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Entertainment & Nightlife in Iceland

The wild and untamed nightlife of Iceland, especially in Reykjavik is known world wide and famous for it's durability and ongoing parties. In Iceland nightlife means fun and entertainment, dance clubs, bars, parties, festivals, shows, restaurants and live music bands.

In Reykjavik the best spots to start socialising are bars and pubs, as well as some of the cafes that turn into bars after 6pm. Icelanders go out quite late so often a night might look quite slow when all of a sudden things start to kick off. On a weekend this might not happen until midnight. After that it will get very difficult to get into some of the hottest nightclubs.

The dress code is generally smart. For foreigners things are more relaxed, but you'll feel more comfortable if you're smart-casual. At some places, jeans and sneakers aren't allowed.

You can see a band pretty much any evening. From rock to reggae and opera to jazz, virtually every musical style is catered for. There are also several festivals in Reykjavík throughout the year when, you’ll have loads of concerts to choose from.

Drinking in Reykjavik can take up the entire night; there are plenty of places to choose from. In fact dining and drinking seem to be synonymous here. Trendy restaurants like the Vegamot have great bars and often turn into discos as the stars twinkle on. Every weekend, sleet or snow, Reykjavik’s party-goers, raise the temperature by a few notches. The night clubs get packed and getting in means getting there early. Clubs like the 22 , with its three different floors, are popular with the young and trendy.

Party animals also seek refuge in the Thorvaldsen Bar for wild theme nights. To be dressed to kill is the mantra as the night lives on. Another zone for the party bats is Kaffi Reykjavik, where everyone hits the icy interiors of the Ice Bar.

If having a conversation is more your thing, you can choose from quiet pubs to trendy cocktail clubs. Wine connoisseurs should head for Vínbarinn (The Wine Bar), while those on a budget can have a drink with the students at Nelly’s, home of the cheapest pint in town. For a taste of the Reykjavík underground scene, try Sirkus or Kaffibarinn. Icelanders get very friendly as the evening wears on, and you’re sure to find people to chat to if you want to meet locals.





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