The Lebowski Bar in Reykjavik, Iceland, is a shrine to one of the great cult classics of our time. From the moment we stepped through the door, I was enchanted. Ambient lighting bathes the establishment and its patrons in a warm glow that accentuates each piece of impressive decoration. Every square inch of the walls seem to be covered in themed artwork or memorabilia.
Bowling ornaments and custom film posters catch the eye, while exquisite hardwood floors provide the feeling of approaching the platform to roll a sure strike. Taylor, Kendall, and I took our seats in the back room where a projector had been setup to broadcast the World Cup.
We were not there for a meal, but we did notice that the restaurant’s food offerings are mostly burgers with a few chicken exceptions. An impressive, although pricey, list of White Russian inspired cocktails is clearly the focus of the menu. Instead of paying $15-$20 for a cocktail, we decided to have a few happy hour draft beers and enjoy a break from exploring the city.
In short, this beautiful restaurant and bar is a portal into a world where bowling is held in the highest regard, a White Russian is the most delectable of drinks, and everyone rolls along like a tumbling weed. Lucky for most of us, the bar is even open on Shabbat.