Reykjavík Region Nightlife

  • Entertainment on a Ladies' Night.
    Entertainment on a Ladies' Night.
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Reykjavík Region Nightlife

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    Reykjavík Region Nightlife

    One liked by my brother and me, as we found it the best place to get into conversation with some friendly locals here! Grand Rokk has live music, chess, literature and pub quizzes held weekly. If you want to chat and drink beer you should stay downstairs, but if you are looking for exciting and live music then you should go upstairs. No dress code,...

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    Reykjavík Region Nightlife

    NATIONAL EINAR JONSSON GALLERY: Einar Jonsson (1874-1954) was Iceland's first sculptor. As for how to get there, please check with Bjorgvin. He's a great guide in this respect :) Thank you, Bjorgvin! You get to see what most tourists or visitors missed!

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  • Grand Rokk

    One liked by my brother and me, as we found it the best place to get into conversation with some friendly locals here! Grand Rokk has live music, chess, literature and pub quizzes held weekly. If you want to chat and drink beer you should stay downstairs, but if you are looking for exciting and live music then you should go upstairs. No dress...

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  • Don´t be fooled by our small capital

    Reykjavík may be a small capital but it´s BIG fun! We have Irish pubs, dancing, salsa, cafés and everything other capitals have. I have to mention my favorite spots; Pravda, Hverfisbarinn, Rex and Vegamót. You can check these pages out Hverfisbarinn.is, vegamot.is and pravda.is. They are all places with dj´s. Rex is a up scale place with trendy...

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  • The highrollers

    Age: 25+, Rather upmarket place, opens around midnight (only on weekends) Nice interior, rococco sofas. Very hot place right now (april '05). Lots of bankers go there. Dress nicely. The men there are mostly wearing suits.

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  • Jón Forseti

    Meaning "President Jón", this was the main gay venue in Iceland when we were there and a very happening place during weekends (i.e. Friday and Saturday). However, we found it devoid of any activity on a Sunday night. Best to stick to the Saturday extravaganza and all that it entails! Anything goes, but obviously the more colourful the better!

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  • Bars

    Nightlife in Reykjavik doesn't kick off until late where the locals will party on through the night. As prices are so expensive many tend to buy drinks from local supermarkets and drink at home with friends before heading off out. We found a great bar/cafe on the square right next to Hotel Borg called Kaffi Brennslan I think, which has a great...

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  • Q-bar

    The newcomer, for me anyway, Q-bar I very much liked in the evening. It seemed to blend just the right amount of free-spirit and sleek with live folk/rock music and bright Sixties minimalism. It was not rowdy (one could actually here oneself talk!) and the people were very cool and stylish in a comfortable and not-too-posy kind of way. Do the...

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  • Barinn

    This used to be called bar 22 and was a tad run-down but had a really cool vibe around it. It happily existed for almost two decades and a few reincarnations as gay bar, rock bar, rockabilly bar and plain old dive, but always seemed to attract cool arty locals who went there when other places closed. It has now been re-christened Barinn. The three...

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  • Rent-a-guide!

    I love this; and it's quite an original one: apparently some Reykjavíkurs are so smitten with their own nightlife, that they fear tourists from other cities will go loco, have no idea what to do with themselves and will barge into all the "out" places for a drink and a laugh! So they set up their own website (see below) where you can hire a...

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  • During mid summer

    We never had time for sampling Reykjavik's famous nightlife and "runtur" beyond select restaurants for good food. Instead we used the light nights to keep on visiting sites. It was a very special experience to see the sunrise over the lava fields southeast of Reykjavik, midnight at Gullfoss, and the darkest hours at Gunnhuver fumaroles. I only...

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  • Lot of excellent spots. Have...

    Lot of excellent spots. Have named Glaumbar and Kafe Barinn on my Iceland page. They might be 'out' by now.What makes the nightlife are the beautiful and interesting ppl. They dress like stars. Look even better. And they are all very interesting to chat with. They are very friendly to foreigners (dunno if they might be even more friendly with...

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  • Celtic Cross

    Located at Hverfisgata, this Irish-themed bar definitely has the Celtic thing going on inside! But although the decor might be more "authentic' than in the Dubliner, the atmosphere isn't really the same.First of all the place was packed to the rafters when we were there. And, unfortunately, those small nooks and crannies that were very quaint at...

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  • The Dubliner

    Irish-themed bars are usually a dime-a-dozen and from the outside and décor the Dubliner doesn't seem any different. But the craic is great during the weekend and, unlike pubs located in Ireland, this one stays open until after 5am! There's usually live music and a friendly (if slightly enebriated) crowd. Casual will do, no dressing up to the hilt...

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  • Kaffibarinn

    This bar is featured in all travel guides and was right around the corner from where we were staying. It has a bohemian feel to it, almost as if you've burst into someone's living room.It's laid back, so much even that if the staff and visitors were more laid back they'd be horizontal! The music was good and the people seemed to really enjoy...

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  • The Crossroads of Reykjavik's Scene

    For some reason at first I thought this might be a vegetarian restaurant. Actually, it's another chichi restaurant bar - similar to Oliver around the corner, but a bit more intimate and lounge-like. The name of the place means "Crossroads" - and you never know who you'll meet here. I was here on a pretty quiet night, but as all over Reykjavik,...

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  • The Center of Hip

    This small "hole-in-the-wall" is not actually as tiny as it looks on the outside, but it's still intimate and quite charming. I wasn't here on the weekend when (by reputation) it can get quite packed with the cool and the cool-seekers. But it was still pretty "happening" on a Thursday night, and I would gladly come back. (Perhaps on my next visit...

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  • Rock Bar

    A bit of a dive, but I like that. Live music, even on weeknights in March. Now, it's true that it wasn't exactly good music. . . but not every Icelandic group is destined to go international. A convivial place. more casual than many others in 101

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  • Hands on head at 3 am

    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. Most clubs require some nice clothin. A collered shirt...

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  • Reykjavik's Gay Cafe

    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...

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  • Don't Go out Before Midnight!

    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...

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  • Oliver

    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...

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  • Kaffibarinn - The Coffee Bar

    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. Hip and artsy

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  • Drinks/dancing

    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...

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  • Vegamot

    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...

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  • De Boomkikker

    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!

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  • Sirkus

    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...

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  • Nelly´s Café - nightclub

    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? Oh so casual...

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  • This is a must, at least to visit

    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. Casual, definetely. And the queque might be long, so dress warmly.

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  • cosy pub

    the kapital is a dark, cosy pub where also djs are spinning hiphop, electro etcevery 1.thursday of the month is drum&bassi 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...

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  • Expensive beer

    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...

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  • Wild nights in Reykjavik

    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! For the ladies: Dress SexyFor the men: Dress to kill

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  • viking beer

    Anywhere you go, ask for viking beer! it tastes SO good and gets easly in your head, costs around 500 kr.

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  • Reykjavík's nighlife

    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...

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  • Best New Music

    Great music every night of the week. Weekends tend to me more about popular music while week nights are devoted to new music -- mostly Icelandic, but sometimes from elsewhere in the world.The name of the places means "bird on a stick" -- as from a cuckoo clock. Like most places in Reykjavik, people tend to dress up on the weekends. Otherwise, it...

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  • Café Paris

    Great for coffee during the day and a drink during the evening, Café Paris is a typical continental-style bar with a warm atmosphere and it overlooks Austurvollur Square, so you can't get more central!

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  • Northern Lights

    This is not the typical night spot !It's a natural phenomenon that is not man-made.We hunted down the northern lights the moment we touched down, but was told that the skies were too cloudy that night.The next night we went on a tour, but was still not successful in looking out for the Northern Lights.We were third time lucky on our third attempt....

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  • Hot night in Reykjavik

    The easiest thing to find the best place in town is ask the taxidriver. I did just that. He drove me to the Thorvaldsen Bar. The place was ful of beautiful girls. Excellent DJ spin deep house, hip-hop, R&B and 70s and 80s into the early hours of the morning. Dance floor was like a heaven. Think, 20 girls like Catharina Zeta Jones, but way better...

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  • Damon Albarn's northen spot

    Don’t be disorientated by the London Underground sign outside - you’re still in the Arctic Circle. Reykjavik’s trendiest bar is a cosy little gem on a sloping side street. Candles flicker on tables, there’s a choice of style mags on the walls and a tiny upstairs loft for the more romantically inclined. Part-owned by Blur’s Damon Albarn - which...

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  • Yeah, it's night alright

    Yeah, it's night alright. The photo was taken at around 9 pm.Artistic expression by the very best!

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  • National Einar Jonsson Gallery

    NATIONAL EINAR JONSSON GALLERY: Einar Jonsson (1874-1954) was Iceland's first sculptor. As for how to get there, please check with Bjorgvin. He's a great guide in this respect :)Thank you, Bjorgvin!You get to see what most tourists or visitors missed!

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  • There are a few interesting...

    There are a few interesting nightlife spots in Reykjavík. We have clubs like Astro, NASA and Spotlight (gay club) and pubs/cafés that turn quite clubish in the weekend, like Hverfisbarinn, Vegamót, Kaupfélagið, Kaffibarinn, Prikið, Hús málarans and Kaffibrennslan. There is no place better than another when it comes to the Reykjavík nightlife. It...

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  • The Irish Pubs in town are a...

    The Irish Pubs in town are a little less lively than I would have preferred. There's the excellent Dubliner that seemed to draw a much older crowd than the other ones, but I would still recommend this place for a few drinks early in the evening. Casual, for sure.

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  • Kaupfélagið - popular with...

    Kaupfélagið - popular with students, small and hip but you can both dance and chill out on weekends.. 22 - good DJs, rock music, colorful crowd, gay-friendly but mostly straight. The floor starts trembling at certain times.Gaukur á stöng - Reykjavík's oldest pub, live music every night and popular bands on weekends Just be casual...

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  • I was said Reykjavík had a...

    I was said Reykjavík had a vibrant nightlife (or daylife in summer...) but I frankly didn't find it. Just plenty of young people driving their cars along the main street. Honestly, that is not my definition of fun.

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