Going out on the town starts about 11:00pm on Friday's and Saturdays and peters out at 3am. Just an heads up, when walking out on the street wear a hard hat or keep your hands near the top of your head. There are stray beer bottles being launched into the air and you could visit the local ER.
Dress Code: Most clubs require some nice clothin. A collered shirt and no sneakers will get you in.
Comfortable gathering place for Reykjavik's gay community, Cafe Cozy is a coffeehouse (with lite bites) that morphs into a nightspot. It's conveniently located on Oslo's main strip. Perhaps in the evening it might be a little too cozy: everyone seemed to know everyone else, and I felt a little bit unwelcome. Maybe it was just a passing mood: I stopped by during the day and everyone was pleasant.
The Icelanders have a tradition of getting super pissed BEFORE going to the bars. This may seem odd, as Reykjavik has only ONE store liscenced to sell liqour, but it's true. No one is at the bars before midnight, and then all of a sudden everyone seems to appear at once. And God, they CANNOT hold their liqour! Be prepared for seeing a couple rumbles and don't plan on coming home until 6AM if you want to party like they do.
This place is open during the day as well as during the night. It's cozy during the day, and behind te house there is a terrace which is great in the summer since the nearby houses block the wind. The food is not remarkable and I don't like the service. But this place is very popular now.
During the night it's a totally different scene. It is always packed full of people and in my opinion it is too crowded. Once you've been in there for 15 minutes your hair will be frizzy and your makeup will have come off. The crowd is23+. Music is a mix of pop music as well as some older hits from the 90's.
Dress Code: Casual/fashionable. There's always a long line so don't wear sneakers or one of those outdoorsy parkas, I doubt they'd let you in.
Nice small place, artsy crowd, popular with students at the local art school. Excellent DJ's. My fave :) Free internet connection for you laptop during the day and nice magazines to look at like Wallpaper, ID and more.
Dress Code: Hip and artsy
Vegamot is frequented by 20-30 year olds, many are college students or girls who work in fashion shops. Vegamot serves decent food until 10 o'clock, most dishes are between 1500-2500 krona. Vegamot then slowly turns into a club, it's open till about 5 in the morning. I recommend this you open their website and click nightlife to see pics of people partying.
Dress Code: Everyone is pretty. The dress code is jeans and a sexy top for girls and a t-shirt for guys.
We hit this place up one night and had a pretty good time. The atmosphere was pretty chill and the clientele was hip. Crowd was pretty unpretentious and the place was packed with locals, along with a few tourists.
In addition to a bar/club, Vegamot doubles as a restaurant, with a decent menu. Prices for entrees are comparable to other places in Reykjavik ($20 USD).
Dress Code: Icelanders generally dress up when heading out on the town during the weekends.
I'm not a fashion expert, but I would imagine that the dress code at this place would be categorized as "semi-formal". While coat and tie is not required, guys should bank on sporting a nice pair of slacks and shirt. You should further bank on leaving the sneakers at home. For the ladies, well......I don't think I need to give them any advice on this subject.
A Dutch bar in Reykjavík? Better believe it! I was really looking forward to this one, but got disappointed in the end. The people were friendly, but the place has a run-down feel to it and it's a bit of a dive. Compared to many of the other bars, this one isn't that special. Reasonably priced beer on draught, though!
Very funny little bar off Laugavegur! Don't let the tropical decorations on the outside fool you: it's a normal bar inside.
Small, but the crowd was very friendly and artsy. There's more of an alternative edge to this place than you would encounter in most other joints in Reykjavík. If you like to rub shoulders with musicians, writers, filmmakers (and every second person in Iceland seems to be one of the above), this is a place for you!
Dress Code: Jeans and/or black are a go-go!
This brings me so many memories! Places come and goes, but Nelly stays, I hope...:) This was a lot of fun when i was in Iceland. A very open place for everybody and popular among internationals too. Nice staff and cool parties. Open until 6 AM. Can I ask for more?
Dress Code: Oh so casual...
Propably one of the most famous bars in Reykjavik is Kaffibarinn. Partly owned by Blur's Damon Albarn and being in spotlight in movie 101-Reykjavik Kaffibarinn is a must for everybody visiting in Reykjavik. It is not so fabulous and stylish place, more 'come as you are' -one.
Dress Code: Casual, definetely. And the queque might be long, so dress warmly.
the kapital is a dark, cosy pub where also djs are spinning hiphop, electro etc
every 1.thursday of the month is drum&bass
i think its especially under the week very cool, not that crowded + comfortable... at the weekends its more a kind of club which is playing a lot of commercial techno/house/r&b etc, not that interesting sounds... of course, its always a question of taste
Most bars and clubs are on Laugavegur and they go on til 6am. I got up at 7am on Saturday morning and people were just on their way home(am i getting old!?).
We went in Bar22 for food but doubles up as a bar later in the night.
No one goes out til late, 12 or 1am.
In summer, it doesnt really get light which is weird.
We went in the Dubliner irish pub(up to 650Kr a beer), and Rosenberg cafe for a beer (500Kr). Theres a student bar on the main street doing cheaper beer!
It seems that the long nights have taught Icelanders to be amazing party people. They don't start until really late and they keep going until late in the morning. I wonder how they get things done. Go, have fun, and ask a girl out!
Dress Code: For the ladies: Dress Sexy
For the men: Dress to kill
Reykjavík is renowned for its nighlife but don't expect the fun to start early. Because of the price of beverages at bars/clubs most people start off in private houses and don't arrive downtown until midnight or later.
The minimum age limit is 20 years and many clubs take only 23+ (unless you are a girl)
To mention some bars Kaffibarinn is partly owned by Blur's Damon Albarn. Sólon is popular and so is Hverfisbarinn. Dubliners is one of Reykjavík´s Irish bars.
The most popular nightclubs are Broadway, which runs popular shows, and Nasa a dancing place, sometimes with life music.
Gaukur á Stöng is the place to check out live music on Thursday-Saturday nights
Dress Code: Most places don't mind how you're dressed, they are only after your money.
Leave your joggings and working outfit at home and dress to kill.