Reykjavik

Clubs

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Hressingarskálinn
Austurstræti 20
+354 561 2240
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Harlem
Tryggvagata 22

This small watering hole pumps up the volume during the weekends and turns into a very nice if slightly shabby-looking place to drink and dance.

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Bar 11
Hverfisgata 18
+354 511 1180

A rock bar, often featuring live music during weekdays, and good DJs in the weekends.

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Kaffibarinn
Bergstaðarstaeti 1
+354 551 1588

An old favorite, this club in a red two-story timber house has been around since the 1980s and remains hip as ever. It was for a period owned partly by Damon Albarn of Blur. Heavy drinking and heavy dancing.

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Reykjavík has a large number of clubs and when one closes, another is usually very quick to take its place. There would be no point in trying to list them all, the following are only a small taste. Most of them are quite small - don't expect the big dance halls of many European capitals - but that's part of the fun, the intimate spirit of the Reykjavík nightlife.

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b5
Bankastræti 5
+354 552 9600

Caters mainly to a slightly up-market crowd.

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Dillon Rock Bar
Laugavegur 30
+354 578 2424
16pm-1am M-Th, 14pm-3am F-Sa

Dillon has become quite the attraction for the Icelandic music industry, rockers, students, family folk and famed Hollywood actors over the past decade. During the summertime you can enjoy a cold one in the sun in Dillon´s Beergarden and catch outdoor festivals over the summer. Catch a live band, have a chat with the friendly staff or join the mixed up group on Saturday nights when the 60 year old DJ Andrea rocks the joint and join the family of friends at this century old house of fun.

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Kiki
Laugavegur 22
+354 567 7500

A friendly gay bar/club on the second and third stories of an old wooden house.

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Kofi Tómasar frænda
Laugavegi 2
+354 551 1855

In a basement on Laugavegur. DJs here play the most popular pop of all eras from the 1960s onwards, songs people can sing along with while they dance.

Bars

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Bjarni Fel
Austurstræti 20

A sports bar, named for a famous Icelandic footballer and later sports commentator.

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The Celtic Cross
Hverfisgata 26
+354 511 3240

An Irish pub, with several dark ales and booths where groups can sit and talk in relative privacy.

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Den Danske Kro
Ingólfsstræti 3

This place tries to imitate a Danish bodega, although it really feels much more Icelandic than Danish.

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Ölstofa Kormáks og Skjaldar
Vegamótastígur 4
+354 552 4587

A small, cozy and extremely popular bar. The decorations seem to be taken from the living rooms of Icelandic grandmothers and include a number of cross stitched pictures. Uniquely for Reykjavík bars they have their own beer called Bríó, brewed for them by a microbrewery within the larger Egils brewery.

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The distinction between bars and clubs is not very clear in Iceland, with most clubs being more like bars until a little before midnight. However, the following venues can be said to be purely bars - places to go and drink with your friends, rather than to dance or listen to music.

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The English Pub
Austurstræti 12
+354 578 0400

Very popular English-style pub in the heart of the city, with a wide range of beers and a wheel of fortune. Beware troubadours in the weekends, though they're very bad!

Reykjavík is considered to have some of the best nightlife in all of Europe and it can be almost guaranteed that you haven't really "partied" until you've done it here. This fact is proven by the amount of celebrities who come specifically for it.

Drinking is very expensive - expect to pay between 600 and 1200 ISK for a draft pint at a bar. Bottled beers and mixed drinks are more expensive, sometimes outlandishly so. Despite the cost, going out in Reykjavik is a fun experience. Since alcohol is expensive at Reykjavík bars and clubs, Icelanders usually buy their alcohol at the government owned liquor stores Vínbúðin, called Ríkið by locals and stay at home drinking until about midnight or later, then they will wander to the bars. Do not expect bars and clubs to become crowded during weekends until about 01:00 at least. Cover charges are very rare in Reykjavík, unless there is live music or some other sort of event going on. Note that although the legal age for entering clubs is 18, the legal drinking age is 20 and many places set higher entry age limits themselves.

Bars are open to 01:00 some to 02:00 on weeknights, but most will stay open until 05:00 on Friday and Saturday. The clubs and bars themselves are mostly found in a very small area around Laugarvegur in the city centre, it's easy to just walk around and follow the crowds. You're sure to find somewhere to go, but if you're not sure, groups of drunken Icelanders will usually be eager to help a tourist out! During weekends, live music is easy to find in some of Reykjavík's bars. During the day, be sure to pick up a the free English-language magazine The Reykjavík Grapevine (http://grapevine.is/) for information on live music events for that evening. It is easy to find in shops, restaurants and bars around the city.