1. MicroBar in Island, Reykjavik
Iceland is currently considered the hottest destination for visitors from around the world. But the island at the Arctic Circle no longer only attracts with volcanic landscapes, geysers and waterfalls. The land of the trolls is developing more and more as a hotspot for craft beer fans.
One of the oldest, cosiest and hippest beer pubs, visitors will find in the heart of Reykjavik, near art museum and harbor. Already in the corridor down the stairs to the “MicroBar” it smells seductively of beer.
Ten taps adorn the counter, where tasting guests can order tempting 10s samplers. From eight taps flows the beer from the Icelandic Gæðingur Micro Brewery located in Sauðárkrókur in the northwest of the island. At two other taps change guest beers. There are also a lot of bottled beers from all over the world. Here you can easily endure it for a whole night.
MicroBar: Vesturgata 2, Reykjavík | MicroBar at Facebook
2. Sori Taproom in Helsinki, Finland
Finland is developing more and more into an attractive beer country. About 20 years ago, there were only a handful of breweries, now there are almost 100 creative beer makers. One of the hippest places to go for local and international beer is called “Sori Taproom” and is just a few meters from Helsinki Central Station.
In addition to meals such as BBQ and American-style burgers, a trained bar staff serves freshly-brewed beer from 24 taps. Which one is being served exactly, is emblazoned on flat screens directly above the tapping point. The selection of homemade and foreign beers rotates regularly. The motto of the Finnish bar: “Serious beer for not so serious people”.
Sori Taproom: Vuorikatu 16, Helsinki | Sori Website
3. BierCab in Barcelona, Spain
The university district in Barcelona is also a spectacular scene area for night owls from all over the world. So it is not surprising that there are also some craft beer bars in a small radius here. One with probably the best variety selection is “BierCab”. Five years ago, a Belgian founded the smartly designed location with around 30 craft beers and more than a hundred other bottle and tin cans. Everyone gets their favorite beer in this selection.
On flat screens and in the classic map, visitors will find not only local South but also many varieties from the USA, Italy, Sweden, Scotland and some Belgian specialties. Nobody needs to starve here either. In addition to ham slices from Iberico pig, there are also a variety of sandwiches, tapas and even ceviche specialties. “BierCab” has already been voted the best bier in Spain by the online rating platform “ratebeer”. Those who still need beer for their own home will surely find something in the craft shop next door.
BierCab: Muntaner 55, Barcelona | BierCab Website
4. Frisches Bier in Germany, München
Even though six large breweries still dominate the beer market in Munich, more and more creative brewers are establishing themselves in the Bavarian state capital. One of them is Tilman Ludwig, who just a few months ago opened with his buddy Max Heisler one of the city’s coolest beer bars called “Fresh Beer/ Friches Bier” in the slaughterhouse district.
They have 14 taps including the beer of the house: “Tilmans beers”. But also changing varieties of friendly craft brewers around the globe. It’s a cozy bar, which radiates a special atmosphere in the vintage style. A real hotspot in the middle of Munich.
Frisches Bier: Thalkirchner Str. 53, München | Frisches Bier Website
5. Pop’s Place in Ljubljana, Slovenia
For some world travelers Ljubljana is still an insider tip. In Slovenia, an exciting craft beer scene has been forming for some years with stylish pubs.
Probably the coolest location is right in the center with a view of the river Ljubljanica. Pop’s Place has around 50 beers on the menu, most of them from the region Estonia, Austria or Belgium. The interior of the actual burger restaurant is combined with hip design elements with a quaint touch and invites you to linger longer. Incidentally, the burgers are prepared with local beef, which the chefs in “Pop’s Place” ripen and process themselves.