Last World Cup I watched the Iran game no one else was showing at Cafe Cultura, the food there is lovely depending on which chef is on at the time (the spaghetti was very dry, but their steak sandwich with fries is always good).