Well, it looked like a standard bar and was - although this 50 year old was surprised to find that everyone else in there was 23 years old. Mind you, I can look at 23 year old Icelandic women all day long....
I think it's because Reykjavik has more universities than fishing boats these days, or something like that.
Most bars in the city are very pleasant places. These days after their near bankrupcy, drinking out is about the only thing that remains quite expensive. Look out for happy hour deals. See other tips for pricing comments.
Dress Code: Try to be good looking
Probably one of the most mixed crowds in one place that we went to while in Reykjavik. Grand Rokk not only has live music on most nights starting around 10pm or so but it combines people from all walks of life; lawyers, educators, oil workers, artists, fishermen, and students. It was the most lively bunch of people with the greatest attitudes and the most friendly of all the places we went downtown. Definitely a must if you are "going out" in Reykjavik.
Its neighbor, the Celtic Cross pub, is also a nice place to get a pint or so. Live acoustic sets are played out here as well. Guiness is also on tap here.
Dress Code: There are no real dress codes for either one of these spots. They have a "come as you are" mentality it seems and the clientele will be in what they worked in or what they will be going out in later.
If you want to have a lively night out its worth having several drinks at home! Alcohol is exceptionally expensive!!!!
It is possible to buy duty free alcohol when you arrive at Keflavik Airport. The shop remains open for the arrival of the last flight of the day.
Our hotel told us we had to go check it out and so we did. It was the craziest thing I ever saw in my life. Thousands of people on the street after midnight but not before to all the bars and nightclubs. Our favorite bar was the danish bar and thankfully did not turn into a nightclub.
Dress Code: no dress code apparent although the young girls were pretty spiffed up.
The Rúntur (meaning 'round-tour') is Reykjavik's weekly pub crawl which has become increasingly famous around Europe. Reykajavik has a great social night life and the city centre comes alive on Friday and Saturday night with locals crowding into the many bars and clubs lining Laugavegur, Bankastr, Austurstraeti and the side streets leading from them. Don't be put off if the bars are quiet early in the night, the night only really gets going around 11 or 12 when crowds of revellers flock into the centre and start their tour from pub to pub seeking out the best places. The high price of alcohol doesn't seem to deter anybody, but most of them seem fairly well 'oiled' before they leave home :)
Great night (and morning) out and definitely something to be sampled when staying in Reykjavik.
Dress Code: Most of the bars in and around the city centre are casually informal but some do insist on shoes and more formal wear.
Cosy Irish pub in the city centre. Seems to get quite busy as the evening wears on and can become packed and sweaty later into the night!
Live music regulary and theres a dancehall upstairs.
Gets a lot of tourists during the day and can pull in the locals also later. Icelanders dont show until at earliest 11 pm and can drink anyone under the table when they are in form.
Icelanders are very friendly people and can mingle very freely as the drink is consumed.
Prices like everything else in Iceland are steep...pints of local beer 600 ICKR- 7 Euros-$9 dollars approx.
This is not generally a younger persons scene. Crowd is mostly 30's/40's and up.
Plenty of places for the youngsters, check other VT sites .
Dress Code: Casual.
Why does the everything cost so much? If you are here visiting from the states, save your money and drink when you get home. It's o.k. here, but pretty much like it is everywhere in the United States on the weekend. It only cost around three times as much here. If you think the liquor prices are high, then you better stay away from the taxis.
I visited Iceland for Iceland Airwaves a few years ago. The weekend was amazing, young people everywhere. Bars were packed and everything was open. I decided to stay an extra 2 days after the weekend and busy Iceland became a ghosttown starting Sunday. If you are coming for the party scene, visit Iceland on a stopover and stay Fri and Sat night only. The streets are totally empty after the weekend!
Dress Code: Casual
If you want to see the beautiful people and soak it all up with cool tunes, this is your place. Be warned, while their mojito is quite tasty, it is not cheap. Was about $20 US...ouch. But plenty of fun and friendly locals.
Dress Code: Club trendy semi dress.
Oliver's seemed to be the main hangout when I was there in May 2006. Its a restuarant that turns into a bar/club at night. This place only gets going on the weekend like ever other place in Reykjavik. There is no cover but usually quite a long line if you get there too late. There are two floors. The lower floor has a dance floor and decent music. The top floor is more of a lounge. Food is pretty good but expensive, as are the drinks.
Dress Code: Relatively classy place so I would go properly attired
This was a Place to act Cool
really , most in there were the trendy crowd i guess , as they barely smiled etc
its a nice pub though, not swanky or posh very relaxed IE Candles flickering on the small tabls
Part-owned by Blur’s Damon Albarn though did'nt see him there !!!
Part-owned by Blur’s Damon Albarn
Dress Code: Casual
If u stay on this street Laugavegur there are alot of Pubs on it or just off it , its a good point to note ,
Although prob better to get to the end of the street as a place to start off , as the street itself is very long
I'm not that into clubbing so I hardly went to clubs/ discos. My favorite place at weekdays were Glaumbar (Bar of happiness).
At weekdays it had a better crowd than the lot.
Interior was more like a sportsbar, with the bar in the center of the room.
Dress Code: no
I really enjoyed going to see a movie in Reykjavik. There isn't any dubbing, but they have the native icelandic dialouge in subtitles. I saw Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith and the theater was nice. They have an intermission too in the middle of the film, which patrons were quick to use to get more snacks. At the snack bar go with the chocolates. The popcorn was airpopped.
Drinking in Iceland is an experience all in itself. If you've ever heard that Icelanders party hard on, then you heard right! its something that can't really be explained , only witnessed. We met a couple of guys from Iceland who had just got off work. They sat down with us for a while, ordered us shot after shot and then moved on to another bar. This was not an isolated incident either. My absolute favorite thing is that if you want to head onto the next bar but still have a full drink, you just need to ask for a " to go" cup and outside you go!!
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