Weekends are made to party in Reykjavik!
Reykjavik's nightlife focuses on the main street, Laugavegur, and the roads leading off it. The cafés and bars in Reykjavik tend to have a Jekyll and Hyde character - serving beer and coffee throughout the day, before transforming into buzzing drinking and dancing venues in the evening. “The Runtur” (pub crawl) is a great way to find the best bars, with the length of the queues to get in acting as a good indication of their popularity!
Opening times for the majority of café-bars are Sunday to Thursday 10.00 to 01.00 and Friday and Saturday 10.00 to 03.00. Nightclubs close at around 04.00 or 05.00 and the dress code is strictly very smart. Alcohol is available from licensed bars, restaurants and Vinbudin shops (ATVR). The minimum drinking age is 20.
Here are the venues we recommend for your group.
Kex Bar – Kex hostel, Skulagata 28.
A local bar and bistro were you can enjoy a frosty pint of local lager or ale as well as spirits, cocktails and specially selected wines.
Micro Bar – Austurstraeti 5.
A small bar downtown Reykjavik offering the biggest selection of beer in town. If you are lucky you can experience a real Micro Bar pub quiz, were the questions are of course all about beers.
Kaldi Bar – Laugavegur 20B.
An intimate little joint with a cosy atmosphere, offering among other drinks the Icelandic beer Kaldi made in a Brewery located in the Northern part of the country, close to Akureyri.
Danski barinn (Den Danske Kro) – Ingolfsstraeti 3.
A local bar, offering a Danish theme atmosphere. There is a large patio out in front of the bar where it is nice to sit down and have a cold beer on warm summer days.
Kaffibarinn - Bergstadastraeti 1
Whether British pop star Damon Albarn still is a part-owner or not, this is a meeting place of the city's media set with a certain appeal, which can be seen by the frequent queues to get in.
B5 - Bankastraeti 5
Located downtown often very packed but great music and offers a special VIP room in the basement.
BAR 11 – Hverfisgata 18
At Bar 11, DJs call the tunes every weekend, emphasizing old rock´n´roll classics, chart-toppers and sing along hits. Dance on a fully packed dance floor.