Reykjavík drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Kaffibarinn

This old house with the London Underground symbol over the door contains one of Reykjavík’s coolest bars; it even had a starring role in the cult movie 101 Reykjavík (2000). At weekends you’ll feel like you need eit…
Top Choice Bar in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Kaldi

Effortlessly cool with mismatched seats and teal banquettes, plus a popular smoking courtyard, Kaldi is awesome for its range of five Kaldi microbrews, not available elsewhere. Happy hour (4pm to 7pm) gets you a bee…
Top Choice Cafe in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Reykjavík Roasters

These folks take their caffeine seriously. The tiny hipster joint is easily spotted on warm days by its smattering of wooden tables on a small square. Swig a perfect latte and savour a flaky croissant and the scent …
Top Choice Craft Beer in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Mikkeller & Friends

Climb to the top floor of the building shared with excellent pizzeria Hverfisgata 12 to find a Danish craft-beer pub with 20 taps serving Mikkeller's own offerings and local Icelandic brews. Then enjoy the cool, col…
Top Choice Cafe in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Kaffi Vínyl

'Vegan is the new black' reads the neon sign, vinyl discs spin on the decks and a cool crowd tucks into meat-free noodles, burgers and pasta (mains from 1400kr). Happy hour lasts from 4pm to 7pm here – an ideal time…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Port 9

Port 9 sauntered onto Reykjavík's drinking scene supremely confident in the quality of its wines and the knowledge of its staff – offerings here range from affordable tipples by the glass to vintages to break the ba…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Old Harbour

Slippbarinn

Jet-setters unite at this buzzy bar at the Old Harbour's Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina. It's bedecked with vintage record players and cool locals sipping some of the best cocktails in town. For cut-price creatio…
Top Choice Bar in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

KEX Bar

Locals love this hostel bar-restaurant (mains 2000kr to 2500kr) in an old cookie factory (kex means 'biscuit') for its broad sea-view windows, inner courtyard and own-brew beer. Happy hipsters soak up the 1920s Vega…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Old Harbour

Bryggjan Brugghús

Cavernous, dimly lit and dotted with vintage pub paraphernalia, harbourside Bryggjan Brugghús is a roomy microbrewery where 12 taps dispense its own fresh-tasting beers. Join one of the regular brewery tours then se…
Top Choice Club in Old Reykjavík

Paloma

At one of Reykjavík's best late-night dance clubs DJs lay down reggae, electronica and pop upstairs, and a dark deep house dance scene in the basement. Find it in the same building as the Dubliner.