If you are looking to have a night out in Reykjavik, here are some useful things that would be good to know about the nightlife in Reykjavik.
What is special about the nightlife in Reykjavik?
Reykjavik is becoming known for its nightlife and compared to huge cities like London and New York the nightlife is very different it´s all in one place, there are no entry fees, the queues are small, bars are within walking distance and hardly no dresscodes. This is what makes the nightlife in Reykjavik special and like no other you have experienced before.
The bars are packed with people on a average weekend, during festivals and New Years Eve you can expect people dancing on the tables and wearing crazy outfits.
In and around the main shopping street Laugavegur are all the bars. So you can easily stroll from one bar to another and find a bar that you like to have a drink or two and listen to good music, sometimes there are live bands playing. The streets are always filled with people walking to the next bar, sometimes there are queues.
People have their favourite bars and hop between them. Some start at a bar were they can sit down and drink few drinks and talk to their friends as the times goes by they move to the next bar to dance or listen to different music or just meet up with more friends. It´s very rare that people stay in the same bar the entire night.
You need to be over 20 years old to entry most of the places but if you are younger there are some bars that you can enter if your are older then 18 years old and you’ll be asked for ID.
When are the bars open?
On Friday and Saturday nights most of the bars are open all day and close around 5am, most people are in the bars after midnight and around 2am then they get really busy.
From Sundays to Thursdays the bars will close early at 1am, then they stop serving drinks but the last people out will be around 2am.
Some bars offer happy hour with a cheaper beer and drinks than usual.
Here is a list of some bars that offer happy hour:
Happy Hour: Sunday – Saturday 17:00-20:00
2 for 1 price on Viking, Viking Classic and Thule: 900 ISK
2 for one price for other beers: 1100 ISK
Happy Hour Daily: 17:00 – 19:00
Price per beer: 600 ISK
Happy Hour Daily: 16:00-20:00
Price per beer, wine or whisky: 550 ISK
Happy Hour: Sunday – Thursday 16:00-20:00
2 for 1 price on Viking: 760 ISK
2 for 1 price on Viking Classic: 850 ISK
Happy Hour: Monday – Thursday 21:00 – 1:00
Price per beer: 390 ISK
Kiki Queer Bar
Happy Hour: Thursdays 20.00 – 22:00
Price per beer: 450 ISK
Wine: 600 ISK
Happy Hour: Sunday – Thursday 17:00-20:00
Price per beer: 400 ISK
The best bars and pubs in Reykjavik
It depends on your taste in music and what you are looking for.
Here are some of the most popular places in town:
- Austur is very popular amongst the glossy VIP crowd and younger people and is known to be stuffed with people and have longer queue then other places.
- Kaffibarinn is one of Reykjavík’s most known bars, this place is packed with people all the time.
- Prikið is known for playing old school hip hop most nights, their crowd is normally rather young.
- The English Pub is good for the early evening or on weekdays, you can try their big wheel of fortune and if you are lucky win a meter worth of beer.
- Club Kiki the newest gay club in Reykjavik, they play music that is on the top of the charts pop and some disco.
- Vegamót is open until 2am, it´s very popular cafe in the daytime and at night it´s a hip hop dance venue.
- Kex Hostel is often with live music were you can sit down and have few drinks while enjoying good music, they close early around 11pm.
- American Bar is a fairly new bar located in Austurstræti often showing live sport events and playing live music.
- B5 is popular amongst young people and VIP crowd offering 2 VIP lounges and they have a strict dresscode.
- Ölstofa Kormáks og Skjaldar is a great place to sit down and have a few beers and talk to your friends.
When the bars are closing around 5am some people go to Lækjartorg and find a food truck or pizza place and grap a bite to eat before heading home to sleep.