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Bars and nightlife in Reykjavík

Top bars

Bistro
“A very lively French themed bistro which we love to visit again and again. ”
  • 176 locals recommend
Bar
“Kaldi serves everything from the Kaldi brewery. The Kaldi Dark is especially good.”
  • 136 locals recommend
Bar
“Kaffibarinn is one of the oldest bars in town. The tourist to local hipster ratio has understandably shifted in favour of the tourists in the last decade or so. But that does not seem to make Kaffibarinn any less hip. In fact it sort of adds a new level of coolness. Kaffibarinn at the weekends is an experience you will either love or hate. But if you don´t fancy the partying crowds at night, but you like the sound of Kaffibarinn´s warm, dingly charm, then check it out in the daytime for a cosy coffee or draught beers on offer.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Hostel
“It is a very nice, lively place to hang out with friends. They often have live music playing and they have a blackboard full of house brewed beers that you must try! There is a great mix of both tourists and locals. The food is also amazing. Must try the Kex Burger! ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Café
“Local restaurant and coffee house in West part of Reykjavik, breakfast, lunch, coffee, dinner. Mostly Icelanders. ”
  • 117 locals recommend
Bar
“Great brunch in the Old Harbour, the vibe is cozy and the walk from the studio along the sea is fantastic, passing Harpa Concert hall and the whale watching pier.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great place to go for coffee during the day, it is also a great place to go for dinner, also a great place for an early drink and a favourite place to dance till the early morning, a local favourite”
  • 47 locals recommend
Lounge
“After dinner at Burro (or pre-dinner drinks) don't forget to check this funky bar out!”
  • 36 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Lounge
“After dinner at Burro (or pre-dinner drinks) don't forget to check this funky bar out!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Not my cup of tea, but if you like the real clubbing atmosphere, for the between 21-33 age range, in a non-stop billboard top 30 dance music scene, you´ll enjoy this place after midnight, and well until the early morning hours.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Lounge
“Super hip and cool rooftop bar, specially on a warm summer day! Very often from Thursday till Saturday they have a Dj playing from 1700. Burger here is good”
  • 23 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Biggest Nightclub in Reykjavík and have great cocktails. Open Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Hostel
“Nice bistro at this Hotel/hostel. The pizzas are pretty affordable and very good (specially the duck pizza). Also a cafe during the day and a bar at night. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Night Club
“Great place for intimate concerts and art shows. Only first class Icelandic and guest acts.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Lounge
“This is a secret wine bar with a large selection of wines and a nice bar menu with small bites.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Night Club
“ Kaldi is one of Iceland's biggest beer breweries, and their central Reykjavik bar serves their brews alongside liquor and other drinks. "It's a firm favorite with the over-30s and for someone who prefers great conversation over late night dancing it’s the perfect place to hang out any night of the week,". ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Music venues

Concert Hall
“Our opera house. Ten minutes by foot. Beautiful glass building which is great just for sightseeing but also not so expensive compared to other opera houses if you feel like a concert or an opera. They have all kinds of concerts, so it's worth taking a look at their website.”
  • 234 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great place to go for coffee during the day, it is also a great place to go for dinner, also a great place for an early drink and a favourite place to dance till the early morning, a local favourite”
  • 47 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Must see Architecture. Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. The opening concert was held on May 4, 2011. The building features a distinctive coloured glass facade inspired by the basalt landscape of Iceland.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Harpa, the conference hall, stood half-finished for years during Iceland's financial crisis, as a symbol of our hubris. However, once finished it is a much beloved building, housing both the opera and the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as Iceland Airwaves music festival, international conferences etc. Its glass exterior was beautifully designed by artist Olafur Elíasson. Entrance is free to the building itself, to admire both the architecture but not least the beautiful views over Reykjavik harbour. Also, my personal favorite: Behind the building there's a small marina, and if you go there at sunset, the reflection of the sun on the glass exterior of the building is absolutely amazing!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
“It has this bit tiered look, a bit rough on the sides, but great bar, life music every night and the heavy metal people hanging out there are really very sweet.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Every night you´ll find something new and exciting here, whether it´s varied live music, English stand-up, drag shows, karaoke, or just great dancing music! Definitely worth checking out!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Record Shop
“A very nice record shop about 8 minutes away. The 12 Tónar shop is known as a friendly place where you can sit down, listen to a wide selection of music on two floors, enjoy free espresso, read magazines or browse the juicy collection of rock literature. There are sometimes concerts in the shop. Especially on Fridays during the summer when the lovely garden becomes the venue for all kinds of music. In 2006 the 12 Tónar shop in Reykjavik was awarded the prestigious title Shop of the Year by the City of Reykjavik. 12 Tónar is also an independent record label. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Salurinn is a concert venue which has varied types of concerts and other shows.”
  • 5 locals recommend